BSc Management (Marketing)

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Law in a Management Context

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN10901
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


Introduction to law: the  civil/criminal distinction,  court structures  and   terminology
- Sources of law
- Interpretation
- Dispute resolution
- Guest lectures: Comparative law, Data protection ( dependant  on  professional availability )
- Business forms
- Corporate liability 1: Vicarious liability
- Corporate liability 2: Corporate manslaughter and the safety regime
- Legal skills
- Introduction to Contract law
- Employment law


Core for BSc Accounting Level 1 & BSc Mgt for A&F and Human Resource Specialisms Level 2. Option for BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialisms, IBFE, IMABS and IM.

Core for BSc Accounting Level 1 & BSc Mgt for A&F and Human Resource Specialisms Level 2. Option for BSc Mgt/Mgt Specialisms,BFE, IMABS and IM Level 2.


Law is pervasive in modern society and nowhere is this more true than in relation to the area of business and management. This module aims, therefore, to provide students with a basic understanding of the English legal system, its principles and institutions. By familiarizing students with key legal concepts, distinctions and issues, it is intended that they will be able to recognise and evaluate the relevance of law to business and management both in theory and practice. To this end, the module compares and contrasts legal mechanisms with alternative methods of dispute resolution, and seeks to place the English legal system within a broader European and international context. It also introduces students to some important substantive legal and policy issues, including business forms, corporate manslaughter, general employer liability, intellectual property, the impact of European Union [EU] Law and the legal regulation of the employment relationship. Finally, the course will seek to arm students with a range of basic legal skills and an understanding of how to apply these to business/management examples.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course students should be able to:
- identify and distinguish key legal institutions, concepts and definitions;
- understand, update and evaluate the sources of UK law (including the role of EU law);
- recognise the relevance of law to management and business;
- evaluate how law resolves disputes;
- understand the importance of legal rights;
- Use legal skills, research and terminology effectively and be able to apply these in a business/management context ;
-    Use relevant IT with confidence.

Teaching and learning methods

Methods of delivery: The course will be taught through a mixture of core lectures/skills sessions [including occasional guest lectures] and directed study/seminars/exercises/private study.

Lecture hours: 2 per week over  11 weeks (including occasional guest lectures)

Seminars 1 per week over 10 weeks
Private/directed study hours: 68

Total study hours: 100 hours

Assessment methods

Assessment is solely by examination, which will account for 100% of the final mark
Examination format : Two-hour partially seen exam paper in January comprising two compulsory equally weighted parts:

SECTION A (50 % of total):
An unseen and compulsory section covering skills practised and legal issues addressed during the course involving multiple choice questions and a short comprehension exercise based on a real case study ;

SECTION B (50% of total):A seen essay - students will be required to choose, research, prepare and reproduce one essay from the essay titles that will be given shortly before the Christmas Vacation. Your answer in this section should be at least 1200-1500 words in length ( maximum 1000 if online ).

Students will not be allowed to refer to notes or reading material during the exam. Instructions may differ if exam is online.

Pass mark: 40%
Course evaluation: By central student questionnaire to be distributed on completion of teaching.

Feedback methods

There will constant formative feedback on seminar exercises and performance and generic summative feedback on exam performance.

Recommended reading

( suggestions only - no compulsory text ):


Adams, Law for Business Students ( Longman )

Carr, Carter, Horsey, Skills for Law Students ( OUP )

Darbyshire, Darbyshire on the English Legal System ( Sweet & Maxwell )

Elliot & Quinn, English Legal System ( Longman - with web access/updates )

Harris, An Introduction to Law ( Cambridge University Press )

Haigh, Legal English ( Routledge )

Hanson,  Learning Legal Skills & Reasoning ( Routledge )

Jones, Introduction to Business Law ( OUP )

Keenan, Smith and Keenan’s English Law ( Longman )

Marson, Business Law ( OUP )

Mcleod, Legal Method ( Palgrave )

Riches Keenan & Riches Business Law ( Longman )

Slapper and Kelly English Legal System ( Routledge-Cavendish - with web access/updates)

Cheeseman Contemporary Business Law (Pearson ) USA perspective

( n.b. Page numbers will NOT be given - you are expected to locate information as part of your skills development )

Various websites, library & other electronic resources and further reading, as directed during lectures, especially:

( both of which are free and accessed  via the university library ).


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Seminars 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 68

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Fiona King Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-Requisites: N/A

Co-Requisites: N/A

Dependent courses: N/A
Programme Restrictions - Available only on the following programmes: Level 1 BSc Accounting; Level 2 BSc Management/Management (specialism), BSc International Management, BSc International Management with American Business Studies and BSc  IBFE.

For Academic Year 2022/23

Updated: March 2022

Approved by: March UG Committee



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