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Undergraduate Course: Managing Employment Law (BUST10028)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaBusiness Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe role of the law within the employment relationship has become increasingly prominent in recent years, and the development of labour legislation has proceeded apace. The complexities of the legal issues arising from employment are considerable. It has become increasingly important that all organisational stakeholders such as managers, employees and trade unions, are familiar with the complex range of legal rights and obligations that surround the employment relationship. Understanding the management of employment law is of considerable academic and practical relevance to students of management and organisation studies. While we start from the assumption that recourse to the institutions of the law is a last resort for organisational actors, an understanding of the parameters and principles emanating from those institutions is crucial to successful organisational functioning. This course will encourage students to think critically about the way in which the law both constrains and facilitates relationships between parties within work organisations, and its relationship to effective organisational functioning. The course covers the following areas: the institutions of employment law; the contract of employment; implied rights and duties in the employment relationship; anti-discrimination legislation; contractual variation, contractual breach and unfair dismissal. Thus, the course will cover both the role of the common law in employer-employee relations, the existing (and expanding) statutory framework; the way in which relative standards of behaviour (for example, reasonableness or fairness) are interpreted and acted upon by tribunals and participants in organisations; critiques of law and practice in this area; how employers, employees and their representatives have positioned themselves in relation to existing and proposed developments in employment law; and the role of the law in contributing positively to the management of purposeful organisations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Labour Law (LAWS10073)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Business Studies/Management courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.

Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-5,8-12 11:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Thursday, 11:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. Room 2.14, Appleton Tower
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding
On completion of the course the students should:
be fully aware of the institutions and law-making processes relevant to the management of employees
have a clear understanding of the essential nature and terms of the employment contract
have a clear understanding of the roles, rights and responsibilities of all parties to the employment relationship
be able to identify underlying principles and objectives in legal regulation of the employment relationship
be able to critically evaluate current employment regulation in light of historical and comparative developments.
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and a written examination. One project will be completed by the end of the Semester, and will contribute 30% towards the final mark. The degree exam in April/May will contribute the other 70%. The exam will comprise 6 questions of which the students will complete 2. There will be no exemption or re-sit facility, in line with other Business School Honours options.
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One project will be completed by the end of the first term, and will contribute 50% towards the final mark. One x 3000 word min essay 50%.
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Additional Information
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Course organiser Course secretaryMr Paul Kydd
Tel: (0131 6)50 3824
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