LAW10400 Business Law 1: Transactions, Negotiations and Organisations

Academic Year 2022/2023

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 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). Negotiation and the skills associated with it feature prominently in this module.

Please note: Law students may not register for LAW 10400.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
(a) Outline and describe the nature and purpose of law;
(b) 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;
(e) Identify the essential elements of a legally enforceable contract;
(f) Distinguish between different types of contractual term;
(g) Identify the impact of the law of tort on Irish businesses;
(h) Explain, using case studies as appropriate, the wider impact law has on the business environment in Ireland;
(i) Analyse the causes of disputes and identify strategies for their resolution
(j) 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

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
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


Examination: Open Book Written Examination Coursework (End of Trimester) Yes Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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?

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
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) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 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