Contract Law and Consumer Rights - BUSN5009

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Sue Tarrant 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, such as misrepresentation and economic duress
• Performance and discharge of contract, including frustration
• Common law and equitable remedies, including damages
• Consumer Protection


Contact hours

Private study hours: 111
Total contact hours: 39
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Problem Question- Essay (2500 words) (40%)
Examination, 2 Hour (60%)

Reassessment methods
100% examination

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

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
- Understand and critically evaluate the role of contract law in facilitating and regulating the formation of business transactions.
- Demonstrate an in-depth 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 multi-faceted concepts to business situations, paying careful attention to detail.
- Apply enhanced problem-solving skills to analyse and resolve issues that arise in the course of carrying out business.
- Develop an enhanced ability to structure and formulate reasoned and persuasive arguments, and defend a position effectively.
- Undertake personal responsibility and self-discipline in studying independently


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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