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BUS 436 - Business Law C21

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Craig Stephenson
Course Dates:
01/06/2020 - 03/28/2020

Required Course Materials:
The Law and Business Administration in Canada, plus Companion website access card package. 15th Edition. Smyth, Soberman, Easson and McGill, Pearson Publishing
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
Law is about relationships. It defines them, governs them, and settles disputes within them. These relationships are always between an individual and another stakeholder in society. These relations include Individual to government, individual to society and individual to individual. The primary purpose of this introductory course is to provide the student with a basic understanding of legal terminology and to highlight legal topics which those engaged in business activities may encounter. Emphasis will be placed upon the law of torts, contracts, sale of goods, agency, and business organizations.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
- The structure and processes of the Canadian legal system
- Contractual and non-contractual liability in business transactions and other situations
- The importance of legal planning when starting and operating a business
- Relevant business problems from a business law perspective
- The methods used in the analysis of legal problems and case studies
- The analytical skills and logical problem solving techniques through the use of sample problems, case studies, tests, and assignments
- Key clauses and concepts frequently found in business contracts and other legal documents and forms
- The legal consequences of what business decisions and Risk Management Strategies
- The need for counsel when necessary
Course Evaluation
The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

Assignment Per Cent

Assignment #1 15%
Assignment #2 15%
Assignment #3 15%
Homework Assignment #1 5%
Homework Assignment #2 5%
Homework Assignment #3 5%
Quiz 5%
Final Exam 30%
Participation 5%
Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in business and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).

This course emphasizes student participation through weekly online discussion boards.  It is expected that students will read the assigned chapters per the weekly requirements.
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late penalties for assignments:  2% per day up to a maximum of 5 days.  If after 5 days an assignment has not been submitted, the student will receive a zero mark for that assignment.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour day window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in-group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Storm Closure Policy:
In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy:, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.
Grading Scale:
Grade Equivalent
Grade Point
Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90-100
A 11 85-89
A- 10 80-84
B+ 9 77-79
B 8 73-76
B- 7 70-72
C+ 6 67-69
C 5 63-66
C- 4 60-62
D+ 3 57-59
D 2 53-56
D- 1 50-52
F 0 0-49
Course Schedule:




What’s Due?


Introduction to Law

1 & 2

Discussion Forum #1


Introduction to Law


Professional Liability

4 & 5

Assignment #1


Contract Law

Formation of Contracts


Homework Assignment #1


Contract Law

Formation of Contracts (cont’d)

7 & 8

Discussion Forum #2


Contract Law

Impeaching and Ending


Online Quiz


Contract Law

Impeaching and Ending (cont’d)

12 & 13

Assignment #2


Business Organization


24 & 25

Discussion Forum #3


Business Organization

Internal and External Affairs of a Corporation

26 & 27

Homework Assignment #2


Business Organization
Agency and Franchising


Assignment #3


Modern Issues

Sale of Goods

Intellectual Property

14 & 21

Homework Assignment #3


Modern Issues



19 & 31

Discussion Forum #4


Course Summation and Final Exam Prep

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 24, 25, 26, 27, 17, 14, 21, 19, & 31

Final Exam