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Course Description

Business Law I

Catalog: CSU 3 units. Law I is the study
of the fundamental principles of law as they apply in the business world. The course examines legal rights and remedies, and contracts, Acceptable for Credit: CSUN: Business Law

Business Law 1 is the same as Business Law 5 and it introduces the student to contracts, and contracts for sales under the Uniform Commerical Code. The student will learn business law through related textbook readings, , written projects, multiple-choice questions, and research on the Internet/World Wide Web. The end product is a student who understands contracts and who can interpret, analyze, and draft legal and enforceable business law documents.

Course Text

West's Business Law by Clarkson, Miller, Jentz, and Cross - 10th Edition -  see  Available at the Campus Bookstore or online. 

Student Learning Outcomes  

At the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. demonstrate their knowledge in the substantive law and procedures of contracts, including offer, acceptance, consideration, legality, enforceability, breach, damages, and the other essential elements of a contract, relevant contract forms, complaint for breach of contract 

2. "think critically" in law, and in the area of contracts and business law 

3. brief a law case in business law and contracts 

4. prepare certain legal documents, forms or papers in the area of contracts and Business Law I

Grading & Evaluation

The class will be composed of quizzes,  postings to forum discussions, legal analysis of case problems,  preparation of certain legal documents including a number of contracrts, and a Breach of Contract lawsuit, and a software development contract.

Grades will be posted on the course classroom page. Students should become familiar the the nature of our online program materials - click here.

 The "letter grade" scale is as follows.

A =  90-100 percent of total points
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = Below 60

The class follows strict deadline due dates, and the student should print out the "Due Dates" for this class, and ensure that all deadlines are kept. - click here., Students should also read carefully and understand our program's policies on "late assignments", plagiarism, Important College dates, and grading rubrics - click here.

Office Hours: see Faculty page at - Office Hours, Mon. - Friday 9-5 pm at the Office Telephone number of each Faculty member, or upon special appointment - email the faculty member for your appointment date and time.

Course Structure
: This course will be offered through a course management system.  Your class and course management system are located at the Mission online portal at


EXTRA CREDIT: Since the law is in constant change, along with the advent of the Internet, issues may arise that are timely and germane to our class. Therefore, opportunities may arise during the term that allow for extra credit, although no extra credit is presently offered.

INCOMPLETE: If you require a grade of "incomplete," you must advise me as soon as possible and discuss the terms of its removal.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic honesty is highly valued at Mission College, just as it is at all colleges and universities. A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the student's original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources. The student should also make it clear to what extent such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hard copy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communications when the content of such communications clearly originates from an identifiable source. All submissions to any public meeting or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.

Course Assignments: see links at

Course Evaluation

The final grade will be determined by: averaging quizzes, discussion questions and written assignments, each assigned 100 or more points.

Required Resources (for internet/online work)

System requirements: IBM or compatible (486/33 CPU minimum) with Windows or Mac or compatible with 6.05 operating system or higher, 8 megs of RAM, 20 megs free hard disc space, modem with a 9600 baud rate minimum.

* This syllabus is subject to change. Please note revision dates ("updated") below. Students are responsible for the most recent updated version of this syllabus.

updated:  8/31/08