Commercial Contracts for Business

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 11

The course will introduce key legal and contractual concepts and challenges which you may face in business. This will improve knowledge and confidence of common contractual obligations.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

14 November 2022

Course Length

12 weeks

This course is aimed at anyone working or seeking to work within a business environment or looking to set-up their own business.

The Commercial Contracting course provides knowledge to address common contractual challenges that businesses face managing change and solving problems.

On completion of this programme you will be able to understand and critique the following factors so that you are better placed to plan work, manage risk and articulate and negotiate commercial understandings.

  • the basic principles of contract law and role the contract plays – alongside other factors – in managing the risk and commercial relationships
  • the legal framework for agreeing, and implementing contracts
  • effective contract administration processes and be able to respond to unforeseen events
  • what to do when there is a contract breach and how to resolve these
  • analyse and understand key contractual risks and how to mitigate these

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Learning Methods

The course will be delivered online using the University’s virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle.

The course will take place with 8 recorded lectures which will provide an overview of the key issues and law discussed. Each lecture will be between 1 and 1.5 hours – but separated into manageable pieces.

Additional reading and activities will be set to help develop the overviews in the lectures and provide a means for students to deepen their learning and put it into context. The output from these activities will be to engage in postings and discussions in forums.

Students will be broken into study groups through which their engagement is checked and which will allow them to review and learn from each other.

The forum posting approach allows for asynchronous engagement – which facilitates a degree of flexibility within the structure of the course. Forum postings are mandatory. The other means of assessment is through a written coursework where the students will reflect on how the material covered can help to develop their approach.

Students will be able to ask tutors questions through RGU’s virtual learning environment.

There will be a number of optional live drop-in sessions to allow students to interact with each other and staff and ask questions.


This course is assessed through set exercises and written assignments, including essays.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The course will be taught by a team of staff within the Law School at RGU. The team is drawn from the School's contract law experts, who have experience of teaching contract law at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as experience of delivering commercial training.

The team also includes academics who are responsible for course delivery, innovation and development.

A number of members of the team also have experience of commercial law practice.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Online Learning & Support

All online learning students, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support

Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.


This course will help students to become T Shaped by unlocking awareness of another area of professional expertise.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.


Academic Year 2022/2023

  • Course fees will be met in full for students who qualify for Scottish Funding Council funding. To qualify for SFC funding applicants must be resident in Scotland.
  • £350 entire course - Applicants who are not eligible for SFC funding or are currently receiving SAAS/SFC funding for other courses.

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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