Contract Law and Consumer Protection - BUSN3012

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Alexander Maxwell-Cole checkmark-circle


The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on the importance of law in governing transactions between individuals and businesses; what is required for legally compliant contracts; what the law expects of organisations in terms of protecting the consumer, and how businesses manage and avoid disputes. By enabling students to become familiar with those parts of the law they are most likely to encounter in their careers and in business the module helps them better understand the obligations that parties have to each other in law.
Indicative topic areas are:

• The English Legal System
• The Legal Process and Dispute Resolution
• Law of Contract – including:
• Formation
• Contract terms
• Vitiating elements, including misrepresentation and economic duress
• Performance and discharge of contract, including frustration
• Breach of contract
• Common law and equitable remedies, including damages
• Consumer Protection


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 34
Private study hours: 116
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Individual Problem Question Essay (2,500 words) (40%)
Examination, 2-hour (60%)

Reassessment methods:
100% examination

Indicative reading

Core textbook:
MacIntyre, E. (2018) Business Law. 9th edn. London: Pearson

Recommended reading:
Adams, A, Caplan, S and Lockwood, G. (2020) Law for Business Students. 11th edn. London: Pearson
Jones, L. (2019) Introduction to Business Law. 5th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press
MacIntyre, E. (2018) Essentials of Business Law. 6th edn. London: Pearson
Merkin, R and Saintier, S. (2019). Poole's Textbook on Contract Law. 14th edn. Oxford: Oxford
University Press

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System and its various sources of law.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the routes to dispute resolution in the English Legal System, including the court system and alternative dispute resolution methods.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of contract law in facilitating and regulating the formation of business transactions.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of consumer protection legislation in the UK.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Synthesise information and apply concepts to business situations, paying attention to detail.
- Apply problem-solving skills to analyse and resolve issues that arise in the course of carrying out business.
- Develop an ability to structure, formulate, communicate and defend arguments effectively
- Undertake personal responsibility and self-discipline in studying independently.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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