1  Name of Course Law of Torts I
2 Course Code LAC2053
3 Instructor
4 Rational for the Inclusion of the Course in the Programme To equip the students with the basics of the Law of Torts and how it applies in our daily life
5 Semester and Year offered Semester 3 (Year 2)
6 Student Learning Time

Face to face Independent learning Formal Assessment Total
Teacher centered Student Centered Learning Non face to face Revision Assessment Preparation Continuous Assessment Final Exam
Lecture T O


 28  0  20  10  20  16  3


7 Credit Value 3 (125 / 40 = 3.125)
8 Pre-requisite (if any) None
9 Learning outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students should have the ability to:

  1. differentiate between civil and criminal liability (LO2-P1)
  2. describe the legal duty of every individual in his own capacity as an ordinary person or professional. (LO4-P1)
  3. discuss problems in Tort, identify its causation and making arguments to support any general defenses adopted. (LO5-A2)
10 Transferable skills Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving and other legal skills through a process of lectures and tutorials.
11 Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercises, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. Practical experience and collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
12 Synopsis This course deals with the civil responsibilities of an individual to another. Students will be introduced to the concept and scope of the law of tort, its development and relevancy with law of contract, criminal and negligent. The main tops in this course include the general defenses, duty of care and its relevancy with negligent, breach of duty of care, causation, damage and liability. Besides that, students will be introduced to some legal maxims related to the law of Tort.
13 Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion and presentation.
14 Assessment Methods and Types
  Item Percentage
1. Continuous Assessment 40%
2. Final examination 60%
  Total 100%
15 Mapping of the Course Learning Outcome/Module to the Programme Learning Outcomes Refer to attachment
16 Content Outline and the Topics Covered:

Week Topic
1 Introduction to the Law of Torts
2-3 Intentional Tort: Trespass to the Person
4-6 Intentional Tort: Trespass to Land
7-8 Intentional Tort: Trespass to Goods
9 Defenses to Intentional Torts
10-11 Negligence: Duty of Care
12-13 Negligence: Breach of Duty
14 Negligence: Damage

*Note: Total SLT / Topic [110] + Preparation for/and examination [15] = 125 hours.

17 Main references
  1. Syed Ahmad Al Sagoff. (2004). The Law of Tort in Malaysia and the Syariah. Kuala Lumpur: SAA
  2. Norchaya Talib. (2003). Law of Torts in Malaysia. 2nd ed. Kuala Lumpur: Sweet & Maxwell Rogers V.H.W. (1994).
  3. Winfield and Jolowicz on Torts. 16th ed. London: Sweet & Maxwell
  4. Abdul Aziz Husin & Abdul Rashid Abd. Aziz. (2000). Aspek Undang-Undang Tort Dalam Projek Pembinaan. Pulau Pinang: Penerbit USM


  1. Civil Law Act 1956
  2. Government Proceedings Act 1976

Related case laws

18 Additional references
  1. Catherine Elliot & Frances Quinn.(2007).Tort Law. 6th.edition. Pearson Longman. England.
  2. Vickneswaren Krishnan.(2002).Obligations:The Law of Tort. Old Bailey Press. Great Britain.
  3. Wan Azlan Ahmad & Mohsin Hingun. (1998). Principles of Law of Tort in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Malayan Law Journal
  4. David Oughton. (1994) Law of Torts.Blackstone Press Limited.England



Course Learning Outcomes Compliance to PO Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs) Assessment Tasks (ATs)



















  K CTPS CS TS EM LL     KK LS    
1-differentiate between civil and criminal liability  (LO2-P1)   3               Classroom lecture and discussion Written test
2-   describe the legal duty of every individual in his own capacity as an ordinary person or professional. (LO4-P1)       3           Lecture, Tutorials and Presentation Instructor evaluation of the presentation
3 suggest solution to  problems in Tort, identify its causation and making arguments to support any general defenses adopted. (LO5-A2)         3         Tutorials and Assignments Instructor evaluation of the assignment