Module Title:Introduction to Law and Legal Methods
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In No Programmes
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - The module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce students to the sources and fundamental aspects of Irish law (in a business context) and to provide them a thorough grounding in legal research and communication skills, enabling them to gather, assemble and competently communicate legal information.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an increased awareness of the general legal environment in which business is carried out and how the law influences decision making in a business context.
LO2 Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles of the main areas of business law and to apply this knowledge to modern business situations.
LO3 Gather, comprehend and analyse legal information from various sources and properly communicate that comprehension in written and verbal form both individually and as part of a team.
LO4 Correctly apply relevant legal theories to problem scenarios/case studies through research, critical analysis and reasoning.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Legal Research - Sources of Law
• The Constitution • Legislation o The Irish Statute Book – Acts of the Oireachtas and Statutory Instruments o Locating and Understanding Legislation • Common Law/Case Law o Proper use of citation o Finding a case from a citation o Reading and analysing a case o Unreported cases o Determining whether a case has been affected by later authority • EU law • International Law • Scholarly Writings/Journals/Articles, including citation of cases/articles • Electronic sources of law
Legal Communications
Latin and French Terms Commonly Used in Legal Writing. • Writing Letters, Essays, Assignments & Case Notes • Addressing Problem Scenarios • Organization and Presentation of Written Work • Referencing including citations, bibliographies, footnotes, endnotes and plagiarism. • Style of Writing: Accuracy, Relevance & Brevity • Oral and Non-Verbal Communication Skills including presentations
Introduction to Law
Main Sources of Irish Law • Constitution of Ireland 1937 - Legislation - Case Law - EU Law Introduction to the Law of Torts • The Nature of Tort. • Causation and Remoteness • Negligence and Contributory Negligence • Vicarious Liability • Product Liability • Occupier’s Liability • Defamation • Defences Introduction to Contract Law • The nature and formation of a contract. • Agreement, intention and consideration. • Form of a Contract. • Terms and exemption clauses. •Capacity to contract. • Invalid contracts • Discharge of contract and remedies for breach • Electronic Contracts Sale of Goods and Consumer Law • Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980 o Main Implied Terms o Effectiveness of Exclusion Clauses • Consumer Protection Act 2007 / 2014 o Main Features o Role of Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Introduction to Employment Law • Contracts of employment – Formation and Terms • Duties of employer and employee. • Protective legislation (maternity leave, parental leave, etc) • Health & Safety Legislation • Employment Equality Legislation • Termination of employment contracts (including unfair dismissal and entitlements on redundancy) • Remedies for breach. Role of the Workplace Relations Commission Data Protection Law • The Data Protection Acts 1988-2003 o Privacy of Personal data o Rights of Data Subject o Duties of Data Controllers o Role and Powersof Data Commissioner o Offences and Penalties for Breach
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The student will be required to electronically source and present in documentary form given • Articles from the Constitution • Pieces of legislation (both Acts and Statutory Instruments) • Cases • Provisions of EU Law (including Treaties,legislation and ECJ Decisions) • International treaties/Conventions • Scholarly Writings 3 10.00 Week 4
Examination Referencing and Abbreviation Assessment 3 10.00 n/a
Project Here the students will be given a number of cases to read and a hypothetical problem scenario to solve using principles decided in those cases. Using research and presentation skills learned in class, the students will be required to draft a legal opinion on the legal issues and likely outcome to the problem scenario. This will be agroup project building upon team work skills 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
Presentation The student will be required to prepare and deliver an oral presentation on a contemporary legal issue. 1,2,3 10.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Time Every Week 5.50
Total Hours 7.00