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MN10354: An introduction to law

[Page last updated: 23 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
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)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take MN10442 OR take MN10078 OR take CE20094
Learning Outcomes: At the end of the unit, students should be able to identify the structure and workings of the English legal system and be able to apply the knowledge of law that they have gained to their own personal experience.

Aims: By the end of this unit, students will have a basic understanding of some areas of law.

Skills: Intellectual
* Analysis TFA
* Knowledge gain TFA
* Ethics T
* Knowledge gain TFA
Key skills
* Literacy and language TFA
* Computer skills FA
* Numeracy skills FA

Content: English Legal System:
* Separation of Powers
* Sources of law: Primary and Delegated legislation and Common law
* Parliamentary Sovereignty
* Law reform
* The structure of the courts, the doctrine of judicial precedent, tribunals and ADR Professional and lay personnel.
Contract Law:
* An introduction to contract law
* Essentials of a contract
* Structure of a contract and Terms.
* Implied terms, consumer law
* Remedies
Tort Law:
* An introduction to tort law
* Defamation
* Trespass
* Negligence
* Remedies
Weekly 2 hour lectures, the lectures also allow the students to raise any questions as they arise.

Programme availability:

MN10354 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

MN10354 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics (Year 1)
  • UHES-AAB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHES-AKB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHES-ACB03 : BSc(Hons) Economics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 1)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)


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