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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Business
MODULE NFQ
Level 6
MODULE CREDIT UNITS
ECTS: 10
MODULE TITLE
Business Law
Reference Code: BB7 618
STAGE
Year 2
Spring Semester 2
12 Weeks Full-Time X 6 Hours per week
12 Weeks Part-Time X 4 Hours per week

Business Law Module

Introduction to Legal Principles

The indicative syllabus of this module is outlined in the units below:

  • Sources of law.
  • The Common Law system.
  • The Constitution.
  • EU law.
  • Distinction between Civil and Criminal law.
  • The Court Structure.
  • Legal Personnel and their functions.
  • Write a legal vocabulary/legal business vocabulary booklet.

Contract Law

  • Formation.
  • Terms.
  • Vitiating factors.
  • Termination of Contract.
  • Breach.
  • Remedies for Breach.

Commercial Law

  • The Sale of Goods Acts.
  • Agents.
  • Insurance.

Company Law

  • Formation, Share capital.
  • Functions of Directors and Company Secretaries.
  • Shareholders rights, Liquidation, Examinership, Receivership.

The Law of Tort

  • Negligence, Defamation.
  • Trespass.
  • Fraud.

Employment Law

  • Common Law and Statutory duties of employers and employees.

Data Protection Law

The rationale behind the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, type of data that is protected, obligations on employers/employees in relation to such data.

Health and Safety Regulations

Analysis of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, obligations of employers/employees pursuant to the legislation.

Contemporary issues in Business Law

Issues such as Intellectual property law, corporate responsibility in relation to the environment, and the responsibility of Directors for liabilities in the company, as well as topical issues arising out of E-business and E.U. Directives and legislation will be referred to during the course.

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO 1
Identify the essential ingredients of a valid and enforceable contract including remedies for breaches.
LO 2
Describe the Sale of Goods Act and the rights of consumers.
LO 3
Discuss company formation, shareholders, examinership, receivership, liquidation.
LO 4
Identify directors’ duties, obligations and liabilities.
LO 5
Discuss employment law in regard to employers obligations and rights of employees.
LO 6
Explain data protection in respect of: employees, customers, marketing, e–business.
LO 7
Describe patents, copyright and intellectual property rights, including passing off.

Assessment

MIMLOs
Assessment
Percentage
1
Group Project on legal disputes with presentation
30%
2
Essay
30%
3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Final Examination
40%

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Aims & Objectives

The aim is to provide learners, in a general sense, of the main areas of law relevant to business, so that it enables them to understand why these laws are essential in business relationships thus facilitating a capacity to analyse and apply these laws in the course of their business dealings.

  • Learners will acquire knowledge of the principles, doctrines and rules of modern business law.
  • Gain and understanding of business law that is essential for anyone working in a business environment.

 

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