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BAEcon Economics / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer

Unit code BMAN24042
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Alliance Manchester Business School
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit will focus on the common law approach to  Contract Law and the Law of  Tort.


Available to students on Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM, IMABS,IBFE & BA(Econ). Core for BSc Accounting.


This course unit will examine how the law operates to ensure coherence, fairness and efficiency in the conduct of business, and will give the international context for these two major areas of business law.

Students will study the interaction between various principles of business law, current issues in the business world, case studies and learn how to apply legal rules to real and  hypothetical problems.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course unit students should be able to:
Understand, recognise and apply fundamental principles of business law.
Identify legal risk and avoid liability where possible, and be able to work in a business law context.
Analyse legal trends and assess their importance for business strategy.
Locate and update information from a variety of specialist sources in a fast moving legal area.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars

Virtual Learning Environment
Lecture  slides and seminar materials will be provided on Blackboard

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes, coursework and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods
1. Email

Assessment methods

2000 word essay    40%

2.5 hour examination   60%
2.5 hour examination at the end of Semester 2

The examination will consist of three sections. Section A (Case Study), Section B (Contract Law) and Section C (Law of Tort). Section A is compulsory; in addition  one question must be answered from Section B and  one question must be answered from Section C.

Section B and C questions will be a mixture of unseen problems and essays.


The coursework consists of one 2000 word structured essay/  report   on Consumer Law. This word limit must not be exceeded. Any words over the allocated limit may not be marked or count towards your final mark.


Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during  lectures and seminars.
- Specific course related feedback sessions.
- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.

Recommended reading

These are suggested  texts, other texts  may be recommended during the first lecture. You are not obliged to purchase any of the texts on this list. If you do purchase a textbook, choose a style which  suits you ; if you miss a lecture you will need  to supplement your lecture slides.

!!   n.b.   always double check   you have the latest   edition !!

n.b. page numbers will  not  be given, you are expected to locate information within given texts  as part of your skills development.

General  Coverage

Adams,   Law for Business Students             (  Pearson )

Jones,    Introduction to Business Law          (  OUP  )

Marson,  Business Law                                  (  OUP  )

Macintyre, Business Law                               (   Pearson  )

Riches    Keenan & Riches Business Law    (    Pearson  )

Various websites, library & other electronic resources and further reading, as directed, including :  and

Specialist  Areas

Chen-Wishart                          Contract  Law             (  OUP  )

Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston  Law of Contract           (  OUP  )

Richards                                  Law of Contract          (  Pearson   )

Taylor  &  Taylor                     Contract Law – Directions Series  (  OUP  )

Cooke,                                    Law of Tort                  (  Pearson   )

Horsey & Rackley,                 Tort                              (  OUP   )

Cheeseman                            Contemporary Business Law   (Pearson )

Hanson                                    Learning Legal Skills & Reasoning  ( Routledge )

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 68

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Fiona King Unit coordinator
Roger Walden Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: N/A

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units: N/A

Programme Restrictions: Available only on the following programmes Level 2 BSc Management/Management (specialism), BSc International Management, BSc International Management with American Business Studies and BA Econ. Core for BSc Accounting.


For Academic Year 2017/18

Updated: March 2017

Approved by: March UG Committee


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