Commercial Law

Module summary

Module code: LAW1219
Level: 6
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Law and Criminology
Module Coordinator(s): Justin Brunskell


Pre and co requisites

Law of Contract, Law of Torts.


The course is designed to provide an in-depth understanding and a sound knowledge of key areas of domestic and international commercial law that students may later encounter in legal practice, either in the City or on the High Street. In addition, the course is designed to enhance wider employability skills and commercial awareness by requiring that students view their learning in a wider context.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key areas of UK and international commercial law.
2 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding and ability to critically evaluate key areas UK and international commercial law
3 Demonstrate skills of critical analysis and evaluation by an in-depth examination of the academic literature relating to areas of commercial law
4 Demonstrate commercial awareness through an understanding of how your commercial law studies operate in a wider commercial context
5 Demonstrate skills of independent research and autonomous study
6 Demonstrate, skills of independent research problem-solving and autonomous study in finding legal and non-legal solutions to complex factual scenarios

Indicative content

• Sale of goods and services contracts (implied/express terms; remedies for breach)
• Transfer of property.
• Exclusion clauses.
• Agency agreements.
• Consumer contracts.
• International Sale of Goods.
• Carriage of Goods By Sea.
• Arbitration and ADR.

Teaching and learning activity

The course will be taught by means of one two hour lecture and one seminar per week. The structure of the course in terms of substantive law is to develop the knowledge and understanding of domestic commercial law before studying aspects of international commercial law in terms 1 and 2. Seminar questions are provided based on problem based scenarios and essay type questions that students will work on in small groups. Teaching consists of lectures (48 hours) seminars (24 hours) supervised practical sessions tutorials formative assessment other scheduled time Guided independent study Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision and Independent coursework.


Method of Summative Assessment: Problem based question.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 40%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: 3500 words.
Outline Details: Independent research assignment. A problem question set on an aspect of Commercial Law that has not been fully lectured. The purpose of this assignment is to enable students to achieve, in particular, the learning outcomes of independent research and autonomous study.

Method of Summative Assessment: Exam.
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4&6.
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 60%.
Pass Mark: 40%.
Word Length: n/a.
Outline Details: Mixture of essay and problem questions. In a 3 hour exam with 15 minutes reading time.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Seminar questions and research tasks.