QUSU06026 2019 Principles Of Law

General Details

Full Title
Principles Of Law
Transcript Title
Principles Of Law
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Subject Area
QUSU - Quantity Surveying
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Barrie Cox, Gary McGinty
Programme Membership
SG_SPROP_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Property Services and Facilities Management SG_SFACI_E06 202000 Certificate in Facilities Management SG_JQUAN_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying SG_CCONS_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Construction Economics SG_CCEOL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Construction Economics (Add-On) SG_JQUAN_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying

This course provides the learner with an introduction to both the Irish legal system and administration of law. The learner will be introduced to the basic principles of both contract and tort law which underpin many aspects of the commercial/property/construction environment. It is intended that this module will provide the learner with basic legal to knowledge to identify legal problems and 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;


Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the Irish Legal System and explain the principal sources of Law.




Identify and explain the key fundamentals of both the law of contract anf the law of tort including remedies


Demonstrate an understanding of salient areas of law relevant to chosen profession 


Formulate legal advice/opinion based on the thorough examination of the facts and the application of both legislation and case law


Demonstrate an understanding of the key provisions of the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act 2005 as amended

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered using blended learning techniques.

 This will include online lectures (via adobe connect or similar), workshops and work based learning where relevant along with guest lectures and augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

 This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

 Moodle will be used to upload educational material (i.e. presentations and recordings of online lectures plus supplementary reading material and additional resources).

 Moodle will also be further used as a means of assessment, utilising online quizzes, for the uploading of assignments and reports.

 This multi‑faceted, blended approach of; lectures, workshops and online resources fosters collaborative student learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (60%), continuous assessment and course work (40%). 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus


1.      Introduction to Law, Morality and Ethics

2.      Sources of Law – EU, Constitution, Legislation, Case Law and ECHR

3.      Administration of Law – Court system, Personnel, Civil Procedure

4.      The Law of Contract – Formation, Termination, Discharge

6.      The Law of Tort – Trespass, Nuisance and Negligence

7.      General Liabilities – Occupiers, Vicarious, Employers 

8.      Professional Liability / Ethics 

9.      General Commercial/Business Law - Sale of Goods & Services, Consumer Law, etc

10.    Introduction to Health and Safety Law



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 Continuous Assessment Essay, Case Law Problems, Assignment, Presentation, Quiz, CA Exam Continuous Assessment Assessment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Paper Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 1x2 Hours 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Directed 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Live Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning/Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Indepedent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Live Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning/ Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2011-08-01 Principles of Irish Law Gill & Macmillan Ltd
ISBN 0717149897 ISBN-13 9780717149896

A new edition of this well-established and popular introductory text, reflecting all relevant constitutional changes, new statutory provisions and the latest judicial pronouncements. Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Acts 1921-2004 NEW TO THIS EDITION: * Changes effected by the Lisbon Treaty (2009) * The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 and the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006 * Changes to tort law arising from the Defamation Act 2009 * Impact of the Consumer Protection Act 2007 * Explains new additions to the law by the enactment of the Passports Act 2008, the Adoption Act 2010 and the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitation Act 2010 (if in operation by 31 December 2010) * Consequential changes brought about as a result of the following statutes: * Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 *Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 *Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act 2007 *Criminal Justice (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 *Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 *Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) Act 200 *Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007 *Planning and Development Act 2009 *Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Acts 1921-2004 Water Services Act 2007. *The latest Supreme Court and High Court cases and decisions are employed in this edition. SUITABLE FOR: Students of law and law enforcement, business, accounting, banking, marketing, management and administration, as well as students of auctioneering and the social and caring services. Changes effected by the Lisbon Treaty (2009)

Required Reading
2013-10-01 The Irish Legal System (Core Text) Clarus Press Ltd
ISBN 1905536585 ISBN-13 9781905536580

Written specifically with the student in mind this book provides a comprehensive, accurate and accessible account of the nature, structure and functions of the Irish legal system. It includes a coherent account of the constitutional principles and institutional structures which form the building blocks of the Irish legal system, including references to and explanations of important areas of substantive law. Each chapter examines key legal principles and seeks to put each area of law into context. Chapters also include a clear statement of the intended learning outcomes to help direct and focus the students' learning. Diagrams, tables, flow-charts and summaries are utilised to reinforce the information and provide quick visual cues for the understanding of key points contained in the text. This book is fully up-to-date and includes recent legislative and constitutional changes and amendments to EU law. It also includes international treaties between EU Member States to which Ireland has recently become a party. The Irish Legal System is an essential textbook for all undergraduate students and all people with an interest in the Irish legal system.

Required Reading
2007-01-01 Principles of Irish Contract Law Clarus Press Ltd
ISBN 1905536100 ISBN-13 9781905536108

Principles of Irish Contract Law is a new addition to the "Principles" series. This book is the ideal source for undergraduate law students and all those interested in the study of contract law. Although this book is student-focused, outlining and explaining the main tenets of Irish Contract law, many legal practitioners will undoubtedly find this text as a great source to re-acquaint themselves with the subject. Principles of Irish Contract Law emphasises the theory behind contract law, demystifying difficult concepts and providing a policy-driven introduction to this challenging subject. The key cases are fully discussed in a manner which encourages students to approach the subject from a critical standpoint. Cases from other jurisdictions, especially the United States, are also discussed. The book is highly accessible and combines an informal analytical style with useful learning features such as diagrams and tables. The final two chapters focus on study and exam skills and include worked problem answers.

Required Reading
2016-09-30 Contract Law in Ireland (University Textbook Series) Round Hall Ltd
ISBN 0414056361 ISBN-13 9780414056367
Required Reading
2012-03-16 Health, Safety and Welfare Law in Ireland Gill & MacMillan
ISBN 0717152634 ISBN-13 9780717152636

Introduction to health, safety and welfare law in Ireland. Including guidelines on all recent legislation and safety documents.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Westlaw Database 

URL Resources






Other Resources

Articles and Case Law provided on Subject Moodle Page


Case Reports

Additional Information