Core Module Information
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: Law
Prerequisites

N/A

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, 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 for 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 in writing to a professional standard

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
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Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Liz Innes
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. Practicals to develop students' research and assessment skills (LO 1,2 and 4)

The main employability, PDP and scholarship skills which will embedded are:-
a) Communication – written communication skills are assessed in the examination;
b) Fundamental legal skills will be developed in practicals.
c) Undertaking research and reading for the examination will be required to demonstrate use of both library and online resources.

Research/ teaching linkages
You will research information on the Scottish Legal System contained within relevant textbooks, journal articles, case reports and online resources. The module leader's own research interests will inform the teaching of research skills

Key module materials and information are available on Moodle, well in advance of classes, so as to cater for a range of student needs

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

Summative Assessment:
Component 1 is a multiple choice questions class test. This has been chosen to enable students to demonstrate achievement of LOs 1 and 4 by testing knowledge of fundamental concepts.

Component 2 is an exam. This has been chosen to enable students to demonstrate achievement of LOs 1-5 in particular relating to the doctrine of precedent, statutory interpretation and the legal profession.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 32
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 9
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Independent Learning Guided independent study 0
Independent Learning Guided independent study 157
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 20 1 and 4 8 HOURS= 01.00
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 80 1 - 5 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 20
Component 2 subtotal: 80
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Scottish Legal System