Course Abstract Details

XBUAD-205, Business Law

Credits: 4

Course Description

BUAD-205, Business Law, acquaints students with the legal principles involved in the conduct of business. Topics covered include an overview of the legal system, torts, contracts, warranties, the Sales Article of the Uniform Commercial Code, agency, legal forms of business, relevant Constitutional provisions, consumer and environmental law, labor and employment law, and business ethics. Prerequisite: READ-091. Four hours lecture each week. Also offered as LGST-205; credit will not be given for both. Four credits. Four billable hours.

Course Objectives and Grading Information

At the completion of the course, the student should be able to: 

1. Explain the role of law in our society. 

2. Identify the primary sources of law in the U.S. and understand the U.S. legal system. 

3. Define and apply basic legal terms such as jurisdiction, venue, procedural law, substantive law, and common law. 

4. Define and apply the elements of intentional torts, strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty. (GE GOAL 2) 

5. Define and apply the elements of a contract. (GE GOAL 2) 

6. Identify and apply remedies available when a contract is breached, including equitable as well as legal remedies. (GE GOAL 2) 

7. Distinguish between common law contract principles and the statutory provisions of the Sales Article of the Uniform Commercial Code. 

8. Know and explain provisions of the Constitution and Supreme Court cases that have had considerable influence on present day businesses. (GE GOAL 7) 

9. Explain the rights and obligations of both the employer and the employee under major federal employment and discrimination statutes. (GE GOAL 2) 

10. Explain the law of agency including the limits and powers of the agent. (GE GOAL 2) 

11. Compare and contrast various business forms, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, and limited liability entities. (GE GOAL 2) 

12. Define and apply different business ethics models and understand the importance of ethical behavior in business. (GE GOAL 2) 


Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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