SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N322830
Module Leader Sarah Laycock
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Risk
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module examines a range of common liability risks arising out of the common law and statute. Working from first principles students will learn about how liability law, how liability arises and the consequences when it does. By working through a range of different common law and statutory liabilities students will become familiar with many of the more common issues that give rise to liabilities and where appropriate the insurances available to offset the financial impact as well as risk management strategies to avoid the liability arising/appropriate defences.


-360 1. Sources of Law 2. The Legal System 3. Liability and Legal Responsibility 4. Negligence 5. Liability for Injury to Employees & Others 6. Equality and Employment law 7. Product Liability 8. Environmental Liability 9. Occupiers Liability 10. Data Protection & Confidentiality 11. Professional Liability 12. Directors and Officers Liability 13. Product Liability

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Understand the main elements of Delict2. Be familiar with Negligence3. Recognise a number of different sources of UK and European Law4. Understand how and why the law is made5. Have an understanding of the court system6. Be able to recognise a number of different liability risks7. Detail the main provisions of some of the key pieces of liability legislation currently in force8. Be aware how legitimate claims can arise9. Have knowledge of appropriate defences if available10. Discuss the availability and coverage provided by Liability Insurance where appropriate/available11. Evaluate liability risk management strategies which might be employed to mitigate against or reduce the risk of liabilities arising

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The teaching in the module will consist of a combination of lectures and seminars supplemented by: video presentations, guest speakers, and real life simulations. Seminars will examine individual risk issues to highlight the theory covered in the lectures. The module will be supported by a suitable Managed Learning Environment. Feedback Strategy A: Facilitating the development of self-assessment Students will be asked to identify strengths and weaknesses in their own work in relation to the criteria set out in the marking template before handing the work in for marking. B: Encouraging teacher and peer dialogue The lecturer will review feedback at the tutorials where coursework and other work done by students will be handed back. In reviewing personal transferable skills such as presentation skills individually and in small teams the lecturer will provide constructive instant feedback in discussion with the rest of the class. Students will also be encouraged to discuss the comments they have been given with their peers and suggest strategies to improve their performance next time. C: Clarifying good performance A marking template is available for all student course and exam work, which will be handed out in advance and discussed with students in a tutorial prior to completion of the assignment. D: Providing opportunities to close the gap between current and desired performance At feedback sessions in seminars students will be asked to identify their own action points, based on the feedback they have just received to involve students more in the generation and planned use of feedback. E: Delivering high quality information about their learning Feedback will be provided within three weeks of submission and will provide information on strengths, weaknesses and corrective action. F: Encouraging positive motivational beliefs and self esteem Feedback give to students will always be positive and constructive, with action points for improvement. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate al modules on GCU Learn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: There is no one recommended text as Liability Risk Management is a very diverse subject area. Students will instead be supplied with a week by week reader. Indicative Reading The Statutory instruments under discussion - from HMSO online Cassidy D, Liability Exposures (Risk management series) Institute of Risk Management Carey P (2009) Data Protection: A Practical Guide to UK and EU Law Owen DG (2007) Products Liability and Safety: Cases and Materials (University Casebooks) Fisher E (2013), Environmental Law: Text, Cases & Materials Jones, B (2004), Environmental Liabilities , Parpworth -567 Online sources: WEB PAGES FOR THE FOLLOWING ORGANISATIONS: Chartered Insurance Institute: Institute of Risk Management: Association of Insurance & Risk Managers: Health & Safety Exectutive: Financial Conduct Authority: http:// BBC: <>

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: The ability to break down and analyse often very complex legal scenarios. This will enhance their thinking and analytical skills and their ability to apply their knowledge in a number of different scenarios. Students will be required to work in small groups and to deliver seminar presentations.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 44.00
Lectures (FT) 22.00
Assessment (FT) 34.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen Examination
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Unseen Examination