DSGN06102 2013 Professional Practice 4 - Law

General Details

Full Title
Professional Practice 4 - Law
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Nevil Walsh, Keith McManus, Ruth Walsh
Programme Membership
SG_DCRDS_B07 201300 Bachelor of Arts in Creative Design SG_DCRDS_H08 201300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Design

The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to law and the Irish legal system. The student will be introduced to the basic principles of contract law, negligence and product liability. They will also be introduced to the legal issues that relate to Creative Design - the importance of Intellectual Property, Trade Marks, Design, Patents and Copyright.  It is intended that this module will create an awareness of where legal expertise may need to be sought.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the Irish legal system and the administration of justice in Ireland;



Apply the fundamental principles of contract law in a Design context;


Analyse the key issues in relation to Intellectual Property for the protection of Creative Design; 


Recognise key factors which will influence decision making within a legal environment;


Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and work effectively with peers. 

Module Assessment Strategies

A combination of module appropriate assessment procedures will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes of this module. 

These methods include a mixture of continuous assessment processes such as written assignments, case study analyses, learner records and project presentations.

Indicative Syllabus

1.      Introduction to law and the Irish legal systems

  • Sources of law, the Irish Constitution, EU law;
  • Personnel of the law and the Irish court system;
  • Court visit.

2.      The fundamental principles of contract law 

  • The essential elements of a legally binding contract;
  • Differentiate between the various terms of a contract;
  • Exemption clauses and contracts in restraint of trade;
  • Termination of a contract and remedies for breach of contract.

3.      The fundamental principles of tort law 

  • Describe the basic principles of the law of negligence;
  • Product liability.

4.      Intellectual Property

  • Importance of IP;
  • Trademarks, Design, Patents and Copyright.
  • Confidentiality Agreements and License Agreements.

5.      Health and Safety  Legislation

  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, 2005;
  • Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, 2007;
  • Duties and functions of the Health and Safety Authority
  • Obligations on employers and employees;
  • Hazard identification and risk analysis;
  • Preparation of Safety Statement.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report , Exam, Multiple Choice, Case Study. Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 60 % Week 5 1,2,3,4
2 Group Project Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % Week 9 2,3,4,5
3 Case Study Legal Systems/Issues Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Legal Issues for Design 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Studio Design Projects 2 Fortnightly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Keenan, A  Essentials of Irish Business Law, 5th Ed., Gill and Macmillan

Clark, R & Clarke, B (2004) Contract Cases and Materials, 3rd Ed., Gill and MacMillan

Clark, R (2004) Contract Law in Ireland, 5th Ed., Round Hall

Forde (1999) Commercial Law in Ireland, 2nd Ed., relevant chapters, Dublin

McMahon and Binchy (2000) Case Book on Irish Law of Torts, 2nd Ed., Butterworths

Other Resources

Government Publications Office

Reports & Publications of the Office of the Director of Consumer Affairs/Consumer Agency


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