Business Law - BUSN3330

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The law affects the commercial world in many ways. This module focuses on its impact on how businesses conduct transactions; how they are structured; how they operate; how they employ staff, and how they 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 will help them better understand the obligations that parties have to each other in law.

The module covers the following topic areas: the English Legal System, Legal Process and Dispute Resolution; Law of Contract – formation, terms, vitiating elements, discharge and remedies; Law of Negligence – general principles and negligent mis-statement, particularly the issues faced by accountants in the area of negligent advice; Law of Business Organisations - classification of business organisations; main principles applying to general and limited liability partnerships and registered companies; directors' duties, and insolvency; Employment Law - the general scope of the legal obligations owed by employers to employees, including the employment contract, discrimination and dismissal


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 65
Private study hours: 235
Total study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Moodle Test 1 (10%)
Moodle Test 2 (10%)
Essay, 2000 words (10%)
Examination, 3 hours (70%)

Reassessment methods
100% exam

Indicative reading

Adams, A. (2014) Law for Business Students, 8th edn. London: Pearson

MacIntyre, E. (2015) Essentials of Business Law. 5th edn. London: Pearson

Riches S., and Allen, V. (2013) Keenan and Riches Business Law. 11th edn. London: Pearson

Roach, L. (2014). Business Law for Business, Accounting & Finance Students. 3rd edn. Oxford: OUP

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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 in relation to business transactions and disputes.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of law in facilitating and regulating the formation of business transactions.
- Explain the legal concepts and principles of the law relating tothe obligations that can arise between parties in a business relationship.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the legal structure governing business organisations.
- Apply problem-solving skills to solve legal-related issues that arise in the courseof carrying out business.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Develop an ability to structure, formulate, communicate and defend arguments effectively.
- Understand, select and synthesise complex information.
- Plan work and study independently using relevant and appropriate resources.
- Carry out independent research.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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