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Academic Calendar

online textbook chapters

Law 1 - Business Law - Section #7818
Hybrid Class - Northridge Academy

 Prof Gina Zaragoza - Textbooks


Assignments        http://lamission.org

Instructor:            Gina Zaragoza, Attorney at Law 

Office:                  before or after class

Office hours:        before or after class     

Email:                   ginazaragozalaw@gmail.com or zaragogl@lamission.edu
canvas site           https://ilearn.laccd.edu 
Activities              http://duedates.pbworks.com    

Textbook:             Business Law  13th ed. 

                              Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller, Gaylord A. Jentz, Frank B. Cross

ISBN:                     ISBN:1285185242 / 9781285185248  


Course Description:   Law I is a study of the fundamental principles of law as they apply in the business world. The course examines legal rights and remedies, business torts and crimes, contracts, agency, employment, and negotiable instruments.

Course Organization: Law I is organized into assignments, quizzes, contracts, a final contract project, and class participation  

Grade Distribution

Quizzes - 30% of your grade 

Assignments - 40% of your grade 

Discussion/Team Presentations - 15% of your grade 

Final Project - "Invent a Product" - 15% of your grade  

A = 90% or above

B = 80% or above

C = 70% or above

D = 60% or above

F = below 60%     

C or above is required to pass the class.
















Chapter Quizzes 


All quizzes are timed (1.0 hour - 60 minutes, and you have two attempts). All quizzes are taken under canvas 

note: we start with Chp. 11 (not Chp 1) since this is a Contracts class, and Chp. 11 is the first chapter on contracts


Quiz A - Chp. 11 - Nature & Terminology of Contracts   
Quiz B - Chp. 12 - Agreement in Traditional and E-Contracts   
Quiz C - Chp. 13 - Consideration   
Quiz D - Chp.14 - Capacity & Legality   
Quiz E - Chp.15 -  Mistakes, Fraud & Voluntary Consent  
Quiz F - Chp.16 - The Writing Requirement & Electronic Records  
Quiz G - Chp. 17 - 3rd Party Rights   
Quiz H - Chp.18 - Performance & Discharge in Traditional and E-Contracts  

Quiz I - Chp. 19 - Breach of Contract & Remedies  

Quiz J - Chp. 20 - Formation of Sales & Lease Contracts 

Quiz K - Chp. 21 - Title, Risk & Insurable Interest 

Quiz L - Chp. 22 - Performance & Breach of Sales & Leases Contracts 

Quiz M - Chp. 23 - Warranties   

Quiz N - Chp. 25 - Function & Creation of Negotiable Instruments  
Quiz 0 - Chp. 32- Agency Formation & Duties  

Week 1 - Due  2/12/17

Week 2 - Due 2/19/17 

  • Read Chapter 12 - Agreement
  • #1 Chapter 11 - Nature and Terminology case problem 
  • #2 Chapter 12 - Agreement case problem 
  • Test #A  Chp. 11 - Nature and Terminology of Contracts Test  
  • weekly discussion


Week 3 - Due 2/26/1716

  • Read Chapter 13 - Consideration
  • #3 contract #1 
  • Test #B  Chp. 12 - Agreement Test  
  • weekly discussion

Week 4 - Due 3/5/17 

Week 5 - Due 3/12/17 

  • Read Chapter 15 - Genuineness of Assent 
  • #5 Chapter 14 case problem
  • Test #D - Chp. 14 Capacity Test  
  • weekly discussion

Week 6 - Due  3/19/17 

  • Read Chapter 16 - The Writing Requirement
  • #6 Chapter 15  case problem
  • #7 Chapter 16 case problem  
  • Test #E Chp. 15 Mistakes, Fraud and Assent Test  
  • weekly discussion

Week 7 -  Due 3/26/17

  • Read Chapter 17 - Third Party Rights
  • #8 Chapter 17  case problem 
  • #9 contract # 2  
  • Test #F Chp. 16 - The Writing Requirement  Test 
  • weekly discussion


Week 8 -  Due 4/2/17 

  • Read Chapter 18 Performance and Discharge
  • #10 Chapter 18 case problem   
  • Test #G Chp. 17 - 3rd Party Rights test  
  • weekly discussion  
  • Spring Break 4/3- 4/9 


Week 9 - Due  4/16/17 

  • Read Chapter 19 - Breach of Contract
  • #11 Chapter 18 case problem 
  • Test #H Chp. 18 - Performance and Discharge Test  
  • weekly discussion 

Week 10 - Due 4/23/17

  • Read Chapter 20 - Formation of Sales & Lease Contracts
  • #12 Chapter 19  case problem 
  • Test #I Chp. 19 - Breach of Contract Test   
  • weekly discussion

Week 11 - Due  5/30/17

  • Read Chp. 21 - Title, Risk & Insurable Interest 
  • #13 Chapter 20   case problem 
  • #14 - contract #3  
  • Test # J -   Chp. 20 - Formation of Sales & Lease Contracts  
  • weekly discussion

Week 12 -  Due 5/7/17

  • Read Chapter 22 Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts
  • #15 Chapter 21  case problem
  • Test #K Chp. 21 - Title, Risk, and Insurable Interest 
  • weekly discussion

Week 13 - Due 5/14/17

  • Read Chapter 23 - Warranties  
  • #16 Chapter 22 case problem  
  • #17 contract #4  
  • Test #L  Chp. 22 - Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease  Agreements  t 
  • weekly discussion 

Week 14 - Due 5/21/17

  • Read Chapter 25 - Formation &  Creation of Negotiable Instruments 
  • #18 - Contract # 5  
  • #19 Chapter 25 case problem 
  • Test #M  - Chp. 23 - Warranties  
  • weekly discussion

Week 15 - Due 5/28/17

  • Read Chapter 32 - Agency Formation & Duties
  • #20 - contract #6  
  • #21  Chp. 32 case problem
  • Test #N Chp. 25 - Function & Creation of Negotiable Instruments 

Week 16 - Due 6/4/17

  • #22 Torts/Crimes/Employment law
  • #23 Final Contract Project - (worth 15% of your final grade) - "Invent and Sell a Product" 
  • Test #O Chp. 32 - Agency Formation & Duties   


Student Learning Outcomes:  Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:

1. Brief law cases in contracts including issues related to offer, acceptance, consideration, formation, defenses, breach, and damages.

2. Critically analyze and argue issues of  contracts, the UCC as it applies to contracts for sales of goods, Statute of Frauds, and other defenses, and remedies for breach of contracts.

3. Prepare legal documents, forms or papers for a various contracts including release and waiver, secured, promissory note, bills of sale, UCC 1 financing statement, Breach of Contract, Computer Software Contract, and create a contract under the "Invent a Product" formatted class assignment - see http://duedates.pbworks.com/w/page/20871974/Invent-A-Product


Skill Level: College level reading and writing; ability to access the internet.  Necessary skills include proficiency using a word processing program, ingcluding spell checker, using a web browser, sending and receiving email, saving documents as RTFs (rich text format), uploading and attaching documents. 


Estimated Time per Week:  10 hours (see Carnegie Rule)

Class format: 
The class is a hybrid class. It meets on campus, and work is submitted online.   We use the Canvas Course Management System.     Carefully read our policies.

The class follows a weekly format. If you click on "Assignments, Tests, and Surveys"  in Canvas,  you will see the weekly assignments, quizzes, forums and activities. There are many opportunities for you to participate and earn points to attain a good grade.  

Hybrid classes require your attention and effort.  If you fail to log into the class during the first two weeks you will be excluded from the class.  There are activities and assignments each week; you will need to log into the class several times a week. 

To be a successful online/hybrid student, you need to do schedule a regular time for studying, read and complete on line activities, and more


Technical Requirements:  The minimum computer requirements are:  Computer, either a Macintosh or IBM compatible; modem, minimum 28.8, broadband or high speed internet access is preferred and is required to view the videos.  Software:  Web browser software, preferably Firefox 3.5 or Internet Explorer 8, an e-mail address and a word processing program. 

Get Firefox: 

Google Chrome - http://chrome.google.com

Get Internet Explorer: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/Internet-explorer/default.apx

Get a free email account at: www.mail.google.com


Students who do not have regular computer access may use computers in the campus Learning Resource Center.  Be sure to save all your papers and assignments on a flash drive.

Course Login:  https://ilearn.laccd.edu


Contacting Your Instructor:  I check my email several times a day and respond to emails within 24 hours.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions;    I am also available in-person before or after class  


Please note that a grade of C or higher is required for each of the 12 paralegal certificate classes. 

Points will be posted on the class website after each activity closes. 


Reasonable Accommodation:   For students requiring accommodation the DSPS office provides special assistance in areas like: registering for courses, specialized tutoring, note-taking, mobility assistance, special instruction, testing assistance, special equipment, special materials, instructor liaisons, community referrals, and job placement.  The phone number for the Office of Students with Disabled Student Programs and Services is: (818) 364-7732. There website is http://lamission.edu/dsps 

CheatingUnauthorized material used during an examination (including electronic devices), changing answers after work has been graded, taking an exam for another student, forging or altering attendance sheets or other documents in the course, looking at another student’s paper/answers/essay/computer or exam with or without their approval is considered cheating. Any student caught cheating will receive a zero for the assignment/exam and referred to the Department chair and/or Student Services for further disciplinary action.


Plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as the act of using ideas, words, or work of another person or persons as if they were one’s own, without giving proper credit to the original sources. This includes definitions found online on Wikipedia, materials from blogs, twitter, or other similar electronic resources. The following examples are intended to be representative, but not all inclusive:


            Failing to give credit by proper citations for others ideas and concepts, data and information, statements and phrases, and/or interpretations and conclusions.

            Failing to use quotation marks when quoting directly from another, whether it be a paragraph, a sentence, or a part thereof

            Paraphrasing the expressions or thought by others without appropriate quotation marks or attribution

            Representing another’s artistic/scholarly works such as essays, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures or similar works as one’s own.



For the first offense, you will receive a zero for the assignment in question. Any further offenses may result in expulsion from the class, as determined by the disciplinary action from the Office of Student Services.


Website opens      2/6/17 




If you require special accommodations for a disability, religious holiday, or any other reason please inform your instructor(s) within the first week of the course and we will accommodate you if at all possible. For accommodations due to disability, you must consult with the Disabled Students Programs and Services Office after which we will abide by their recommendations.



As a student, not only do you have the pressure of succeeding in school, you may also be contending with work, financial issues, relationships, managing time effectively, getting enough sleep, etc.  The staff and faculty of Los Angeles Mission College are here to provide support that will help you to be successful in your academic pursuits.  You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services offered on campus, including counseling and mental health services, by either visiting the Student Health Center (SHC), which is currently located in the Bungalow just west of the Collaborative Studies Building*,  checking out the SHC webpage at:  https://www.lamission.edu/healthcenter/ or calling: 818 362-6182.

I also encourage you to enter the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (1-800-273-8255) into your cell phone in case you or someone you know is in distress and needs someone with whom to talk.


*Please note that the SHC is slated to move into its new location, between the President’s Office and Administrative Services, in the spring 2016 semester.”




see http://lamission.edu/de/student-services



  updated: 12/29/16














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