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Undergraduate Course: Business Entities (LAWS08134)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaLaw Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe core aims of the course are to:
(1) provide an introduction to the law relating to business entities (namely, (i) agency; (including commercial agency); (ii) partnership; (iii) limited liability partnerships; and (iv) company law) in Scotland.
(2) help students develop and build upon basic legal skills learned in 1st year in relation to reading and summarising cases, and construing and understanding statutes (both of the United Kingdom and Scottish Parliaments).
(3) help students see the connections, similarities and differences between the various types of business entities.
(4) help students see the role of business entities within a wider legal, economic and business context.
(5) encourage students to think critically about the law relating to business entities, and the related issues.

These aims of the course are inter-connected, and are underpinned by the fifth aim.

The aim of lectures is to provide a general outline of the key areas in relation to business entities in Scotland, and, hence, a basic knowledge enabling students to start and continue their study and understanding of business entities.

As well as building upon skills learned in 1st year regarding reading and understanding case law and statutes, the course aims to help students research areas lectured upon and not lectured upon, and which are the subject of tutorials; working under time constraints; and debating legal issues. These matters will be pursued through the lectures and the tutorial programme.

The third and fourth aims, will be an on-going process throughout the lecture programme, as students learn more about the different types of business entities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08094) AND Legal Reasoning and Legal System (LAWS08106)) OR ( Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (LAWS08127) AND Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128))
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 69 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Online Activities 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 69 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Having completed the course, students should be able to exhibit a basic knowledge of the following:

(i) the law of agency.
(ii) the law of commercial agents under the Commercial Agents Regulations (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 (SI 1993/3053).
(iii) the law of general partnerships.
(iv) the law limited partnerships.
(v) the law of limited liability partnerships.
(vi) company law, including the nature, operation and regulation of companies.

The course is, essentially, comprised of two parts: (i) Agency and Partnership, and (ii) Company law. It will involve looking at relevant primary sources (cases and legislation), and secondary sources (textbooks and articles).
Assessment Information
Degree Examination 100% of final mark. Students are required to answer (i) 20 multiple choice questions (40%); (ii) a problem question on the Agency/Partnership part of the course (30%); and (iii) a problem question on the Company Law part of the course (30%). The examination is two hours long. Students may take authorised statutory material into the examination. In relation to the problem questions, students will have a choice of questions.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Having completed the course, students should be able to exhibit the following skills:
(a) recognise, analyse, address and rank legal arguments and evidence in terms of relevance and importance means of being able to:
(i) identify the legal issues from the information provided to the student;
(ii) identify the relevant legal primary and secondary sources (both hard copy and electronic), which pertain to the issues in hand.
(iii) identify arguments for and against particular propositions.
(iv) assess the merits of these arguments.
(v) apply the law to the relevant issues, and solve legal problems (including legal problems which may involve an element of numeracy, either directly or indirectly).
(vi) provide written and/or oral answers to legal problems .
(vi) manage the volume of legal sources
(b) be able to support arguments by reference to appropriate sources, and appreciate the difference and importance between sources.
(c) apply and analyse knowledge and legal principles learned regarding complex problems, in a creative way, so as to be able to provide arguable, or defensible, solutions to these problems by being able to provide a range of viable options from a set of facts and law.
(d) think in a critical way, and make critical judgements regarding the relative and absolute merits of particular arguments and solutions.
(e) work independently in relation to planning and undertaking tasks in areas of law which the student has studied already.
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern 2 lectures per week,, 5 tutorials
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Parker Hood
Tel: (0131 6)50 2048
Email: Parker.Hood@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Krystal Hanley
Tel: (0131 6)50 2056
Email: Krystal.Hanley@ed.ac.uk
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