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


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

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 summative assessments will be distributed at the start of the semester (week 01), with a submission date week 06 and on or around week 11.


Summative assessments for this module are individual assignments, which are designed to enable students to demonstrate the ability to apply relevant legal principles to various employment issues and to consider appropriate HRM strategies. The assessments will also require students to take a comparative approach, comparing the legal principles and approaches to employment regulation in different countries.


Both assessments 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

  • Provide the key principles that underpin UK and EU employment law
  • Give up-to-date and accurate advice concerning the practical application of legal principles at work in different jurisdictions
  • Advise organisations on the consequences of current and future developments in employment law

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Explain the core principles that underpin employment law as it applies in the UK, including common law, their purpose, origin and practical implications. KC
002 Advise about significant legal implications of decisions, plans or proposals in the employment field. KCPT
003 Advise about the appropriate action that should be taken in workplace scenarios where employment regulation applies KCPT
004 Evaluate the appropriate organisational responses to potential legal action including the role and functioning of employment tribunals, courts and alternative means of resolving disputes. KCPT
005 Demonstrate up to date knowledge of developments in employment law and advise about the impact of these developments on employment policy and practice. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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.

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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 Management (Marketing) 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
Business and Retail 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 2020/1 academic year.