The American legal system and laws applicable to business emphasizing contract and sales laws, the impact of the legal system on business, and ethical considerations in the business environment. (Also listed as Paralegal 18. Students may enroll in either department, but not both, for credit.)
English Writing 100B and Reading 100 (or Language Arts 100), or English as a Second Language 24 and 72 (or English as a Second Language 4).
Instructor Information: Dan Salah
Welcome. My name is Dan Salah, and I am a member of the business faculty at De Anza College. I teach courses in Business Administration and Accounting. I have been teaching at De Anza College since 2001. I left the private sector to teach instead, and I really enjoy it. Before teaching I held numerous finance, strategy, and management positions in the corporate world, and owned a business employing over 20 people.
Office Location: F-51-H
Office Hours: M/W 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., T/T 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Complete weekly reading assignments
Complete weekly assignments by the due dates (Online)
Take and pass at least 2 of 3 Midterm Exams (Online)
Take and pass the Final Exam (On Campus)
You will notice that the course web site is organized by week. Each week will include a reading assignment and homework assignment at minimum. Homework assignments can be an online quiz, problem from the textbook, discussion question, case analysis, or anything else I might come up with as we go through the quarter. In addition, some weeks will include a midterm exam.
In addition to required reading and assignments, the web site will include other resources that are optional. These may include links to web resources, a brief audio summary of a chapter or topic in the text, and other helpful information.
Student Learning Outcomes for this course:
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of basic legal terminology and basic tort, constitutional, criminal, administrative and contract law.
2. Identify ethical issues in a business law context and evaluate business contractual issues using appropriate common or UCC rules.
This course provides students with a general knowledge of the legal system and the most important legal concepts affecting business today. The course will stress legal vocabulary, concepts and applications leading to an understanding of the legal environment in which businesses operate. The course will help you better recognize and understand legal problems, avoid some of these problems, and know when professional help is needed.
The course is divided into three parts. The first part will cover the nature and source of the law, the legal system, constitutional law, administrative law, tort law, and criminal law as it is applicable to business. The second part of the class covers general contracting. The final part of the class will address agency, employment, and intellectual property law.
Essentials of Business Law, 4th Edition, Beatty & Samuelson, Cengage Learning
Note that a custom edition of this text will be available at the De Anza College Bookstore. The custom edition will only include the specific chapters covered in this course and should be less expensive than purchasing a complete text (either new or used). No other text, dictionary, study guides or other resources are required.
I will provide opportunities for extra credit during the quarter. Make sure to check the web site and discussion forums frequently for extra credit assignments.
Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, provide (name of Instructor) with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give five days notice of the need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor (864-8753 DSS main number) or EDC advisor (864-8839 EDC main number).
Testing / Grading
Midterm Exams, 200 points total (100 points each - best 2 of 3 count)
Final exam, 200 points
Weekly Homework Assignments, 100 points
A 90 - 100%
B 80 - 89%
C 70 -79%
D 65 - 69%
F 0 - 64%
Note however that your percentage will not be calculated based on the total of 500 points possible, but instead I will use the high score in the class as 100%. For example, if the student with the high score in the class has 450 points at the end of the term, then you will need to get 90% of 450 points in order to get an A in the class.
All online assignments are due by 11 p.m. on the due date. Please note that I cannot and will not change the due dates or times for any of the midterms or other assignments. All assignments EXCEPT the final exam are to be completed online. You must complete them anytime on the day they are due. Also, the tests are timed. Once you start taking a test, you must finish within the allotted time. DO NOT LOG OFF AND ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE TEST AT ANOTHER TIME! The clock will not restart and your time will run out.
Also, I do not give make up exams or quizzes! I will however, drop your lowest mid-term exam score. This does not include the final exam. The final is mandatory. The date, time, and place of the final exam will be announced during the first two weeks of the quarter.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.