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Business Law

I.     Course Prefix/Number: BUS 221

       Course Name: Business Law

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

None

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

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

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

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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

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, media-based, 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.

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

Use of Computers and Information Technology:
When you apply at Oakton as a credit student, you are automatically assigned a computer network account and email address.  While you are registered for classes and any financial obligations to the College are fulfilled, you may use this account to log into workstations in any of the open or classroom computer labs.  Your account gives you access to the wide variety of application programs available on Oakton's Network and on-campus access to the Internet. 

Rules for computer use are posted in computer labs as well as available in writing in each of the labs. Lab assistants and tutors are available to assist you in the lab regarding software and hardware questions.

Users of the College’s information technology facilities and resources, including hardware, software, networks, and computer accounts, are expected to use computer resources responsibly and appropriately, respecting the rights of other information technology users and respecting all contractual and license agreements.

Under no circumstances is any of the software used at Oakton to be copied. Copying software is in violation of Federal law and College policies. Suspected violations will be vigorously investigated and, if warranted, appropriate penalties applied. Specifically, you do not have the right (1) to make copies of software for yourself or others, (2) to receive and use unauthorized copies of software, or (3) copy all or parts of a program written by someone else.

College Policy on the Observance of Religious Holidays:
Oakton Community College recognizes the broad diversity of religious beliefs of its constituencies. The College has embraced a practice of shared responsibility in the event a religious observance interferes with class work or assignments. Students who inform instructors well in advance of an intended absence for a major religious observance will not be penalized. The instructor will make reasonable accommodations for students, which may include providing a make up test, altering assignment dates, permitting a student to attend another section of the same course for a class period or similar remedies. Instructors are not responsible for teaching material again.


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.