Module code: MANM004

Module Overview

This module is intended to provide the students with an understanding of the principles of Employment Law and to develop the ability to apply the relevant legal principles in the context of Human resource management.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader

DALE Stephen (SBS)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: M221

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • The UK Legal Framework and Employment Law

  • European and international perspectives 

  • Nature of the employment relationship and the Contract of Employment

  • 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

  • Health and Safety in the Workplace

  • Termination of the contract: common law provisions and unfair dismissal  under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996

  • Redundancy

  • Trade unions and the law of industrial action

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 1 (1000 WORDS) 40
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 2 (3000 WORDS) 60

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, 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.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:  an individual assignment, which is designed to enable students to demonstrate the ability to apply  relevant  legal principles to  various employment issues and to consider appropriate HRM strategies. The assessment will also require students to take a comparative approach, comparing  the legal principles and approaches to employment regulation  in different countries.

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

  • 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 introduce the students to elements of Employment Law applicable in other legal jurisdictions

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Discuss and critically evaluate the role and functioning of the courts, tribunals and other employment law institutions. KPT
2 Understand the impact of European and International Law on the employment relationship.  KPT
3 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
4 Understand the nature, scope and main sources of implied, express and imposed terms of an employment contract and cite relevant statutory provisions and interpretive case law.  KCPT
5 Understand and apply the main statutory and common law employment rights, duties and liabilities of employers and employees. KCPT
6 Analyse and apply 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
7 Discuss and apply the legislative provisions and case law authorities relating to sex, race and disability and other forms of proscribed discrimination in the UK, evaluate the impact of anti-discrimination legislation on HR policies and develop appropriate equal opportunities strategies.  KCPT
8 Analyse the impact of European and International Law on the employment marketplace. KC
9 Discuss the nature and extent of the rights afforded in respect of pay and evaluate the mechanisms by which the Equality Act (2010 ) operates. KC
10 Understand the impact of anti-discrimination legislation. KC
11 Analyse and apply the common law and statutory provisions relating to termination of the employment contract and assess the nature and types of remedies available. KCPT
12 Apply appropriate statutory provisions and common law principles to assess the legal rights and liabilities of employees and employers. KCPT
13 Understanding the role of the Trade Unions and industrial conflict. KCT
14 Apply the use of analytical processes in determining appropriate solutions in a range of case scenarios.  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: 33

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:  develop the student’s appreciation and application of the legal principles to situational case studies.

The learning and teaching methods include: the use of lectures to introduce the legal principles, supported by tutorials designed to develop the students’ appreciation of application of the principle 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







Directed learning


Self-directed learning




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/manm004

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Management (Entrepreneurship) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business Management (HRM) MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Human Resources Management MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business and Retail Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Business Management MBus 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.