Contract Law and Consumer Rights - CB5009

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Medway Autumn
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5 15 (7.5) MRS S Tarrant







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.

The module covers the following topic areas:

• 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


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Lectures 22
Revision Session 3
Seminars 10
Independent study 115

Total hours 150

Method of assessment

Examination – two-hour, closed book 60%
Written Assessment – Problem Question (2,500 words) 40%

Indicative reading

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

Recommended reading:
Adams, A. (2014) Law for Business Students. 8th edn. London: Pearson
MacIntyre, E. (2015) Essentials of Business Law. 5th edn. London: Pearson
Poole, J. (2016) Textbook on Contract Law. 13th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the English Legal System and its various sources of law
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the routes to dispute resolution in the English Legal System, including the court system and alternative dispute resolution methods
8.3 Understand and critically evaluate the role of contract law in facilitating and regulating the formation of business transactions.
8.4 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:
9.1 Synthesise information and apply multi-faceted concepts to business situations, paying careful attention to detail.
9.2 Apply enhanced problem-solving skills to analyse and resolve issues that arise
in the course of carrying out business.
9.3 Develop an enhanced ability to structure and formulate reasoned and
persuasive arguments, and defend a position effectively both orally and in writing.
9.4 Undertake personal responsibility and self-discipline in studying

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