LW3COM-Commercial Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Despoina Mantzari

Email: d.mantzari@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of commercial law through engagement with case law, legislation, business considerations, historical influences and economic and public policy. The module builds on the students' knowledge of contract law. It aims to equip students with an understanding of the legal framework key to business, with an emphasis upon the sale of goods and agency. The focus is on the law relevant to commercial transactions in England and Wales.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce students to the essence of commercial law by a study of the law surrounding contracts for the sale of goods. Students will also be introduced to agency law and principles. The module builds on the students' knowledge of contract law. It aims to equip students with an understanding of the legal framework key to business.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students who pass this module will
•Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the operation of sales of goods contracts and the law relevant to this process
•Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the law surrounding agency relationships.
• Be able to apply precedents and statutory provisions to fact-based scenarios so as to reach clear and supportable conclusions

Additional outcomes:
Students will be provided with opportunities
•to develop their oral communication skills and the skill of legal writing.
•to develop their analytical abilities.
•to enhance their of use technical and complex material.
•to improve their engagement in group-interaction by working in groups.


Outline content:
Topics covered on this module will include:
• The nature of the contract for the sale of goods
• Implied terms and their regulation
• Passing of property and risk in goods
• Liability of a seller without the right to sell
• Delivery obligations
• Remedies of buyers and sellers
• The nature of agency
• The agent’s authority, rights and duties
• The relationship between the principal, agent and third parties
• Termination of the agency relationship

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and seminars. Students will be set assigned reading material prior to attending lectures and will prepare for discussion in seminars. The module requires robust participation in seminars and requires a thorough understanding of the materials.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 6
Seminars 3 2
Guided independent study 77 92
       
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:
1 summative essay of not more than 5 pages formatted in accordance with the School of Law’s Assessed Work Rules submitted in the Spring term.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than fail to submit any work.

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be provided with the opportunity to submit a written piece of formative work during the Autumn Term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour examination paper. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    See School Guide (Programme Assessment). Only a failed element need be re-taken; the mark for a passed element can be carried forward.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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