Feb 20, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

BUS1350 - Business Law (3 hrs.)

A basic introductory law course covering the legal and social environment within which business operates, including the structure, processes, and procedures of the American legal system. A substantial portion of the course is devoted to contracts.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to develop an understanding of the legal framework of business that will be meaningful to the students in their lives as citizens, self-employed, and employees. This course will assist students to understand legal terms, legal difficulties and under what circumstances the advice of an attorney should be sought. It will assist students to make decisions within the framework of rules of law.

Learner Outcomes:

After completion of this course, the student will have an understanding of how law was created, how laws change and are updated. Additionally, they will gain an understanding of business contracts and the legality or illegality thereto.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.

UNIT 1:  The Legal System

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to define the legal system and procedures.

  • Define law
  • Be able to identify several sources of law
  • Distinguish the difference between crime and torts
  • Explain the function of the courts
  • Identify the different classifications of courts
  • Describe the basic procedure for a trial

UNIT 2: Contracts

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, students will have knowledge of legal and valid agreements and contracts.

  • Describe what a contract is and how it differs from an agreement
  • State the five requirements for a valid contract
  • Define a counteroffer
  • List the requirements for a valid offer and acceptance
  • State what types of mistakes invalidate a contract
  • Identify the situations in which fraud, duress, or undue influence are present
  • Identify classifications of individuals who may not have the capacity to contract
  • Discuss when part payment constitutes consideration
  • Explain what types of contracts are void for illegality
  • Explain the difference between assignment of a contract and delegation of duties under it
  • Explain the potential remedies for breach of contract

UNIT 3: Sales

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, students will understand the different types of sales and consumer protection laws.

  • Define a sale of goods and distinguish it from a contract to sell
  • Define an auction sale and describe its peculiarities to the law of sales
  • Understand the importance of determining when title and risk of loss pass
  • Define a warranty and distinguish between express and implied warranties
  • Explain the purpose of consumer protection laws
  • State the objectives of laws requiring disclosure and uniformity
  • Explain how warranties may be excluded or surrendered

Projects Required:

Comprehensive case studies


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Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Timeframe:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.