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General Course Information for LAW304: Legal Aspects of Business I

Course: LAW304 - Legal Aspects of Business I
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Course Description: A survey of contracts, sales, agencies, personal property, commercial paper and associated topics. Emphasizes prevention of litigation and liability arising from business operations.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the basic concepts and structure of the American legal system.
  • Describe how law and regulations apply to business and the economy.
  • Recognize business situations that require legal counsel.
  • Interpret and form contractual relationships in business.
  • Identify remedies for breach of contract.
  • Describe how third parties may become involved in contracts, and what their rights may be under the contract.
  • Identify the nature and form of sales.
  • Distinguish personal property from other forms of property.
  • Distinguish bailment's from contracts.
  • Write analyses of legal issues that may arise in the business environment.
  • Establish business practices that comply with relevant laws in an effort to maintain ethical business practices.
  • Identify technological resources available to the business practitioner to aid in the analysis of legal issues arising in the business environment.
  • Explain the need for awareness of and sensitivity to differences in business law in the international business environment.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Apply ethical and legal principles to a business environment
    • Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills expected of a business-school graduate
    • Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills expected of a business-school graduate
    • Develop a global business perspective based on the knowledge of foreign business environments and cultures
    • Apply ethical and legal concepts to accounting and tax related issues.
    • Describe the legal and ethical issues surrounding the business community.
    • Describe the types of business organizations and their basic functions.
    • Describe the basic functions of management and their practical implications on the operations of the organization.
    • Identify organizational behavior, communications, and change theories and their practical implications.
    • Analyze contemporary legal issues in the state, federal, and administrative law forums
    • Analyze issues by application of relevant rules of law, ethical standards, and social mores.
    • Demonstrate written, oral communication, and presentation skills used in pre-law.
    • Describe need for effective planning in preparation for the negotiation process.
    • Describe, analyze, and anticipate legal issues in a business environment
    • Develop concise legal arguments.
    • Develop legal and critical thinking skills in judicial issues.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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  • Recorded class presentations
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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures