AERD20020 Business Law

Academic Year 2022/2023

This introductory module, intended for students studying agricultural science, discusses the following topics: Definition and theories of law, sources of law, the Irish courts system and the Constitution of Ireland. Law of contract: essence of a contract, expressed and implied terms of contracts and the special case of insurance contracts. Law of torts: trespass, defamation, negligence and occupier and employer liabilities. Company law: forms of business entity, separate legal personality, the memorandum and articles of association, duties of directors, company wind-up and bankruptcy. EU law: institutional structure, EU and national laws, and legislative acts with particular reference to agricultural trade, EU and Irish competition law. Labour law: contract of employment and duties and obligations of employers and employees.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Cite the sources of law and describe the operation of the Irish court system; Outline the essential elements of a contract and the principles of contract law; Describe breaches of the law of torts and the consequent liabilities of occupiers and employers; Distinguish between legal forms of business organization with particular reference to the limited liability company and the legislative framework within which it operates; Describe EU law in terms of its institutional structure, relationship with Irish law and application in agricultural trade and in the regulation of market competition; Discuss the nature of a contract of employment and the duties and obligations of employers and employees.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and lecture notes by a practising barrister; some critical thinking and research as part of the written assignment. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

None in particular

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FIN2005B - Business Law, LAW1001D - Business Law, LAW10400 - Business Law I

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Assignment as specified in class Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mr Anthony Kennelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Katie Nolan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Liam Stafford Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 17:50