EMPLOYMENT LAW - 2022/3
Module code: MAN3131
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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.
Surrey Business School
DALE Stephen (SBS)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: M200
Module cap (Maximum number of students): 80
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Students must have completed (Level 5) MAN2108 Business Law to qualify to gain entry to the Level 6 Elective Module, MAN3131 Employment Law.
- 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 type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK 1 (1000 WORD ESSAY)||40|
|Coursework||COURSEWORK 2 (2500 WORD PORTFOLIO)||60|
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.
- 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.
|002||Evaluate the nature, scope and significance of an employer/ employee relationship and the diversity of employment status that now exits in the flexible labour market, whilst distinguishing between express and implied terms of the employment contract, variation of a contract and imposed terms to the contract.||KCPT|
|003||Evaluate and apply the main statutory and common law employment rights, duties and liabilities of employers and employees so as to advise about the appropriate action that should be taken in workplace scenarios where employment regulations apply.||KCPT|
|004||Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of developments in employment law to support a depth of understanding around the basic principles of discrimination and the Equality Act (2010).||KCPT|
|005||Evaluate the role of the Trade Unions and industrial conflict and demonstrate up to date knowledge of developments within employment law and advise about the impact of these developments on employment policy and practice.||KCPT|
|001||Explain the role and functions of the courts, tribunals and other employment law institutions which impact upon the legal jurisdiction of England and Wales. 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|
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:
- 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
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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This module may not be available to ERASMUS and other international exchange students. Please check with the Global Engagement Office exchange and study abroad team.
Programmes this module appears in
|Business Management (Marketing) BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management (Entrepreneurship) BSc (Hons)||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|
|International Business Management BSc (Hons)||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|
|International Business Management (Dual degree with SII-DUFE) 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|
|International Tourism Management with Transport 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 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 Spanish BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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