SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3M126352
Module Leader Karla Perez Portilla
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Law
  • 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 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 percentage of Work Based Learning for this module, as represented by the proportion of the Activity Types which take place off campus, is 63%. The percentage of Work Based Assessment for this module is 50%.


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 a student 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

Work Based Education aims to maximise the direct and digitally mediated contact time with students by practicing teaching and learning strategies that use authentic work based scenarios and encourage action learning, enquiry based learning, problem based learning and peer learning. All these approaches aim to directly involve the students in the process of learning and to encourage sharing of learning between students. The module team will determine the level and accuracy of knowledge acquisition at key points in the delivery, inputting when necessary either directly or with the support of external experts who will add to the authenticity, the credibility and application of the education and learning in the workplace. The Learning and Teaching Strategy is informed by the University's Strategy for Learning. The course material will be introduced through online presentations as well as guided reading material made available on GCULearn. These are supported by practical exercises, and there will be seminars on campus which will allow students to discuss key concepts and issues with peers and tutors. Students will be expected to undertake a significant level of independent study within the workplace, including practical activities, and links will be provided to appropriate external material such as articles, podcasts and videos to supplement the module content. Students will be encouraged to reflect upon the theoretical learning within the workplace and the application of newly learned concepts to the work environment, and this will form part of the module assessment. Students will receive feedback on their performance throughout the module through undertaking the practical assignments and tutorial exercises and participating in the seminars.

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) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 102.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

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