LAW41790 Data Protection Governance

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module examines the law and practice around data protection governance. It examines the procedural rules and safeguards which are in place to guarantee data protection rights, such as the role of data protection officers, the carrying out of data protection impact assessments, data breach responses including notification, handling of subject access requests, handling of requests for erasure, and so forth. It also introduces the core elements of information and data management, including the ethical issues these present.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to describe and apply in a practical manner the rules regarding the handling of the primary procedural obligations under the GDPR, including:

- Appointment and role of the data protection officer
- Subject access requests
- Data protection impact assessments
- Requests for erasure/rectification
- Objections to processing
- Data breach handling
- Recording and documenting of processing activities
- Prior consultation

Students will also be able to identify and discuss fundamental issues in data and information management, including the ethical issues these present.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will include a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, group work and case studies. As far as possible it will include input from practitioners in the field. Particular use will be made of group work applying the issues involved to factual scenarios. Depending on student numbers, individual and/or group presentations will also be used. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Assignment submitted during trimester. 2,500 words. Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Assignment at end of trimester. 2,500 words. Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be given individual/group feedback on each assignment.

Name Role
Daragh O'Brien Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Katherine O'Keefe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer