Business Law
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 45.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Canadian Institute of Manageme, Management Development Studies
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190903_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is an Algonquin College course that is offered through Sheridan CAPS. Students who register for the course through Sheridan will receive credit from Sheridan College only. Access to the course materials will be through OntarioLearn.com

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students are prepared for a business environment increasingly affected by laws. They learn how laws must be understood and applied by management in the conduct of business. They also learn how to analyze a business situation from a general legal perspective. Emphasis is placed on methods of dispute resolution, contracts, torts, employment law, methods of carrying on business, creditors' rights, sale of goods and marketing law.

Program Context

Canadian Institute of Manageme Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is part of the Canadian Institute of Management approved courses

Management Development Studies Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This course is a compulsory course in the Management Development Studies Certificate program

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an introduction to legal concepts and principles which shall be of assistance in a business career. It is expected that upon successful completion of the course the student shall be able to appreciate and understand various legal issues facing contemporary business.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Compare strategies used to manage risks in an organization's business activities
  2. Synthesize substantive laws that may impact businesses
  3. Apply business law to resolve simple legal issues arising from day to day business operations
  4. Explain the relevance of internal controls in a business that could mitigate business and legal risks and promote compliance with laws

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Discussion Forum15.0%
 Midterm Exam(s)25.0%
 Final Exam30.0%

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Other
    Notes:  This course is delivered through OntarioLearn at ontariolearn.com and is hosted by (Algonquin College) AL-LAW1702. Evidence of learning achievement for PLAR candidates includes: Challenge Exam

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookCanadian Business & the Law, Duplessis, Nelson, 7th edition, ISBN 0176899928, 7th edition with 12 month MindTap access

Applicable student group(s): All
Course Details:

Relate the Canadian legal framework to legal issues that arise during the conduct of business

  • Explain Canada's federal system of law making authority
  • Describe how the conduct of business invariably creates potential legal liability

Analyze a fact situation from a legal perspective to determine what legal issues may apply

  • Determine what legal risks may arise during a given organization’s conduct.
  • Relate legal knowledge to fact situations to determine legal consequences
  • Analyze the facts of a particular business situation to determine relevant legal issues.
  • Differentiate relevant and irrelevant facts in order to ensure proper application of relevant laws

Apply a proactive approach to business law and legal risk management

  • Detail how a proactive approach to law is the most efficient way to learn business law
  • Recognize the ways in which the conduct of business attracts the risk of legal liability.
  • Create a legal risk management plan
  • Create a legal risk management plan
  • Describe the various legal dispute resolution processes that are available to Canadians

Apply a broad range of business laws to specific legal issues that arise when conducting business.

  • Identify the best methods to conduct a business (agency, sole proprietorship, partnerships and corporations)
  • Explain the importance of employment law and human rights law in relation to the typical workplace
  • Describe the legal issues that arise in regard to secured and unsecured loan transactions
  • Outline the three major categories of property and list their essential characteristics in order to protect business assets
  • Outline the various laws that apply to the sale of goods and the marketing of goods and services
  • Apply contract and tort law to business activities


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