LAW06023 2016 Law

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
Business Studies - Access
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
BUS - Business
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
John Creed, Ruth Walsh, Dr. Michael Barrett DBA (HEM)
Programme Membership
SG_BBUSO_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Business in Business in Business SG_BBSOL_C06 202000 Higher Certificate in Business

The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to the Irish and European legal systems. The student will be introduced to the basic principles in law, which are essential in the commercial environment. 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 system of administration of justice in Ireland;


Distinguish between Irish and European laws and assess their impact on Irish business activities;


Apply the fundamental principles of contract law and tort law to facilitate informed decisions in the commercial environment;


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


Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and work effectively with peers.

Indicative Syllabus

1.     Introduction to the Irish and European legal systems

  • Sources of law, the Irish Constitution, Separation of Powers;
  • Personnel of the law and the Irish court system;
  • The importance of European Union law in relation to our legal system.

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 contracts and remedies for breach of contract;
  • Electronic contracts.

3.     The fundamental principles of tort law 

  • Describe the basic principles of the law of negligence;
  • Product liability and employer's liability.

4.     Commercial Law

  • Outline the main provisions of consumer protection law;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of agency, franchising and hire purchase agreements;
  • Describe the fundamental principles of insurance;
  • Credit security, banking and finance.

5.        Employment Law 

  • The essential elements of an employment contract;
  • The obligations and duties of employers and employees;
  • Termination of a contract of employment - Unfair Dismissals legislation;
  • Equality legislation.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Report , Case Study, Exam, Other Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 8 1,2,3,4,5
2 Continuous Assessment Weekly activities in class such as question and answer sessions, class discussion, case studies etc. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Class based instruction. 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

"Essentials of Irish Business Law" by Aine Keenan - Gill & Macmillan.

"Principles of Irish Law" by Brian Doolan - Gill & Macmillan.

Constitution of Ireland - Government Publications Office.

Business Law, Law Society of Ireland - Oxford University Press.

Other Resources


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