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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 15/07/2021 16:05:56

Title of Module: Law of Employment

Code: LAWW09015 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Colin  Macintosh

Summary of Module

This module considers a number of important topics in contemporary UK Employment Law, in the light of the social, political and economic issues that structure and drive this area of law.  Students will examine what an 'employee' is (as distinct from a 'worker' or a ‘self-employed person’), how the law regulates the contract of employment and the implied rights and duties -   concerning both the employer and employee - which stem from this contract.  The module will also consider the statutory law applicable to the payment of wages (particularly the National Minimum Wage and the provisions relating to equal pay), the regulation of working time, flexible working rights, discrimination and equality, and the several ways in which the employment relationship may terminate.

The module is taught via both lectures and tutorials and students will be directed towards a wide range of sources including, but not limited to, case law, legislation and academic comment.

  • L1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of employment law topics (e.g. the process relating to the negotiation and formation of the employment contract; the terms and conditions of employment; maternity rights; discrimination and equality; dismissal and other forms of termination of employment)

  • L2. Critically evaluate the legal rights and obligations afforded to employers, employees and other workers.

  • L3. Apply general principles of employment law to specific problems in order to propose solutions.

  • L4. Make effective use of both physical and electronic resources in order to acquire legal information.


Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Face-To-Face
Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Blended
A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations


Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. 1. At the Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of employment law topics (e.g. the process relating to the negotiation and formation of the employment contract; the terms and conditions of employment; maternity rights; discrimination and equality; dismissal and other forms of termination of employment)

L2. 2. Critically evaluate the legal rights and obligations afforded to employers, employees and other workers.

L3. 3. Apply general principles of employment law to specific problems in order to propose solutions

L4. 4. Make effective use of both physical and electronic resources in order to acquire legal information.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Demonstrate:
a) a broad knowledge and understanding of Scots Employment Law.

b) a detailed understanding of a number of key issues within Scots Employment Law.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Identify, retrieve and analyse primary and secondary legal resources from both physical and electronic sources.

Apply such resources to legal arguments in order to provide reasoned opinions supported by relevant authorities.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Critical analysis of the current law and evaluation of reform proposals.

The ability to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant sources of information.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Support class-based learning through the use of online databases and other electronic resources.

Communicate written arguments in a clear and succinct manner (coursework and examination).

Communicate oral arguments in a clear and succinct manner (tutorials).

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Support class-based learning with independent research and study.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Other:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Students will be introduced to this area of substantive law, using an approach that relies upon the lecturer identifying and explaining issues, in the first instance. However, the reasonable expectation is that the students will soon be using the knowledge and skills acquired in their earlier legal studies, allowing them to demonstrate an increasing ability to research and apply the law. The use of tutorials that are gradually more reliant upon the students' contributions in setting the matters to be discussed (as well as providing appropriate responses) will assist in this.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Personal Development Plan10
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study134
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

A Emir, Selwyn’s Law of Employment (21st edn, Oxford 2020)

S Honeyball, Honeyball and Bowers’ Textbook on Employment Law (14th edn, Oxford 2016)

S Middlemiss and M Downie, Employment Law in Scotland (3rd edn, Bloomsbury Professional 2020)

Further guidance as to recommended reading will be given in the introductory lecture and the module handbook. Students should NOT purchase any textbook until after attending this lecture.

Online Resources
ACAS http://www.acas.org.uk
British and Irish Legal Information Institute http://www.bailii.org.uk
Directgov http://www.direct.gov.uk
The Employment Tribunals Service http://www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk
The Employment Appeals Tribunal http://www.employmentappeals.gov.uk
Westlaw http://www.westlaw.co.uk

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Attendance Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement and attendance procedure

For the purposes of this module, academic engagement equates to the following:
Students are required to attend scheduled teaching sessions and engage with the Virtual Learning Environment, lack of which could result in the student being referred to the Engagement Panel, and could prevent student progression, and ultimately successful degree completion.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorColin McFadyen
External ExaminerN McKerrell
Accreditation DetailsN/A
Version Number

2.04

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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A piece of written coursework will count for 40% of the final module mark. The coursework question will relate to one of the broad topics considered during the module but will focus upon a facet of that topic that is not covered in the module lectures. A number of key pieces of reading will be provided alongside the question to assist students in their independent research.
The module class test will count for 60% of the final module mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck markcheck mark600
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

Footnotes
A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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Note(s):
  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for all students. If necessary, reasonable adjusments will be made to accomodate any issue of equality and diversity that may arise. Such adjustments may include, but are not limited to, the extension of coursework deadlines or extra time being given for completion of the module examination.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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