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Law 1 - Business Law (UC:CSU) – 3:00 Units - Business Law - Section # 0803
Online Only

 Prof Alberto Gudino - Activities Textbooks
Read  Dear Online Student -  Study Guide and Welcome Message 



Instructor:            Alberto Gudino, Esq.

Office:                  no on campus office 

Office hours:        By email or phone 


Email:                   gudinoac@lamission.edu
etudes site           http://etudes.org  - etudes help desk    
Activities              http://duedates.pbworks.com    

Textbook:             Business Law  12th ed. 

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

ISBN:                    ISBN-10: 0538470828  ISBN-13: 9780538470827


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

Tests 14 quizzes @ 100 points each = 1400 (28% of your grade)

Assignments - 23 @ 100 points each = 2300 (46% of your grade)

Class Participation - submission of quiz answers to each chapter quiz @ start of each class - 650 points (13% of your grade)

Final Project - "Invent a Product" - 650 points (13% of your grade)

*************total points possible = 5000

A = 4500 points or above (or 90%)

B = 4000 points or above (or 80%)

C = 3500 points or above (or 70%)

D = 3000 points or above (or 60%)

F = below 3000 points     

A = 90% or above

B = 80% or above

C = 70% or above

D = 60% or above

C or above is required to pass the class.

Chapter Quizzes


Quiz A - Chp. 10 - Nature & Terminology of Contracts  

Quiz B - Chp. 11 - Agreement   
Quiz C- Chp. 12 - Consideration  
Quiz D - Chp. 13 - Capacity  & Legality  
Quiz E - Chp.14- Mistakes, Fraud & Voluntary Consent 
Quiz F - Chp.15-  Statute of Frauds 
Quiz G - Chp. 16 - 3rd Party Rights   
Quiz H - Chp.17- Performance & Discharge  

Quiz I - Chp. 18 - Breach of Contract  and Remedies  

Quiz J - Chp. 19 - Formation of Sales and Lease Contracts  
Quiz K - Chp. 20 - Title, Risk, and Insurable Interest  
Quiz L - Chp. 21 - Performance & Breach of Sales & Lease Contracts   

Quiz M- Chp. 22 -  Warranties & Product Liability  
Test N - Chp. 24 - Function & Creation of Negotiable Instruments  

Test O - Chp. 32 - Agency Formation & Duties 


Week 1 - Due  2/15/15

Week 2 - Due 2/22/15 

  • Read Chapter 11 - Agreement
  • #1 Chapter 10 - Nature and Terminology 
  • #2 Chapter 11 - Agreement - Case Problem  
  • Test #A Nature and Terminology of Contracts Test  
  • weekly discussion


Week 3 - Due 3/1/15

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

Week 4 - Due 3/8/15 

Week 5 - Due 3/15/15 

  • Read Chapter 14 - Genuineness of Assent 
  • #5 Chapter 13 case problem
  • Test #D Capacity Test  
  • weekly discussion

Week 6 - Due  3/22/15 

  • Read Chapter 15 - The Statute of Frauds
  • #6 Chapter 14  case problem
  • #7 Chapter 15 case problem  
  • Test #E Assent Test  
  • weekly discussion

Week 7 -  Due 3/29/15

  • Read Chapter 16 - Third Party Rights
  • #8 Chapter 16  case problem 
  • #9 contract # 2  
  • Test #F Statute of Frauds Test 
  • weekly discussion

Week 8 -  Due 4/5/15 

  • Read Chapter 17 Performance and Discharge
  • #10 Chapter 17  
  • Test #G 3rd Party Rights test  
  • weekly discussion  
  • Spring Break 4/6 - 4/12 

Week 9 - Due  4/19/15 

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

Week 10 - Due 4/26/14

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

Week 11 - Due  5/3/15

  • Read Chapter 19 Formation of Sales and Lease Contracts
  • #13 Chapter 20   case problem 
  • #14 - contract #3  
  • Test # J -   Formation of Sales & Lease Contracts  
  • weekly discussion

Week 12 -  Due 5/10/15

  • Read Chapter 21 Performance and Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts
  • #15 Chapter 21  
  • Test #K Title, Risk, and Insurable Interest 
  • weekly discussion

Week 13 - Due 5/17/15

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

Week 14 - Due 5/24/15

  • Read Chapter 24 - Formation &  Creation of Negotiable Instruments 
  • #18 - Contract # 5  
  • #19 Chapter 24 case problem 
  • Test #M  - Warranties & Product Liability 
  • weekly discussion

Week 15 - Due 5/31/15

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

Week 16 - Due 6/7/15

  • #22 Torts/Crimes/Employment law
  • #23 Final Contract Project - (worth 10% of your final grade) - "Invent and Sell a Product" 
  • Test #O Agency Formation & Duties   


updated:   1/2/15


If you are taking this class to meet transfer requirements at a Business or other major, then you might want to download each of the chapters covered in class/online for $3.49 each (rather than purchase the whole book for $280 - download information here

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, including 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 completely online.  We use the Etudes Course Management System.    Carefully read our policies.

The class follows a weekly format.  Click on "Assignments, Tests, Surveys" on left side of your etudes class for a list of work in your online class.  

Online 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: http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all.html 

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: 


First Assignment:  Introduce yourself to the class under the forum discussions for the first week.  This is where you will get to know your classmates. Post your introduction by Sunday evening, 11:59 pm, 2/15/15.  You may be dropped from class if you do not post your introductions by the end of the 2nd week of class. 

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; email me at:  gudinoac@lamission.edu  

Discussion Forums:
  The discussion forums are the main area for class participation.  The weekly discussions open on Mondays and close the following Sunday at 11:55 PM.  Initial posts are due by Wednesdays at 11:55 pm.  Initial posts should be at least two paragraphs in length (approximately 120-150 words), respond directly to the topic in a reflective manner, referencing the topic link and content provided, and applying the law or case materials.   Respond to at least two students to each forum by Sunday evening at 11:55 pm.  

CLASS INTRODUCTIONSYou will find your instructor's  welcome posted in the "Discussion Board" of the class website. Please post your introduction in the discussion board by Sunday of week one. In your Introduction, please be sure to include:

Academic/Career Goals, Expectations of the class
How you found out about the class/program
Other items of interest, and 
Include any preliminary questions or concerns you have at this point.

DISCUSSION FORUMS: Every week a discussion questions posted to the website "FORUMS." You are required to post a answer to each discussion question by Wednesday of the forum week. Further, you are required to post, at least, one response to any one of your classmates' initial responses. You are not required to respond to every classmate.    

As we begin our online work together I want to discuss an important aspect of online learning, namely participation. Participation is an important part of this collaborative online learning environment. It is well documented that participation and collaboration does enhance learning & whether it be in-class or at a distance. You are encouraged to initiate and respond regularly and make sure your ideas are presented clearly and are substantive.  
For example, “I agree,”  “Good posting,” or similar messages that add little or nothing to the discussion .Discussions posted to the website are an important part of the learning that takes place in this class. In essence, we learn from each other. Share ideas or questions with your colleagues. Ask them questions. Share your own experiences. 


Class Meeting Discussions:

  • Please read, review, and reflect on each message PRIOR to posting to the forums. Remember: Others cannot get visual clues as to meaning, therefore, be careful in what and how you communicate. Once posted, messages cannot be deleted!
  • All postings to any meeting in this class are to be considered CONFIDENTIAL and for consideration and discussion only by members of this class.
  • Ask questions about areas of the subject that you wish to better understand or for clarification and/or amplification.
  • Read your classmates comments and presentations, and respond constructively.
  • Offer personal/professional experiences/observations relevant to the items being discussed. 



VOCABULARY - You are expected to read and understand the material presented in the assigned text and articles you locate. 

FORMAT - Papers submitted should be written in accordance with the APABluebook, or other recognized formatting style

GRAMMAR - Use active voice in your writing. Also use the spelling and grammar check feature of your Word Processor before submitting your papers. 


 Homework Assignments:  Assignments require you to read and brief law cases. Read the information on "briefing law cases". Below is the grading rubric for your case "briefs"


Contracts (6): Students will be required to  "draft" six (6) contracts   Final Contract Project:  Final Contract Project is the final project for the class. I it requires you to draft a contract including all of the legal concepts and principles you learned in this class.  


Quizzes:  The class is divided into weekly quizzes (20 multiple choice questions each).  

Forum Discussions: The class is divided into weekly discussion forums.  

Late Assignments  
 Our "Late Work"  Policy is firm.  

College regulations state that a student may be excluded from a course following accumulation of absences equal to a week of course work.  The 12th week of class is the last date a student may drop a class with a "W".  (or the 8th week in a "Late Start" class). Thereafter, the student must receive a grade in the class.


If a student has a accumulated score of 50% or below in the 12th week (or the 8th week in a "late Start" class) , it is deemed that the student has accumulated absences in excess of a week of course work, and the instructor MAY, but is NOT required to DROP the student from class, with or without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the student, and not the instructor, to drop the class

In addition, students who fail to login and post their introduction to class within the first (ten) days of class may be dropped from their online class. 

Grading Policy:  Letter grades will be determined based upon the following:


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. 

Check the Academic Calendar for Important Dates


Website opens      Monday, 2/1/15 (Orientation week is from 2/1/15 to 2/8/15)      


 After September 9, 2013 please note : This is an earlier and revised deadline. A “W” will appear on your transcript record after this date. This is a new LACCD enrollment limit. The limit is now three times to take a class and includes both substandard grades and withdrawals. 

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class), YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF ONLINE– OFFICIALLY. Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in that class.
REGISTRATION INFORMATION Website – http://www.laccd.edu (Student Information System)

Admission Regular Office Hours (Subject to change) Monday and Thursday – 8am-5pm Tuesday and Wednesday – 8am-7pm Friday – 8am-12noon


REGISTRATION INFORMATION Website – http://www.laccd.edu (Student Information System)
Admission Regular Office Hours (Subject to change) Monday and Thursday – 8am-5pm Tuesday and Wednesday – 8am-7pm Friday – 8am-12noon

REMINDER: There is a new LACCD enrollment limit.  The limit is now three times to take a class and includes both substandard grades and withdrawals. (See Important Notice, page 3 of the College Catalog)

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class), YOU MUST DROP THE CLASS YOURSELF – OFFICIALLY – before the last day to drop. (see academic calendar for that date)   Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in that class

New 3 Repeat Rule
All Students Please Read
Beginning Summer 2012: New 3 Repeat Rule

EFFECTIVE SUMMER 2012, course withdrawal (“W”) or a substandard  grade (“D,” “F,” or “NP”) count as an attempt at a course.  Only three attempts at any one course will be allowed, with some exceptions.  Listed below are the new rules that all students need to know about. 
• Students who drop or are excluded after the last day to drop without a grade of “W” will have a “W” appear on their transcript.  The “W” will count as an attempt for that course. 
• For the Fall semester, September 9, 2013 is the last day to drop a 16-week semester length class without a “W.”  Students will be  able to drop a class online until this date. Contact the office of Admissions and Records for deadlines on late start, short-term and special program classes.
• A course in a student’s transcript which currently shows a recorded “W” counts as an attempt for that course.   
• Students will not be allowed to register for any course within the LACCD if there are three recorded attempts for that course in any combination of W, D, F, or NP grades.
• Add permits for a course within the LACCD will not be processed if there are three recorded attempts for that course in any combination of W, D, F, or NP grades.
• For courses specifi cally designated as “repeatable,” students may repeat up to three times (See Title 5 California Code of Regulations sections 55040, 55041, 58161).  
• Where the student’s number of enrollments in a course exceeds the allowable amount, the student may petition for an additional enrollment in cases of extenuating circumstances.  

What students should do: 
• Be sure you are academically ready for classes you enroll in.
• If you must drop a course, drop before the specificied deadline for dropping a class without a grade of “W.”


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.


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


updated:   1/25/15






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