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Postgraduate Course: Principles of Commercial Law (LAWS11423)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course will cover selected topics in Scots and English Commercial Law. It will provide students with an overview of the core commercial law areas. Material will be chosen from such areas as insolvency, rights in security, agency, employment and partnership. Company Law is excluded (except in so far as relevant to topics otherwise under consideration).
Course description The course will contain teaching on the following different subject matters:

1. Agency
2. Partnership
3. Employment
4. Real rights in security
5. Personal rights in security
6. Insolvency
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 352 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
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There will be a formative assessment for an essay plan (of no more than 2 sides of A4) on an essay topic drawn from the first block of teaching. This will help students with essay planning skills. The essay title that this formative assessment is undertaken on will not form part of the summative assessment, but instead be a discrete and standalone topic.«br /»
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The first essay will be 4,000 words and count for 40% of the assessment. It will be based on essay topics drawn from the topics in semester 1. «br /»
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2) 6000 Word Essay (60%)«br /»
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The second essay will be 6,000 words and count for 60% of the assessment. It will be based on essay topics drawn from the rest of the course.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary theories and key sources of law in the relevant areas of commercial law;
  2. Critically analyse the foregoing theories and their internal coherence, and critically analyse the foregoing sources of law to establish their coherence with wider commercial law;
  3. Draw linkages between different areas of the course to establish their own perspective on the coherence of commercial law;
  4. Discuss in class their understanding of the subject matter, and prepare for written assessment;
  5. Utilise their own motivation to prepare for the various seminars and link the various topics of commercial law together.
Reading List
Individual reading lists will be circulated at least one week in advance of the seminar.

There is no text which covers the whole of this course.

D Garrity, J Hardman, L Macgregor, A MacPherson and L Richardson, Commercial Law in Scotland (6th edn, 2020).

This provides a useful introduction to some of the subject matter of the course. Also useful is E McKendrick¿s Goode on Commercial Law (4th edn, 2010).

Each subject area will provide its own key readings, e.g:

L Macgregor The Law of Agency in Scotland (2013), J Hardman A Practical Guide to the Grant of Corporate Security in Scotland (2018)

D Cabrelli, Employment Law in Context, 4th edn (2020)

L Gullifer, Goode and Gullifer on Legal Problems of Credit and Security 6th edn (2018)

D Fox et al, Sealy & Hooley¿s Commercial Law: Text Cases and Materials, 6th edn (2020)

D McKenzie-Skene Bankruptcy (2018)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop skills for reading, critical analysis, written and oral skills. These skills, and the
knowledge learned from the course, have evident practical application.
KeywordsCommercial,Law,Postgraduate,Level 11
Course organiserDr Jonny Hardman
Tel: (0131 6)50 2374
Course secretaryMiss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
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