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Module Title
Employment Law

Contracts Of Employment, Institutions Of Employment Law, Statutory Employment Rights, EU Influence On UK Employment Law.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedDecember 2012
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.5

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Prerequisites for Module

BS3351 Fundamentals of Employment Law

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide students with a practical knowledge of the interaction between the law and the employment relationship with particular emphasis on contractual aspects of employment and the effects of statutory duties imposed on the parties.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Devise and introduce into the workplace contracts of employment which are practical and effective.
2. Analyse steps necessary to ensure compliance with statutory duties imposed on employers in respect of their employees.
3. Critically assess the role of the law in regulating the employment relationship.
4. Develop practical research, analytical, argument development and oral and written communication skills

Indicative Module Content

Contracts of Employment, status, nature and scope, remedies for breach, institutions of employment law, Individual Statutory rights including equality legislation dealing with sex, race, disability and equal pay, rules governing termination of employment, maternity and parental rights, influence of the law of the European Union on UK employment law.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart Time

Directed Study

Directed Study

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 2,3,4
Component 2 1,2,3,4

Component 2 Written coursework worth 30% weighting of the module grade

Component 1 Oral and written coursework exercise worth 70% weighting of the overall module grade

Indicative Bibliography

1.MIDDLEMISS, S. and DOWNIE, M., 2012. Employment law in Scotland. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional.
2.PAINTER, R. and HOLMES, A., 2012. Cases and materials in employment law. 9th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
3.PITT, G., 2011. Employment law. 8th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
4.SARGEANT, M. and LEWIS, D., 2012. Employment law. 6th ed. Harlow: Pearson.
5.SELWYN, N. M., 2012, Selwyn's law of employment. 17th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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