Module title: Scottish Legal System

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

Module code: LAW07109
Module leader: James McDougall
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

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: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: James McDougall
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs

The learning and teaching methods to be employed will be:-
1. Lectures to explain the key concepts, to enable group discussions relating to those concepts and for provision of guest speakers (LOs 1-3)
2. Tutorials to further explore key concepts and for formative assessment of understanding of those concepts and to develop skills (LOs 1-6)
3. Practicals to develop students' research and assessment skills (LO 4)
4. Visit to courts and/or Scottish Parliament (LO 2)

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

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

Assessment (formative and summative)

Summative assessment for this module will comprise:-
1. A portfolio consisting of a three elements: an information retrieval exercise; participation in a group presentation; and a reflective logbook (LO 1-6, in particular 6).
2. A closed book examination (LO 1-6)

Formative assessment will take place throuought the module

Research/ teaching linkages

This will occur in preparation for coursework, the examination and tutorial/seminars, and in participation in tutorials and seminars. Students will be research information on the Scottish Legal System contained within relevant textbooks, journal articles, case reports and online resources. Students will also be required to reference their work appropriately. The module leader's own research interests will inform the teaching of research skills

Supporting equality and diversity

Key module materials and information are available on WebCT so as to cater f

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 20 4 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 600
Oral Presentation 20 1 - 3, 5 1 HOURS= 0.25, WORDS= 0
Learning Log 10 1 - 3, 5 - 6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1 - 3, 5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Basic theories about the purpose of law; the sources of Scots law in a domestic European and international context; the structure and role of courts and other dispute resolution fora affecting the Scottish legal system; the provision of legal advice and representation including the nature, structure, standards, regulation of, and challenges facing, the legal profession in Scotland; basic legal research skills; study skills including note taking, effective reading, essay writing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Recognise the purpose and sources of Scots law in a domestic, European and international context
LO2: Outline the structure and role of courts and other dispute resolution fora affecting the Scottish legal system
LO3: Understand the provision of legal advice and representation including the nature, structure, standards, regulation of, and challenges facing, the legal profession in Scotland
LO4: Demonstrate an ability to carry out basic legal research skills
LO5: Communicate orally, by contributing to a group presentation which presents basic data in percentages and makes simple comparisons, and in writing
LO6: Reflect on learning and make use of feedback

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Recommended - F GRANT (2014) LEGAL RESEARCH SKILLS FOR SCOTS LAWYERS: W GREEN AND SON, 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9780414018259
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