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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2018-2019 (archived)

Module BUSS1181: LAW

Department: Business School (Business) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Tied Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Not available in 2018/19 Module Cap Location Queen's Campus Stockton
Tied to N400


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with an understanding of the principles of English law


  • The impact of civil law on business and professional services
  • Company and insolvency law
  • The impact of criminal law on business and professional services
  • The impact of law in the professional context

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Have an understanding of the legal business environment, including the impact of civil and criminal law on business and professional services
  • Have an understanding of the nature of contractual agreements, the agency relationship and the consequences of negligence
  • Have an understanding of the legal implications of incorporation, including the roles of shareholders and directors, and the main implications of insolvency law
  • Have an awareness of other key areas in which the law affects the role and work of the professional accountant
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Be able to identify instances of criminal behaviour that may be encountered by professional accountants
  • Be able to identify instances and consequences of negligence and vicarious liability
Key Skills:
  • Awareness of, and sensitivity, to cultural differences
  • Reporting and communication skills
  • Critical analysis and judgement skills

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

  • The module is delivered on an online basis using self-study material produced by an approved external provider. Students follow a detailed study plan which combines directed self-study with independent study.
  • The examination tests students' understanding of the main legal and contractual agreements of the accounting professional practices.
  • The formative assignment - in the form of online tests - will provide feedback to students regarding their understanding of the main legal consequences of the professional practices.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Directed self-study using specially-produced online learning resources 21 hours
Independent study 179 hours
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Online computer-based examination 1 hour 30 minutes 100% Same

Formative Assessment:

Online tests

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