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Business Law I

Course Number: BA 226
Transcript Title: Business Law I
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit

Prerequisites

WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Discusses fundamental concepts, principles, and rules of law that apply to business transactions. Includes the function and operation of the courts, business crimes, torts, contract law, intellectual property, the application of the Uniform Commercial Code to business activities and recent developments in business law, such as cyberlaw and electronic commerce. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Business Law I the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment of business.
  2. Apply basic legal knowledge to business transactions.
  3. Communicate effectively using standard business and legal terminology.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the concepts described in the required competencies by any combination of the following:

  1. Participation
  2. Case Study Analysis
  3. Individual or Group Projects
  4. Presentations
  5. Completion of assessment examinations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  1. Legal Terminology
  2. Legal Reasoning
  3. Legal Research
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Effective Written and Oral Communications
  6. Ethical Legal Conduct

Competencies and Skills

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the basic American Legal System.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic court procedures.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the nature of tort law, including business torts.
  4. Demonstrate how criminal law relates to business.
  5. Demonstrate recognition of intellectual property.
  6. Identify how computer law affects business.
  7. Analyze the nature and terminology of contract law.
  8. Demonstrate recognition of the requirements of the contract agreement.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of contract consideration and capacity.
  10. Demonstrate recognition of the genuineness of assent in contract formation.
  11. Demonstrate understanding of legality and Statute of Frauds in contracts.
  12. Identify contract remedies.
  13. Demonstrate recognition of transactions involving the UCC Sales of Goods.

Department Notes

Business Law is designed to expose the student to the American Legal System and it’s affect on business activities. The course provides the student information about the difference between trial courts and appellate courts, public law and private law, civil law and criminal law. Other topics will include: legal procedure, tort law, computer and intellectual law, business crimes, contract law, and sales of goods. This course is applicable as elective credit toward an Associate degree and may be transferable to a four year institution.