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MODULE DESCRIPTOR
Module Title
Legal Skills And Concepts (Online LLB)
Reference LL2322 Version 1
Created April 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 9
Approved May 2017 SCQF Points 15
Amended ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
1. To develop understanding of, and the ability to apply, practical legal skills in areas such as communication, negotiation, client interviewing and counselling, and dispute resolution.
2. To deepen student knowledge and appreciation of the nature of law and of key legal concepts, such as rights and justice, and their operation in practice.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Apply key document drafting skills pertinent to legal practice;
2 Demonstrate a practical knowledge of sound client interviewing and negotiating techniques;
3 Appraise the range of dispute resolution methods available;
4 Explain, and demonstrate a critical understanding of, the nature of law and of legal concepts including legal obligation, rights, and justice.

Indicative Module Content
The first part of the module will develop key practical transferrable skills required in the workplace such as drafting, client interviewing and counselling, negotiation, and the selection of appropriate dispute resolution alternatives. The remainder of the module will explore major legal concepts such as legal obligation, rights, and the idea of justice.

Module Delivery
This is a lecture and tutorial based module. Lectures provide core module content. Tutorials develop associated higher level skills through student centred learning. In addition, online activities will form part of the module contact time.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 36
Non-Contact Hours 114 114
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
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: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3
Description: Written coursework worth 60% of the overall module grade.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 3, 4
Description: Written coursework worth 40% of the overall module grade.
Component 3
Type: Coursework Weighting: 0% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Compliance on a pass/fail basis with the requirement to participate in online forum and tutorial activities.

MODULE PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTOR
Explanatory Text
C1 - Coursework - 40% weighting C2 - Coursework - 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 BROWN, H.J., 2011. ADR principles and practice. 3rd ed. London: Sweet and Maxwell.
2 CHERKASSKY, L., et al., 2011. Legal skills. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
3 FINCH, E., and FAFINSKI, S., 2014. Employability skills for law students. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
4 LEWICKI, R., et al., 2010. Essentials of negotiation. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
5 MALCOLM, E.A., 2009. A guide to mediating in Scotland. Dundee: Dundee University Press.
6 TODD, A. and SIM, I., 2016. Commercial awareness for lawyers. Edinburgh: W Green.
7 WACKS, R., 2015. Understanding jurisprudence. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press

 

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