SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3M126351
Module Leader Karla Perez Portilla
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The primary aim of this module is to examine how the use of computer and information technologies is regulated. It will provide an opportunity for non-law students to gain an appreciation of the applicable legal framework and in particular the increasingly important role played by the European Commission DG INFSO in developing a harmonized approach to information society policies. There will be an emphasis on the practical implications of these laws for both individuals and organisations who use or develop such technologies.


The following topics will be examined: Introduction to the legal system, sources of law and legal research The role of the European Commission and the development of Information Society policy Cybercrime Privacy, Data Protection and Data Security Intellectual Property Issues in the Information Society

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Display knowledge and understanding of the legal system and sources of law relevant to the regulation of information technologies and the role of the European Commission in developing policy.2. Show an understanding of the novel legal problems that the use or development of information technologies create.3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the law in its regulation of information technologies.4. Analyse problem scenarios and offer a range of possible solutions. 5. Formulate and undertake a legal research strategy to given problems using both paper based and electronic resources and where required present the results orally.6. Communicate effectively in writing answers to given problems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A combination of lectures, seminars and independent directed study will be utilised in this module. During each teaching week of the trimester, there will be overview lectures of a topic area which will be followed up in small group seminars where there will be the opportunity to explore the subject in greater depth. An emphasis will be placed upon the practical application of legal rules in real life scenarios. Seminars will involve group working. The students will benefit by moving beyond a mechanistic, black letter, approach to understanding the regulatory framework which will affect their professional practice in the IT sector. By placing the subject matter in a deeper contextual setting, the students will gain a greater appreciation of how and where policy might be developed in the future and so as subject specialists, they will be in a position to influence such changes.

Indicative Reading

Bainbridge, Introduction to Computer Law, 7th ed, , 2012 Longman Lloyd, Information Technology Law, 6 th ed, 2008, OUP Carey, Data Protection: a Practical Guide, 3 rd ed, 2009 OUP Fafinski, Computer Misuse : Response Regulation and the Law, 2009 Willan The module will draw upon electronically available journals such as: European Journal of Law & Technology European Intellectual Property Review Computer and Telecommunications Law Review International Data Privacy Law Privacy & Data Protection Journal Communications Law And websites such as European Commission:

Transferrable Skills

Students will demonstrate an ability to: To communicate effectively orally and in writing; Work effectively with others; Contextualise knowledge and understanding in their field of study and to develop critical thinking skills; Exercise initiative and autonomy in their activities throughout the programme; Take responsibility for their own work and, where appropriate, the work of others; Develop IT Skills to enhance work at this level.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 40.00 35% Group presentation (this includes a single group summary of 1000 words).
Course Work 01 n/a 60.00 35% Essay 1500 words.