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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 02/03/2022 10:52:19

Title of Module: Scottish Administrative Law

Code: LAWW10020 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dale  McFadzean

Summary of Module

Scottish Administrative Law begins with an introduction and revision lecture covering the rudimentary constitutional law principles and theories which underpin administrative law within the United Kingdom. Thereafter, the module is based upon seminars, presentations, discussion and debate surrounding topical issues in administrative law within Scotland, the United Kingdom, and the wider European Union. The module examines the practical and theoretical research which surrounds various issues. The prescribed seminar topics examine issues which include the Scottish Parliament, judicial review and procedure, the rules of natural justice, the role and powers of Ombudsmen within the public sector, the tribunal system, and citizens' rights.

  • To introduce students to the complexities of administrative law within Scotland and the wider United Kingdom.

  • To allow students to understand the relationship between admisitrative law and the assertion of citizens' rights.

  • To introduce students to the European context of administrative law within Scotland and the wider United Kingdom.

  • To introduce students to the practical and theoretical research surrounding the operation of administrative law.

  • To understand the complexities of judicial review within Scotland.

  • To enable students to underatke oral and written assessments which create skills sets necessary for work in the public sector.

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. Investigate, analyse and evaluate administrative law concepts as they develop within the jurisprudence of Scots law.

L2. Make effective use of library and electronic resources to acquire legal information.

L3. Analyse problems in terms of legal concepts and apply legal principles to propose solutions.

L4. Engage in discourse on administrative law issues.

L5. Demonstrate a range of academic and professional skils required for successful employment within the public sector.

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 10.

Understanding of the ways in which administrative law has developed.
Understanding administrative law issues and maintaining the currency of the subject knowledge.
Evaluating the effectiveness of administrative law in relation to its defined purposes.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Interpreting and explaining complex legal concepts.
Retrieving, interpreting and manipulating primary and secondary information from a variety of sources including electronic sources.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Giving reasoned opinions, identifying flaws in arguments and discriminating between the legally relevant and irrelevant.
Bringing together information from a variety of sources, including academic research and publications.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Communicating effectively and appropriately in speech and writing.
Interpreting complex primary materials.
Making effective use of information retrieval systems and use information technology applications to present documents in appropriate form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working effectively, together with others in groups or teams, taking a leadership role weher appropriate.
Systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs both in current and in new areas.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Public Law I
Public Law II
Other:Suitable introductory module in Scots Law covering elements of constitutional law. The suitability of any such module will be determined by the module co-ordinator in consultation with the Programme Leader.
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
There will be some introductory lectures to introduce the basic concepts of administrative law and to plan the learning activities for the remainder of the trimester. Most class meetings will take the form of seminars at which small groups of students will give a presentation on a topic chosen from the syllabus and will lead a discussion. There will also be a small number of tutorials providing an opportunity of developing the skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation. A range of study materials will be available on Moodle. Students will be supported and encouraged in the use of primary legal source materials.
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 Study164
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:

Wade & Forsyth, Administrative Law, (11th Ed, OUP, 2014)*

McFadzean & McFadden, Administrative Law, (DUP, 2006)*

McFadden & Lazarowicz, The Scottish Parliament:An Introduction, (5th Ed, Bloomsbury, 2018)*

O'Neill, Judicial Review: A Practitioner's Guide, (Butterworths, 1999)

Blair, Scots Administrative Law: Cases and Materials (W.Green, 1999)

Finch & Ashton, Administrative Law in Scotland, (W.Green, 1997)

(**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
ModeratorC Gray
External ExaminerM Hussain
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
A critical essay worth 100% of the final 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) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck markcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark10016
Combined Total For All Components100% 16 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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