Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer
|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.
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.
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
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.
- Informal advice and discussion during lectures and seminars.
- Specific course related feedback sessions.
- Written and/or verbal comments on assessed or non-assessed coursework.
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.
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 )
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 )
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Independent study hours|
|Fiona King||Unit coordinator|
|Roger Walden||Unit coordinator|
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