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BUSN311 - Law and Ethics in the Business Environment

Course Details

Course Code: BUSN311 Course ID: 2939 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course develops skills for inquiry into the business environment from a legal and ethical perspective. Students explore the relationships between modern business and the environment, in addition to the ethical issues that arise when diverse interests intersect. Relevant topics will include contracts, commercial law (sales, secured transactions and creditors remedies), forms of business entities (including limited liability companies and corporations), agency, employer-employee relationships, real property concepts, bankruptcy, and negligence and strict liability concepts. Students will examine corporate governance and business ethics, with emphasis on case studies.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Course Objectives:

  • CO1 Define the legal environment that is applicable to the business world.
  • CO2 Review basic business law concepts
  • CO3 Describe the litigation system in the United States
  • CO4 Apply legal concepts to business scenarios
  • CO5 Analyze the differences between major forms of intellectual property protection, and current ethical issues that arise under intellectual property law
  • CO6 Identify antitrust issues in business decisions
  • CO7 Analyze what a contract is, how a contract is formed, the types of law that govern contracts, the elements of common-law contract formation, and defenses to contracts
  • CO8 Identify various forms of business structure
  • CO9 Evaluate employment laws affecting business
  • CO10 Define the ethical environment that is applicable to the business world.
  • CO11 Identify means to avoid alter ego liability
  • CO12 Evaluate how the Sarbanes Oxley Act applies to business.
NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 20.00 %
Introduction Forum 2.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.60 %
Week 3 Forum 3.60 %
Week 5 Forum 3.60 %
Week 6 Forum 3.60 %
Week 7 Forum 3.60 %
Case Brief 5.00 %
Week 3 Assignment 5.00 %
Essay 25.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 5.00 %
Week 7 Assignment 20.00 %
Quizzes 10.00 %
Week Two Quiz 5.00 %
Week Six Quiz 5.00 %
Midterm Exam 20.00 %
BUSN311 Midterm Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
BUSN311 Final Exam 20.00 %

The Required Readings for the course are listed in the Lessons. Additional readings may be assigned in Forum Discussions, Assignments, and by your instructor during the course. Students are responsible for ALL assigned readings, from all sources and locations provided to them for this course, and are also encouraged to do their own research for assigned projects.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.