NOTE:  The following is a summary of the course requirements.  The actual class syllabus and all course material will be facilitated via your CANVAS LMS

Welcome to Business Law: 
BUS& 201 (5 Credits) 

#7279 - ON LINE WEB (pending start dates)

Course Description:  A study of the American legal system; includes the Constitution, legislative, executive and judiciary branches. Examines system structure, concepts, procedures, terminology, ethical principles with an emphasis on principles and procedures applicable in the context of business contracts. Covers definitions, formation, interpretation and enforcement within the legal field. This course was formerly known as BUS 171, Business Law I.

Prerequiste: Eligible to take ENGL& 101.

Instructor: Shawn T. Newman, J.D

Email:  You can send me a message from within Canvas in the left navigation toolbar of your course page. 

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  See Virtual Office Hours page for information

Required Resources:

Book:  Roger Leroy Miller,Business Law Today: The Essentials11th Edition (2017) ISBN-13: 9781305574793 | ISBN-10: 1305574796

Links to Book - Chapter Review Power Points (Links to an external site.)  (Links to an external site.)

Business Law Resources - Subject Matter Index (Links to an external site.)

Supplemental materials: You will also see that I have additional readings listed per week **please set your browser to allow 'pop-ups' from Canvas as supplemental materials and external links will open new windows when clicked on.

Grade Determination: 700 points total

4  Exams @ 100 points/each 

1 Final @ 100 points  

Complete Student Voir Dire (Links to an external site.) & Active Participation on class Discussion forum * 200 points: You are to make at least one intelligent comment per week on any article or reply.  Grading Rubric:

A (90-100 points)


B (80-90 points)


C (70-80 points)








Attends class regularly and always contributes to the discussion by raising thoughtful questions, analyzing relevant issues, building on others' ideas, synthesizing across readings and discussions, expanding the class' perspective, and appropriately challenging assumptions and perspectives


Attends class regularly and sometimes contributes to the discussion in the aforementioned ways.

Attends class regularly but rarely contributes to the discussion in the aforementioned ways.




Attends class regularly but never contributes to the discussion in the aforementioned ways.

    Newman NoteI sincerely hope you find this course interesting, informative and useful. If you have a particular topics of interest or question, feel free to email me from Canvas.   I have listed reading assignments, exams and resources for each week below. Please note that I reserve the option to modify the schedule to accommodate challenges and will post articles germane to business law for your comments on the Discussion forum.  

     Note: All course content will be available via the SPSCC Student Canvas modules 1 week prior to class starting (including your book).