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Programme Specification for the 2022/3 academic year

LLB LLB in Engineering and Law (HKUST)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameLLB LLB in Engineering and Law (HKUST) Programme codeUFL2LAWLAW02
Study mode(s)Level 1
Academic year2022/3
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
Programme start date

09/2022

NQF Level6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

The LLB in Engineering and Law is specifically designed for delivery by the University of Exeter and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). This programme is not available for direct entry or offered by any route other than the Exeter/HKUST partnership. Students from HKUST will arrive in Exeter during their fourth year of study. These students will also be registered for an Engineering degree in Hong Kong.

The LLB in Engineering and Law is an enhanced undergraduate law degree. It is designed specifically for the partnership with HKUST. It will allow HKUST engineering students to undertake an accelerated programme of study that provides a foundation to pursue a professional legal career, as well as many other career options. It equips students with the knowledge and skills that will support you towards the next steps of professional legal qualification, such as the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) or the Bar Practice Course (BPC). The programme is only open to HKUST students whose prior academic attainment means an accelerated course of study is suitable.

Students will also complete Engineering modules during their first year at Exeter. Depending on their academic background and interest, and subject to having passed the necessary pre-requisite modules, they will be able to select 60 credits of stage 3 and stage 4 Engineering modules from one of the following programmes:

  • Civil Engineering,
  • Electronics Engineering, or
  • Mechanical Engineering.

As well as instilling a deep and wide knowledge and understanding of the law, the programme aims to offer students as many activities as possible to help broaden their career development and equip them with the skills employers find most valuable. These include activities and skills developed through learning and teaching, such as group work, research and analysis, communication in different forms, problem-solving and argumentation, time management and independent study; as well as extra-curricular activities, including, for example, employer talks, mooting, pro bono activities, student law clinic, and employability support (such as writing CVs and applications). Overall, the programme aims to provide many opportunities to gain transferable skills, and to meet and interact with other students, staff, and potential employers.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

Law:

  • To provide you with a thorough knowledge of the foundational subjects of English law that underpin the next stages of qualification as a solicitor or barrister, and give you the opportunity to acquire and develop essential analytical, practice-facing and marketable transferable skills.
  • To enable you to identify, locate and critically appraise legal materials.
  • To enable you to apply the principles of law and legal rules to solve and analyse practical problems, and to advise what to do in practical situations.
  • To enable you to understand some of the major theoretical foundations of law and to evaluate them.
  • To enable you to understand law and its operation in its social, political, economic and legal practice contexts.
  • To teach you how to reason logically, supporting the process with legal authority, academic commentary and by reference to other relevant materials.
  • To provide you with a comprehensive and integrated legal education through the study of individual modules and through the complementary interaction of modules across the programme.
  • To provide you with the necessary personal and key skills to enable you to develop as an independent, autonomous and reflective individual, and generally as a developing professional.

Engineering: the programme also aims to provide knowledge of some specialised subjects in the chosen programme of Engineering.

4. Programme Structure

The LLB in Engineering and Law programme is a two-year programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6 (as confirmed against the FHEQ). The programme is divided into two ‘Stages’. Each Stage is normally equivalent to an academic year.

The programme is further divided into units of study called modules, which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College websites:

https://law.exeter.ac.uk/currentstudents/undergraduatemodules/ and

https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/studentinfo/subjects/engineering/modules/.

Students will arrive in Exeter during their fourth year of study on the Exeter-HKUST dual degree in Engineering and Law and will study for two years. During these two years, you will take modules adding up to 150 credits each year. In addition, prior to arrival in Exeter, you will study the LAW4006H The Law of Contract module (20 credits).

Please note that modules are subject to change and not all modules are available across all programmes – this is due to timetable, module size constraints and availability.

You may take optional modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows, the module is at the appropriate level for the Stage, and you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module.

Due to the professional-facing nature of the programme, no modules are normally condonable.

Pre-arrival: 20 credits of compulsory modules

LAW4006H The Law of Contract (20 credits) will be completed prior to arrival in Exeter. This module will be delivered remotely by a Faculty member from Exeter Law School. Students will need to have completed this module in order to be accepted onto the programme at Exeter.

Code Title Credits Compulsory Non-condonable
LAW4006H The Law of Contract 20 Yes Yes

Stage 1


Stage 1: 90 credits of compulsory modules, 60 credits of optional modules

In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will study 60 credits of optional modules in Engineering; details of available modules are provided here:

intranet.exeter.ac.uk/emps/studentinfo/subjects/engineering/modules.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW2015B The Law of Torts 30Yes
LAW2017B Land Law 30Yes
LAW2035B Constitutional and Administrative Law 30Yes
Total Credits for Stage 1

150

Stage 2


Stage 2: 150 credits of compulsory modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
LAW3003B Criminal Law 30Yes
LAW3041B Trusts 30Yes
LAW3157B European Union Law 15Yes
LAW3047 Dissertation 30Yes
LAW3083 Company Law Foundation 15No
LAW3161 Commercial Law 15No
LAW3213 Criminal Evidence 15No
Total Credits for Stage 2

150


6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. [Law] Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of the essential theoretical, conceptual and practical features of the English legal system, its institutions and procedures.
2. [Law] Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the fundamental rules, theories, principles and conceptual frameworks of foundational and specific areas of law, as well as related academic opinion.
3. [Law] Follow and understand current developments in English law in the subjects of study.
4. [Law] Research a legal question and demonstrate competence in applying legal knowledge in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it.
5. [Law] Demonstrate detailed and accurate understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which the law operates.
6. [Engineering] Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and concepts.
7. [Engineering] Demonstrate competence in the design and development of engineering processes, systems, services and products, and in-depth understanding of sustainability and health and safety issues in engineering practice.
8. [Engineering] Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills.

Specialised subject skills and knowledge are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment and summative assessment.

Unseen or seen examinations 1-5: for example, many modules involve an examination, usually unseen – see individual module details.

Open/closed note examinations 1-5: for example, many modules involve an examination, usually open note – see individual module details.

Assessed essays or other coursework (including a dissertation) 1-5: for example, many modules involve an assessed essay or other coursework (such as a problem question or other written work) – see individual module details.

Assessment of legal skills 1-5: this runs through all Law modules, but is especially emphasised in the Stage 1 compulsory modules.

Assessment of Engineering modules 6-8: these are usually assessed by one or a combination of the following elements (depending on the modules selected):

-        unseen exam,

-        coursework, 

-        practical laboratory or field work.

The individual project is assessed by a written report and an oral examination/interview.

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

9. Identify, locate, retrieve and evaluate efficiently legal and other information in paper, electronic and online form, with minimum guidance.
10. Use theoretical legal knowledge to provide practical advice and creative solutions to particular problems, independently and effectively.
11. Work independently to synthesise information from a number of primary and secondary legal and other sources; to appreciate their relative value; and to separate the relevant from the peripheral.
12. Make an independent and effective critical judgment of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.
13. Communicate technical legal information and argument effectively and concisely, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline and in task-specific ways.

Academic discipline core skills and knowledge are acquired through classes (which may include lectures, seminars, workshops or other teaching activities, depending on the module), guided independent learning and reflection, library tuition and research support, formative assessment and summative assessment.

Essays / coursework 9-13: for example, many modules involve an assessed essay or other coursework (such as a problem question or other written work) – see individual module details.

Legal skills 9-13: developing legal skills runs through all Law modules, but this is especially emphasised in the Stage 1 compulsory modules.

Oral presentations or equivalent communication 9-13: presenting thoughts clearly and concisely is part of work in classes as well as out of class, such as in peer study groups or tutor meetings. Oral presentation skills may be assessed in some modules either formatively or summatively – see individual module details.

Examinations 9-13: for example, many modules include an examination, which test, inter alia, the ability to separate the relevant from the irrelevant, and to demonstrate judgement – see individual module details.

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

14. Manage time effectively, plan activity and prioritise tasks by working to strict deadlines and demonstrate an ability to work under pressure.
15. Work and interact effectively and proactively with others, share information and ideas when appropriate, and manage related practical matters.
16. Work independently, managing your time and learning resources efficiently, and developing appropriate task-specific strategies.
17. Communicate clear and reasoned arguments, accurately and effectively, in both oral and written form.
18. Reflect on, evaluate and assess own learning and ability, and make effective use of advice and feedback.
19. Identify, retrieve and use, independently and efficiently, a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance.
20. Apply appropriate strategies for solving conceptual and practical problems, making critical judgements and choosing autonomously between alternative solutions and arguments.

Key skills are an integral part of the degree programme. Particular aspects of the programme focus on personal and key skills development. For example, classes (lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes and skills activities) encourage working independently and in groups, as well as presenting and critiquing ideas and materials in interesting and varied forms (skills 14-20). Essays and other written work particularly encourage skills development (skills 14, 16-20). Personal tutor meetings and related activities encourage focus upon development of all key skills and the ability to reflect upon these (particularly skills 16 and 18).

Examination skills 14, 16-18, 20: this applies to all modules assessed by examination – see individual module details.

Assessed essay and other coursework skills 14-20: this applies to all modules assessed by essay or other forms of coursework – see individual module details.

Oral presentation skills 14-20: this applies to all modules involving oral contributions, whether assessed or unassessed – see individual module details.

7. Programme Regulations

University Regulations on the number of credits to be taken and at what level for each stage of the programme can be found in the Credit and Qualifications Framework.

Progression

Condonement is the process that allows you to be awarded credit (and so progress to the next stage or, in the final stage, receive an award), despite failing to achieve a pass mark at a first attempt. You are not entitled to reassessment in condoned credit. Regulations on condonement can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Assessment and Awards

For undergraduate degrees assessment at stage one does not contribute to the summative classification of the award. Details of the weightings for each year of all programme lengths can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and the classification of awards can be found in the Handbook for Assessment, Progression and Awarding for Taught Programmes.

You can also read details of Generic Marking Criteria.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Personal and Academic Tutoring

It is University policy that all Colleges should have in place a system of academic and personal tutors. The role of academic tutors is to support you with individual modules; the role of personal tutors is to provide you with advice and support fo the duration of your programme, and this support extends to providing you with details of how to obtain support and guidance on personal difficulties such as accommodation, financial difficulties and sickness. You can also make an appointment to see individual teaching staff.

Information on the College Personal Tutoring system, library provision, ELE resources and access to College support services can be found on the College webpages for current students.

Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC)

SSLCs enable students and staff to jointly participate in the management and review of the teaching and learning provision.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Learning Resources

The University Library maintains its principal collections in the main library buildings on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, together with a number of specialist collections in certain Colleges. The total Library collection comprises over a million volumes and 3000 current periodical subscriptions.

IT Services

A wide range of IT services are provided throughout the Exeter campuses, including open-access computer rooms, some of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Helpdesks are maintained on the Streatham and St Luke's campuses, while most study bedrooms in halls and flats are linked to the University's campus network.

Student Support Services

The University provides many support services including health and wellbeing, multifaith chaplaincy, family support, the Students' Guild and international student support.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates for undergraduate programmes must satisfy the undergraduate admissions requirements of the University of Exeter.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Certain programmes are subject to accreditation and/or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of education provision. The College documents the performance in each of its tuaght programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Student Experience Review (ASER).

Subject areas are reviewed every five years through a College Academic Audit scheme that includes external contributions.

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Social Sciences and International Studies (CSSIS)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

Not applicable to this programme.

18. Final Award

LLB LLB in Engineering and Law (HKUST)

19. UCAS Code

M128

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits

320

ECTS credits

160

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

Level 1

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/07/2022

Date of last revision

24/09/2022