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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: Management and Marketing

BUSI4Z815: MANAGING LEGAL RISK (EBS)

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2021/22

Prerequisites

  • None.

Corequisites

  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • To increase students' knowledge and critical appreciation of the legal and regulatory framework within which corporate business must be conducted (with special reference to the UK and EU).

Content

  • Company law: separate legal personality and limited liability; formation and management; corporate governance; director's liability.
  • Contract: basic principles; supply of goods and services; contract risk management.
  • Regulatory environment: competition law; environmental and health and safety protection; discrimination; product safety.
  • Real estate: land use - rights and responsibilities.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, the students will:
  • be able to evaluate critically the impact of the law on corporate ethics, decision making and planning;
  • have deepened their appreciation of the legal and regulatory framework within which corporate business must be conducted (with special reference to the UK and EU);
  • have a critical awareness of the relationships between national and supranational law in the short, medium and long term (with special reference to the UK and EU).
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Upon successful completion of the module, the students will:
  • have developed specialised skills in incorporating a legal perspective in the decision making process;
  • be able to apply a risk-based approach to the identification and management of legal issues.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication; planning, organising and time management; problem solving and analysis; using initiative; computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Learning outcomes will be met through a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion, supported by guided reading. The written assignment will test students' understanding of relevant concepts and their ability to apply and interpret what they have learned to the analysis of a particular issue in depth.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops (a combination of lectures, groupwork, case studies and discussion) 28
Preparation & Reading 122
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

None.


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University