Module code: MAN3131

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 1 (1000 WORD ESSAY) 40%
Coursework COURSEWORK 2 (2500 WORD PORTFOLIO) 60%

Alternative Assessment

The student will be required to resubmit the reworked original assessment.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.  This module has a capacity limit of 80 students.

Module overview

This course provides an opportunity for students following a Business Management HRM pathway, to acquire an understanding of the essential legal principles of Employment Law which regulate and underpin commerce and industry, with particular emphasis on the general awareness of the law necessary for those holding management positions.

Module aims

The aim of this module is intended to provide the students with a knowledge and understanding of the key areas of Employment Law that impact on business operations within commerce and industry, whilst developing the ability to apply the necessary relevant principles and remedies.The aims of this module are:

To provide an understanding of the legal framework and the key principles of UK Employment law.

To enable students to analyse employment law concepts and models and apply them in the context of rapidly changing business and legal environments.

To provide an understanding and appreciation of the importance of contemporary developments in Employment Law.

To endow students with the appropriate level of knowledge of the fundamentals of Employment Law to enable them to fulfil their responsibilities as a business manager or employer.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand the role and functioning of the courts, tribunals and other employment law institutions. KPT
Understand the nature, scope and significance of an employer/ employee relationship and the diversity of employment status that now exits in the flexible labour market. KCT
Distinguish between express and implied terms of the employment contract, variation of a contract and imposed terms.  KCPT
Understand and apply the main statutory and common law employment rights, duties and liabilities of employers and employees. KCPT
Explain the common law and statutory provisions relating to health and safety in the workplace and critically evaluate the role of the bodies established to monitor and enforce the statutory provisions. KCPT
Identify the impact of European and International Law on the employment marketplace. KC
Comprehend the basic principles of the Equality Act (2010) and the rights conferred to the individual through discrimination and equal pay. KCPT
Explain and apply the legislative provisions and case law authorities relating to sex, race and disability and other forms of proscribed discrimination in the UK. KC
Understand the impact of anti-discrimination legislation. KC
Explain the common law and statutory provisions relating to termination of the employment contract and types of remedies available. KCPT
Comprehend the appropriate statutory provisions and common law principles to assess the legal rights and liabilities of employees and employers. KCPT
Understanding the role of the Trade Unions and industrial conflict. KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The UK Legal Framework and Employment Law.
Nature of the employment relationship and the Contract of Employment.
Health and Safety in the Workplace.
European and international perspectives underpinning Employment Law.
Equality of treatment: sex, race, disability and other discrimination.
Employment protection: pregnancy and maternity/ paternity rights.
Regulation of Pay: entitlements to pay and the equal pay provisions.
Termination of the contract: common law provisions and unfair dismissal under the provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Redundancy and Transfer of Undertakings.
Trade unions and the law of industrial action.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The teaching and learning strategy is designed to develop the student’s appreciation, application and critical awareness of the key legal principles of Employment Law.

The teaching and learning methods include the use of lectures to introduce the legal principles, supported by tutorials designed to develop the students’ appreciation, understanding and application of the principles relating to practical situations. Lecture notes will be made available and exercises included for discussion in the tutorials.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Seminars and class discussion
Individual and supported group work
Use of differing IT resources to underpin student learning. Including prescribed electronic texts and databases, (Westlaw, Lawtel and Lexis Library (Harvey on Industrial Relations, Halsburys Laws of England etc.)).
Use of SurreyLearn VLE to support and underpin the learning outcomes and teaching methodology used.

Hours per week







Directed learning


Self-directed learning





Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to measure progress and to provide feedback in a timely manner, in two individual assignments. The formative part of the module assessment is an individual assignment which is focused on the fundamental principles of UK employment law and the legal framework. The purpose of this is to provide an opportunity to consolidate and enhance the learning from early lectures/seminars and to give the student the opportunity to gauge their progress.

The formative assessment will be distributed at the start of the semester (week 01), with a submission date week 05.

The summative assessment, which is also an individual assignment, is designed to enable students to demonstrate the ability to apply relevant legal principles to various employment issues and to consider appropriate strategies and legal remedies. This written assessment will require students to assemble an Employment Tribunal case from a relevant presented case study, of which students will then be required to demonstrably evidence a documented remedy, with supportive case law and a written resolve.

The summative assessment will be made available from week 01, with a submission date at the end of the semester, on or around week 11.

Formative assessment and feedback

Both the formative and summative assessment will be submitted and marked through SurreyLearn, whilst all students will receive feedback on their performance during the module through allocated tutorial timeslots, via written and oral feedback.

In addition, ongoing support and feedback will be administered through VLE/SurreyLearn.

Reading list

Reading list for EMPLOYMENT LAW : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/man3131

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.