SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1M224623
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

General entry requirements * Please note this module is also delivered in CCEO and they should be notified of any changes to this module.

Summary of Content

Introduction to evolution of the legal system in Scotland. The law of obligations including contract, delict and tort and introduction to standard forms of contract.


Introduction to the legal system in Scotland including the courts. Introduction to contract including: formation; validity; agency; breach; damages; prescription; discharge. Brief comparison of Scots law and English law of contract. The nature of a construction contract. Implied and express terms and letters of intent and associated problems in construction "contracts". The necessity for standard forms of building contract. The Joint Contracts Tribunal Homeowners Contract. Introduction to delict; negligence: duty of care, breach, causation, remoteness; liability of construction professionals; nuisance; trespass to land; brief comparison of Scots law of delict and English law of tort. Contemporary developments in case law and legislation.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Develop the skills of legal discussion and debate including practical application of standard form clauses (B1, D12).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures will concentrate on principles and students will be expected to undertake significant private study. Some seminar material will delivered via the web.

Indicative Reading

Marshall E.A. (1995), General Principles of Scots Law, Sweet and Maxwell*MacMillan M. and MacFarlane S. (1996), Scottish Business LawR. Tiernan - Nutshells - Tort (1999), Sweet and MaxwellV. Bermingham - Nutcases - Tort (1996), Sweet and Maxwell Powell-Smith and Furmston's Building Contract Casebook (2000), Blackwell The Joint Contracts Tribunal's Home Owner's Contract Web Blackboard Other reading and web sites as indicated by lecturers and tutors from time to time

Transferrable Skills

Analysis, comparative and evaluation skills. Oral and communication skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Directed Study 10.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Private Study 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 36.00 35% Quiz and report - Quiz is the formative assesment, submission of report (1500 words) on legislations is summative
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 40.00 35%  Unseen written examination-2Hours
Exam (School) 1.50 24.00 35% Mid Term Test -  Unseen written examination-1½ Hours