EMPLOYMENT LAW - 2018/9

Module code: MAN3131

Module Overview

This course provides an opportunity for students following a Business Management HRM pathway, to acquire an understanding of the essential legal principles of Employment Law which regulate and underpin commerce and industry, with particular emphasis on the general awareness of the law necessary for those holding management positions.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

DALE SM Mr (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: M200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.  This module has a capacity limit of 80 students. This module has a capped number and may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the Global Engagement Office exchange and study abroad team.

Module content


The UK Legal Framework and Employment Law.
Nature of the employment relationship and the Contract of Employment.
Health and Safety in the Workplace.
European and international perspectives underpinning Employment Law.
Equality of treatment: sex, race, disability and other discrimination.
Employment protection: pregnancy and maternity/ paternity rights.
Regulation of Pay: entitlements to pay and the equal pay provisions.
Termination of the contract: common law provisions and unfair dismissal under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Redundancy and Transfer of Undertakings.
Trade unions and the law of industrial action.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 (1000 WORD ESSAY) 40
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 (2500 WORD PORTFOLIO) 60

Alternative Assessment

The student will be required to resubmit the reworked original assessment.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to measure progress and to provide feedback in a timely manner, in two individual assignments. The formative part of the module assessment is an individual assignment which is focused on the fundamental principles of UK employment law and the legal framework. The purpose of this is to provide an opportunity to consolidate and enhance the learning from early lectures/seminars and to give the student the opportunity to gauge their progress.

The formative assessment will be distributed at the start of the semester (week 01), with a submission date week 05.

The summative assessment, which is also an individual assignment, is designed to enable students to demonstrate the ability to apply relevant legal principles to various employment issues and to consider appropriate strategies and legal remedies. This written assessment will require students to assemble an Employment Tribunal case from a relevant presented case study, of which students will then be required to demonstrably evidence a documented remedy, with supportive case law and a written resolve.

The summative assessment will be made available from week 01, with a submission date at the end of the semester, on or around week 11.

Formative assessment and feedback

Both the formative and summative assessment will be submitted and marked through SurreyLearn, whilst all students will receive feedback on their performance during the module through allocated tutorial timeslots, via written and oral feedback.

In addition, ongoing support and feedback will be administered through VLE/SurreyLearn.

Module aims

  • The aim of this module is intended to provide the students with a knowledge and understanding of the key areas of Employment Law that impact on business operations within commerce and industry, whilst developing the ability to apply the necessary relevant principles and remedies.The aims of this module are:
  • To provide an understanding of the legal framework and the key principles of UK Employment law.
  • To enable students to analyse employment law concepts and models and apply them in the context of rapidly changing business and legal environments.
  • To provide an understanding and appreciation of the importance of contemporary developments in Employment Law.
  • To endow students with the appropriate level of knowledge of the fundamentals of Employment Law to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities as a business manager or employer.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
002 Understand the role and functioning of the courts, tribunals and other employment law institutions. KPT
006 Understand the nature, scope and significance of an employer/ employee relationship and the diversity of employment status that now exits in the flexible labour market. KCT
007 Distinguish between express and implied terms of the employment contract, variation of a contract and imposed terms.  KCPT
008 Understand and apply the main statutory and common law employment rights, duties and liabilities of employers and employees. KCPT
009 Explain the common law and statutory provisions relating to health and safety in the workplace and critically evaluate the role of the bodies established to monitor and enforce the statutory provisions. KCPT
010 Identify the impact of European and International Law on the employment marketplace. KC
011 Comprehend the basic principles of the Equality Act (2010) and the rights conferred to the individual through discrimination and equal pay. KCPT
012 Explain and apply the legislative provisions and case law authorities relating to sex, race and disability and other forms of proscribed discrimination in the UK. KC
013 Understand the impact of anti-discrimination legislation. KC
003 Explain the common law and statutory provisions relating to termination of the employment contract and types of remedies available. KCPT
004 Comprehend the appropriate statutory provisions and common law principles to assess the legal rights and liabilities of employees and employers. KCPT
005 Understanding the role of the Trade Unions and industrial conflict. KCT
001 Explain and apply relevant statutory provisions and interpretive case law KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the student’s appreciation, application and critical awareness of the key legal principles of Employment Law.

The teaching and learning methods include the use of lectures to introduce the legal principles, supported by tutorials designed to develop the students’ appreciation, understanding and application of the principles relating to practical situations. Lecture notes will be made available and exercises included for discussion in the tutorials.

The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures
Seminars and class discussion
Individual and supported group work
Use of differing IT resources to underpin student learning. Including prescribed electronic texts and databases, (Westlaw, Lawtel and Lexis Library (Harvey on Industrial Relations, Halsburys Laws of England etc.)).
Use of SurreyLearn VLE to support and underpin the learning outcomes and teaching methodology used.


Hours per week





Activity


Hours




Lectures


22




Tutorials


11




Directed learning


33




Self-directed learning


84




Total


150





 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for EMPLOYMENT LAW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/man3131

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Tourism Management (Dual Degree with SII DUFE) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Dual degree with SII-DUFE) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Hospitality Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Tourism Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Tourism Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (HRM) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Business Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and Spanish BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Business Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Event Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Hospitality and Tourism Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Hospitality Management BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and French BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and German BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (Marketing) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management (HRM) BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.