Business Law I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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BUSI-2301-003 Business Law I


Course Description

The course provides the student with foundational information about the U.S. legal system and dispute resolution, and their impact on business. The major content areas will include general principles of law, the relationship of business and the U.S. Constitution, state and federal legal systems, the relationship between law and ethics, contracts, sales, torts, agency law, intellectual property and business law in the global context.

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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Online Course

Syllabus Information


Business Law: The First Course--Summarized-Case Edition Fourteenth Edition by Roger LeRoy Miller

ISBN 978-1-305-96727-4 (NO ACCESS CODE IN THE HARD COVER BOOK - DIGITAL COPY REQUIRED from Cengage to take the chapter quizzes with Mind Tap)


3 Ring Binder OPTIONAL 

Student Performance

  • To learn the basic forms of business organizations;
  • To learn pertinent legal terminology;
  • To apply such terminology to legal topics relevant to business;
  • To understand the foundations of legal systems;
  • To understand the foundations contract law; and
  • To develop critical thinking for solving business law problems.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

I. Students and teachers have obligations to each other.

II. What I expect from students:

You will treat everyone in the class with the respect due all human beings.

You will do the work outlined in the syllabus on time.

You will not plagiarize or otherwise steal the work of others.

You will accept the consequences – good and bad – of your actions.

III. What students can expect from me:

I will treat you with the respect due all human beings.

I will treat you as an individual.

I will not discriminate against you on the basis of your identity or your viewpoints.

I will manage the class in a professional manner.

I will try to respond to student email within 24 hours, including weekends and holidays if emailed to my work email at Otherwise, please call my law office at 480-626-2388.

I will pursue the maximum punishment for plagiarism, cheating, and other violations of academic integrity.

I will keep careful records of your performance and progress.

I will make myself available via phone or video conference to you for help and am willing to discuss anything even tangentially related to this class, college, law school, or the legal profession.

I will respect the fact that you have lives and commitments outside college, but I do not consider those to be excuses for not being prepared.

If I am notified in advance, I will make every reasonable effort to accommodate particular situations that may arise in your life.

I will make every reasonable effort to accommodate sudden, unexpected, extraordinary situations that are impossible for you to notify me about in advance.

I will maintain confidentiality concerning your performance.

I will provide you with professional support and write recommendations for you, if appropriate.

I will be honest with you.

Your grade will reflect the quality of your work and nothing else.

Grading Criteria


Syllabus Test (1) – 5%

Chapter Quizzes (32) - 45%

Tort Wars Video Assignment and Quiz (1)  - 10%

Current Events/News - COVID-19 & Ethics/Law (2) - 10%

Corporate Social Responsibility Movie & Paper (1) - 30%

Grading Criteria:

90-100 = A

80-89 = B

70-79 = C

60-69 = D

Below 60 = F

32 Chapter Quizzes (45%): (Administered using Mind Tap) *Must Have Digital Access Code to Take Quizzes 

  • •           There will be 4 MindTap 10 Question Multiple Choice and True/False Quizzes assigned each week, but not due until the end of the semester on Thursday March, 10th (11:59 PM).

    •           Chapter Quizzes are one hour and open book and you will have one attempt to complete. 

    •           It is your responsibility to complete each assignment by the due date.

    •           The MindTap chapter quizzes are self paced and all due by the end of semester, Thursday March, 10th (11:59 PM), but it is recommended that you complete at least 4 chapter quizzes per week as instructed in the calendar. You can work ahead BUT it is strongly encouraged that you do NOT wait until the last weeks to complete the quizzes, according to the Calendar below unless otherwise specifiedI will me monitoring your progress throughout the course. 

    •           There will be NO Quiz Deadline Extensions given. However, I will waive the three lowest quiz scores to account for the fact that sometime life happens

  •     If your computer crashes or you have technical difficulties (I strongly encourage that you take a screen shot of the problem), email me immediately, and I will decide on a case-by-case basis the appropriate solution. I may have to refer you to technical support. I highly recommend using Firefox as your browser. If you consistently have technical problems, I will insist you complete these assignments in one of AC’s computer labs.

Syllabus Test (5 %)

10 Questions Multiple Choice and True/False test with questions from the Course Syllabus. You will be given one hour to complete the test and can take it up to three times.  

  • Syllabus Quiz Due Tuesday, Jan 25th, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Tort Wars You Tube Video Assignment and Quiz (10%) 

You have 1 Assignment:

  1. Watch the 9 part Mark Lanier Tort Wars You Tube Video and answer 10 multiple choice questions (10%) – I recommend that you take notes while watching to video to use during the quiz. There is a 1 hour time limit on the quiz, so do not wait until the last moment. Due by Thursday, March 10th, 2022 by 11:59 PM

Current Events/News - COVID-19 related Ethics/Law (10%) - Due Dates See Assignment Calendar Below

  • You will be expected to select and read two (2) current events/news articles about Ethical and/or Legal problems in business as related to/caused by the current COVID-19/Corona Virus epidemic.
  • Then for each article you will be required to write a short analysis  (1-2 pages) answering the following:
  1. What is the summary of the article (facts/background)?
  2. What is the ethical/legal problem? 
  3. Is their a solution offered in the article?
  4. Will the issue/problem affect you? If so, how? If not, why?  
  5. How do you think the problem should be solved?
  • The articles will be due (1st Article) Monday, Feb 14th and (2nd Article) Monday Feb 28th at 11:59 PM as noted on the blackboard assignment and in your syllabus calendar. Note/Hint: Review the Course Description above in the Syllabus for additional themes and guidance when selecting articles and doing your analysis.  



Corporate Social Responsibility Paper (30%):  

  •        You will be required to find and watch a movie that addresses how a business was socially responsible or socially irresponsible. You will then write a 4-6 page double spaced page paper over your selected movie. Further detailed instruction will be provided by the 2nd week of class, including a non-exhaustive list of possible movies.  A Rubric wll be posted on Blackboard that will list my expectations and how I will grade this assignment.  I suggest getting start early on this assignment and not waiting until the last week. Also, feel free to email me if you want me if you want me okay a a movie not on the list. This will be due the last week of class by Wednesday, Mar 9th by 11:59 PM



Since this is an online class, your attendance each week will be the completion of your quizzes and assignments. You generally have 4 quizzes assigned each week in addition to your other assignments. It is generally a self paced course, but DO NOT wait until the last moment to complete the quizzes and assignments. This is a quick eight (8) week course so you better get busy now and stay busy until the last week of school in March. That is the nature of an online course. You are allowed to work ahead. I will be monitoring your progress throughout and will answer any questions you have about the material. PLEASE ask me questions about the material and remember Cc me or email directly me at for quicker response times. 



SPRING 2022 8 Week Course






JAN 18 – 24

*JAN 18 1st Day of Class

Class Syllabus and Introductions

UNIT ONE: The Legal Environment of Business

Chapter 1: Law and Legal Reasoning 

Chapter 2: Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution 

Chapter 3: Court Procedure 

Chapter 4: Business and the Constitution 

Syllabus Test (DUE Monday 01/25)

Quiz - Chapter 1 (Due: Thursday 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 2 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 3 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 4 (Due: 03/10)


Jan 25 - Jan 31

Chapter 5: Business Ethics 

UNIT TWO: Torts and Crimes

Chapter 6: Torts 

Chapter 7: Strict Liability and Products Liability 

Chapter 8: Intellectual Property Rights 

*Assignment – Watch Mark Lanier Tort Wars You Tube Video and Answer 15 Questions Quiz

Quiz - Chapter 5 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 6 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 7 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 8 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Tort Wars You Tube Clips and Multiple Choice (Due Thur. 03/10 by 11:59 PM)


Feb 1 – Feb 7

Chapter 9: Internet Law, Social Media, and Privacy 

Chapter 10: Criminal Law and Cyber Crime 

UNIT THREE: Contracts and E-Contracts

Chapter 11: Nature and Terminology 

Chapter 12: Agreement in Traditional and E-Contracts 

Quiz - Chapter 9 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 10 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 11 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 12 (Due: 03/10)


Feb 8 - Feb 14

Chapter 13: Consideration 

Chapter 14: Capacity and Legality 

Chapter 15: Mistakes, Fraud, and Voluntary Consent 

Chapter 16:  The Writing Requirement and Electronic Records 

1st Current Event/News - re COVID-19  Ethics/Law  (Due: Mon 02/14 at 11:59 PM)

Quiz-Chapter 13 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 14 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 15 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 16 (Due: 03/10)


Feb 15 – Feb 21

Chapter 17: Third Party Rights 

Chapter 18: Performance and Discharge in Traditional E-Contracts 

Chapter 19: Breach of Contract and Remedies

UNIT FOUR: Domestic and International Sales Contracts

Chapter 20: The Formation of Sales and Lease Contracts 

Quiz- Chapter 17 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz- Chapter 18 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz- Chapter 19 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz- Chapter 20 (Due: 03/10)


Feb 22 - Feb 28

Chapter 21: Title, Risk and Insurable Interest 

Chapter 22: Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts 

Chapter 23: Warranties 

Chapter 24: International Law in a Global Economy 

2nd Current Event/News - re COVID-19  Ethics/Law  (Due: Mon. 2/28 at 11:59 PM)

Quiz - Chapter 21 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 22 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 23 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz - Chapter 24 (Due: 03/10)


Mar 1 –Mar 6

UNIT FIVE: Agency and Employment

Chapter 25: Agency Formation and Duties 

Chapter 26: Agency Liability to Third Parties and Termination 

Chapter 27: Employment, Immigration and Labor Law 

Chapter 28:  Employment Discrimination and Diversity 

*Reminder - Review Corporate Social Responsibility Assignment In The Syllabus & Email Instructor Movie Selection if needed

Quiz-Chapter 25 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 26 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 27 (Due: 03/10)

Quiz-Chapter 28 (Due: 03/10)



Mar 7 - Mar 11

*Mar 11 Final Grades Due

Corporate Social Responsibility Paper Due March 9th (3/9) at 11:59 PM

UNIT SIX: Business Organizations

Chapter 29: Sole Proprietorship and Franchises 

Chapter 30: Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships  

Chapter 31: Other Organizational Forms for Small Businesses 

Chapter 32: Corporate Formation and Financing 

Quiz - Tort Wars Multiple Choice (Due Thur 03/10 by 11:59 PM)

Corporate Social Responsibility Paper (Due: Wed 3/9 at 11:59 PM)

Quiz-Chapter 29 (Due: Thursday 03/10 at 11:59 PM)

Quiz-Chapter 30 (Due: Thursday 03/10 at 11:59 PM)

Quiz-Chapter 31 (Due: Thursday 03/10 at 11:59 PM)

Quiz-Chapter 32 (Due: Thursday 03/10 at 11:59 PM)




All chapter quizzes are all due by the end of Semester Thursday March, 10th (11:59 PM), but it is recommended that you complete at least 4 chapter quizzes per week. You can work ahead BUT it is strongly encouraged that you do NOT wait until the last weeks to complete the quizzes (See instructions above).

Additional Information

SPRING 2022 8 Week Course - Important Dates

Jan 18

Jan 25

Classes Begin 

Census Day

Mar 1 

Last Day to Withdraw 

Mar 9

Mar 11

Social Responsibility Paper Due

Final Grades Due

Syllabus Created on:

01/18/22 11:41 AM

Last Edited on:

01/18/22 11:41 AM