Module ASB-3400:
Law for Business

Module Facts

Run by Bangor Business School

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Ms Omotolani Somoye

Overall aims and purpose

To provide students with an overview of the key aspects of the legal system of England and Wales and an Introduction to Business Law.

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

To provide students with an overview of the law relating to business organisations, in particular the law relating to partnerships and limited companies, legal personality, the capital and financing and the management, administration and regulation of companies.

To enable students to briefly look at Insolvency Law and Fraudulent and criminal behaviour

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. 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. It will also introduce students to Employment Law, so that they understand Contracts of Employment and elements of dismissal and Redundancy. The module will also outline the law relating to business organisations, in particular the law relating to partnerships and limited companies. It will consider legal personality, the capital and financing and the management, administration and regulation of companies. It elucidates on the guiding rules on shareholder's rights. It will also briefly look at Insolvency Law and Fraudulent and criminal behaviour

Assessment Criteria

excellent

A- to A+ (70%+): Outstanding Performance. The relevant information accurately deployed. Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.

good

B- to B+ (60-69%): Very good performance Most of the relevant information accurately deployed. Good grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.

C- to C+

C- to C+ (50-59%): Much of the relevant information and skills mostly accurately deployed. Adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Fair integration of theory/practice/information in the pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. Some evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills.

threshold

D- to D+ (40-49%): No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information/skills. Some grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a thorough ability to undertake independent legal research including the use of appropriate academic data bases.

  2. Demonstrate a thorough understanding 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

  3. Critically evaluate the different procedures by which a company may be wound up and explain the role and function of a liquidator

  4. Critically evaluate the key components of corporate personality including the potential of criminal liability

  5. Critically analyse the statutory rules regulating the raising and maintenance of a company’s share capital

  6. Show a thorough critical understanding of the essentials of a contract and the key elements in establishing the tort of negligence

  7. Identify and critically discuss the internal structure of a company, its management and control, and the legal restrictions and requirements placed on a company’s board of directors.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Semester 1 Examination

The module will be examined by means of examination in each semester, which would both account towards the final assessment as follows:

1st Semester – 100% total marks (Core focus on Law of Contract, Law of Tort & Employment Law) The 1st Semester Examination is a 2 hour exam and paper will consist of five questions. Students must attempt THREE questions. This is a closed book exam and students would not be permitted to use any Book in the examination.

50
EXAM Semester 2 Examination

The module will be examined by means of examination in each semester, which would both account towards the final assessment as follows:

2nd Semester 100% total marks (Core focus Company Law only) The 2nd Semester Examination is a 2 hour exam and paper will consist of five questions. Students must attempt THREE questions. Students will be permitted to use ONLY an un-annotated Company Law Statute Book in the examination.

50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Review lecture notes. Further study using textbooks and internet

160
Lecture

The module will be delivered by a 2 hour lecture each week over 2 semesters

40

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

Subject specific skills

  • knowledge of some of the contexts in which accounting can be seen as operating (examples of contexts include the legal, ethical, social and natural environment; the accountancy profession; the business entity; the capital markets; the public sector)

Resources

Resource implications for students

None

Reading list

Introduction to Business Law, Lucy Jones, 2017, Oxford University Press, Fourth Edition ISBN-10 019872733X ISBN-13 9780198727330

Blackstone's Statute Company Law (2018/2019)

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: