Module ASB-1273:
Law for non-Lawyers 1

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School - (Changsha)

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Ms Wendy Ashurst

Overall aims and purpose

The aim of this module is:

  1. To provide students with an overview of the key aspects of the English System and an Introduction to Business Law.

  2. To enable students to study key areas of substantive law and their importance associated with the legal system of England and Wales

Course content

The module introduces the student to the legal system of England and Wales, providing a framework to study ‘What is Law’. It will provide an outline of the essential differences between common law and civil law systems and relate these to legal developments in China. It will also provide students with a brief introduction to areas of substantive law such as the essentials of contract; the tort or negligence and business formation.

Assessment Criteria


60-69 A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.


70+ An outstanding, possibly brilliant, answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.


40-49% An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable.

C- to C+

C- to C+ An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the basic principles of how law applies to business, including the formation of contracts, the tort of negligence and the alternative forms of business available, including the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation

  2. Demonstrate an ability to undertake independent legal research including the use of appropriate academic data bases.

  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the essentials of a contact and the key elements in establishing the tort of negligence

  4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate legal information, both orally and in writing in English

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM End of Semester Exam 2 hours

End of semester exam.


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 68

Lectures 4 lecture weeks of 4 2 hour lectures


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others


Reading list

Core textbook Law for non lawyers Aled Griffiths, Jennifer Pritchard-Jones 2015

Recommended reading
Understanding Law J. N. Adams, Roger Brownsword 2006

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: