Legal Issues In Business

 Contact Information See detailed faculty information in Canvas.

 Course Description This course provides the student with a foundational knowledge of the legal issues that both start-up and established business enterprises face. Armed with this wisdom, the student will assess an organization’s need for competent legal advice from an experienced professional in matters of contracts, corporations, employment, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, leases, limited liability organizations, partnerships, and homeland security concerns.

Requisites Prerequisites


 Rationale The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a select group of legal issues faced by the typical business in today’s business environment. These issues include, but are not limited to, the following: the American legal system, business organizations, contracts, employment law, intellectual property law, and international law. Further, this course equips the student with the ability to analyze the types of legal issues pursuant to a Christian worldview.

 Measurable Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

A. Analyze various legal concepts related to the creation and operation of a business. B. Assess the impact of government regulation on business. C. Integrate biblical concepts within the field of business law.

 Course Resources Required Resource

Kubasek, N. K., Browne, M. N., Barkacs, L., Herron, D., & Dhooge, L. (2020). Biblical worldview edition of dynamic business law (2nd ed.). N. J. Kippenhan (Ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill Education.

This required resource has been provided in this course as an e-book; however, if the student prefers a physical copy of the book, it may be purchased through the Liberty University Online bookstore ( FVCUSNO=1589&url=liberty.htm), MBS Direct. The purchase of the physical copy of the textbook is optional.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Online · School of Business · Graduate Business

Legal Issues in Business BUSI-561 Fall B 2021 Section B06 08/23/2021 to 10/15/2021 Modified 08/12/2021

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Recommended Resource

American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Additional Materials for Learning

A. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment B. Internet access (broadband recommended) C. Canvas recommended browsers (

computer-requirements-for-Canvas/ta-p/66) D. Please note, technical skills for this course include:

Creating and submitting files in Microsoft Word and Excel Basic Blackboard navigation skills Basic navigation of iTunes for optional free downloads of course presentations

E. Access to LexisNexis Academic, the CCH Internet Tax Research Database, Business Source Premier, and other databases available through the Liberty University Online Library (

F. The Holy Bible and Bible study tools, available free of charge at (, (, and (

 Course Assignments

Course Requirements Checklist After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations (, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3) Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. The student is required to provide a thread in response to the prompt for each assignment that contains at least 1,000 words, demonstrates course-related knowledge, and is supported by at least 3 scholarly sources other than the textbook/course materials. Each thread must also include at least 2 separate verses from Scripture, quoted and applied as an integral part of the discussion, in the context of a biblical worldview. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 450 words, supported by 3 scholarly sources other than the textbook/course materials. Each reply must also include at least 1 verse of Scripture applied to the discussion. Each source must be cited in-text and in a reference list in current APA format.

Commercial Lease Analysis Assignment The student will respond to questions analyzing a commercial lease. The assignment must be at least 1,200 words and include at least 3 scholarly sources other than the course textbook/materials, and demonstrate Biblical worldview integration.

Quizzes (4) Each quiz will cover two module: weeks’ assigned Read items. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple- choice and true/false questions, and have a 1 hour time limit.

Power of Process: Using Scholarly Sources Assignment The student will read and analyze a scholarly source similar to those used throughout this course and the degree program. The student will annotate and comment on the source through Connect and create APA citations.

 Course Grading

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Course Requirements Checklist 10

Discussions 600

Commercial Lease Analysis Assignment 100

Power of Process: Using Scholarly Sources Assignment 60

Quiz: Business Law Foundations, Crimes, Dispute Resolution (Modules 1–2) 60

Quiz: Contracts and Sales, Torts and Negligence (Modules 3–4) 60

Quiz: Property, Administrative Law (Modules 5–6) 60

Quiz: Agency, Business Forms, Employment, Discrimination (Modules 7–8) 60

Total 1010

 Course Policies Quizzes/Tests/Exams

For timed quizzes/tests/exams, the student is required to complete the quiz/test/exam within the assigned time. For the student who exceeds this time limit, a penalty of 1 point will be deducted for each minute, or part thereof, he/she exceeds the assigned time limit.

Legal Disclaimer

This course is not a substitute for a law degree or for the advice of an attorney. Rather, this course should assist the student in identifying the legal issues associated with business operations and to impart to the student the legal knowledge necessary to recognize legal pitfalls and respond by seeking legal counsel. A student completing this course should not feel qualified to practice law any more than a student completing an introductory course in anatomy should not feel qualified to practice medicine. The textbook and all of the materials used in this course are for educational and illustrative purposes only. Liberty University and its faculty and staff accept no responsibility or liability for the information portrayed in this course with regard to legal matters in any way.

Instructor Feedback and Response Time

Responses to student emails will be provided within 24 hours and assignment feedback will be given within 5 days from the assignment due date.

 Policies

Late Assignment Policy Course Assignments, including discussions, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

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1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction. 2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction. 3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special

circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

4. Group projects, including group discussion threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at for accommodations. Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition. For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit support/ ( Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

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Course Attendance In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy ( Attendance& 34a39c97251b2%7C0%7C0%7C637315433613719138&sdata=%2BNBTsPOoXuHAPLflSQRugK7cRSuV6UyC7qD3agf3l2k%3D&res erved=0) can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs ( ac547056b5408d833029e1a%7Cbaf8218eb3024465a9934a39c97251b2%7C0%7C0%7C637315433613729132&sdata=DjjhMiRBh nF%2B2ZJUC8eBd1OdNb26S9ADukODYsilXlA%3D&reserved=0). Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance ( .edu%7Cd91431fa6ac547056b5408d833029e1a%7Cbaf8218eb3024465a9934a39c97251b2%7C0%7C0%7C63731543361372913 2&sdata=MoMvZdPfza69InuhVHMHAVgu59ZP0Fw45xJTu9PIBrU%3D&reserved=0)). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F

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 Schedule

When Topic Notes

Course Overview Student Acknowledgements Course Requirements Checklist

Technology Integration Set-Up Prepare: Register for Connect

Module 1: Week 1 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 2 items

Explore: 3 items

Apply Power of Process: Using Scholarly Sources Assignment

Module 2: Week 2 Learn Read: 2 items

Watch: 2 items

Apply Discussion Thread: Business Ethics

Quiz: Business Law Foundations, Crimes, Dispute Resolution

Module 3: Week 3 Learn Read: 5 items

Watch: 2 items

Apply Discussion Replies: Business Ethics

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Module 4: Week 4 Learn Read: 4 items

Watch: 2 items

Apply Commercial Lease Analysis Assignment

Quiz: Contracts and Sales, Torts, and Negligence

Module 5: Week 5 Learn Read: 3 items

Watch: 2 items

Explore: 2 items

Apply Discussion Thread: Intellectual Property

Module 6: Week 6 Learn Read: 2 items

Watch: 2 items

Apply Discussion Replies: Intellectual Property

Quiz: Property, Administrative Law

Module 7: Week 7 Learn Read: 4 items

Watch: 2 items

Explore: 3 items

Apply Discussion Thread: Business Formation and Employment

Module 8: Week 8 Learn Read: 2 items

Watch: 2 items

Explore: 1 item

Apply Discussion Replies: Business Formation and Employment

Quiz: Agency, Business Forms, Employment, Discrimination

When Topic Notes

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  • Legal Issues in Business BUSI-561
    • Contact Information
    • Course Description
    • Rationale
    • Measurable Learning Outcomes
    • Course Resources
    • Course Assignments
      • Course Requirements Checklist
      • Discussions (3)
      • Commercial Lease Analysis Assignment
      • Quizzes (4)
      • Power of Process: Using Scholarly Sources Assignment
    • Course Grading
    • Course Policies
    • Policies
      • Late Assignment Policy
      • Disability Assistance
      • Course Attendance
      • Grading Scale
      • Add/Drop Policy
      • Honor Code
    • Schedule