BAEcon Economics and Data Analytics / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer

Course unit fact file
Unit code BMAN24042
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit will focus on the common law approach to Contract Law and the Law of Tort.


Available to students on Mgt/Mgt Specialism, IM, IMABS,IBFE, ITMB/ITMB Specialisms & BA(Econ). Core for BSc Accounting and BSc Management A&F Specialism.


This course unit will examine how the law operates to ensure coherence, fairness and efficiency in the conduct of business, and will give the international context and commercial status of   these two major areas of business law.

Students will study the interaction between various principles of business law, current issues in the business world, case studies and learn how to apply legal rules to real and hypothetical problems.


Learning outcomes

On completion of this course unit students should be able to: 
Understand, recognise and apply fundamental principles of business law. 
Identify legal risk and avoid liability where possible, and be able to work in a business law context. 
Analyse legal trends and assess their importance for business strategy. 
Locate and update information from a variety of specialist sources in a fast moving legal area.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars

Virtual Learning Environment
Lecture slides and seminar materials will be provided on Blackboard

Total study hours: 100 hours split between lectures, classes, self study and preparation for classes and examinations.

Informal Contact Methods


Employability skills

Skills highlighted include: • Precision-based subject • Group study & team work : allocation ; co-ordination; application & presentation • Individual cold-start research • Recognition & evaluation of new developments in the field • Hands-on application of primary resources • Practical case study analysis

Assessment methods

Examination at the end of Semester 2 - 100%


Feedback methods

- Informal advice and discussion during lectures and seminars.

- Specific course related feedback sessions.

- Written and/or verbal comments on non-assessed practice pieces.


Recommended reading

Recommended reading
These are suggested texts, other texts may be recommended during the first lecture. You are not obliged to purchase any of the texts on this list. If you do purchase a textbook, choose a style which suits you ; if you miss a lecture you will need to supplement your lecture slides.

!! n.b. always double check you have the latest edition !!

n.b. page numbers will not be given, you are expected to locate information within given texts as part of your skills development.

General Coverage
Adams, Law for Business Students  ( Pearson )
Jones, Introduction to Business Law  ( OUP )
Marson & Ferris, Business Law  ( OUP )
Macintyre, Business Law ( Pearson )
Riches,  Keenan & Riches Business Law ( Pearson )
Card & James, Business Law (OUP) 

Various websites, library & other electronic resources and further reading, as directed, including : and

Specialist Areas
Chen-Wishart,  Contract Law ( OUP )
Cheshire, Fifoot & Furmston Law of Contract ( OUP )
Richards  Law of Contract  ( Pearson )
Taylor & Taylor Contract Law - Directions Series ( OUP )
Cooke,  Law of Tort  ( Pearson )
Horsey & Rackley, Tort ( OUP )
Cheeseman Contemporary Business Law (Pearson )
Hanson , Learning Legal Skills & Reasoning ( Routledge )
Haigh, Legal English   ( Routledge  )

Study hours

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ian Johnson Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Pre-requisites: N/A

Co-requisites: N/A

Dependent course units: N/A

Programme Restrictions: Available only on the following programmes Level 2 BSc Management/Management (specialism), BSc International Management, BSc International Management with American Business Studies, BSc IBFE, BSc ITMB & BA (Econ);
Core for BSc Accounting;
Option  for level 3 BA ( Econ).

For Academic Year 2023/24

Updated: March 2023

Approved by: March UG Committee

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