LAW IN BUSINESS

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1M225208
Module Leader Naveed Kayani
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces the student to the role of law in business in the context of the legal life cycle of a business from establishment to dissolution. Students will consider the choice of business medium; the establishment/ incorporation of the business organisation and the ongoing regulation of the company and LLP forms in terms of formation, capital structure, management, administration, flotation and reconstruction; sources of finance and property rights; the use of agents; the legal regulation of the provision of goods and services; and the legal regulation generally of business relations with suppliers, customers and employees including consideration of the potential for both contractual and delictual liability. The delivery of the module will embed PRME principles including: developing an inclusive and sustainable global economy, and inculcating global social responsibility, sustainability and responsible leadership.

Syllabus

The syllabus will be covered in a chronological manner in the context of a typical legal lifecycle of a business. Indicatively, the order will follow: choice of business medium, incorporation, raising of capital, premises, business property, IP rights, employing staff - hire and fire, discrimination claims, contract (at various stages e.g. lease or buy premises, contract with suppliers, customers, employees), legal regulation of the provision of goods and services - consumer law, sale of goods, misdescription, delictual issues -including those that may arise in relation to product liability, injured employee, company law issues continuing through lifetime of business. Informing these themes will be the requirements of relevant professional accreditation bodies although delivery will avoid a traditional silo approach and will be innovative and with a distinctive pedagogic methodology. Although delivery will avoid treating this list as dictating the order of teaching, the syllabus itself includes: -284b7 Introduction to the Scottish Legal System -284b7 The law of obligations b7 The law of contract b7 The law of agency b7 The law of delict b7 Forms of business organisation b7 Company formation b7 Capital of a company b7 Administration of a company b7 Administration b7 Corporate Insolvency and Winding Up b7 The Contract for the Sale of Goods b7 Consumer Law b7 Product Liability b7 The Employment Contract b7 Regulation of Discrimination in Employment b7 Regulation of Dismissal in Employment b7 Regulation of information processing b7 Regulation of bribery b7 Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate a comprehension of the principles of the substantive areas of law, as set out in the syllabus, which combine to regulate the activities of a business from its formation to its dissolution;2. Analyse a given set of facts so as to identify the relevant legal issues arising there from, explain the relevant law and apply it so as to take appropriate action in relation to the operation of a business;3. Identify, analyse and synthesise the legal issues arising in practical problems;4. Appraise and synthesise legal concepts so as to construct a persuasive argument using recognised legal sources in justifying their application to a given set of facts;5. Communicate confidently with legal experts on a range of legal matters regulating business; and6. Demonstrate an understanding and application of relevant principles of responsible management education in all learning outcomes.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This work based module adopts a blended approach to learning which combines face to face contact and online learning via GCU's virtual learning environment, GCU Learn. The teaching and learning strategy encourages an active and self-directed approach to learning. In the context of a work based ethos, teaching and learning methods use real world and real work scenarios to promote action learning, inquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. These methods include lectures, seminars, online directed learning packages (power point presentations/study guides/videos), podcasts and discussion boards. These approaches will be used to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage collaborative learning amongst students. Learners will be supported during the module by the module team which includes module tutors, work based mentors and Academic Development Tutors. Module tutors act as facilitators and also determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery. Additionally, input, when necessary, either directly or with the support of external experts will add to the authenticity, credibility and application of education and learning to the workplace. Work based mentors provide a full spectrum of workplace support; helping apprentices to identify relevant work activity that can operate as a source for work-integrated learning, advise on the development of work-based projects, provide feedback on the development of professional competence, and formatively comment on progress in achieving negotiated work-integrated learning objectives. Academic Development Tutors will provide support to help maximise students' potential in relation to academic writing, referencing and the development of effective study techniques. Both formative and summative assessment strategies will be adopted during the module. Formative assessment will be used not only to encourage knowledge of the subject, but also to help develop transferable skills. Summative assessments will provide evidence of the learning achieved throughout the module. Summative assessments are compulsory. A mark of 35% must be achieved for each summative assessment and an overall mark of 40% must be achieved in the module. Students will have access to ongoing academic support as they work through the module assessment activities, and staff will assist students to reflect on and evaluate achievement of the learning outcomes. The percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the Independent Learning 'Activity Type' is 72%. Work Based Assessment will account for 20% with the remainder of 8% accounted for by Lectures and Seminars.

Indicative Reading

Books and articles: BLACK, G. & BISACRE, J., 2015. Business Law in Scotland. 3rd ed. Edinburgh Thompson/W. Green JONES, L., 2015. Introduction to Business Law. 4 th ed. Oxford University Press Online sources: Company Law Club <http://www.companylawclub.co.uk> Scottish Courts: <http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk> Company Law in Scotland portal <http://www.scottishlaw.org.uk/lawscotland/claw.html> UK Government Home Page:<http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm> <http://www.ukonline.gov.uk> Dept of BIS: <http://www.bis.gov.uk> Legislation: <http://www.legislation.gov.uk/> Companies House: <http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/> Employing People: <https://www.gov.uk/browse/employing-people> Acas: <http://www.acas.org.uk> EU Enterprise Website: <http://europa.eu/pol/enter/index_en.htm> <http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex> (on-line access to official documents and related EU legislation)

Transferrable Skills

-Self-management: self-motivation, time management and critical self-reflection and evaluation of personal performance. -Interpersonal Skills: an ability to work collaboratively and constructively with others in seminars. -Oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills and presentation skills. -Group work when participating in the group work in seminars. -Information technology skills will be developed through Internet searches and online communication. -Analytical, evaluative and creative problem solving will be developed throughout the module experience but especially through case studies and seminar debates. -Using Turnitin software to improve writing style.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 145.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% Individual online MCQ tests
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% Individual Portfolio (2000 words)