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MGMT 228 - Business Law: Principles and Applications
Course Code:
MGMT 228

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
This course provides an overview of the Canadian legal system, torts, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, agency, partnerships, and corporations.

Date First Offered:
2005-03-21

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3


Total Weeks: 15

This course is offered online: Yes
Depending on semester schedules, this course may be available online. Please consult the Academic Timetables.

Pre-Requisites: English 12 or consent of the Instructor.

Non-Course Pre-Requisites: None

Co-Requisites: None

Rearticulation Submission: Yes

Course Content:
WEEK ONE CHAPTERS ONE AND TWO
- Establish a definition of Law, categories of Law, origins and sources of Law
- Outline the Canadian Constitution, Constitution Act (1982) and the process of legislative powers
- Examine the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the development of Human Rights
- Describe Canadian court system
- Explain the process of civil litigation, including advantages and disadvantages
- Describe three alternate dispute resolutions and list advantages/disadvantages

WEEK TWO CHAPTER THREE AND FOUR
- Define the Source and Nature of Government Power
- Outline the Function and Duties of Administrative Tribunals
- Discuss the Courts Role in Reviewing Administrative Decisions, Remedies for abuse of power, restrictions on judicial reviews
- Review legal issues concerning protection of environment, environmental power, effectiveness of environmental legislation and effects of de-regulation
- Define and describe torts, requirements for a tort action, remedies for tort action

WEEK THREE CHAPTER FIVE
- Describe a contract and how breaches differ from crime or tort, elements required to form a contract
- Describe characteristics of an offer, acceptance of an offer, examples of valid consideration
ASSIGNMENT NUMBER ONE WILL BE ANNOUNCED, WEIGHT 2%. DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF WEEK FIVE.

WEEK FOUR CHAPTER SIX
- Explain the requirement of capacity, the intention to enter into a contract
- List illegal contracts and which contracts are affected by the Statute of Fraud

WEEK FIVE CHAPTER SEVEN
***ASSIGNMENT NUMBER ONE DUE
- Explain the factors affecting the contractual relationship: interpretation, mistake, misrepresentation, non est factum, undue influence, duress, privity

WEEK SIX CHAPTER EIGHT
- Discuss performance of a contract, requirements for discharge or modification of contract
- Define frustration of a contract
- Discuss breach of contract and remedies
ASSIGNMENT NUMBER TWO WILL BE ANNOUNCED, WEIGHT 19%
DUE: At the beginning of WEEK TEN

WEEK SEVEN READING WEEK BREAK, NO SCHEDULED CLASS, STUDY FOR EXAM

WEEK EIGHT MIDTERM EXAM
CHAPTERS 1-8 INCLUSIVE ALLOTTED TIME 90 MINUTES, WEIGHT 35%
COMPLETION OF MIDTERM BEGIN CHAPTER NINE

WEEK NINE CHAPTER 9 & 10
- Describe the Sale of Goods Act impact on contractual relations, conditions it sets regarding goods sold
- Discuss Consumer Protection legislation,
- List some examples of unacceptable business practices, federal statutes regarding consumer transactions

WEEK TEN CHAPTER TEN
- Explain personal property/debt connection, conditional sales agreement
- Discuss Personal Property Security Act and guarantees are used to repay debts
- Describe liens, characteristics of negotiable instruments, process of negotiation
- Identify uses of a letter of credit
- Explain bankruptcy, how rank creditors for receipt of proceeds in bankruptcy

WEEK TEN CHAPTER ELEVEN AND TWELVE
- Distinguish between employees, private contractors and agency
- Identify rights of employee upon termination, legislation protecting employees
- Describe collective bargaining, liability of employers regarding employees
- Explain legislation on strikes and lockouts
- Describe agency relationships, principals and agents, principals and third parties, and agents and third parties
- Describe estoppel and promissory estoppel and apparent authority, responsibilities and rights of specialized agents

ASSIGNMENT NUMBER TWO DUE

WEEK TWELVE CHAPTER THIRTEEN AND FOURTEEN
- Explain the methods of conducting business advantages/disadvantages, sole proprietorship
- Explain differences between intentional and inadvertent partnerships, rights of partners to each other and third parties
- Explain limited partnerships
- Describe incorporation in 3 jurisdictions, myth of separate legal entity, ways corporations obtain funding
Summarize right and obligations of shareholders, directors, other officers and outsiders, advantages/disadvantages of incorporating

WEEK TWELVE HOLIDAY NO SCHEDULED CLASS

WEEK THIRTEEN CHAPTER 15
- Describe real and various forms of personal property
- Identify various types of interests people may have in land
- Explain bailment, rights and duties of landlords and tenants, process of mortgages

ASSIGNMENT NUMBER THREE WILL BE ANNOUNCED, WEIGHT 4%
DUE: AT THE BEGINNING OF WEEK FIFTEEN
WEEK FOURTEEN CHAPTER 16
- Identify difference between personal, intellectual and real property
- Discuss legislation protecting intellectual property, types of intellectual property and statutes regulating them
- Discuss purpose and kinds of insurance pertaining to business

WEEK FIFTEEN
FINAL EXAM, WEIGHT 40%
ASSIGNMENT NUMBER THREE DUE


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Develop a workable definition for the term law
- Outline Canadian constitutional law and the parliamentary system
- Explain the litigation process
- Define torts and describe various types
- List and describe the requirements of a valid contract
- Consider the implications of duress, undue influence and mistake
- State and explain the ways a contract can terminate
- Specify the main features of the Sale of Goods Act
- Distinguish between employees and contractors
- Identify the agency relationship
- Compare and contrast forms of business organization
- Discuss the main forms of negotiable instruments
- Differentiate between personal and real property
- Explain the nature of real property
- Recognize and analyze legal problems through case analysis
- Analyze a given set of facts
- Determine the relevance of facts to legal problems covered in the course
- Clarify the rights and obligations of parties
- Determine possible courses of action
- Ascertain valid defences available to parties
- Explain remedies open to injured parties
- Indicate how a court would likely deal with the issues and the probable outcomes of legal actions
- Explain terms such as: caveat emptor, profit a prendre, non es factum, ultra vires, quantum meruit, stare decisis, res ipsa loquitur, volenti non fit injuria, etc.


Grading System:
Letters

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 40 %
Midterm Exam: 35 %
Assignments: 25 %


Course Offered in Other Programs:
No
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