Module title: Law and Administration: Property and Construction

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BSV11106
Module leader: Jeremy Strang
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Building and Surveying

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

2018/9, Trimester 1, 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
LO1-3 Each face-to-face activity uses a wide variety of audio-visual resources, group discussion, case analaysis to develop student engagement. Directed study focuses on development of the concepts covered in the reading materials.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
LO1-3 Students take part in developmental exercises so as to better understand their personal skills and attributes and how to develop them to increase their employability. Their PDP is considered an integral part of this development as they are encouraged to reflect on what they have learned in the module and apply it to their personal situation.

Assessment (formative and summative)
Assessments 1 and 2 provide summative assessment for the module. However, both assessments are designed to give students formative feedback on several aspects of the learning process that can be applied to other learning situations. Assessment 1 aligns to outcomes LO1 and LO2. Assessment 2 aligns to outcomes LO3 and LO4.

Research/teaching linkages
At several points during the module the students are introduced to relevant research to underpin their learning. Students are also expected to undertake personal research for the assessments, which builds their research skills.

Supporting equality and diversity
Through LO1-3 the issues of diversity are considered in the module. Module materials use a mix of examples from different cultural backgrounds to ensure that diversity is effectively dealt with. The module is taken by students from a wide variety of programmes - the module materials recognise this diversity.

Students on the module come from a wide ethnic and cultural mix. The course materials capitalise upon this mix and use examples from many countries to illustrate the learning process. Case studies can be local, national or international in context.

Formative Assessment:
Students engage in a number of activities which generate feedback on their progress. These include: informal class tests and quizzes at the end of teaching of distinct topics within the syllabus and engagement in informal group discussions on the topics covered.

Summative Assessment:
Comprises two courseworks, each of which will require the students to engage in research and analysis of issues of current concern aligned to the learning outcomes and to be able to demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the issues involved.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Essay 50 3,4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction to law and legal concepts: jurisdiction; Sources of Law; Civil and Criminal Law; Accessing
the law.
Law of Contract: Basic principles; Legal capacity; Illegal contracts; Error and misrepresentation; Remedies
for breach of contract; Contract and property transactions.
Law of Agency: Basic principles; formation; duties of Principal and Agent; Termination.
Principles of property law: Heritable and Moveable Property; Property rights; Transfer of property;
Securities over property.
Law of Leases: Basic principles; Commercial Leases, typical clauses and Rent Review.
Reparation: Delict and Tort; The duty of care; Negligence and professional negligence; Occupier’s
Liability; employer’s duty of care.
Law of Health, Safety and Welfare: Regulations relating to the property and construction sector; Liability
of Stakeholders in construction projects.
Forms of Contract used in the construction and property maintenance sectors; Choice of procurement
strategy and selection of contracts.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module the student will be able to:-
LO1. apply the basic principles of law Property and Construction Law
LO2. identify and advise on appropriate procedures and documentation
LO3. evaluate tendering procedures and contract arrangements
LO4. implement and resolve administrative problems

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