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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
BUS201 (#5578) 5 Credits


Instructor:  Shawn T. Newman, J.D. 

Start Here:  It is important to get started ASAP and manage your time wisely. Do not wait for me to contact you - online classes are very time-consuming.  Success requires hard work, motivation, persistence, discipline and effort.  If you log into the class regularly, participate in class discussions, submit all materials on time, and master the content materials, you have the potential to excel, not only in this class.

Pre-Reqs: ENGL& 101, or BUS 105, with a 2.0 grade or better or instructor permission.

Course Description:  Introduction to the nature of law and the resolution of disputes in the court system, and overview of law typically relating to the operation of businesses from the perspectives of their owners, managers, employees, customers and suppliers; primary emphasis is on the law pertaining to various types of contracts.

Instructor: Shawn T. Newman, J.D.    

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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.) 

Business Law Resources - Optional 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: 600 points total

  • 4  Exams @ 100 points/each 
  • 1 Final @ 100 points  
  •  10 Discussions posts @ 10 points/each (at least 5 sentences long relating the article, case or video to course content)

Complete Student Voir Dire (Links to an external site.) 

Course Objectives:  

  1. Analyze the sources of American Law.
  2. Explain jurisdiction, civil litigation and ADR.
  3. Classify torts and distinguish strict vs. product liability.
  4. Compare and contrast trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets.
  5. Analyze the life cycle of a contract, from formation to remedies.
  6. Contrast common law vs. sales contracts.  
  7. What is a negotiable instrument and what defenses apply to enforcement? 
  8. Summarize laws assisting creditors and debtors, including bankruptcy.
  9. Determine if a worker is an agent, employee or independent contractor.
  10. Compare the major forms of business.
  11. Distinguish personal vs. real property.

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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 within 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 may post articles germane to business law for your comments on the Discussion Forum.