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MN10442: Introduction to business 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)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • CW - MCQ Test 1 (CW 10%)
  • CW - MCQ Test 2 (CW 10%)
  • CW Examination (EX 80% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On completing this unit students will be able to:
* understand the law relevant to contracts and torts, and the structure of the courts through which legal rights are enforced;
* understand contract terms, and the implications for the parties;
* consider the liability of businesses and individuals in respect of relevant areas of tort law including negligence;
* be aware of the principles of criminal liability.
Students are given a standard set of contract terms and a business context which forms the basis of the coursework exercise and the examination.

Aims: The unit initially aims to introduce students to and then move on to extend students' knowledge of the following: framework of commercial law and the fundamental legal concepts which affect businesses and individuals, their potential liabilities, and the ways in which they function.

Skills: Intellectual skills
* Analyse legal materials; identify legal principles, exceptions and applications. (T)
* Understand the importance of clarity and consistency and applying those principles in the context of tutorials, assessed coursework and an examination. (T/F/A)
Professional skills
* Understand legal method in analysing appropriate resources, gathering legal material, and applying to specific problems. (T/F)

Content: This course will equip students to understand the law relevant to contracts, non-contractual liability, including torts, and the structure of the courts through which legal rights are enforced. Students will be able to identify whether contract terms are applicable and the consequences of terms not being complied with. The liability of businesses and individuals in respect of relevant areas of tort and criminal law are also covered. Specific torts are considered in detail, in particular negligence and breach of statutory duty, including the elements to be proved, the issues of causation, liability, defences and remedies.

Programme availability:

MN10442 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UMMN-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance (Year 1)
  • UMMN-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Accounting and Finance with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UMMN-ANB07 : BSc(Hons) Business with Thin sandwich placement(s) (Year 1)


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