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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)

Module ACCT1137: Business Law

Department: Accounting

ACCT1137: Business Law

Type Tied Level 1 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to N408
Tied to N409


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Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • This is an introductory law module for accounting students. Specifically the module aims to provide accounting students with an overview of the principles of English law, the legal framework within which businesses operate, and the requirements and restrictions imposed by relevant aspects of English law.


  • Essential elements of the English Legal Framework.
  • The law of obligations: contract and agency.
  • The law of obligations: negligence.
  • Employment law.
  • Partnership law.
  • Company law.
  • Insolvency and administration.
  • Criminal law.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate:
  • Knowledge, basic understanding and application of English legal principles of specific legal areas applicable to business.
  • An understanding of the position of the English legal system in a global context.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • On completion of this module students should be able to:
  • Analyse and offer basic advice on common legal issues facing a business.
Key Skills:
  • Verbal communication.
  • Written communication.
  • Problem solving.
  • Enquiry and explanation.
  • Analysis and judgement.

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

  • Teaching is by workshops and online seminars. Learning takes place through attendance at, preparation for, and participation in workshops and online seminars and independent study.
  • Formative assessment is by means of a practice test.
  • Summative assessment is by means of a written examination.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops 9 Weekly 2 hours 18
Seminars 4 Fortnightly 1 hour 4
Revision Lecture 1 Once 2 hours 2
Preparation, Reading and Independent Study 76
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination 2 hours 100% same

Formative Assessment:

Practice test

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