LAW10400 Business Law 1: Transactions, Negotiations and Organisations

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces commerce students to the fundamental features of the Irish legal system and to some of the major pillars of Business Law. General legal principles such as precedent and statutory interpretation are covered, as are core aspects of substantive areas of Law including the Law of Contract , Consumer Law, Employment Law and the Law of Tort. The role which law plays in shaping the business environment is demonstrated by reference to case studies (on, for example, consumer protection). The module also introduces students to concepts such as Health and Safety Law, Data Protection Law, Professional Regulation, and Money Laundering. Negotiation and the skills associated with it feature prominently in this module.

Please note: Law students (BCL, BBL, BSc in Criminology with Psychology) may not register for LAW10400.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

Foundations of Law
(a) Outline and describe the nature and purpose of law; Understand the framework within which law operates
(b) Distinguish between civil and criminal law;
(c) Discuss the sources of Irish law;
(c) Describe the courts system in Ireland (including the Commercial Court);
(d) Describe the operation of the doctrine of precedent;

Contract Law
(e) Identify the essential elements of a legally enforceable contract, including a contract of sale and electronic contracts
(f) Understand how to approach the basic terms of a contract (express and implied);
(g) Identify the ways in which a contract can be discharged / terminated, and basic contract law remedies
(h) Outline the main provisions of consumer law as it applies to sales

Employment Law
(i) Outline the considerations to be taken into account in determining the status of a worker
(k) Outline the typical contents of an employment contract and the duties of employers and employees
(l) Explain the main employment rights of employees, including rights in relation to dismissal, redundancy and equality

Other aspects of Law

(m) Explain, using case studies as appropriate, the wider impact law has on the business environment in Ireland;
(n) Identify the impact of the law of tort on Irish businesses and have an awareness of the law of negligence
(o) Demonstrate an awareness of the existence of Health & Safety Legislation and in particular the duties of employers and employees
(p) Demonstrate an understanding of Data Protection rules
(q) Demonstrate an understanding of the regulation of chartered accountants, including the role of IAASA and Professional Standards
(r) Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of Money Laundering


(s) Analyse the causes of disputes and identify strategies for their resolution
(t) Conduct an effective negotiation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly 2 hour Lectures (Face to Face and Online) supported by recommended and prescribed reading and exercises, assessed by an open book written examination following the end of semester, submitted online.
1 Negotiations Seminar involving in-class interactive exercises and role plays, followed by an out-of-c;lass negotiation conducted with an assigned class-mate; assessed by short written assignment submitted online. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AERD20020 - Business Law, LAW1001D - Business Law

Additional Information:
Students registered for BCL / BBL programmes are not eligible for this module.

Business Law (ACC10050)

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


Group Project: Negotiation Exercise - students will analyse a dispute scenario and prepare plan for how to approach the negotiation which they will then role-play and report upon. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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?

Group feedback for assessment, including mid semester assessments, will be supplied online post final assessment and in accordance with School of Law policies. Students will be informed of feedback strategy in class and will have access to this information via the module descriptors.

Name Role
Mr Brian Hutchinson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Joy-Tendai Kangere Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Michael Moran 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) - Autumn: Weeks 2-12 Tues 16:00 - 17:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 11 Fri 15:00 - 16:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - 11 Fri 15:00 - 16:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - 11 Fri 15:00 - 16:50