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Administrative Unit: Business Administration Department
Course Prefix and Number: BUSI 506
Course Title: Legal and Ethical Environment for Business
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Examination of the topics in the area of law, regulatory controls  and ethical issues. Topics include contracts, the Uniform Commercial Code, agency agreements, partnerships, corporations and product liability. Discussions focus on the implications of these legal situations in management.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

West’s Business Law
By Clarkson, Miller, Jentz, and Cross (West Publishing)
Contemporary Business Law Principles and Cases
By Reitzel, David J., et al (Irwin/McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To learn the legal and ethical context of how the internal and external environment affect business decision-making.
  • To develop practical materials on business ethics and a working knowledge of the legal environments for business transactions and decision-making.
    Measurable Learning Outcomes:

  • Appraise the fundamental principles of business law.
  • Describe and explain Civil Procedure.
  • Explain the major employment laws.
  • Analyze the topic of torts and contracts.
  • Explain basic real estate law.
  • Explain the process of alternative dispute resolution.

    Topical Outline:

     • Law, ethics, and the legal system • Civil procedure • Equal employment opportunity law • Torts and contracts • Real estate law • Alternative dispute resolution


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Tim Ireland Date: April 25, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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