Module Details

Module Code: LAWS C4315
Module Title: Consumer Protection Law 1
Title: Consumer Protection Law 1
Module Level:: 8
Credits:: 5
Module Coordinator: Eileen Doyle
Module Author:: Pauline McHugh
Module Description: The aim of this module is to give students a thorough understanding of Irish Consumer Protection Law as it applies to goods and services and
to assist the student to develop the analytical skills required to apply their legal knowledge to various
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Critically evaluate the laws relating to sale of goods and services and product liability and understand the impact of digital/online selling, and data protection/privacy concerns of consumers in e-commerce as this sector evolves
LO2 Demonstrate an in-depth comprehension of the laws dealing with consumer protection as it relates to goods and services, and demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge gained to formulate solutions to case studies involving consumer protection issues.
LO3 Critically evaluate the impact of Consumer Protection legislation on various consumer scenarios and analyse and explain how Consumer Protection law has evolved through EU and Irish initiatives
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
Sale of Goods/ Services
Historical Background • Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Regulation, domestic and EU, as it relates to traditional sales and online distance selling- definition of sale of goods contracts; formal requirements; implied terms in sale of goods contracts and exclusion; passing of property; performance of the contract; rights of unpaid seller against the goods; remedies for consumer, repair/replace/refund • terms implied into a supply of services contract and exclusion
Consumer Information and rights of withdrawal
Consumer Protection Act 2007, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Act 2014 • rights of online consumers- European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013
Liability for Defective Products
• Liability for Defective Products Act 1991
Unfair Terms
• European Communities (Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts) Regulations, 1995: contracts within the ambit of the regulations; terms which are unfair and exempt terms; effect of finding of unfairness.
Data Protection Rights
• Data Protection Law – concept of and rationale for data protection, GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018, ePrivacy Regs 2011, Communications (Retention of Data) Act 2011 , obligations of data controllers, rights of data subjects, role of Data Protection Commissioner
Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%


Full Time

Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Other % of Total Mark 100
Timing n/a Learning Outcomes 1,2,3
Non-marked No
Assessment Description
Written assessment involving problem scenario(s) relating to module content
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Exam Board
It is at the discretion of the Examination Board as to what the qualifying criteria are.

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 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00 36
Independent Learning Non Contact No Description 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93 89
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Category Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact No Description Every Week 1.50 1.5
Total Weekly Contact Hours 1.50
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • Mary Donnelly (Law teacher),Fidelma White. (2014), Consumer Law, [ISBN: 9780414035256].
  • Fidelma White. Commercial Law, 2nd Ed.. Round Hall, [ISBN: 9781858006321].
  • Laura L. Keogh. (2019), Data Protection Compliance, Clarus Press, [ISBN: 9781911611240].
  • Denis Kelleher. Privacy and Data Protection Law in Ireland, 2015. Bloomsbury Publishing, [ISBN: 978178043203].
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • LexisNexis LNB Legal database.
  • Westlaw IE Journal: Commercial Law Practitioner.
  • JustisOne.
Other Resources
Discussion Note: