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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 08/04/2022 10:39:28

Title of Module: Business Law

Code: LAWW08010 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Colin  McFadyen

Summary of Module

This module provides an exposition and analysis in respect of the various laws that together form business law and the practices and procedures relating to the formation, management, administration, operation and winding up of different business mediums.




You will develop an understanding and application of the following legal principles, practices and procedures :


The essential elements of the legal system (court structure, role & sources of law, human rights)  ; the law of obligations (formation and content of contract; electronic contracts; breach of contact; delict, including professional negligence); employment law (contract of employment; dismissal and redundancy); formation and constitution of business organisations, including both partnerships and companies; management, administration and regulation of such business mediums; ; legal implications relating to companies in difficulty; governance and ethical issues relating to business; construction of trusts and statutory implications of such vehicles; intellectual property rights.


The module is delivered using both lectures and tutorials. Lectures will be conducted each week; while tutorials will run from the third week onwards. Lectures involve the delivery and exposition of the material forming the basis of the module.  Though this is structured and led by the lecturer, it is also intended that there will be a reasonable degree of your participation.  Tutorials, however, make quite specific demands upon students in relation to preparation and participation.  Tutorial questions and case studies will be available on VLE, allowing you to prepare.  While tutorials are conducted in a manner that is structured and supported by the tutor.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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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.

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

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.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

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. Explain the sources of Scots Law, the structure of the courts and tribunals and the roles of those working within the legal system.

L2. Analyse the common law principles in respect of the main areas of business law, including employment law;

L3. Evaluate and analyse the common law and statutory provisions governing the legal regulation of the various types of business medium, including an understanding of the management, administration and winding up of each type of business medium,

L4. Develop reasoning skills and a capacity for independent study and learning through individual research, by participation in collective learning groups, and through utilising electronic resources, to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law

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 8.

Demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the legal principles, practices and procedures pertaining to the court system within Scotland, and the main areas of business law, such as contract, delict and employment law, and to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the creation, operation and termination of the relevant structures of partnership, and limited liability companies, including the personalities. Additionally demonstrate a limited understanding of some major issues in relation to the governance and ethical issues pertaining to such business structures.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Carry out routine lines of enquiry, or investigation into professional level problems, using primary and secondary legal sources, and using electronic sources.
Applying knowledge and understanding of legal principles to practical situations in order to draw reasoned conclusions.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Undertake critical analysis and evaluation of ideas, concepts, information and issues which are within the common understandings of the subject.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Use a range of routine skills, including the use of information and communications technology, for the gathering, basic analysis and presentation of routine legal information, ideas and concepts to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes in a well structured and coherent form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level.
Manage resources within defined areas of work.
Identifying, reflecting upon and addressing personal learning needs.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
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
Independent Study134
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Personal Development Plan10
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:

Ashton & Others, Understanding Scots Law, (current edition), W Green

Bennett, D, An Introduction to the Law of Partnership in Scotland, W Green, 2005

Black, Gillian (ed) Business Law in Scotland,(current ed.) W Green

Davidson & McGregor, Commercial Law in Scotland, (current ed.), W Green, 2006

Smith & Keenan's, Company Law for Students, (current edition), Pearson

Adams, A Law for Business Students, (current ed), Pearson

Reports and Journals
Scots Law Times, The Edinburgh Gazette, Green’s Weekly Digest.

Web sites
Law Society of Scotland
Scottish Courts
Scottish Law Commission
Companies House
Dept for Business, Innovation & Skills
Government Legislation

(**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)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement 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 the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorColin Macintosh
External ExaminerDavid Hill
Accreditation Details This module contributes to the exemptions from various professional exams attributable to the Bachelor of Accounting Degree. Contact School for current details.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Class Test - weighted at 30%. A minimum mark of 35% is required to satisfy the aggregate rule. Multiple choice (online) assessment.

The coursework could take a number of forms including, but not restricted to, an academic essay discussing a topic of current academic or professional interest and debate, or a report based on a legal topic, or a case study in relation to a legal topic.
Examination - weighted at 70%. A minimum mark of 35% is required to satisfy the aggregate rule. The examination will consist of a multiple choice and a true or false section, along with a section consisting of a mixture of case study and technical questions relating to the various legal topics covered during the trimester.
(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
Class test (written)check markcheck mark check mark300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen closed book (standard)check markcheck markcheck mark 700
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
This module is appropriate for any student.
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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