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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 13/04/2021 12:39:52

Title of Module: Contract Law

Code: LAWW07012 SCQF Level: 7
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Carolynn  Gray

Summary of Module

The general aim of this class is to provide students with a contemporary understanding of the general law of contract in Scotland.

The module will be available face-to-face. The face-to-face delivery will be by means of six workshops over one trimester supported by additional reading. During workshops students will work on a variety of learning activities such as problem solving, and delivery of short presentations, and group work to explore the materials. 

Students taking this module will study: Introduction to contract law and contrast contracts with other forms of voluntary obligation such as promise. Formation of contract, including capacity to contract. Operation of contracts such as ensuring legality of contractual agreements and contractual terms and how contracts end in Scots law and remedies for breach of contract.






Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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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.

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. Demonstrate, through providing advice to a hypothetical client, knowledge of the general concepts, principles, and rules of contract law in Scotland

L2. Identify and use primary and secondary legal sources to analyse problems in terms of legal concepts, apply legal principles to propose solutions, and to convey complex ideas in a well structured and coherent written form

L3. Use industry standard electronic databases to source legislation and case authority

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 7.

Understanding the general principles of law applicable to contracts in Scotland.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 7.

Demonstrating knowledge of a range of major concepts, values, principles and rules of Scots contract law.

Identifying and using primary and secondary legal sources and develop an understanding of legal documentation.

Interpret and explain legal concepts by analyzing and studying key cases and materials in the context of specific contract issues.

Collect, handle and evaluate both primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 7.

Use basic and routine legal skills, techniques, practices and materials to give reasoned opinions.

Bring together information from a variety of sources, including textbooks, case law and legislation.

Practice such skills in both routine and non-routine contexts.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 7.

Utilise a wide range of skills, including the use of information and communications technology, for the gathering, basic analysis and presentation of routine legal information, ideas and concepts.

Convey complex ideas in well structured and coherent form by defining accurately and explain clearly the legal issues in complex problems, supported by the appropriate authority.

Develop and hone written and oral presentation skills through work in the tutorials and preparation of written assignments.

Develop an ability to carry out independent research into primary and secondary legal material as assessed in the assignment and preparation for tutorials.

Demonstrate an ability to plan how to resolve problems and rank competing arguments

Construct and present a coherent and well-argued account of individual issues.

Present an oral argument on either side of a legal issue.
Research, extract and combine information from a variety of sources.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 7.

Working effectively with others in groups or teams, exercising initiative in both tutorials and assignments. Preparing for, and working with others in, tutorials.

Work to deadlines and plan work accordingly, Systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs

Work independently through preparing for tutorials and completing the course examination.

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

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Learning and Teaching
This module will be delivered by means of 6 x 3hr lectures containing workshop/tutorial elements which are intended to explore in depth, the various components of contract law. Students will be expected to complete any required additional reading prior to attending classes. The classes will comprise group work and individual work and will be largely based around discussion of key principles in contract law and the practical application of these principles to problem scenarios.
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 Delivery18
Independent Study82
100 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:

Contract Law Basics, by Alex Gibb 2019 edition

Additional Reading: H McQueen and J Thomson, Contract Law in Scotland (Bloomsbury Professional, 2016)

Woolman on Contract

(**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:
Atendance at scheduled teaching sessions and submission of coursework

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorDale McFadzean
External ExaminerSonia Crawford
Accreditation DetailsN/A
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Written assessment 100%

This module is assessed by means of the completion of one piece of written work. The coursework will take the form of a problem scenario which students are then required to explore. The written work should take the form of advice being given to a hypothetical client.
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

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

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  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
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

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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