BUL2131

Legal Environment of Business

Course Code:
BUL 2131

Credit Hours:
3

Effective beginning:
2022-23

Sections:
700

 

Course Description:
This is a survey course in the study of the legal environment of business. This class provides an overview of the major areas of the law that shape the environment in which a business operates. Areas covered include an introduction to law and the legal system, contracts, sales of goods and commercial paper under the UCC, property, agency and employment, business organizations, bankruptcy, and consumer protection.

 

Course Details

Instructors:

As assigned

 

Required textbooks/ course materials:

Beatty/Samuelson, Introduction to Business Law (w/MindTap), 7th ed., Cengage Publishing, 2023. ISBN: 9780357724910.

Cengage Unlimited:

  • 1-semester subscription: ISBN 9780357700006
  • 1-year subscription: ISBN 9780357700013
  • 2-year subscription: ISBN 9780357700020

 

Assignment/course outline:

The following topics will be covered in this course at the discretion of the instructor:     

  • Introduction to Law     
  • Business Ethics and Social Responsibility     
  • Courts, Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution     
  • Constitutional, Statutory, Administrative, and Common Law      
  • Intentional Torts and Business Torts      
  • Negligence and Strict Liability     
  • Criminal Law and Procedure     
  • International Law     
  • Introduction to Contracts     
  • Legality, Consent, and Writing     
  • Conclusion to Contracts     
  • Practical Contracts     
  • Sales and Product Liability     
  • Negotiable Instruments     
  • Secured Transactions     
  • Bankruptcy     
  • Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Labor Law     
  • Starting a Business: LLCs and Other Options  
  • Corporations     
  • Government Regulation: Securities and Antitrust     
  • Accountants' Liability     
  • Consumer Law, Environmental Law, Cyberlaw     
  • Intellectual Property, Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law, Personal Property and Bailment

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.

 

Discipline-level learning outcomes:

B-1 Demonstrate knowledge of the principles, practices and supervisory responsibilities of management, and ethical and legal issues in a business environment.   

B-2 Apply general business workplace competencies, including employability skills and office computer skills. 

B-3 Understand business concepts, such as accounting, HR, marketing and organization.  

B-4 Communicate effectively in oral and written form, exhibit college level computation and problem-solving skills, and interact appropriately with people of other cultures or backgrounds.

 

Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
Synthesize knowledge pertinent to the history of the business legal environment

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4

Homework, tests, quizzes
Evaluate different areas of the law

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4

Homework, tests, quizzes
Formulate legal issues in factual scenarios

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4

Homework, tests, quizzes
Defend how legal and ethical issues overlap and conflict

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4

Homework, tests, quizzes
Support different levels of the American legal system

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4

Homework, tests, quizzes
Propose how different legal concepts affect the business environment.  

BA-1, BA-2, BA-3, BA-4

Homework, tests, quizzes

 

 

Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

In-Person

The instructor will:

  • Lecture and lead class discussions.
  • Assign readings from textbooks and/or other sources to supplement lectures.
  • Provide supplemental materials that align with the material presented in the textbook as appropriate.
  • Design assignments, quizzes, discussions, etc., to help students engage with the course material.
  • Use other teaching strategies to assist students in examining and understanding course materials as needed.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold weekly office hours to address questions and student needs outside of class time.

The students will:

  • Attend class regularly and be attentive to lectures.
  • Engage with class discussion.
  • Participate in student discussion groups.
  • Read assigned readings.
  • Complete assignments, quizzes, discussion boards, etc., as assigned by the instructor.

Online

The instructor will:

  • Lead class discussions.
  • Assign textbook and/or other readings.
  • Provide supplemental materials that align with the material presented in the textbook as appropriate.
  • Design assignments, quizzes, discussions, etc., to help students engage with the course material.
  • Use other teaching strategies to assist students in examining and understanding course materials as needed.
  • Provide timely feedback on assignments.
  • Hold weekly virtual office hours to address questions and student needs.

The students will:

  • Engage with the course regularly.
  • Engage with class discussions.
  • Participate in student discussion groups.
  • Read assigned readings.
  • Complete assignments, quizzes, discussion boards, etc. as assigned by instructor.

 

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