Module title: Commercial Law

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW08121
Module leader: Ramandeep Kaur Chhina
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

Scottish Legal System (LAW07109), Obligations 1 (LAW07110)
Similar modules taken as part of an accredited LLB programme at SCQF level 7.

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Ramandeep Kaur Chhina
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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, book-based or otherwise, the application of law to practical situations and problem-solving.

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 problematic area of law within the range of topics within the module 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 will be of paramount importance to later practice within the legal profession.

Assessment (formative and summative): formative assessment occurs in week 2 with the completion of an exercise involving information retrieval and information presentation skills to reinforce the need for high standards of expression and clarity in communication. From time to time, throughout the course, written answers to selected problem questions may be handed in and marked in order to provide feedback to students on their progress. Summative assessment occurs generally in week 8 with a written assignment. This requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of the law, their ability to discuss a legal difficulty intelligently and their capacity to demonstrate their ability to discuss, and in particular to write about law in accordance with normal legal/academic practice and to the highest levels of literacy. There is also a final examination, which performs the same function as the written assessment but over a wider range of topics, while also allowing students to demonstrate their legal problem solving skills. In particular the examination will include a problem-solving question where students may apply their knowledge of business law to the problems contained within the question. Both assessments will be constructed to allow students to take account of wider ethical considerations arising in the context of business law.

Research/ teaching linkages: students are expected to keep abreast of recent developments and current literature in the law, to refer to it in their work and to discuss it in tutorials.

Supporting equality and diversity: materials are provided in hard and soft (WebCT) formats, to ensure they are available to all students.

Internationalisation: where relevant the law relating to business within other jurisdictions is considered.

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 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1-5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module comprises the following topics: consumer law, sale and supply of goods, agency law, the law of intellectual property, personal insolvency law, enforcement of obligations including recovery of debt and diligence, rights in security, and insurance law. Other commercial law topics may be added from time to time.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Explain the law relating to business clearly, literately and succinctly.
LO2: Apply the law to complex commercial problems
LO3: Develop insight into current research, problematic issues and forthcoming developments in the Law relating to complex commercial problems.
LO4: Illustrate the significance of and interrelation between commercial law, economics, the consumer interest and public and social policy, both in a national and in an international context.
LO5: Explain the importance of fair dealing in the legal relationship between the various parties in business transactions, and the role of the legal advisor to those parties.

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