Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C2400
Module Title: Business Law
Title: Business Law
Module Level:: 6
Credits:: 10
Module Coordinator: Martin Meagher
Module Author:: Ivan Sheeran
Module Description: The overall aim of this course is to introduce students to the Irish Legal System and Irish Business law through a series of lectures and group discussions involving problem solving.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Demonstrate understanding of the general legal environment in which business is carried out.
LO2 Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key principles of contract law (including contracts for the sale of goods and supply of services) and to apply this knowledge to business situations.
LO3 Comprehend the importance of employment law and data protection law and their application to the modern business environment.
LO4 Understand the key concepts of tort law and their application to business scenarios.
LO5 Demonstrate an increased awareness and insight of how the law influences decision making in a business context.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

No recommendations listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Additional Requisite Information
No Co Requisites listed
Indicative Content
Introduction to Law and the Irish Legal System (15%)
• Nature, sources and classification of Irish law. o The Irish Constitution - Separation of powers and fundamental rights o Legislation and the legislative process o Common Law and the Doctrine of Precedent o European Union Law - Primary and Secondary Sources - Role of EU Institutions • The Irish Court System – Structure and Jurisdiction • Personnel of the Law
Introduction to the Law of Torts (20%)
• The Nature of Tort. • Causation and Remoteness • Negligence and Contributory Negligence • Vicarious Liability • Product Liability • Occupier’s Liability • Defamation • Defences
The Law of Contract (30%)
• The nature and formation of a contract. • Agreement, intention and consideration. • Form of a Contract. • Terms and exemption clauses. • Capacity to contract. • Invalid contracts • Discharge of contract and remedies for breach • Electronic Contracts
Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Law (10%)
• Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980 o Main Implied Terms o Effectiveness of Exclusion Clauses • Consumer Protection legislation o Main Features o Role of Competition and Consumer Protection Commission
Introduction to Employment Law (15%)
• Contracts of employment – Formation and Terms • Duties of employer and employee. • Protective legislation (maternity leave, parental leave, etc) • Health & Safety Legislation • Employment Equality Legislation • Termination of employment contracts (including unfair dismissal and entitlements on redundancy) • Remedies for breach. Role of the Workplace Relations Commission
Data Protection Law (10%)
• The Data Protection Acts 1988-2018 GDPR 2016 o Privacy of Personal data o Rights of Data Subject o Duties of Data Controllers o Role and Powers of Data Protection Commission o Offences and Penalties for Breach
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Multiple Choice Questions % of Total Mark 30
Timing n/a Learning Outcomes 1,2,4,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 70
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 6.00 6
Independent Learning Time Non Contact No Description Every Week 12.00 12
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 3.00 3
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description Every Week 15.00 15
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Aine Keenan. (2021), Essentials of Irish Business Law, 7th. Boru Press Limited, Ireland, p.465, [ISBN: 9781916019980].
  • Thuillier & MacDaid. (2015), Business Law in Ireland, Clarus Press.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Vaeni MacDonnell. (2016), An Introduction to Business Law, 2nd. Chartered Accountants Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Kenneally & Tully. (2013), The Irish Legal System, Clarus Press, Dublin.
  • Byrne, McCutcheon, Cahillane & Roche Cagney. (2021), Byrne & McCutcheon on The Irish Legal System, 7th Ed.. Bloomsbury, Dublin.
  • Eoin Molloy. (2020), Contract Law for Students, Bloomsbury Professional, Ireland.
  • John Tully. (2014), Tort Law in Ireland, Clarus Press, Ireland.
  • Eavan Murphy. (2014), Business & Company Law For Irish Students, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin.
  • Ruth Davenport. (2012), Fundamentals of Irish Law, 2nd. ed.. Gill & Macmillan.
  • Brian Doolan. (2011), Principles of Irish Law, 8th. Gill & Macmillan.
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Westlaw. Irish Law Times, The Irish Law Times.
  • Westlaw. Irish Business Law Quarterly, Irish Business Law Quarterly.
Other Resources
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