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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Legal Systems, Skills And Ethics (Online LLB)
Reference LL1331 Version 1
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 7
Approved May 2017 SCQF Points 30
Amended ECTS Points 15

Aims of Module
To provide students with an understanding of the foundation elements of the Scottish legal system and their operation, to introduce students to the study of law by providing them with the ability to use legal research skills, an understanding of the sources of the law and the ability to interpret and use these sources, and introduce them to the core professional legal writing and presentation skills. To introduce students to the contextual, moral and ethical basis of law and legal practice and standards of professional conduct for lawyers in Scotland.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Make effective use of a law library; identify and retrieve information from a range of access points and demonstrate basic numeracy skills in making use of legal research statistics
2 Explain, and demonstrate competence in reading and interpreting, the sources of law in Scotland
3 Explain the jurisdiction and functions of the civil and criminal court systems, the roles of the predominant law making bodes affecting Scotland and of persons working in the legal profession
4 Demonstrate competence in the construction and communication of legal argument
5 Demonstrate understanding of the moral and ethical basis of law and legal practice and standards of professional conduct for lawyers in Scotland

Indicative Module Content
Distinctive features of legal literature; sources of the law; legal research skills and information retrieval techniques; use of legal research statistics reading and analytical skills appropriate for primary legal sources; legal writing, problem solving and reasoning, statutory interpretation, the civil and criminal court structures; judicial precedent; legal personnel; and the relation of Scots law to UK and EU law

Module Delivery
This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Recorded Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials and forum discussion activities develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 72 72
Non-Contact Hours 228 228
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 300 300
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

ASSESSMENT PLAN
If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: written assessment worth 40% of the overall module grade
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: examination worth 60% of the overall module grade
Component 3
Type: Coursework Weighting: 0% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Description: Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate in online forum and tutorial activities.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
The module is assessed by three components: C1 - Coursework - 40% Weighting. C2 - Exam - 60% weighting. C3 - Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate in online forum and tutorial activities. Participation requirement - each student will normally require to (1) complete at least two out of three interactive activities in this module; (2) attend and participate in at least 4 out of the 5 synchronous online tutorial sessions per module. Module Pass Mark = Grade D (40%)
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A At least 70% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component and a Pass in Component 3
B At least 60% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component and a Pass in Component 3
C At least 50% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component and a Pass in Component 3
D At least 40% on weighted aggregate and at least 35% in each component and a Pass in Component 3
E At least 35% on weighted aggregate and a Pass in Component 3
F Less than 35% on weighted aggregate OR a Fail in Component 3
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

INDICATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
1 FINCH, E. and FAFINSKI, S., 2015. Legal skills. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2 GRANT, F., 2014. Legal research skills for Scots lawyers. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: W. Green.
3 HANSON, S., 2016. Legal methods, reasoning and skills. 4th ed. London: Routledge.
4 HIGGINS, E. and TATHAM,L., 2010. Successful legal writing. 2nd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
5 HOLLAND, J. and WEBB, J.,2016. Learning legal rules. 9th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
6 MACQUEEN, H.L., 2016. Studying Scots law. 5th ed. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional.
7 WHITE, R.M. and WILLOCK, I.D., 2013. The Scottish legal system. 5th ed. Haywards Heath: Bloomsbury Professional.

 

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