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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module LAW53015: Electronic Commerce

Department: Law

LAW53015: Electronic Commerce

Type Open Level 4 Credits 45 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to


  • None


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to provide an in-depth study of key legal issues that arise in relation to electronic commerce.


  • introcuction to the technological and legal issues that arise in relation to electronic commerce;
  • International, European Union and United Kingdom policies and inititatives on electronic commerce law;
  • the interrelationship between the common law contract principles and those that are developing for electronic commerce;
  • jurisdiction.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the substantive and procedural rules of law relating to both business to business and business to consumer trading via networked computers;
  • students will develop a critical understanding of the policy issues that arise with regard to both the above types of trading via networked computers.
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:

    Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

    Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

    Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
    Lectures 8 1 8
    Seminars 18 Weekly with a few reading weeks 2 36
    Preparation and reading time 406
    Total 450

    Summative Assessment

    Component: Essay Component Weighting: 25%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Essay 4000 word 100%
    Component: Unseen Written Examination Component Weighting: 75%
    Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
    Unseen Written Examination 3 hours 100%

    Formative Assessment:

    One assignment of approximately 2,000 words in Michaelmas Term.

    Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University