SSST Subjects

EC300 Legal Aspects of Business


Programme(s) where module is offered

  • BSc in Business and Management with Finance
  • BSc in Business and Management with Economics

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Educational Aims of the Module

  • Business enterprise takes place within a general and wide-ranging legal environment. Rules of law, which businesses must comply with, shape business strategies and practices.
  • Therefore, students of business should have more than more than a passing knowledge of major legal rules and procedures which impact upon business activities.
  • This module introduces students to major rules of law which govern all aspects of business, from the formation of a company, hiring employees and acquiring assets through entering contractual obligations with business partners to competition and customer protection laws which shape business strategies and practices.
  • The module starts with a brief description of the legal system, types of business entities and corporate governance. In the second stage, the module defines the most important terms and principles of business contract.
  • In the final part the module covers rules of law regulating sales of goods/services, patents/copyrights, credit transactions, agency conflicts and employment.

Module Outline/Syllabus

  • Legal system

  • Types of business entities

  • Corporate governance

  • Agency and the agent/principal relationship

  • Business contracts

  • Sales of goods and services

  • Employment law

  • Credit transactions

  • Patents and copyrights


Student Engagement Hours

Type Number per Term Duration Total Time


15 1.5 22.5


5 1.5 7.5


5 1.5 7.5
Tutorials 5 1.5 7.5
Total Guided/Independent Learning Hours 45.0
Total Contact Hours 155.0
Total Engagement Hours 200.0

Assessment Method Summary

Type Number Required Duration / Length Weighting Timing / Submission Deadline

Final exam


3 hours


Week 17

Mid-term exam


2 hours


Week 8

Group project


2000 words


Week 15

Written test


1 hour


Week 12


Module Outcomes

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Conceptual understanding of the areas of law which affect business activities

  • Identify the key issues and theoretical debates surrounding the functions and objectives of business law.

  • Critically analyse the law in the context of the business environment.

  • Apply the law to factual situations which may arise in a business setting

  • Ability to critically analyse legal issues when making business decisions

  • Ability to use and compare alternative methods to judge the reliability of data and choose the one with the most relevant results;

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures (ILO: 1-6)

  • In-class exercises (ILO: 3-6)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Midterm exam (ILO: 1-3)

  • Final exam (ILO: 1-6)

  • Written test (ILO: 1-4)

Practical Skills:

  • Prepare business contracts

  • Asses legal requirements and risks in business transactions

  • Asses cost implications of legal requirements in business transactions

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures (PS: 1-3)

  • In-class exercises (PS: 1-3)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Test (PS: 1-3)

  • Group project (PS: 1-3)

Transferable Skills:

  • A problem-centered and problem-solving approach

  • Ability to effectively present own and others’ point of view

  • Communication Skills: Written and Oral

  • Research Skills

  • Data analyses skills

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to work in the team

  • Classify data

  • Compare, inspect or record facts

  • Meet deadlines

  • Good time management

  • Organize/manage projects

Teaching and Learning Strategy:

  • Lectures (TS: 1-3)

  • In-class exercises (TS: 1-9)

  • Group project (TS: 1-5, 7-12)

Assessment Strategy:

  • Exams and tests (TS: 13, 6, 8-9)

  • Group project (TS: 1-5, 7-12 )


Key Texts and/or other learning materials

Set text

  • MacIntyre, E. (2016). Business Law, 8th Edition, Pearson

Supplementary Materials

  • Beatty, J. F., Samuelson, S. S. & Bredeson, D. A. (2015) Cengage Advantage Books: Introduction to Business Law, 5th Edition, Cengage Learning.
  • Kelly, D., Hammer, R. & Hendy, J. (2014) Business Law, 2nd Edition, Routledge
  • Miller, R. L. & Cross, F. B. (2013) Business Law, Alternate Edition: Text and Summarized Cases, 12th Edition. Cengage Learning
  • Monaghan, C. (2015). Beginning Business Law, Routledge

Please note

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the module and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.

More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each module and programme can be found in the departmental or programme handbook.

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Date of Production : May 2017

Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee

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