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General Objectives

Specific Objectives / Outcomes

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Reading and Assignment Schedule





This course is a general introduction to business applications of law. Principle areas of concentration are contracts, agency, bailments, sales, and commercial paper.


General objectives of the course are:

To introduce the student to the legal environment of business, including the legal process, constitutional and administrative law, criminal law, and tort law.

To introduce the student to the nature and law of contracts, including formation of contracts, special aspects of contracts, discharge of contractual obligations, remedies for non-performance of contractual duties.

To introduce the student to Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code, to include the scope of Article 2, transfer to title, risk of loss, warranties and product liability, performance of sales contracts and an overview of remedies available for breach of sales contracts.

To introduce the student to the nature and law of commercial paper, to include form, transfer, holder in due course, liability of parties, and bank deposits and collections.

To introduce the student to real and personal property, bailments, documents of title and insurance.



At the conclusion of this course the student should be able to:

A1. Name the basic documents used to initiate and respond to civil actions filed in a legal tribunal.

A2. Explain the function of a trial court and an appellate court.

A3. Explain the difference between a criminal case and a civil case in terms of purpose, relief, and impact upon business and society.

B1. Identify the basic elements of a contract.

B2. Evaluate common commercial contracts to determine if any special considerations are necessary to make them enforceable.

B3. List and explain three basic ways that contractual obligation can be discharged

B4. List three basic classifications of damages awarded by courts, identify the type most often used in breach of contract cases, and explain the purpose of an award of damages for breach of contract.

C1. Identify the types of property covered by the Law of Sales.

C2. Distinguish between transfer of title and transfer of risk of loss, and the significance of both upon buyer and seller.

C3. Define and identify the two major categories of warranties and be able to identify the scope of warranties as they relate to the status of buyer and seller.

D1. Analyze a document to determine whether it falls within the scope of the law of commercial paper and negotiability.

D2. Identify three methods use to transfer commercial paper and the impact of each method upon the holder.

D3. Analyze an example of commercial paper and identify the person or persons who are primarily and secondarily liable for its payment.

D4. Trace the collection of a piece of commercial paper through the banking system.

E1. Explain the difference between real and personal property and give an example of each.

E2. Define a bailment, give example of three types of bailments, and explain the basis of the liability each type imposes.

E3. Identify at least one type of document of title and explain its function and importance.

E4. Identify several types of insurance, be able to explain the function of insurance and distinguish between liability due to fault and an insurer’s liability.



BADM 230-11 Business Law SPRING 1999

TEXTBOOK: Contemporary Business Law, 2nd Edition, By Henry R. Cheeseman.


INSTRUCTOR: Douglas C. Coyner


OFFICE HOURS: As posted on office door (ROOM 1224H) or by appointment.



EVALUATION: a. Your final grade will be calculated based upon four criteria:

(1.) attendance,

(2.) four midterm examinations, and

(3.) one comprehensive final examination.

(4.) one paper on a subject to be selected by the student.Attendance will be approximately 5.7 percent of your final grade. Of the 36 class periods, you will earn 1.11 points for each class attended for a total of up to 40 points.There will be four midterm examinations valued at 100 points each and will be 57.1 percent of your final grade.

The comprehensive final examination will be valued at 200 points and will be 28.6 percent of your final grade.

The paper will be worth 60 points and will be 8.6 percent of your final grade.Grades will be computed as follows:


attendance = 40 points

Paper = 60 points

midterm examinations = 400 points

final examination = 200 points



Your final grade will be computed as follows:

A = 630 to 700 points ( 90 to 100%)

B = 560 to 629 points (80 to 89.9%)

C = 490 to 559 points (70 to 79.9%)

D = 420 to 489 points (60 to 69.9%)

F = under 420 points (under 60%)Guidelines regarding make-up tests. No make-up examinations unless prior permission obtained from instructor. The only exception will be when prior permission is impossible to obtain. Impossible does not mean inconvenient, impractical, or difficult. As a guide, impossible means beyond the capability of anyone to do, not just the particular student involved


BADM 230-11 Reading and Assignment Schedule Spring, 1999

JAN 11 Introduction - Chapter 1

13 Chapter 1

15 Chapter 1

18 Chapter 2

20 Chapter 3

25 Chapter 4

27 Chapter 5

29 Chapter 6

FEB 1 Chapter 7

3 Examination (Chapter 1-7)

8 Chapter 8

10 Chapter 9

12 Chapter 10


17 Chapter 11

22 Chapter 12

24 Chapter 13

26 Catch-up and review

MAR 1 Examination (Chapter 8-13)

3 Chapter 14

8 Chapter 14

10 Chapter 15

12 Chapter 15

15 Chapter 16

17 Chapter 16

22 Examination (Chapters 14-16)

24 Chapter 17

26 Chapter 18 and paper due.



APR 5 Chapter 18

7 Chapter 19

9 Chapter 20

12 Chapter 20

14 Examination (Chapters 17-20)

19 Chapter 21

21 Chapter 22

23 Chapter 34

26 Chapter 35

28 Chapter 36

MAY 5 Final Examination 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM