Bus 18

Spring 2017
BUS -018.-66Z 

5.0 Units

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. 

In taking this class you are agreeing to the following: 

All work you submit will be your own 
You understand that exams must be taken as scheduled 
Homework can be submitted early, but no later than the due dates. 
The midterm and final exams must be taken at the scheduled times on the scheduled dates, no exceptions.

You agree to all of the terms and conditions set forth in this syllabus 

The class uses the DeAnza Catalyst system for the midterm. The final exam is an on-campus REQUIRED exam that must be taken as scheduled. The homework, web discussions and the case are found in Catalyst. The website address is:


Make sure you log onto Catalyst and COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION as soon as possible, otherwise you can lose your space in the class.

De Anza College Distance Learning Center Information
Location: LC-107
Phone: 408-864-8969  408-864-8969 
 FAX: 408-864-8245
Hours: M-Th: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM; Fri/Sat/Sun: Closed 

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

Eligibility for EWRT 1A; BUS 20 advised.

Office Hours - 10:15-11AM Mon-Thurs
Phone/Voicemail: (408) 864-8622
Fax Telephones: (408) 864-8245, 864-5546
Office Location: F-51a
E-Mail: goughmichael@fhda.edu
Be prepared to spend up to 12 hours per week in using and studying course materials (up to 24 hours per week in the summer).
1. Complete both the Distance Learning Online orientation and the Orientation in Catalyst. The Distance Learning orientation may be found at this address: http://distance.deanza.edu/ 
Pre-registered students who do not complete the online orientations by the deadline will be dropped to make room for students on the wait list.
2. View the ten hour long (approximate) "Business Law I" video programs, and two one-hour "Business Law Review Videos."
3. Complete all reading assignments.
4. Turn in the case analysis and the assigned chapter exercises from the Guide to Business Law.
5. Pass the midterm exam and comprehensive final exam.
6. Complete three Wall Street Journal news article summaries.

THE FINAL ON FRIDAY, JUNE 23 AT 5PM ON CAMPUS (FORUM 3) MUST BE TAKEN AS SCHEDULED. Bring your picture ID, scantron, pencil and one page of notes, front and back (handed in with exam).

** Wait Listed Students:
When enrolled students drop BEFORE final rosters are printed (Wednesday before classes begin), wait listed students automatically move into enrolled seats - an email is sent to the enrolled student letting them know of their "new" status and to pay their fees within five days if they want to officially maintain their enrolled status. 

To view/monitor what the current enrollment looks like for the upcoming quarter/session, and/or registration info, please go to: https://registration.fhda.edu/prod/web/default.jsp 

If the class is not full, then students will be given an add code by Friday of the first week based on their spot on the wait list. Those wishing to add must e-mail the instructor the first day of class and before 8AM on the first Friday of the term. I will e-mail add codes to the students who have e-mailed me and are the highest on the wait list based on the space available in the course. I am generally able to take most adds who contact me early the first day or two of the term. 

After completing the reading assignments and watching the video programs, you should:
1. Understand vocabulary, concepts and applications of the legal environment in which business operates, as it relates to general, contracts sales and agency relationships.
2. Be able to recognize legal problems.
3. Have a recognition of how to avoid legal problems and recognize when professional help is needed.
4. Understand some of your legal rights.
5. Improve your critical thinking skills by honing your ability to analyze a statement of fact(s), spot legal issues that arise out of these facts, and arrive at legal conclusions that are logical and coherent.

Phone: 408-864-8455
Purchase at the De Anza College Bookstore:
1. Required: Textbook: Either Concise Essentials of Business Law, De Anza College Edition, Jeffrey F. Beatty and Susan S. Samuelson, Cengage Publisher (Formerly Thomson/Southwestern), 2014 or Essentials of Business Law, 5th Edition, Beatty and Samuelson, Thomson/Southwestern, ISBN: 13:978-0538 47380-4 or 10-0538-47380-0 
2. Recommended - Gough, Guide to Business Law, 2nd ed. Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2013
isbn 978-14652-2632-7. 
3. Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones Publishing Co. also recommended
4. One Scantron Answer Form (for testing), blank paper for testing and a #2 pencil.
[Text Refund Deadline: see DeAnza Website for details]

TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR CATALYST: Please change to > For technical help with Catalyst (Moodle), please go to > http://catalysthelp.deanza.edu/. There is a link to this page from the Catalyst web site. Also, logon information and an FAQ are available at the > Catalyst web sitehttps://catalyst.deanza.edu.

Work on the lessons in the following order: a. Review the lesson assignments in the Study Guide.
b. Read the textbook assignments (as listed on the assignment schedule on this page).
c. View the slides in Catalyst.
d. Complete assigned chapter exercises and post them in Catalyst.
e. Complete the legal news article assignment from the Wall Street Journal and post it in Catalyst.
f. Complete the Case in Catalyst.

All assignments are due by 5:30 PM on the due date. Please retain copies of your homework for your files. 

See homework dates in Catalyst

All written homework will be done in Catalyst. 
Legal news articles from the Wall Street Journal: During three selected weeks of the quarter, you must select one major article from that weeks Journals 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 and will be submitted in Catalyst. 

Chapter Questions:
Every few weeks you will answer in Catalyst, the posted "Chapter Questions" that also appear in your Guide to Business Law Workbook at the end of each chapter. See the Assignment Schedule for specific chapter assignments and due dates. The questions are also posted on this website under Updates for Bus/Para 18

Web Discussions:
Three times during the term you will need to go to this Catalyst, then click on the Web discussion ("quiz") for Bus 18 Distance Learning. There will be a question posted that you must respond to.

Homework Case Analysis:
During the quarter you will write one case analysis. The case will be posted on this website during the 9th week of the term (4th week in summer). Follow the case method below in formatting your work.
Case Method: The case method will be used throughout the course: Facts (pertinent to law). As you read the case, you need to look at each fact presented and determine if it is important to the case and whether it has a consequence that needs to be evaluated as related to law.

Issues: (problems within case which raise issue of law questions). After you have determined which facts are relevant, you must then determine what legal issue(s) are involved in this particular case. Issues are the problems that you must solve by the use of law.

Holdings: (answers to issue relevant to the law). Since most of the cases used in this course deal with civil matters, your holdings will be for either the plaintiff or defendant. You need to identify who is the defendant and who is the plaintiff in each case. If the case involves more than two parties, you must associate each party with the appropriate plaintiff or defendant.

Reasons: (facts of case which support your holdings and the law applied to these facts). This is the most important step. This is the justification of your holdings. You need to support your holdings with all the legal arguments as related to the facts and issues you presented.

Another approach you can use with the case is:


EXAM#1, the midterm, WILL BE GIVEN ONLINE IN CATALYST (see above for date and time) Go to the Catalyst website: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/ and bookmark this page so you will be ready to login for exams. The exam time and instructions for logging in to Catalyst are on this web page. The exams will be composed of multiple choice questions and essay. 
FINAL EXAM WILL BE GIVEN ON CAMPUSON CAMPUS (see above for date and time). It will have a multiple choice and essay component. You will have two hours for the exam and it will be comprehensive. You are allowed to bring one page of notes, front and back, regular sized paper.

Exam #1: ONLINE: 5/12 4:00 PM to 12:00 PM on (note - the exam must be started by 9:55 PM on in order to have the full two hours to take it) PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EXAM MUST BE STARTED ON EVENING SOMETIME BETWEEN 4 PM AND 9:55 PM. YOU WILL HAVE TWO HOURS FROM THE TIME YOU LOG ON TO FINISH IT - go to the Catalyst server for this course and log in. The exam will open at 4 PM and close at midnight, you will have two hours to take the exam. It is multiple choice.
(Exam #1 Covers text chapters 1-10; Guide chapters 1-8)

Exam #2 (Final) - ON CAMPUS:, ON FRIDAY, JUNE 24, IN FORUM 3 AT 5PM (note -It is multiple choice and essay) - bring a scantron and you are permitted one page of notes.

The scores should be posted within three days of taking the exam. If you wish to review your performance on the final exam, come by my office the first couple of weeks of the next term and you can go over it. 

INSTRUCTIONAL TESTING Exam Scores: Exam scores are posted in the Catalyst website approximately one week after each exam. You may review the exam online after the exam is closed on Catalyst. You can review the final exam in my office the first two weeks into the new term, but cannot take a copy of the test. Simply make an appointment and we can go through it together.

Final Grades:
Final Grades are assigned as follows:
Requirement: Possible Points:
1 midterm exam @ 100 ...............100
1 homework case...................50
4 sets of Chapter Questions, 3 Web Discussion..70
3 Wall Street Journal articles....30
Final Exam @150 points...........150 
Total Points:....................400
Letter Grade: Points:
A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
NOT PASSING less than 60%

Grading Policies:
If you sign up for the course and complete the orientation you are enrolled. If you do not complete the orientation you are dropped as a no-show.

If you do not take the midterm exam, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU DROP THE COURSE WITH A W BECAUSE IT IS VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PASS THE COURSE. Please note, enrollment is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY, ADD AND DROP DATES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AND IN THE DEANZA SCHEDULE. Please note DeAnza is very strict with the withdrawal date policy. 

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 or ability to change a graded course to a pass/no pass course; it is entirely the responsibility of the student. 


Note: depending on the edition of your text you may find the chapter numbers slightly different from those shown here. For example, in one edition Intellectual Property is Ch 33, but in the later edition it is Chapter 34 - so go by both the title of the chapter as well as the chapter number, 

Chapters 1-15 in the Guide to Business Law
1 Overview and Legal History
2 Legal Philosophy
3 Classification of Law
4 Jurisdiction, Courts, Civil Procedure
5 Constitutional and Admin Law
6 Torts
7 Introduction to Contracts
8 Mutal Assent/Invalidation of Assent 
9 Considerarion 
10 Legality Capacity 
11 3rd party and Form 

12 Performance and Remedies 
13 Sales and Lease 
14 Agency and Employment
15 Intellectual Property 
Chapters 1-20, 25-27 and 33 (or equivalent in newer editions) in Essentials of Bus Law
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 
25-27 Agency and Employment 
33 Intellectual Property 


You may access your final grades through the Star System [408-777-9394 or 650-917-0509], and the Internet [https://regserv.deanza.fhda.edu/da-grades.shtml].

IMPORTANT DATES See De Anza Academic and Administrative Calendar

Please also contact us if you have suggestions for making this course more learning accessible for you.

Cheating and plagiarism will be handled in accordance with DeAnza Policy (failing grade on the assignment or exam, and it cannot be dropped) and you will be reported to DeAnza Administration. 

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)

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