Module title: Legal System and Skills

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

Module code: LAW07105
Module leader: James McDougall
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

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

2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James McDougall
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO 1-6

The learning and teaching methods to be employed will be:-
1. Lectures to explain the key concepts, legal issues and up to date developments within the Legal System of Scotland.
2. Tutorials to discuss possible solutions to practical problems based on students' research and preparation; and
3. Designated study times for group work on the compilation and presentation of course notes.

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

LO 1,6

The main employability, PDP and scholarship skills which will embedded are:-
a) Group work - students will work together on an oral presentation;
b) Communication - oral and written communication skills are assessed in assessments
c) Students undertaking research and reading for coursework and tutorial/seminar preparation will be required to use both library and online resources.

Assessment (formative and summative)
LO 1-6

Assessment for this module will comprise:-
1. Component one consisting of four elements (an information retrieval exercise, an action plan for the group presentation, a problem question and a group presentation.)
2. An essay (formative and summative). Test :-)

Research/ teaching linkages

LO 1-4

This will occur in preparation for both components of assessment and in participation in tutorials and seminars. Students will be encouraged and required to investigate research and information on the Scottish Legal System contained within relevant secondary and to some extent primary sources.


Supporting equality and diversity

LO 1-6

Key module materials and information are available on WebCT so as to cater for different learning approaches and circumstances of individual students and to assist flexible learning;




Internationalisation

LO 1-5

Whilst the module focuses on the legal system of Scotland, the international context will be examined.


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 Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1,2,4,6 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1200
Essay 50 1,3,4,5,6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Court system in Scotland: civil and criminal; the Prosecution system; Children's Hearing system; Ombudsmen; Lesser Courts and Tribunals; Legal Practitioners; Sources of UK and EC and EU law; Judicial precedent and Institutional Writers; UK and Scottish legislation. Students will also learn some fundamental legal skills such as how to carry out legal research electronically and in paper form, how to how to read and interpret legislation; how to read cases how to take notes in class and how to prepare for a variety of assessments such as essays, problem questions and examinations.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop study skills appropriate to the study of law
LO2: Demonstrate the ability to distinguish between civil and criminal law
LO3: Explain the means of dispute resolution
LO4: Identify the main sources of law
LO5: Explain the roles of legal practitioners
LO6: Demonstrate written communication skills

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LAW07105 - Legal System and Skills