Business Law

Western Texas College

  1. Basic Course Information
    1. Course Description: The course provides the student with foundational information about the U.S. legal system and dispute resolution, and their impact on business. The major content areas will include general principles of law, the relationship of business and the U.S. Constitution, state and federal legal systems, the relationship between law and ethics, contracts, sales, torts, agency law, intellectual property, and business law in the global context.
  2. Information about Learning Objectives and Outcomes - Student Learning Outcomes:
    1. Describe the origins and structure of the U.S. legal system.
    2. Describe the relationship of ethics and law in business.
    3. Define relevant legal terms in business.
    4. Explain basic principles of law that apply to business and business transactions.
    5. Describe business law in the global context.
    6. Describe current law, rules, and regulations related to settling business disputes.
  3. Major Course Requirements
    1. Major course requirement- Chapter exams
    2. Major course requirement- Written assignments
    3. Major course requirement- Online discussion forums
  4. Information on Readings
    1. Required text: The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce: Henry Cheeseman 7th editionĀ  ISBN-13: 978-0-13-287088-7
  5. Other Policies:  Please refer to the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
    1. Campus Calendar
    2. Final Exam schedule
    3. How to drop a class
    4. Withdrawal information
    5. Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
    6. Students with disabilities
  6. Course Organization:

Unit One: Legal and Ethical Environment


Chapter 1: Legal Heritage and the Digital Age

Chapter 2: Ethics and Social Responsibility of Business

Chapter 3: Courts, Jurisdiction, and Administrative Agencies

Chapter 4: Judicial, Alternative and E-Dispute Resolution

Unit Two: Constitution and Public Policy


Chapter 5: Constitutional Law for Business and E-Commerce

Chapter 6: Torts and Strict Liability

Chapter 7: Criminal Law and Cyber Crimes

Chapter 8:  Intellectual Property and Cyber Piracy

Unit Three: Contracts, Commercial Law, and E-Commerce



Chapter 9: Formation of Traditional and E-Contracts

Chapter 10: Performance and Breach of Traditional and E-Contracts

Chapter 11: E-Commerce and Digital Law

Chapter 12: UCC Sales and Lease Contracts and Warranties

Chapter 13: Credit, Secured Transactions, and Bankruptcy

Unit Five: Agency, Employment, and Labor Law


Chapter 18: Agency Law

Chapter 19: Equal Opportunity in Employment

Chapter 20: Employment Law and Worker Protection

Chapter 21: Labor Law and Immigration Law



Last Modified: March 18, 2014