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Module Title
Employment Contracts and Rights

Contracts of employment; Nature and sources of employment; Employment status; Individual employment rights

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedOctober 2002
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedJune 2010
Version No.2

This Version is No Longer Current
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Prerequisites for Module


Corequisite Modules

None in addition to SCQF 11 entry requirement or equivalent.

Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

1. To provide the student with a deep and practical understanding of the interaction between the law and the employment relationship with particular reference to contractual aspects of employment and the effects of statutory duties imposed on the parties.
2. To enable students to acquire a working knowledge of employment law and its interaction with, and application to, good management practice in employment relations.

Learning Outcomes for Module

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

1. Identify and understand the sources of employment law and the institutions of employment law and their jurisdiction.
2. Appreciate the identifying features of an employer/employee relationship and the other types of work relationship that exist.
3. Analyse the constituent elements of a contract of employment and demonstrate understanding of its role in regulating the employment relationship
4. Demonstrate the application and effect on employers of employees' statutory rights.

Indicative Module Content

Sources of employment law; institutions; status of employment; contracts of employment; individual employment rights

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Part TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Student Centred Learning

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of Delivery

Lectures/ Seminars; On-line topic materials; case studies; group activities; group discussions; directed reading and research and coursework.

Assessment Plan

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

Continual assessment exercise that may consist of assessed forum postings, group work and general online discussion. This component is worth 30% of the module grade (C1)

Written coursework exercise worth 70% of the module grade (C2)

Indicative Bibliography

1.MIDDLEMISS S. and DOWNIE M., 2015. <I>Employment law in Scotland.</I> 2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury Professional
2.PITT, G., 2016. Employment law. 10th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell.
3.SARGEANT, M. and LEWIS, D., 2014. Employment law. London: Longman.ebook
4.EMIR, A., 2016. Selwyn's law of employment. 19th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
5.SMITH, I.T., 2015. Smith and Wood's employment law. 12th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
6.PAINTER, R. and HOLMES, A., 2015. Cases and materials on employment law. 10th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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