Module Code: H9COMLAW
Long Title Commercial Law
Title Commercial Law
Module Level: LEVEL 9
EQF Level: 7
EHEA Level: Second Cycle
Credits: 5
Module Coordinator: AKARI DEVELOPER
Module Author: KAREN MURRAY
Departments: School of Business
Specifications of the qualifications and experience required of staff  
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Learning Outcome Description
LO1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of the Irish, European and international legal environment in which a business operates.
LO2 Critically distinguish and assess the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of commercial actors.
LO3 Outline and discuss the fundamental principles of contract law and be able to apply rules to practical and relevant situations and propose appropriate solutions.
LO4 Offer a comprehensive understanding of consumer protection and the protection of personal information
LO5 Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the rules that apply to the development and use of intellectual property and in particular rules that pertain to branded products, commercial secrets and copyright works.
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is required before enrolment on this module. While the prior learning is expressed as named NCI module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Entry requirements  

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
The Legal Framework
The Irish Legal System and sources of Irish Law: Constitution, legislation, European Union Law, International Law. Commercial Actors: sole traders, partnerships, companies. Formation, rights and liabilities Commercal dispute resolution
Contract Law
Contract Law : Formation of contracts, Invalid Contracts, Discharge of contracts and remedies
Consumer Protection
Sale of goods and supply of services protection. On-line selling, off and on premises selling. Data Protection: Principles and applciation to direct marketing.
Intellectual Property Law
Introduction to Intellectual property law, Licences and Assignments. Patent Law: application, term, infringements and remedies. Copyright Law: term, protected works, moral rights, infringement and remedies. Design protection. Duty of Confidence: law and duty, remedies. Remedies in Tort: passing off, defamation. Trademark Law: Irish and community trade marks, registration, grounds for refusal, infringement and defences.


Full Time

Assessment Type: Continuous Assessment (0200) % of total: 30
Assessment Date: n/a Outcome addressed: 1
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Students will be given a problem style assessment where they will be required to identify the legal issues at stake, demonstrate knowledge and application of relevant law and provide appropriate conclusions, solutions or advice. This assessement may be undertaken in the form of an in-class assessment or project completed outside of class time.
End of Module Assessment
Assessment Type: Terminal Exam % of total: 70
Assessment Date: End-of-Semester Outcome addressed: 1,2,3,4,5
Non-Marked: No
Assessment Description:
Assessment consists of a two and a half hour examination where students will be offered a choice of at least five questions and required to answer any three. Some questions will be in a ‘legal problem’ style format, where students must apply their knowledge and understanding of legal principles to a particular set of complex facts, situations or scenarios. Other questions may require students to suggest what appropriate measures should be taken by the parties in order to avoid legal problems in the future. Some questions may require students to critically analyse a piece of relevant legislation, case or legal principle and its application to the business environment.
No Workplace Assessment
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

NCIRL reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Module Target Workload Hours 0 Hours
Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivered in block format 30 Per 15 week block 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 95 Per 15 week block 6.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivered in block format 30 Per 15 week block 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 95 Per 15 week block 6.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • White F.. (2012), Commerical Law, 2nd. Roundhall, Dublin.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Clark, R. & Ni Shuilleabhain, M.. (2010), Intellectual Property Law in Ireland, 2nd. Kluwer Law International, Sussex, UK.
  • Byrne, R., McCutcheon, P., Bruton, C. & Coffey, G.. (2014), Byrne and McCutcheon on the Irish Legal System, 6th. Bloomsbury Professional.
  • Enright M.. (2007), Principles of Irish Contract Law, Clarus Press, Dublin.
  • Kelleher D.. (2015), Privacy and Data Protection Law in Ireland., 2nd. Bloomsbury Professional, Dublin.
  • McMahon, B. & Binchy, W.. (2014), Law of Torts: A Guide to Irish Law, 4th. Bloomsbury Professional.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
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