Module code: MAN2108

Module Overview

It is essential that students reading for a Management/Business degree acquire an understanding of the essential legal principles regulating commerce and industry, with particular emphasis on the general awareness of the law necessary for those holding management positions.

The following areas of Law will be covered:

  • Introduction to the English Legal System and sources of law

  • The  Law of Tort as relevant to business  ( liability ,negligence and product liability)

  • Principles of contract (formation , terms , exclusion clauses,  factors affecting  validity discharge and remedies)

  • Types of business contract

  • Contracts for the sale of goods and supply of good and services

  • Employing labour

  • Forms of business organisation

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: M200

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The following areas of Law will be covered:

  • Introduction to the English Legal System and sources of law

  • The  Law of Tort as relevant to business (liability, negligence and product liability)

  • Principles of contract (formation, terms, exclusion clauses, factors affecting validity discharge and remedies)

  • Types of business contract

  • Contracts for the sale of goods and supply of good and services

  • Employing labour

  • Forms of business organisation

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test 1HOUR CLASS TEST 50
Examination 1.5 HOUR EXAM (CLOSED BOOK) 50

Alternative Assessment

The student will be required to re-sit one or both assessments.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to enable the student to demonstrate the extent of his/ her knowledge and understanding of the main principles and provisions of the law relating to business and its impact on business operations and to show the ability to apply the principles and provisions so as to reach reasoned conclusions.

The summative assessment for this module consists a 1½ hour ‘closed book’ examination, which is designed to enable students to demonstrate the ability to apply relevant legal principles and to consider appropriate strategies and legal remedies and a multiple-choice test, will be administered mid-semester, duration 1 hour.  The test will address key legal principles and application of business law.


All students will receive feedback on their performance during the module through allocated tutorial time slots, 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 to provide a knowledge and understanding of the key areas of law that impact on business operations and to enable students to apply the various provisions and principles in practice.
  • Emphasis will be placed on the essential legal principles and general awareness of the legal environment necessary for business managers

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Explain  the UK  legal framework and identify the key sources of Law  KP
2 Explain  the classifications of Tort and tortious liability KCT
3 Explain and apply  the necessary factors for the establishment of liability for negligence and product liability KCPT
4 Identify,  explain  and apply  essential of a valid contract and the factors which may affect the validity of the contract  KCPT
5 Distinguish between express and implied terms of the contract  and explain the nature and scope of  exclusion clauses KT
6 Explain the ways in which a contract may be discharged and the remedies available  for breach KT
7 Describe the features of  the main types of business contract KT
8 Explain and apply the key provision of the Sale of Goods Act and the Supply of Goods and Services Act KC
9 Identify, explain and apply the key employment law legislation on employment protection and discrimination.  KCPT
10 Describe the main forms of business organisation KC
11 Explain the legal formalities required to establish the different business forms KCT
12 Compare the rights and liabilities of the owners / members of the various forms of business. 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 an understanding and critical awareness of the essential principles of the law relating to business and to develop an ability to apply the principles in an appropriate way.

The teaching and learning methods include a series of lectures and seminars designed to open out the subject, and to develop the skills required to research and apply relevant legal issues. Students will be encouraged to undertake relevant background reading generally, key legislation and case law will be indicated. Students  will be given the opportunity to apply the legal principles to  case studies based on actual decided cases and will be encouraged to visit the civil courts to experience business law in action.  Opportunities will be given for students to research into key areas of business law and to evaluate the impact of the law on business operations. 

In order to achieve the threshold standard for the award of credits for this module, the student must meet the following criteria related to the learning outcomes described above:

  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the essential principles regulating the field of Business Law

  • develop a critical understanding of the law regulating business and its impact on business  operations

  • apply the relevant provisions and case law in various situations

  • demonstrate that essential and background reading has been undertaken

To pass this module the student will demonstrate a knowledge of the key aspects of business law its impact on business operations and will show  the ability to appropriately apply the legal provisions and principles in given case study situations. The student will also be able to cite and explain supporting case law and statutory  provisions

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 BUSINESS LAW :

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 2019/0 academic year.