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Michael Gough - Accounting/Business

Business 18

DeAnza College Course: Business/Para 18, Business Law 1
Bus 018-03Y 
Course No: 

Strategic Learning Outcomes for this course: 

Demonstrate a knowledge of basic tort, constitutional, criminal, and administrative law. 

Evaluate factually simple contract issues using basic common law or UCC rules.

Identify ethical issues in a business law context. 

Demonstrate a knowledge of basic legal terminology. 
Text, (Required): • Textbook: Either Concise Essentials of Business Law, De Anza College Edition, Jeffrey F. Beatty and Susan S. Samuelson, Cengage or Essentials of Business Law, 5th Edition, Beatty and Samuelson, Thomson/Southwestern, ISBN: 13:978-0538 47380-4 or 10-0538-47380-0 (3rd or 4th ed is acceptable).,

(Recommended) Guide to Business Law 2nd ed, Gough, Kendall Hunt Pub. ISBN 978-14652-2632-7. 
Instructor: Michael Gough
Office: F51a
Telephone: 408 864-8622 

Office Hours : Mon-Thurs 10:15-11AM and online 


The American legal system and laws applicable to business emphasizing contract, agency, intellectual property and sales laws, the impact of the legal system on business and ethical considerations in the business environment.


Exams: (3X100) 300 (three midterms and one final one exam dropped)

Homework/In Class/Web 100 (approximate)

Total 400

A – >90%
B – >80%
C – >70%
D – >60%
F - < 59%


Course Expectations/Requirements:

This course is designed to expose the student to the basic aspects of business law. The focus is on risk and return that an enterprise and individuals face in dealing in everyday business situations. The course requires a substantial amount of reading and writing. Learning to apply the law and looking at both sides of an issue from a business perspective is paramount in this course. It is expected that the student attend all sessions. If one is missed it is up to the student to get the information from fellow students or from the instructor at a mutually agreed upon time. Because it is rare in business that individuals work alone, and the ability to work with others is an important skill, there is a substantial amount of group work in the class that is graded. Therefore come to class and prepare to be an engaged, active learner. 



All exams must be taken at the scheduled time and date. All work must be turned in on time; late assignments are not accepted for any reason. THERE ARE NO MAKEUP EXAMS, HOWEVER, ONE EXAM IS DROPPED. In class group work and web exercises cannot be made up. If you find that regular attendance is a challenge, it is suggested that you take the Distance Learning Class, where there is a greater writing requirement but the attendance requirement is minimized.


The class uses the DeAnza Catalyst system for weekly exercises, discussions and the homework. The website address is:

Make sure you log onto Catalyst and become familiar with the site.

If you have not used Catalyst before, directions on logging on are shown at the Catalyst site. 


Cheating and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated and are dealt with in accordance with the DeAnza policies set forth in the course catalogs and schedules. Cheating will result in an automatic 'F' in the course and you will be reported to the college authorities.

Test Dates: must be taken as scheduled, no exceptions, one exam dropped

#1 -1/30 - Ch 1-6 Guide, 1-8 Text 

#2 - 2/22- Ch 7-11 Guide, 9-16 Text 

#3 - 3/15 Ch 12-14 Guide, Sales, Intellectual Property, and Agency Chapters Text-17-19, 28-30 

Final Exam -Comprehensive -3/27 11:30AM

Written Homework Due Dates - all homework is done in Catalyst: 

Exercises from Ch 3, 5 of Guide, Wall St Journ Summary and Key Terms (ch 1-5) due 1/25

Exercises from Ch 8 and 11 of Guide, WSJ Summary and Key Terms due (ch 6-11) 2/15

Key Terms (ch 12-15) due 3/13

Web Discussions and Exercises in Catalyst - see Catalyst for dates and assignments

Legal news articles from the Wall Street Journal: During selected weeks of the quarter, you must select one major article from that week's Journal regarding legal and business matters and write a summary of the article and explain how it affects business from a legal perspective. The format is:

Title of article:
Date article appeared:
Article summary: Effects upon business:
The summary should be approximately one page in length, single spaced, 12 point font. 
All Wall Street Journal assignments must be typed


You can get the Exercises from the Guide and Key Terms in the back of the Guide to Business Law or on this website by scrolling down to the hotlink "Updates for Bus 18 Incl Guide Questions" 

5 points extra credit on each exam if you turn in the key terms from the assigned chapter from the Guide with the assigned homework. These are not returned.


Business/Para 18 Schedule






Written Assignments


Week of:



G- Guide to Bus Law, T - Intro to Bus Law

Exercises and Key Terms from Guide




Intro to Law , Classification, Philosophy and Ethics

T- Ch 1-2, G - Ch 1-2





Courts, Civil Disputes, Constitution  --

T - Ch 3-4 G Ch 3-4





Admin, Torts, Crimes, Intnl, Review

T Ch 5-7, G - Ch 5-6

Ex Ch 3,5 -  WSJ & Key Terms due 1/25




 Exam 1/30

T Ch 8





Contracts - Agreement, Consideration  --

T Ch 9-11 G Ch 7-9





Contracts Leg/Cap, Witing, 3rd Party

T - Ch 12-13 G Ch 10





Review Contracts  -  Exam 2/22

T - Ch 14-15, G Ch 11

Ex Ch 8, 11, Key Terms WSJ due 2/15




Performance, Remedies, Sales

T - Ch 16-18, G Ch 12-13





Online sessions MW no class meeting that week

Catalyst Exercises





Agency/Employment, Review -- Exam 3/15

T - 27-28,33, G Ch 14

Key Terms due 3/13




Review and Updates






Final Mon  3/27, 11:30AM




Note: Schedule may be changed by instructor - there will always be at least two academic days warning of test date change 
Exams must be taken at scheduled dates, no late work accepted

Chapters or equivalent in earlier editions 

1 Introduction
2 Ethics
3 Dispute Resolution
4 Common, Stautory and Admin Law
5 Constitutional Law
6 Torts
7 Crimes
8 International

9 Contracts
10 Agreement 
11 Consideration 
12 Legality 
13 Capacity
14 Writing 
15 3rd Parties 
16 Performance, Breach, Discharge
17-18 Remedies/Practical Contracts 
19 Sales 
20 Ownership and Risk
25-27 Agency and Employment 
33 Intellectual Property 

Note: Once you have indicated your enrollment in the class it is your responsibility to monitor and keep up with it. If you need to withdraw - it is your responsibility to do that during the appropriate time in the term. If you are an add, you must add the class during the add period. DeAnza must be very strict with add, drop and its withdrawal policies as is required by state regulations. 

Incomplete grades are only available under the following conditions: The student has done ALL of the work in the course and cannot take the final exam because of an emergency (verifiable illness, family death, car accident etc). If the issue arises prior to the date for withdrawal, then the student will take a W. If it occurs after the withdrawal date and all work in the course has been completed and a verifiable emergency has taken place, then an incomplete grade can be given. Please note, these are exceedingly rare. 

If you wish to take this course as a pass/no pass option it is entirely your responsibility to sign up for the option within the requisite time outlined on the DeAnza website. The instructor has no authority nor ability to change a graded course to a pass/no pass course; it is entirely the responsibility of the student. 

Cheating and plagiarism are not tolerated and will be handled in in accordance with the college and district policies. If you are caught cheating on an exam, you will receive a failing grade on that test, and you will not be able to use it as your dropped exam. Moreover, you will be reported to the college authorities.


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)

email icon Email: Michael Gough
phone icon Phone: 408.864.8622


Last Updated: 12/10/16