Module title: Legal Profession, Dispute Resolution and Ethics

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09124
Module leader: Richard Whitecross
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 1, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Richard Whitecross
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. Introductory Lectures to explain the key concepts, to enable students to focus their independent study and participation in online discussions relating to those concepts (LOs 1-3)
2. On line discussions 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' legal drafting skills (LO 1, 4-6)

Embedding of employability/ PDP/ scholarship skills

The main employability, PDP and scholarship skills which will embedded are:-
a) Skills– students will learn about the practice of law, and information on the range of legal careers available and skills required are set out in the course;
b) Communication – written communication skills are assessed in coursework;
c) Drafting – students will work on preparing formal court documents;
d) Students undertaking research and reading for coursework online discussions will be required to demonstrate use of both library and online resources.

Assessment (formative and summative)

Assessment for this module will comprise:-

1. Preparation of Summary Cause Form 1 and Defences (1,000 words)
2. One piece of written coursework of approximately 2,500 words (formative and summative assessment) to be submitted in week 12.

Research/ teaching linkages
This will occur in preparation for coursework and key lectures and in participation in the online discussions. Students will be encouraged and required to research legal issues and procedures contained within relevant textbooks, journal articles, case reports and online resources.

Supporting equality and diversity

Key module materials and information are available on Moodle so as to cater for different learning approaches and circumstances of individual students and to assist flexible learning. In developing

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 8
Online Tutorial 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 182
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Practical Skills Assessment 50 1 - 5 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Essay 50 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module covers the following topics: the criminal trial process; non adversarial means of resolving disputes; mediation; moral and ethical issues concerning dispute resolution; the nature, standards and regulation of the legal profession in Scotland

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the effectiveness of adversarial and non adversarial methods of dispute resolution
LO2: Critically reflect on the social and economic moral and ethical context in which dispute resolution occurs both domestically and internationally
LO3: Critically reflect on the nature, standards and regulation of the legal profession in Scotland
LO4: Plan and execute tasks in areas of law which have been previously been studied
LO5: Plan and execute tasks in areas of law which have not previously been studied
LO6: Communicate in writing

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Legal Profession, Dispute Resolution and Ethics