Core Module Information
Module title: Family Law

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

Module code: LAW07112
Module leader: Rob Clucas
School The Business School
Subject area group: Law


Description of module content:

Sources of family law, relevant human rights, commencement of legal personality, legal capacity of children, parental responsibilities and rights, adoption, state intervention in family life, formation and legal effects of marriage and other adult relationships, financial and other provision made on termination of adult relationships.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Describe the law regulating parental responsibilities and rights.
LO2: Outline the law concerning state intervention in family life.
LO3: Describe the law regulating the constitution, consequences and termination of adult relationships and children’s rights and capacity.
LO4: Consider family law problems, identifying and applying appropriate solutions.
LO5: Understand the basic social, moral and ethical context in which family law operates and the fundamental human rights and protections applicable to the field.
LO6: Communicate and sustain argument in written form.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, 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: Rob Clucas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-5: Lectures are used to provide a knowledge base, whilst tutorials give you the opportunity to reinforce your learning by requiring legal research from a wide range of sources, generally book-based or online. This teaches the application of law to practical situations and problem-solving.
LOs 1-6: You are required to submit a written answer to a problem question, which will be formatively assessed. This answer will form the basis of the summative MCQ test.
LOs 1-5: Key employability skills/ PDP/ scholarship skills: these are embedded and assessed. Regarding research and information retrieval, you are expected to research from a variety of legal resources a selected area of law within the module topics and to come to a balanced and informed view of that area. With regard to communication, written communication skills, promoting accuracy of expression and the importance of drafting, these are assessed in both the formative coursework submission, and examination. This is of paramount importance to later practice within the legal profession.
Supporting equality and diversity: key materials are available through the VLE (you are advised to speak to the module leader if extra support required).

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative feedback on your progress will be given during classes; you are required to submit a written answer to a problem question, which will be formatively assessed.

Summative Assessment:
1. LOs 1-5: MCQ test on a pre-prepared ‘problem question’ that requires you to demonstrate your ability to identify legal issues; your knowledge of the relevant legal rules, your ability apply the law to the facts of the real-life problem, and to conclude with advice. The MCQ format will be marked instantaneously through Moodle, giving you very prompt individual feedback on your performance.

2. LOs 1-6: The 2-hour exam requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of the law, your ability to discuss a legal point or difficulty intelligently and your capacity to write about law in accordance with normal legal/academic practice, over a broader spread of topics than the MCQ. The examination is two hours in duration to take account of the complexity of the subject and to give you the chance to demonstrate your knowledge.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 40 LO 1-5 10 HOURS= 01.30
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 LO 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
LAW07112 - Family Law