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LAW1054 : Introduction to Business Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Aris Christidis
  • Lecturer: Dr Sarah Morley, Professor Bryan Clark
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To acquire familiarity with the main legal institutions and sources of English law
2. To achieve awareness of areas of substantive law relevant to the operation of Business.
3. To provide an understanding of the commercial purpose and operation of the areas of law under consideration.

This module is designed for non-law students to introduce them to the nature of law, legal institutions and substantive private law. It covers the law of obligations, employment law, and company law.

Outline Of Syllabus

A.       An introduction to Law and the English Legal System
-       The Nature of Law
-       The Sources of English Law
-       The Court System and Alternative Dispute Resolution
B.       General Principles of Contract Law (The law of obligations I)
-       An introduction to Contract Law
-       Formation of Contracts
-       Vitiating Factors
-       Discharge and Remedies
C.       General Principles of Tort Law (The law of obligations II)
-       An introduction to Tort Law
-       The law of negligence and professional negligence
D.       Employment Law
-       Contracts of Employment
-       Dismissal and Redundancy
E.       The Structure and Management of Business
-       Business Organisations
-       Company Law I: Formation and Finance
-       Company Law II: Company Running, Maintenance and Liquidation
-       The Law of Agency

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1122:00122:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
LAW8142Law for Accounting Practice
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lecturing as the principal teaching method is justified by the technical nature of the subject and the need to provide initial exposition to assist students in achieving the knowledge base. The seminar workshops reinforce and refine what is done in lectures. The private study takes the form of directed study following on from lectures and in preparing for seminars. The intended skills outcomes are further reinforced with self-assessment exercises and active learning activities in the lecture theatre.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601A25N/A
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
LAW8142Law for Accounting Practice1N/A
LLA1054Introduction to Business Law1N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1Mself-reflection exercises - students familiarise with the inherent logic of the subject of law and the skills they need to develop.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Examination of particular style are necessary to meet accreditation requirements for accounting and finance bodies. The two papers with an attribution of 25%/75% will allow students to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application. This attribution is aligned with the examination of the other Stage 1 modules in Accounting and Finance. This structure also allows student progression on and over the year to be properly rewarded whilst providing assessment feedback at the beginning of semester 2 and incentive to study in semester 1.

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