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LAW8575 : Foundations of Business and Commercial Law

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Chris Fletcher
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This course aims to equip students with an understanding of some key aspects of business, company and commercial law and introduce some fundamental concepts. The course will be relatively broad covering a range of topics including:

Business Law - an introduction to the different types of business organisations, how they are established and how they operate.

Issues to consider when starting a business including taxation, succession planning and business name.

Commercial Law – an introduction to the sale of goods and supply of services.

Business Insights - the course will also look at some current legal issues impacting on businesses in the UK.

Outline Of Syllabus

Business Law – the different types of business organisations, sole traders, partnerships, forming and terminating a partnership, private limited companies, public limited companies, incorporating a company, the role of directors, the role of shareholders and company meetings.

Key considerations when setting up a new business including name, basic taxation and succession issues.

Commercial law - an introduction to the sale of goods and supply of services.

Business insight - an understanding of current issues impacting on UK businesses.

Consideration of corporate social responsibility.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on Canvas.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:3015:00In person lectures on substantive module content (FLEX could be moved online)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:001 hour in person seminars (FLEX could be run via zoom)
Guided Independent StudySkills practice100:305:00MCQs on Canvas to check learning and receive feedback.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:002 hour whole cohort workshop for presentations as feedforward for the assessment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1061:00106:00Independent study: supplementary, reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time40:302:00Q&A drop-in sessions to review a topic/subject and check understanding.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods are designed to reflect a blended and more interactive and inclusive approach to teaching through online discussions, activities and guided student activities.

Lectures aim to provide an overview of the background and main principles/issues. Lectures will be supported with structured online guidance and activities.

Small group teaching (seminars) provides the opportunity to develop oral, analytical and critical skills. Discussion is structured to consider questions focusing on key principles and problem areas. Some seminars will use problem style questions, providing opportunities for group-based in-depth skills and knowledge development in relation to the application of the law to scenarios. Other seminars will focus discussion around topics. These components will provide formative practice opportunities ahead of the summative assessment.

The whole cohort workshop will provide feed-forward through the opportunity to prepare individual or small group presentations and receive and give peer feedback. Oral teacher feedback will also be provided.

Drop-in sessions will represent additional hours of scheduled online contact time. These sessions are opportunities for students to ask broader questions about the module content or to seek additional feed-forward guidance in relation to assessments.

MCQs will support the lecture/seminar materials by allowing students to check their knowledge and understanding of areas by attempting MCQs. The MCQ opportunities should be completed within 30 minutes. These MCQs will provide an instant check on understanding and will include feedback or guidance relevant to individual performances. Q&A’s will be via a discussion board.

Guided Independent Study is to be divided between preparing for lectures and seminars, consolidation, and revision.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002500 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework will test practical understanding of the topics and will require application of student’s knowledge to address the question(s) posed. The question will require students to identify the relevant issues and apply principles and case law logically to provide a balanced answer; this approach will also reduce the risk of plagiarism.

Reading Lists