Business Law

I.     Course Prefix/Number: BUS 221

       Course Name: Business Law

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces business law. Content includes the basic law of contracts, sales and bailments; case method and problems illustrate legal problems affecting business contracts; development of common law as modified by the Uniform Commercial Code.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After completing this course the student will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the basic elements of a contract.
  2. Compare the difference between preliminary negotiations and contracts.
  3. Determine the different types of remedies for breach of contract.
  4. Classify which contracts are governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, the CISG and the common law.
  5. Apply the special rules under the U.C.C.
  6. Demonstrate how to “brief a case.”
  7. Appraise case illustrations to obtain practical applications for better business practices.
  8. Decipher the possible unintended consequences of court decisions.
  9. Recognize the difference between “objective” and “subjective.”
  10. Analyze factual situations with the least amount of bias.
  11. Apply the rules of contract law to solve legal problems.
  12. Support rules in the U.C.C.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • The U.S. Legal System-recommended reading
  • Introduction to Contracts
  • Agreement
  • Consideration
  • Capacity and Legality
  • Legal Assent
  • Contracts in Writing
  • Third-Party Rights to Contracts
  • Discharge and Remedies
  • Introduction to Sales and Lease Contracts
  • Title, Risk of Loss, and Insurable Interests
  • Performance and Obligations under Sales and Leases
  • Remedies for Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts
  • Warranties
  • Products Liability—Do not read the chapter, simply review the chapter summary

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussion, reading, guest speakers, assignments, and exams at instructor discretion.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course content and assignments encourage critical thinking and require college-level reading and writing of English.  Students are expected to complete assignments, take tests, attend, and participate in class.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

TEXTBOOK:  “Business Law Bus Law 221 & 222” custom compilation of selected chapters from Dynamic Business Law McGrawHill ISBN 100-39- 045091-X; 13:978-0-39-045091-3 (2009).

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be determined by the student's demonstration of proficiency regarding course objectives and understanding of the course material based on the following as determined by the instructor: Class discussion, in- and out-of-class individual and group assignments and activities, attendance and participation, Internet-based activities, quizzes and/or tests.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at