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Unit information: Foundations of Business Law in 2019/20

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Unit name Foundations of Business Law
Unit code LAWD10007
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Adebisi
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit is offered by the Law School primarily for the benefit of Economics and Accountancy students. This unit deals with some basic aspects of English law as it relates to business. The elements studied are: sources of English law, including a brief introduction to law of the EU; the tort of negligence; brief introduction to employment law; and an overview of both contract law and company law.

Intended learning outcomes

• Articulate an understanding of the English legal system and the sources which constitute its foundations

• Identify the core legal principles and doctrines which regulate certain of the main functions of businesses

• Critically analyse and assess how the law impacts on businesses in practice

• Develop basic techniques for applying the law to a range of factual scenarios using skills acquired in legal method

• Demonstrate effective oral and written presentation skills.

Teaching details

20 lectures and 10 tutorials

Assessment Details

1 x formative assessment (submitted for marking), plus additional informal formative feedback opportunities as indicated by the unit coordinator.

Formative assessments do not count towards final mark and can be optional.

1 summative assessment: 1 x 3 hour exam in the Summer Examination Period.

Summative assessments do count towards final mark.

The assessments will assess all of the intended learning outcomes for this unit.

Reading and References

Lee Roach, Card & James’ Business Law (4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2016)