Module title: Family Law

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

Module code: LAW07112
Module leader: Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

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: Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-3 Lectures are used to provide a knowledge base for students while tutorials give students the opportunity to reinforce their 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. The written assessment, generally an essay or a ‘real life’ problem, requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of the law, their ability to discuss a legal point or difficulty intelligently and their capacity to write about law in accordance with normal legal/academic practice. The examination performs the same role but over a wider area of topics. The examination is two hours in duration to take account of the complexity of the subject and to give students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge.
LOs 1-5 Key employability skills/ PDP/ scholarship skills: these are embedded and assessed. As regards research and information retrieval, students 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; as regards communication, written communication skills, promoting accuracy of expression and the importance of drafting, are assessed in both coursework and examination. This is of paramount importance to later practice within the legal profession.
LOs 1-6 Assessment (formative and summative): formative - there are regular group and class discussions throughout tutorials, the answers to which can be prepared by students individually or in groups. The summative written assessment (usually due in week 8) requires students to answer a selected problem question and is marked in order to provide detailed, personalised feedback to students on their progress in good time for their exam revision.
Supporting equality and diversity: key materials are available through the VLE (please speak to module leader if extra support required).

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 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning 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 1 - 6 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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.

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