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ENG2032 : Business and Law for Engineers

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Mrs Chris Fletcher
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


This is an introductory module for engineers that aims to equip students with a basic knowledge and overview of law and business so that the students understand their relevance and impact in the various branches of engineering.

The design of the module is informed by the AHEP learning outcomes (version 4) issued by the Engineering Council.

Outline Of Syllabus

(1)       An introduction to what law is and how it may impact on engineers and engineering activities.
(2)       An overview of different business structures: sole proprietorships, partnerships and limited and public limited companies including how they are set up and managed and the commercial implications of each business type.
(3)       An awareness of employment law including equality, diversity, inclusion, cultural and societal issues.
(4)       An awareness of key health and safety laws.
(5)       Different models and processes used in dispute resolution.
(6)       An introduction to contract law.
(7)       An overview of the tort of negligence.
(8)       An introduction to legal risk management relevant to engineering projects and contracts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion351:0035:00Preparation for and completion of two assessments One formative and one summative
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading351:0035:00Combination of own reading and revision of module content together with practice questions
Guided Independent StudySkills practice120:306:00MCQ Practise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery40:302:00Online drop in sessions in semester 2 as feedforward for the assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture content will be delivered in the form of weekly 60 minute long lectures. Students will be provided with slides and reading material ahead of the lecture.

The online ‘drop in’ sessions will be scheduled at key stages in semester 2 and will allow students to ask questions concerning course content and used to work through past exam paper questions to help students to plan and structure answers to the part B questions in the assessment.

The MCQ activities will provide students with instantaneous formative feedback on their knowledge and understanding of substantive course content and allow them to assess their own progress.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination902A100In person digital examination
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Digital ExaminationMThis assessment will comprise of multiple choice questions and must be attempted.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative assessment is a digital exam which comprises 2 parts, part A is a set of compulsory multiple choice questions which enable the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the topics covered in the module. Part B allows the students to choose 2 from a choice of 4 problem type questions allowing the students to identify issues, apply knowledge and advance arguments in respect of a particular area of law.

The formative assessment is a zero weighted pass/fail assessment comprised of multiple choice questions. The test can be attempted multiple times and will provide feedback as to the student’s knowledge and understanding and help prepare for the summative assessment.

Reading Lists