SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1M223812
Module Leader Eleanor Russell
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

Introduction to the nature of law and the Scottish legal system; sources of law; the distinction between criminal and civil law; an introduction to substantive criminal law; Health and Safety prosecutions; Fatal accident inquiries; an introduction to Environmental law, including the role of SEPA and the law of nuisance; the creation of legal obligations in contract; remedies in relation to breach of contract; an introduction to the law of delict, including negligence and occupiers' liability; some basic principles of medical law, including medical negligence and consent to treatment. Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module : The delivery of the module will embed PRME principles including -developing an inclusive and sustainable global economy -inculcating global social responsibility, sustainability and responsible leadership


1. Introduction to the nature of law and the Scots legal system 2. Sources of Law 3. Distinction between criminal and civil law 4. Basic principles of criminal law 5. Health and Safety Prosecutions 6. Fatal Accident Inquiries 7. A basic introduction to Environmental law, including the role of SEPA and the law of nuisance 8. Formation of contract; offer and acceptance 9. Restrictive Covenants 10. Breach of contract and remedies therefor 11. Introduction to delict, including negligence and occupiers' liability 12. Medical negligence 13. Consent to treatment 14. Contemporary developments in case law and legislation

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1.Demonstrate a comprehension of the principles of substantive law which apply in the field of forensic science and investigation;2.Analyse a given set of facts with a view to identifying the relevant legal issues and apply the relevant law thereto;3. Apply the skills of legal discussion and debate;4. Apply the skills of analysis of legal precedent and statute relevant to the field of forensic science and investigation; 5. Apply the skills in assessing legal decisions and commenting on them individually; 6. Demonstrate an ability to meet the challenges of social and environmental responsibilities.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures in traditional form will communicate core information, while seminars will concentrate on the application of core information provided in lectures to problem based questions provided in advance of the seminar. Instruction will be given in how to access legal information such as case law, legislation and academic articles via the use of legal databases, such as Westlaw. Students will also be referred to supporting legal materials in order to deepen their knowledge and understanding of lecture and seminar topics. Formative feedback will be provided to students informally through seminar discussions on pre-prepared work. General feedback on formal assessments will be provided to the student cohort via the visual learning environment and students are also encouraged to contact their tutor for individual feedback. Student feedback on learning teaching and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Scottish Legal System LawBasics, (4 th edn, W Green, 2015) Shiels Understanding Scots Law, (2 nd ed, W Green, 2012), Ashton et al Business Law in Scotland (3 rd ed, W Green, 2015) Black et al Online sources: Scottish Courts: Legislation:

Transferrable Skills

Communication The ability to present written and oral arguments in a clear and cogent manner both to those within the discipline and also to a non-specialist audience; to respond to questions and situations appropriately; and to use English and legal terminology accurately in complex argument is developed within this module through the following activities: writing essays and contributing in seminars. Problem Solving The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information and to offer a solution making effective use of the time and resources available is developed within this module through the following activities: solving well defined (typically hypothetical) problems through essays, seminars and group work. Autonomy and Personal Skills The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon, assess and learn from their own actions is developed within this module through the following activities: completion of preparatory work for seminars which will require students to identify and access primary and secondary source materials. Teamwork The ability to work productively and cooperatively in different kinds of groups; to establish working relations with others, defining, sharing and delegating responsibilities within the group is developed within this module through the following activities: participation in seminar discussion. IT Skills The ability to make use of IT tools and develop that use by integrating it into their work is developed within this module through the following activities: seminar tasks requiring retrieval of information using electronic sources (such as Westlaw); directed learning activities requiring use of computer assisted learning packages; communication with module team via e-mail. Intellectual Skills The ability to think critically and to analyse, synthesise and evaluate information is developed within this module through the following activities: preparation of researched essays; preparation for and participation at seminars.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 11.00
Assessment (FT) 2.00
Lectures (FT) 36.00
Independent Learning (FT) 151.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 2.00 100.00 40% Multiple Choice Questions (worth 40%) plus two previously seen essay questions from four (worth 60%)