Module Title:Business Law
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The learning outcomes detailed above will be achieved through the following teaching methodologies: • Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. • Problem Solving Exercises – students 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 – It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. • Self-Directed Independent Learning – the emphasis on independent learning will develop a strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to the Irish Legal System and the fundamentals of Irish tort and contract law
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Appreciate and discuss the general legal environment in which business is carried out
LO2 Demonstrate understanding of contract law and its importance as a framework in business transactions
LO3 Understand the key concepts of tort law and their application to business scenarios.
LO4 Demonstrate an increased awareness and insight of how the law influences decision making in a business context.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Irish Legal System
• Nature, sources and classification of Irish law. o The Irish Constitution - Separation of powers and fundamental rights o Legislation and the legislative process o Common Law and the Doctrine of Precedent o European Union Law - Primary and Secondary Sources - Role of EU Institutions • The Irish Court System – Structure and Jurisdiction • Personnel of the 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 • Defences
The Tort of Defamation
• Defamation Act 2009 • Elements of a cause of action, publication (Twitter, facebook etc.) • Defences
The Law of Contract
• 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
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%
No Continuous Assessment
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 1,2,3,4 100.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLEG_C_1 Higher Certificate in Arts in Legal Studies 1 Mandatory