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BUSA 2106

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title The Environment Of Business
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an introduction to the legal, regulatory, political, social, ethical, cultural, environmental, and technological issues that form the context for business. It includes an overview of the impact of demographic diversity on organizations.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Define and identify the functional role of the legal system and the government in business relations.
2. Describe the concept of the legal system, as well as the regulatory system in the United States.
3. Discuss the changes that have taken place in the legal and regulatory systems over time due to social, cultural, political and technological advances.
4. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of tort law and product liability.
5. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of business organizations.
6. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of intellectual property law.
7. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of employment law.
8. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of securities and antitrust law.
9. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of consumer and environmental protection.
10. Demonstrate a grasp of legal terminology associated with the business community.
11. Demonstrate the ability to analyze problems and apply the appropriate legal concepts

General Education Outcomes
1. Students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
a. They develop their speaking skills through classroom presentations, legal cases, debates, mock trials, and informal class discussions.
b. They develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving.
c. They develop reading skills through case studies, text and handout materials, and assessment of electronic resources during Internet research exercises.
d. They develop writing skills through the use of case study briefs that provide organized solutions to legal business problems. All major exams are also in essay form requiring written solutions.
2. Students develop skills relating to identifying and evaluating global, economic, political, historical, and geographic forces and analyze how these forces shape the past, present, and future as follows:
They learn how to analyze how political, economic, and other social forces have impacted the legal system and its regulation of business. We also detail how cultural forces are constantly changing the political nature and history of the legal system, and in turn, business.
3. Students address the general education outcome of identifying and analyzing competing values underlying contemporary issues as follows:
They study ethical decision-making in business, employment discrimination and diversity in the workforce issues, as well as competing interests in the area of anti-trust law and consumer and environmental protection.

Course Content
1. Introduction to the Legal System
a. Ethics and Social Responsibility
b. Judicial and Alternative Dispute Resolution
c. Constitutional and Administrative Law
d. Intentional Torts and Negligence
e. Product Liability
f. Business Crimes
g. Intellectual Property
2. Private Business Regulation
a. Contact Formation and Commercial Law
b. Contract Performance
c. Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, and Corporations
d. Corporations and Conducting Foreign Business
3. Public Regulation of Business
a. Employment, Labor, and Safety laws
b. Equal Opportunity in Employment
c. Consumer Protection
d. Environmental Protection
e. Antitrust Law
f. Securities and Commodities Regulation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1. Course grade will be determined through exams and other assessments covering the topics listed in the Course Outline.
2. At least twenty percent of the course grade will be determined by an outside project based on Internet research and presented in both oral and written form. The assignment may consist of a current legal issue or court case analysis and its global impact, or an analysis of a current business issue and suggested legal solutions.

The course will be assessed annually in fall semester. Assessment more than once a year will be conducted at the discretion of the academic unit coordinator. Assessment tools will include questions contained on the comprehensive final exam.

The sample questions and sample project profiles will be assessed by a campus- wide committee composed of faculty involved in the teaching of the course. The committee will provide their academic dean a report analyzing the samples as well as suggested changes and /or amendments to the course suggested by their analysis.

March 1, 2005
Last Revised: October 7, 2008

Last Revised: Sep. 30, 2011
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