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MN10078: National business environment of UK - legal aspects

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: School of Management
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • CW MCQ Test 1 (CW 10%)
  • CW MCQ Test 2 (CW 10%)
  • Examination (EX 80% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: To provide a framework within which students can appreciate the basic legal implications of commercial relationships and the structure within which the law operates. To introduce students to the fundamental legal concepts which affect businesses and the ways in which they function.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, the student should be able to understand the legal rules relevant to simple contracts, their formation, validity, terms and their implications, and the consequences of breach. They will know the rules applicable to the more common tortuous areas of liability such as negligence. They will also understand the structure of the courts through which legal rights are enforced.

Skills: Intellectual skills
T: Students are taught the elements required to establish different legal criteria and
F: this is then expanded on in tutorials for which they are required to prepare an analysis of problems given to them in advance and presented on a weekly basis within their group which then discusses the application of the legal principles.
Professional practical skills
T: Students are given a standard set of common contract terms and a business context within which it applies and
are required to analyse these terms from lectures and tutorials
A: as part of their coursework exercises and examination.
Transferable/key skills
T: Students are taught law in the context of the wider requirements of management - the course is specific to their understanding of, for instance, the restrictions within which other disciplines operate and also forms a basis for later law units.
F: Students understand the framework of contract and negligence principles from applications in tutorials and lectures and what the law will permit or not.
A: The context of the assessments is intended to enable students to apply principles clearly both within the legal context of this and other units and also to its application in different fields of study.

Content: The course will examine different areas of the law and the different types of action which may be brought. In the area of property and contracts, the formulation of contracts, their validity, contents and enforceability will be examined. Performance of a contract and ways of resolving disputes are considered.

Programme availability:

MN10078 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
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  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AYB06 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)


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