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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 11-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | BUS-2440-VO03 - Introduction to Business Law

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (1). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Bryn Mayr
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Nick Molander

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of law as it applies to business operations and the legal and constitutional environment of business. The course focuses on contract law, the Uniform Commercial Code, negotiable instruments, commercial transactions, debtor and creditor rights, bankruptcy, and agency relationships.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe the general organization of state and federal legal systems.
2. Explain how the civil legal system provides for the resolution of business disputes.
3. Discuss the general principles of contracts, partnerships, corporations, real and personal property, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy.
4. Define and correctly use the basic legal terminology associated with business transactions.
5. Differentiate among the various legal documents used in business transactions.
6. Examine the online digital environment as it relates to business law including cyber-crime, cyber-torts, e-contracts, and cybersecurity.
7. Apply the Uniform Commercial Code to business contracts and negotiations.
8. Describe common legal problems and issues likely to arise in a business context.
9. Discuss common ethical considerations likely to arise in a business law context.
10. Identify resources that can provide guidance in the solution of legal problems.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

BUS-2440-VO03 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Required Textbook:

The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business v5.0
By:Terence Lau and Lisa Johnson
Discipline:Business Law Textbooks
ISBN (Digital):978-1-4533-3997-8

Evaluation Criteria

Grading Weights:

30% Participation

25% Applying Concepts Assignments

25% Quizzes

20% Final Term Paper

If you are struggling, I urge you to avail yourself of the great help you can get from CCV Resources. A link is provided in this module of our classroom. You pay for these services with your tuition dollars.

For All Assignments:

Grading Criteria:

  1. Demonstration of Learning and Critical Thinking

    • Clear understanding of assigned materials: Students should accurately comprehend and grasp the main ideas, concepts, and terms discussed in the assigned materials.
    • Application of terms and concepts: Students should effectively apply the terms and concepts from the assigned materials to their personal experiences or real-life scenarios, demonstrating a deep understanding of their importance and how they operate.
    • Use of specific references: Students should make specific references to the assigned materials, citing relevant sections, examples, or quotes to support their arguments or explanations.
    • Integration of personal experiences or real-life scenarios: Students should successfully connect the concepts and theories from the assigned materials to their own experiences or real-life situations, showcasing the applicability and relevance of the concepts in practical contexts.
    • Thoughtful analysis and critical thinking: Students should engage in thoughtful analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of the assigned materials, demonstrating critical thinking skills by examining the strengths, weaknesses, implications, and potential applications of the concepts discussed.
  2. Proper English, Syntax, Grammar, and Punctuation

    • Clarity and coherence: Students' writing should be clear, well-organized, and logically structured, enabling the reader to follow their arguments or explanations without difficulty.
    • Correct grammar and syntax: Students should use proper grammar and syntax to convey their ideas accurately and effectively.
    • Appropriate sentence structure: Students should construct sentences that are grammatically correct and coherent, with appropriate use of punctuation marks.
    • Consistent and appropriate writing style: Students should maintain a consistent writing style throughout their work, adhering to formal academic writing conventions.
  3. Use of Citation

    • Proper citation format: Students should accurately cite the sources used in their work, following a recognized citation style (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago) as specified by the instructor.
    • Correct in-text citations: Students should appropriately reference the information taken from each resource, providing necessary details (e.g., author's name, publication year, page number) to allow the reader to locate the original source.
    • Integration of citations: Students should smoothly integrate citations into their writing, ensuring that they enhance the understanding of the ideas presented and contribute to the overall coherence of the work.
  4. List of Resources

    • Comprehensive list: Students should provide a comprehensive list of resources used in their work, including all the sources they consulted, whether cited directly or indirectly.
    • Proper formatting: Students should format the list of resources according to the specified citation style, including the necessary details (e.g., author's name, title, publication information) for each source.


You may do the quizzes at your own leisure. They are all due by the last day of class. Each quiz corresponds with the chapter in the module in which it is placed.

Discussion Forums:

Participation: All discussion forums are participation.

Discussion Forum Posting Guidelines:

Deadlines: The initial post in each forum must be by Thursday night at midnight. One required reply post in each forum must be by Sunday at midnight.Deadlines are meant to give students an opportunity to benefit from each other's ideas.

Guidelines: Discussion forums will be very varied. When reflecting on the topics under discussion and responding to classmates, use specific details, such as quoting small or paraphrasing larger passages from the text. Extend the dialogue - ask questions of your classmates, respectfully challenge ideas and be open to having your own ideas challenged, offer additional information.If I ask you a question I expect you to answer it, so return to posts you have contributed to before the end of the week. Return to your initial posts to see what people are saying and asking and continue the dialogue.

Responses to class members should be substantive and relevant. “I agree,” “that’s cool,” and other minimalist or irrelevant entries will not receive credit. While a bit of personal interchange is normal on the forums, these encounters do not constitute substantive and relevant responses if they have nothing to do with the week’s topics. “Substantive” means a posting that has content (substance) that is meaningful to the discussion.

Posting more than the minimum required contributes greatly to class dynamic and improves your class participation grade. Additional posts may give you extra credit. It will never hurt you to participate enthusiastically.

As a guideline, your initial postings should be at least two hundred (200) words in length. Replies to your classmates should be at least one hundred (100) words in length.Failure to post your initial post by the deadline will result in zero credit or a significant point reduction.Post by the deadlines, and if you cannot,email me. I am very accommodating, but you have to ask.

Final Term Paper:

See the assignment here: Final Term Paper Assignment: Introduction to Business Law

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.