BUS 200 - Legal Environment of Business
This course is a study of laws relevant to the non-lawyer business professional. It includes such basic legal topics as court systems, stages of a lawsuit, torts, real property and contracts, as well as such business-specific topics as intellectual property, consumer law, criminal law of businesses, antitrust law, environmental law, and regulations adopted by government agencies. This course is required for A.A.S. students in Entrepreneurial and Applied Business Studies and A.A.S. students in Accounting: General. This course is not recommended as a Business Elective for students enrolled in A.S. programs in Business Administration or International Business. NOTE: Bus 201, Business Law I, is the required law course for students enrolled in A.S. programs in Business Administration or International Business. Three class hours.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Define the process of pursuing a lawsuit from beginning to end.
2. Compare and contrast the alternative methods of resolving disputes including mediation, arbitration and summary jury trial.
3. Analyze what conduct will subject their business to liability based on tort laws, including negligence; infringement of trademark, copyright or patent; interference with contractual relations; disclosure of trade secrets; and more.
4. Apply their lessons to create a valid contract, and predict the consequences for breaching it.
5. List forms of ownership of real property; describe methods of transferring real property; recall special laws particular to condominiums; cite what eminent domain laws require; categorize the special obligations of landlords and tenants; predict and question the circumstances when the government can take property using eminent domain; discuss zoning laws; define trespass and nuisance.
6. Point out rights of employees and how those rights impact work environments.
7. Explain how government agencies operate, both in creating regulations and in enforcement responsibilities; describe mandates of environmental laws and enforcement mechanisms.
8. Report the purpose of the antitrust laws and their content; describe international laws relevant to transactions between companies from two different countries.
9. Synthesize various consumer laws that impact rights of manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
10. Define what constitutes a crime and the accompanying penalties.
Course Offered Fall and Spring