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BUS 120: Business Law

Course Description

This course will focus on the aspects of law which affect businesses. It covers fundamental elements of the legal system, and uses professional negligence as the vehicle for demonstrating the system of judicial precedent. Other topics include the essentials of establishing and performing simple contracts and the remedies available in the event of a breach, the essential characteristics of the various forms of business relationships, and the nature of property, instruments and devices. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Explain the manner in which behavior within society is regulated by the civil and the criminal law.
  2. Identify and explain the sources of law.
  3. Explain and illustrate the operation of the doctrine of precedent by reference to the essential elements of the tort of negligence, by which we mean duty, breach and damage/loss/injury.
  4. Explain the application of the tort of negligence to professional advisers.
  5. Identify business and agency relationships.
  6. Explain labor and employment legislation.
  7. Explain the essential characteristics of negotiable instruments and risk bearing devises.
  8. Identify and explain the four corners (requirements) of a contract.   

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussion Board

40%

Quizzes

24%

Homework

36%

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks

(Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478 )

  • Dwyer. Business Law. Kendall / Hunt Publishing Company. 2018. ISBN-10: 1-5249-6081-0 or ISBN-13: 978-1-5249-6081-0

Note: Printed books available if you order early. The company prints on demand. This means they will print the book when you order it. If you want a printed book you must order it early.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Unit 1: Foundations of American Law, Torts and Crimes

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1: Introduction to the Legal System, pgs 1; 7-10
    • Chapter 2: Courts, Legal Process and Procedure, pgs 27-35; 60
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

2

1,2,5

Unit 2: Contracts

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3: Business Law and the US constitution, pgs 63-67; 73-75; 90-92; 104
    • Chapter 4: Business Law and Ethics, pgs 115-125; 131-136
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

3

1,2,4,8

Unit 3: Sales

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5: Administrative Law, pgs 147-154; 160; 167; 175
    • Chapter 6: Property Law, pgs 183-186; 192; 199; 205-209; 210-226
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

4

1,2,3,8

Unit 4: Property: Real & Personal

  • Readings:
  • Chapter 7: Contracts, pgs 233; 239-251; 254-271
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

5

1,2,5

Unit 5: Credit

  • Readings:
  • Chapter 8: Agency, pgs 273-275; 279-282; 287-294; 300-302
  • Chapter 10: Business Entities, pgs 339-340; 352-354; 357-372
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

6

1-5

Unit 6: Commercial Paper

  • Readings:
  • Chapter 9: Torts, pgs 305-337
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

7

1,2,5,7

Unit 7: Business Organization

  • Readings:
  • Chapter 11: Secured Transaction, pgs 375-390; 392-403
  • Chapter 12: Negotiable Instruments, pgs 405-438
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

8

1,2,6,8

Unit 8:  Corporations and Regulation of Business

  • Readings:
  • Chapter 13: Employment Law, pgs 441-447; 453-459; 462-468; 474
  • Chapter 14: Bankruptcy, pgs 479-482; 485-490; 498-502; 507-515
  • Read assigned material
  • Review lectures & PowerPoint slides
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Complete homework assignments
  • Take Quiz

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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