This course deals with the American legal system, torts, contracts, agency, sales, property, negotiable instruments and business organizations. Special emphasis is on contemporary business ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply ethical issues and laws covered to selected business decision-making situations.
Business Law provides a comprehensive study of the relationship between business and the law. It is a fundamental business discipline. The study of business law study allows you to develop a broader perspective on the business and regulatory landscape as well as developing the proficiency that should enrich your business career and help you lay a foundation for successful postgraduate studies in business and law.
It begins with a study of the American legal system and will teach students the basic legal concepts related to substantive and procedural law. It introduces the student to cases, statutes, the Constitution, and the court process and conflict resolution using alternative dispute resolution principles. The course includes the topics of business ethics, Constitutional law principles, contractual concepts, the Uniform Commercial Code, the variety of ways in which a business may be legally organized and financed, agency and employment, torts and product liability, consumer protection, and intellectual property.
Dr. Germano brings over forty years of professional experience in educational leadership, teaching, corporate and business law, entrepreneurship, and institutional advancement initiatives to the LU presidency. He is a member of the California State Bar and was admitted to practice in the federal district courts of Southern California and East Texas. He taught business law at West Coast University (Los Angeles) and at Ambassador University (Big Sandy, Texas). Affiliated with Ambassador University (formerly Ambassador College) since 1959, he served as chief academic officer at two of its campuses. He left Ambassador as a professor emeritus in 1997 and completed a master's degree in archaeology/anthropology at Texas A&M in 2000. He then left retirement to serve several years as the chief academic officer at Haywood Community College at Clyde, North Carolina. He held responsibilities in AU's involvement in archaeological excavations at Jerusalem's south Temple Mount directed by Benjamin Mazar, the Jordan Umm el-Jimal Project directed by Bert de Vries, the Syria Mozan Expedition directed by Giorgio Buccellati and Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati, and the northern Israel Hazor Excavations in memory of Yigael Yadin directed by Amnon Ben-Tor. Ordained in 1983, Dr. Germano is an elder in the Living Church of God.
On successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
- Know the basic operation of the Courts, and be able to apply real fact situations to and through the court system while formulating and evaluating possible causes of action and defenses;
- Comprehend basics concerning the legal, ethical, and international environment in which business function;
- Analyze the many ways in which business activities are affected by laws and regulations;
- Identify and apply legal basics concerning: civil law, torts, constitutional law, administrative law, contracts, product liability law, principal/agent law, employment law, antitrust law, securities law, unfair and deceptive trade practices law, landowner liability, and international law; and
- Define key terms.
NOT LEGAL ADVICE: The information covered in this course does not constitute legal advice or the giving of a legal opinion. Nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of your own legal counsel.
Jennings, Marianne M. Business: Its Legal, Ethical, and Global Environment. 10th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning, 2014. ISBN 978-1285428260.
Lesson 1 Business: Its Legal, Ethical, and Judicial Environment
Topic 1 Introduction to Law
Topic 2 Business Ethics and Social Responsibility
Topic 3 The Judicial System
Topic 4 Managing Disputes: Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Strategies
Lesson 2 Business: Its Regulatory Environment
Topic 1 Business and the Constitution
Topic 2 Administrative Law
Topic 3 International Law
Topic 4 Business Crime
Lesson 3 Business Torts
Topic 1 Intentional Torts
Topic 2 Negligence
Topic 3 Product Liability
Topic 4 Cyberlaw, Social Media, and Privacy
Lesson 4 Business Sales, Contracts, and Competition
Topic 1 Contracts and Sales: Introduction and Formation
Topic 2 Contracts: Performance, Remedies, and Rights
Topic 3 Sales: Product Advertising and Liability
Topic 4 Products: Business Intellectual Property
Lesson 5 Business Management and Governance
Topic 1 Management of Employee Conduct: Agency
Topic 2 Governance and Structure: Forms of Doing Business
Topic 3 Governance and Regulation: Securities Law
Topic 4 Management: Employee Welfare and Employment Discrimination
Due dates and extensions:
Submit assignments on or before the due date. Students must complete the course by the last official day of instruction as set forth in the academic calendar.
To officially begin this course you must complete an Icebreaker assignment by which you introduce yourself to your classmates through posting a short autobiography on the course discussion forum. A student can earn 30 points by posting the Icebreaker assignment on time.
Each lesson will have an associated discussion question posted by the instructor. Student will be required to post online comments to the discussion thread and interact with fellow classmates.
Any writing assignments in this course, such as your "What I Learned" essay, should follow the MLA style as set forth in Writing Research Papers: A Complete Guide by Lester & Lester. Please cite your sources and use quotation marks where needed. The Files feature on an Assignment Submission webpage lets you submit your work so your instructor can have it handy for download, review, and grading.
Quizzes and examinations:
There are no quizzes in this course. There are five online exams in this course of no more than 50 objective questions each. The first exam is open book and open notes to give you a sense of the business law test. Exams 2-5 are closed book and closed notes. Exam 5 is a proctored exam to be taken online. A proctored exam is one that is overseen by an impartial individual ()called a proctor) who monitors or supervised a student while he or she is taking an exam. The proctor ensures the integrity of the exam process for all involved.
By completing this assessment at the end of the semester, you can earn 30 points toward your final grade.
A course grade will be determined based on the number of points a student has earned over the semester as follows:
Icebreaker Assignment (30 points)
Discussions (five, each worth 10 points for a total of 50 points)
Exams (five, each worth 100 points, for a total of 500 points; all five exams are online; the first exam is open book and open notes to give you a sense of a business law test. The other four are closed book and closed-notes). Only Exams 5 is a proctored exam.
“What I Learned” Essay (40 points)
Course Evaluation (30 points)
TOTAL 650 points
Grades are in the traditional American style of an A, B, C, D, or F. In distance learning, we believe that the measure of mastery of course subject matter is completion of 80% of the objectives for a course. That means that we want students to earn at least 800 points in this course. If they do not do so then they have not achieved the level of the mastery we would like them to have. We want this course to be competency-based and so it is possible for the entire class to receive an A or a B. There is no artificial curving of scores in the assignment of grades. Mastery of the material is what one’s goal should be.
Grades, assignned by points, are as follows:
A 585-650 points
B 520-584 points
C 455-519 points
D 390-454 points
F Below 360 points