LAW07031 2021 Business Law

General Details

Full Title
Business Law
Transcript Title
Business Law
N/A %
Subject Area
LAW - Law
BUS - Business
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2021 - Full Academic Year 2021-22
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Lorraine Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_MBUSI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and ICT

The purpose of this module is to give the learner a general introduction to the Irish and European legal systems together with a good working knowledge of the law creating awareness of areas where legal expertise may be required.  The learner will acquire knowledge and skills in relation to the application of basic legal principles and will be equipped with a broad general knowledge of a diverse range of legal subjects to include Contract Law, Tort Law, Company Law, Commercial Law, Employment Law, and Business Ethics.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe the system of administration of justice in Ireland in relation to Civil and Criminal Law.


Apply the fundamentals of Contract Law, Tort Law, Company Law and Employment Law in making informed decisions in business.


Analyse and interpret commercial agreements while acknowledging the significance of ADR, Intellectual Property and Data Protection in an evolving commercial environment.


Demonstrate an understanding of the Principles of Insurance 


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


Demonstrate the ability to cooperate and work effectively with peers

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered by a mixture of face to face, online delivery and tutorial support as appropriate.  The learner will be supported in developing an understanding of the theory and key principles in this area and how these apply in the commercial environment.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessed by Continuous Assessment (30%) during the semester and by an end of semester exam (70%).

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Assessments will be developed as appropriate to assess failed elements.

Indicative Syllabus

1.     Introduction to the Irish and European Legal Systems

  • Differences between Civil law and Criminal Law in the Irish Legal System;
  • Sources of law including the Irish Constitution, Legislation and the European Union.

2.     The fundamental principles of Contract law 

  • The essential elements of a legally binding contract;
  • Identify various terms/clauses in a contract;
  • Discharge of contracts and remedies for breach of contract.

3.     The fundamental principles of Tort law 

  • The basic principles of the law of negligence;
  • Personal injury actions and the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB);
  • Liability, defences, and remedies in negligence actions

4.    Company Law

  • An understanding of companies when compared with other forms of business organisation;
  • Incorporation, non-incorporation and separate legal personality;
  • Different types of Companies. 

5.     Commercial Law

  • An introduction to Commercial Agreements including Agency, Franchising and Distribution Agreements;
  • Fundamental Principles of Insurance
  • The main provisions of Consumer Protection law and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC);
  • Intellectual Property Rights including Trade Marks, Patents, Designs, Copyright, Trade Secrets;
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR);
  • Fundamentals of Data Protection law and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

6.        Employment Law 

  • The essential elements of an employment contract;
  • Role of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC);
  • Employment Law legislation and caselaw.

7.      Business Ethics and Regulation

  • Ethical principles; Integrity, professional competence, confidentiality and accountability;
  • Ethical dilemmas and conflicts of interest.

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 Practical Evaluation 30 % Week 8 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom In class learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom In class learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Lecture Online Online learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012 Essentials of Irish Business Law Gill Education
ISBN 0717152618 ISBN-13 9780717152612

Updateedition of this bestselling introductory textbook on Irish business law, which reflects all the major legislative and case law changes since 2008. Updated 6th edition of this bestselling introductory textbook on Irish business law, which reflects all the major legislative and case law changes since 2008. New to this edition: Defamation Act 2009 Legal Services Ombudsman Act 2009 Companies (Amendment) Act 2009 Enactment of Treaty of Lisbon in 2009 29th Amendment of the Constitution (Judges' Remuneration) Act 2011 Companies (Amendment) Bill 2012 Competition (Amendment) Bill 2011 Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011 Judicial Council Bill 2012 Enlargement of EU and Eurozone Streamlining of Employment Rights Bodies Provides students with a broad knowledge of the principles of Irish law as it affects commercial transactions Each chapter contains: Learning objectives The related rules of law to help students assimilate the necessary facts A progress test and a list of important cases and/or statutes referred to Useful internet resources for further research Includes past exam questions from professional bodies Written For: Business law students within: Accounting Technicians Ireland Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators Marketing Institute of Ireland Institute of Bankers in Ireland Irish Taxation Institute Honourable Society of King's Inns Law Society of Ireland Institute of International Trade of Ireland Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management

Required Reading
2015 An Introduction to Business Law
ISBN 1910374334 ISBN-13 9781910374337
Required Reading
2015-09-20 Business Law in Ireland
ISBN 1905536771 ISBN-13 9781905536771

This book offers an introduction to business law in Ireland and explores the major requisite themes, including the law of tort, the law of contract, company and commercial law, European/EU law, and employment law. Contents include: what is "a tort"? * professional negligence * passing off * offer and acceptance * consideration and intention to create legal relations * the sale of goods and supply of services * contractual terms and exclusion clauses * misrepresentation * mistake * economic duress and undue influence discharge * remedies for a breach of contract * introduction to company law * directors * agency * corporate borrowing * negotiable instruments * insurance * corporate insolvency * introduction to European law * significant case law of the EU * the contract of employment * employment law disputes. (Series: Core Text) [Subject: Irish Law, Business Law, Labor Law]

Required Reading
2012 Business Law Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN 9780199603411 ISBN-13 0199603413

Written by leading experts in the field, the fifth edition of Business Law is designed to provide trainee solicitors with a clear understanding of key aspects of business law, one of the most challenging and dynamic areas of law in study and in practice. Each chapter gives a clear overview of the subject as well as focusing on the legal issues that solicitors face in practice. Coverage includes: establishing and operating a business, buying and selling a business, selected business law issues, and business arrangements. This fifth edition of the book features new chapters on corporate governance and on terms and conditions of sale. The manual is essential reading for trainee solicitors on the Law Society of Ireland's Professional Practice Courses, and is also an excellent resource for Irish legal practitioners.

Required Reading
2011 Principles of Irish Law Gill Education
ISBN 0717149897 ISBN-13 9780717149896

A new edition of this well-established text, reflecting all relevant constitutional changes, new statutory provisions and the latest judicial pronouncements up to the end of December 2010. It continues to provide the complete introduction to Irish law for students coming to the subject for the first time.

Required Reading
1999-09-01 Constitution of Ireland HarperCollins
ISBN 0000093378 ISBN-13 9780000093370

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