Legal Environment of Business

Course Number: BUSADMIN 3130
Course Name: Legal Environment of Business (Online)
Course Description:    This is a study of the legal and ethical environment of business and its effects on business decisions. The course includes the substantive areas of contract law, tort, criminal law, government regulation, employment law, consumer protection, antitrust, environmental law and securities law. We also examine the ethical implications of legal disputes in business.
Prerequisites:    None
Level: Undergraduate
Credits: 3
Format: Online  (This course is also offered in print.)
Program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Additional Information

Course Rationale
BSAD 3130 - The Legal Environment of Business, introduces you to the role of law and legal system in managerial decisions. Managers operate their businesses and make their decisions within the constraints of the legal system and government regulations. Managers, businesses, and their related stakeholders strive to operate to legally protect their rights. They also face potential legal liability and legal consequences from their decisions and actions. They must understand the legal environment of business includes the legal system and its processes; and sources of law in our society. It requires studying and comparing the business-related legal rules of tort law, criminal law, contract law, and government regulatory mechanisms. Finally, managers must realize the ethical implications of their decisions in society and the corresponding perspective the law brings in formulating the ethical decisions in society.

Course Learning Outcomes
The central goal of BSAD 3130 - The Legal Environment of Business, is to prepare managers for many of the legal issues they will face in their careers. The course will not make you a lawyer or provide you with the answers to your legal problems. It will introduce you to many legal issues you will likely face in the realm of business. You will have a better understanding of how the legal system functions and the underlying rationale it uses in reaching its decisions. This broadens the perspective a manager must bring to legally-related issues and when it is necessary to consult a legal professional. You will learn the legal process, the most important substantive business legal principles, and the government regulatory process. Specifically, BSAD 3130 will do the following:

  • Introduce you to the legal environment which business faces.
  • Identify the complexities of the legal system and its processes.
  • Permit you to recognize common legal problems facing business.
  • Enable you to communicate more effectively with attorneys and other legal professionals concerning legal matters.
  • Help you better comprehend common government regulatory processes and issues.

Unit Descriptions

Unit 1: The Legal System, Sources of Law, and Ethical Issues within the Legal Environment of Business.
Unit 2: Tort Law and Introduction to Contract Law
Unit 3: Contract Defenses, Breaches and Remedies
Unit 4: Government Regulation of Business

Each unit consists of several lessons. The lessons represent small substantive portions of the course. Each unit has the six components shown in the table below:

Unit Vocabulary Each unit contains a unit vocabulary consisting of words and phrases. You should be able to define each in your own words and use each in its proper context in one or two sentences.

Unit Vocabulary Each unit contains a unit vocabulary consisting of words and phrases. You should be able to define each in your own words and use each in its proper context in one or two sentences.
Discussion/Group Activities Each unit contains at least one online discussion or group activity, for which you interact with other classmates.
Lesson Outcomes The lesson outcomes state the knowledge and skills you will learn after completing the lesson.
Lesson Reading Assignment These assignments state the reading required to complete each lesson. The reading assignments include materials from the textbook and outside resources such as libraries, journals, or the internet. Each lesson contains a specific assignment.
Lesson Written Assignment Each lesson contains specific "Written Assignment" sections with assignments incorporating the learning resources. These activities are submitted to the instructor.
Unit Examination Information and Request Form The knowledge and learning in each unit is tested, in part, by a unit examination. You must complete all of the lesson Written Assignments in each unit before you take the unit examination.

Exams: 4 units level exams

Assignments:  readings, written assignments, and lesson level discussions

Group Assignments:  Group engagement occurs within the discussion forum.

Grading Information:

Grading Scale
A 90% - 100%
A- 89%
B+ 86% - 88%
B 81% - 85%
B- 79% - 80%
C+ 77% - 78%
C 72% - 76%
C- 69% - 71%
D 60% - 68%
F 0% - 59%

Grading Criteria
Assignments: The assignments will be evaluated and graded according to the following criteria. Answers that fit into the "excellent" category would receive most or all of the marks on the assignment question. "Poor" answers would receive very few or none of the marks for the question. Answers that fit in the middle are marked according to the criteria so as to have an appropriate position. The mediocre answer may receive 50 or 60 percent of the maximum possible marks.

a. Excellent answer:

  • Writer identifies the legal issues in the problem.
  • Writer clearly identifies and states the relevant legal rules applicable to the solution.
  • Writer clearly states the legal rationale for applying the legal rules to the facts of the question so as to arrive at a conclusion.
  • Assignment is submitted in a timely manner.

b. Mediocre answer:

  • Writer does not explicitly identify the relevant legal issues and principles in the problem.
  • Writer gives a poor explanation of the legal rationale.
  • Writer reaches correct conclusion on which party might win the legal dispute, but fails to provide an appropriate rationale to support that conclusion.
  • Answer is poorly written with improper grammar and spelling, and lacks other aspects of good writing.

c. Poor answer:

  • Writer uses unacceptably poor forms of writing.
  • Writer provides no rationale to support the conclusions reached, even if they are correct.
  • The answer is submitted after the due date.
Unit Points
Unit 1 Written Assignments (5) 67 points
Unit 1 Discussions (4) 20 points
Unit 1 Examination 100 points
Total for Unit 1: 187 points
Unit 2 Written Assignments (3) 45 points
Unit 2 Discussions (3) 15 points
Unit 2 Examination 100 points
Total for Unit 2: 160 points
Unit 3 Written Assignments (4) 70 points
Unit 3 Discussion 5 points
Unit 3 Examination 100 points
Total for Unit 3: 175 points
Unit 4 Written Assignments (5) 72 points
Unit 4 Discussions (5) 25 points
Unit 4 Examination 100 points
Total for Unit 4: 197 points
Total Points for Course: 719 points


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