SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2M022679
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module provides the student with the opportunity of an in-depth study of the law relating to businesses which are connected to the Internet. The role of graduates in society is changing - graduates are increasingly expected to be pro-active in the prediction and prevention of unethical as well as unlawful behaviour across all areas of society. The delivery of the module will embed PRME principles including: developing graduates who care about social responsibility; developing learning and teaching which enables graduates to become responsible leaders and practitioners; and developing graduates who will advise businesses and other stakeholders to explore mutually beneficial responses to social and legal challenges.


Part A 1. Internet Regulation 2. Privacy 3. Computer Crime Part B Status and protection of intellectual property rights in electronic data Part C e-commerce contracts and other electronic transactions

Learning Outcomes

1 Learning OutcomesAt the end of the module the student should be able to:1 Evaluate the law as it relates to businesses engaged in activities over the Internet2 Identify and synthesise the legal issues arising in practical Internet problems- apply legal methodology to evaluating the regulation of electronic commerce3 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 facts4 Identify and retrieve up to date legal information using paper and electronic repositories; use primary and secondary legal sources which are relevant to the topic under study and current at the point of assessment; present knowledge andinformation using sources to support arguments and conclusions; provide recognised methods of citation and reference.5 Identify accurately and formulate clearly the legal issues to be researched; undertake independent research (both paper-based and electronic) in areas of law which have not been previously studied, using paper and electronic repositories to research new topics without reference to a reading list.6 PRME Learning Outcome: demonstrate an ability to explore ethical and socially responsible responses to issues arising within the context of IT law.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Students will attend 30 hours of lectures in total and 1 hour seminar per week. Lectures will commence during week one and seminar workshops will commence during week three. Lectures will concentrate on introducing the students to the legal concepts and the legal framework affecting internet connected businesses. The module will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars and directed learning. Students will be required to apply this to specific areas of law by directed learning activities. Students will be expected to consider prescribed case studies prior to seminars, so as to be able to discuss issues in groups or within teams. Internationalisation: The delivery of this module will set Scots, UK and EU law as appropriate in an international context. Feedback will be provided to students as follows: -360 1. Students will be provided with feedback within three weeks of submission of all summative assessments providing information on strengths, weaknesses and suggestions for corrective action to be applied in future submissions. The tutor will also provide generic feedback at the seminars where coursework will be handed back. Students may also discuss any points with their lecturer or tutor. -360 2. The virtual learning environment site will be used to feedback overall performance by students on all summative assessments highlighting overall strengths and weaknesses. -360 3. Discussion boards will be used to encourage teacher and peer-to-peer dialogue on certain topic areas where this form of communication would be regarded as effective. Student feedback on teaching, learning and assessment will be sought at the end of the semester through a module evaluation questionnaire

Indicative Reading

Recommended textbook: Lloyd, Information Technology Law, 6th ed.,OUP 2011 Examples of other relevant reading: Other Reading Murray IT Law & Society OUP 2010 Akdeniz et al, The Internet, Law & Society, Longman, 2001 Bainbridge, Introduction to Computer Law, 6th ed, Longman, 2007 Reed, Making Laws for Cyberspace OUP 2012 Rowland Kohl & Charlesworth, Information Technology Law, Cavendish, 2011 Journals include: European Intellectual Property Review European Journal of Law & Technology

Transferrable Skills

Analysis, Synthesis, Critical Judgment and Evaluation The ability to identify issues, assimilate, evaluate and analyse information to construct written or oral solutions to a problem by bringing together and integrating relevant information, and selecting key material, from a variety of different sources. The ability to present arguments for and against propositions, acknowledging ranking of sources and relative impact in context. Such skills are developed within this module through seminar preparation and tutor directed study in seminars, and through coursework essay writing. Personal Management, Independence and Ability to Learn . The ability to organise and prioritise effectively the expenditure of time and effort in the performance of all aspects of student work. The ability to learn effectively and be aware of their own learning strategies; to manage their own learning development and to reflect upon their learning, seeking and making use of feedback. Such skills are developed within this module through feedback events following assessment. Communication and Literacy The ability to communicate information, ideas, advice and choices in an effective and succinct manner and in plain English without losing focus on key issues. The ability to listen and question effectively, to give and receive feedback and to make presentations addressing an allocated topic within the prescribed time frame. The ability to communicate both orally and in writing (and,where appropriate, by the use of electronic means) using the English language accurately by creating work which is comprehensible to the intended audience. The ability to create documents which are analytical, descriptive and inquisitive using appropriate terminology and recognised methods of citation and reference. Such skills are developed within this module through the presentation of case scenarios in seminars and through the assessment of coursework essay and the use of presentations on chosen topics. Numeracy, Information Technology and Teamwork Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, the ability to present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form. The ability to produce and present in an appropriate form a word-processed essay or other appropriate format. The ability to conduct efficient searches of websites to locate relevant information; and exchange documents by E-mail. 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. Such skills are developed within this module through the fortnightly workshop sessions where group working is encouraged to deal with unseen problems. This provides a formative opportunity prior to the group negotiation assessment.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 30.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00
n/a 10.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Presentation n/a 30.00 35% Presentation (Weeks 4-10)
Essay n/a 30.00 35% Essay 1500 words (Week 9)
Group Negotiation n/a 40.00 35% Group Negotiation (Week 14)