Module title: Property and Construction Business Law

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV07104
Module leader: Jeremy Strang
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jeremy Strang
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
Lectures are supported by comprehensive student notes ( Module Study Guide Units) written in DL (Distance Learning) format. Tutorials are based around a purpose designed Tutorial Workbook which interacts with the MSG units to test understanding, encourage analysis and disseminate good practice.
Students are encouraged to read outside the teaching units referring to current textbooks generally and industry journals particularly to identify areas of concern.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills
The key skills developed partially align with the RICS Quantity Surveying and Construction Pathway Competency: Business Planning (M002); Client Care (M003); Conduct Rules, Ethics and Professional Practice(M005); Insolvency (T020); Health and Safety (M008); Due Diligence (T025)

Assessment (formative and summative)
Formative assessment in week 12 based on a legal portfolio. The portfolio is designed to test students' comprehension of all legal material and demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge learnt through problem scenarios set within the portfolio.

Research/ teaching linkages
Close links are maintained with the Building Performance Centre (BPC) at Napier University. This includes reference to research papers and guest lecturing from Centre staff.

Supporting equality and diversity
Materials are provided in hard and soft (WebCT) formats to ensure their availability to all students on the module.
Timetabled academic supervision is available in each teaching week of the module to support students in addition to the normal tutorial time allocation.

Internationalisation
This module has a main focus on the Scottish Legal System system and Legal aspects of the Built Environment in Scotland. Major differences between the Legal Jurisdictions of Scotland and England/Wales are highlighted where appropriate.
The module is not international.

Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Face To Face Tutorial 35
Independent Learning Guided independent study 117
Independent Learning Guided independent study 12
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Section 1 Scots Law and the Scottish Legal System
Section 2 Fundamentals of the Common Law; Law of Contract including Delict/Reparation
Section 3 Aspects of Business Law including Insolvency
Section 4 Employment Law in the Construction and Property Sector
Section 5 Introduction to Property Law and Land Tenure
Section 6 Governance including Due Diligence, Professional Ethics and Dispute Resolution
Section 7 Construction Industry Health and Safety Law issues

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structure, institutions, principle sources and
vocabulary of the Scottish Legal System;
LO2: apply knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of contract, delict and business law;
LO3: describe general principles relating to business institutions, insolvency, employment and Health and
Safety at work;
LO4: identify and explain the choices available in establishing a business, and its legal implications for the
participants and their exposure to risk;
LO5: assess the rights and duties of employers and employees.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Property and Construction Business Law