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Undergraduate Course: Commercial Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08131)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the law of commerce as it is in force in Scotland. The objectives are to provide members of the class with a basic knowledge of the subject, set in its business and economic context, and to develop, through a tutorial programme, powers of reasoning about, and skills in analysing, factual situations in terms of commercial law, with a view to advising on and writing about problems involving that branch of law. Students should be able to develop their oral and written skills in legal analysis and debate. The course is one that is normally taken in the second year of the LLB, and it builds on the knowledge and skills developed in the first year in such courses as Contract, and in second year courses such as Property law. The topics covered are necessary for admission to the legal profession in Scotland, so that the course is intended to play a part not only in the academic development of students but also in their professional formation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094) OR Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127)) AND ( Legal Reasoning and Legal System (LAWS08106) OR Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128))
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Business Entities (LAWS08134) AND Property Law (Ordinary) (LAWS08133)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students permitted ONLY if on a Law exchange. The same as for other students, but giving credit for comparable courses already taken in the home institution
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  260
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Sources of Law:

┐ knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Scottish Commercial Law (including sale and supply of goods, insurance, methods of payment, the law of intellectual property, competition law, the law of rights in security and cautionary obligations, the law of diligence, and issues in the law of corporate and personal; insolvency)
┐ consolidate knowledge and understanding of the hierarchies of legal sources in Scotland
┐ consolidate and encourage students to keep up to date with legal developments, and how to keep themselves up to date.
┐ knowledge of appropriate secondary and primary sources of law in the commercial law context
┐ gaining commercial awareness with an emphasis on future practical application
Assessment Information
50% written ┐take home┐ question with a limited time of no more than a week from the question being handed out to the question being submitted
50% examination which can be assessed in a variety of ways, including the potential use of multiple choice questions.
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Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills ┐ complex evaluative and critical problem solving
┐ ability to think creatively by applying knowledge to multifaceted problems and provide accurate answers in written and oral form
┐ ability to present arguments for or against a proposition in a dispassionate manner
┐ awareness of the relative weights that different arguments have in relation to one another and identifying matters of importance
┐ use of electronic and other resources to keep updated on the current programmes of law reform
┐ Development of doctrinal and taxonomical reasoning skills
┐ Numeracy skills are developed to a certain degree
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 3 lcetures per week, 10 tutorials
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Scott Wortley
Tel: (0131 6)51 4307
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
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