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TERM:2020-21 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: BUSI 369
COURSE TITLE: Commercial Law
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Gord Preston
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course gives students a practical knowledge of business law that enables them to participate in the managerial decisions of a business and allows them to recognize problems and situations that require the help of a lawyer. The basic content of the course consists of legal concepts, principles and precedents of commercial law and their application to business situations, especially through the case-study method.

Prerequisites: BUSI 200
REQUIRED TEXTS: Yates, R, et al (2020) Business Law in Canada, 12th ed. Pearson: Toronto, ON
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Participation in weekly synchronous sessions15%
Participation in online discussion forums15%
Unit quiz30%
Final Exam 40%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • explain core concepts in commercial law, including principles of tortes, elements of contract law, legal organization, property and creditor law
  • apply commercial law to the analysis of elementary legal situations
  • identify when an organization requires a lawyer
TOPIC OUTLINE:Week 1 – Introduction
Week 2 – Roles of lawyers and clients Chapter 1
Week 3 – Canadian Legal System Chapter 2
Week 4 – Courts and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Chapter 3
Week 5 – Tortes Chapter 4
Week 6 – Negligence Chapter 5
Week 7 – Elements of a Contract, Part I Chapter 6
Week 8 – Elements of a Contract, Part II Chapter 7
Week 9 – The Contractual Relationship Chapters 8 and 9
Week 10 – Business Forms Chapters 10 and 11
Week 11 – Property Chapter 14
Week 12 – Creditor Priorities Chapter 15


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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