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LAWS3130 Industrial Law

Module Overview

In view of Engineering Council support for the development of engineering degrees that will equip students to become professional engineers, the module follows the European Network for Engineering Accreditation guidelines to contribute to graduate awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. The module highlights the importance of non-technical – societal, health and safety, environmental, economic and industrial - constraints and their implications for engineering practice. The module provides an overview of law relevant to students working in industry, including an introduction to legal systems, using the European influenced English Law as an example, and aspects of contract law and tort law that are used to support and regulate industry. Contract law concerned with obligations voluntarily assumed by industrial organisations, and providing the basis for advance (contract law) topics. Tort Law recognising obligations imposed on industrial organisations by law; providing remedial damages and encouraging pro-active risk management.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Law and the English Legal System;
  • the main rules and principles that govern Contract Law;
  • the legal concept of agency;
  • statutory regulation of contracts;
  • the main rules and principles that govern Tort Law;
  • the main rules and principles that govern Employment Law;
  • the discussions around proactive risk management – insurance law and health and safety initiatives;
  • the basic rules of Intellectual Property (IP) Law.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • locate sources of legal information relevant to working in industry;
  • demonstrate skills of legal research and analysis;
  • identify relevant legal issues from the surrounding context;
  • consider how industrial policies and values interact with the discipline of law.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • recognise non-technical constraints on engineering industry;
  • reflect on relevant social and ethical issues;
  • gather and interpret relevant data in order to manage those constraints and to inform your judgement, taking reasoned responsibility for decision making;
  • effectively communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to non-technical issues within the engineering community and society at large.


Part One - Introduction to Legal Systems • Introduction to law • The nature of legal systems, using the English Legal System as an example • The influence of International and Supranational (European) Law • Sources of UK Law • The UK Court System and • Alternative Dispute Resolution Part Two - The Law of Contract • The Nature of Agreement – Offer and Acceptance • Intention, Capacity, Consideration & Privity • The terms of a Contract • Vitiating Factors • Discharge of Contract and contractual Remedies • The Law of Agency • The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Part Three – Tort Law • The Tort of Negligence and nuisance • Vicarious liability and statutory duties Part Four – Employment Law • The Contract of Employment and its Termination • Discrimination Part Five – discussion of proactive risk management • Health & Safety • Insurance Laws Part Six – Introduction to Intellectual Property (IP) Law

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures 12 x 2 hours (24 hours) • Tutorials 12 x 1 hour (12 hours) Learning activities include • Indicated advanced reading of course materials in preparation for both lectures and tutorials • Independent and group exercises, including interactive polling and quizzes during lectures. Lectures • PowerPoint Slides – available on Blackboard prior to lectures so that they can be followed in lectures and altered or annotated for revision. • The lectures will also be recorded on Panopto for remote learning and revision. Tutorials • Preparation in advance of each tutorial • Locating primary resources as requested in the Tutorial Hand-Out (provided at the beginning of course). • Reading the chapters assigned in a relevant commercial/business law text book (details provided and books discussed at the beginning of course) • Prepare answers for the: o Assignment questions o Group exercises o Research exercises all outlined in the Tutorial Hand-out Revision • Module Outline available on blackboard throughout the course • PowerPoint/Handout available on Blackboard after each lecture • On-line resource available with course text books.

Preparation for scheduled sessions86
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Soton Law Sources.

Soton Law Sources.

Blackboard LAWS3130.

James Marson & Katy Ferris (2015). Business Law. 

Lucy Jones (2015). Introduction to Business Law. 



Set exercises - non-exam


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.


James Marson & Katy Ferris Business Law 4th edition Oxford University Press 2015

Lucy Jones. Introduction to business law 3rd edition Oxford University Press 2015

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase the mandatory/additional reading text as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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