Business Law 201 – Hybrid Course
Wednesday Evening Face to Face 6-9pm, Room IB-3317
Summer Quarter 2019, North Seattle College
Instructor: Peter Lukevich, J.D.
(Disclaimer regarding legal information in this course: Although the instructor is
an attorney, any legal information provided in this introductory college course
should not be taken as personal legal advice for an individual student, nor is the
instructor to be considered as the student’s attorney. Students in need of legal
counsel are advised to seek individualized legal advice regarding their specific
situation, from an attorney of their choosing.)
This quarter we will be using the Canvas Learning Management System for
course communications and e-mail. You will probably not get access to this
website until the beginning day of the quarter. NOTE: Canvas does not
always “play” well with the Internet Explorer browser, so our e-Learning
office has suggested that you use a current version of Chrome or Firefox as
your first choice for internet browser, for best results!
For support and resources on using Canvas, please go to
If you encounter any difficulties with the above link, please contact the e-Learning
center or let me know. Here is the contact info for North’s e-Learning Support
Center: email@example.com or call them at 206-934-3738.
Your Valid e-mail address? I will also need a valid e-mail address for you, as I
may be sending out articles, or notifications regarding the class. If you want to
update or change your email information, or are unsure what information is on file
with the college registration office, please go to the college Online Registration
As you begin class and you are submitting assignments please remember, I will
only communicate with you through Canvas. To ensure that you receive
announcements and updates, please go to your Account” in Canvas to double-
check that you have the correct email address listed. You can get to this
information on the left side of the Canvas website and clicking on Account, which
should be near the bottom of the left side.
My contact information:
e-mail: Please Use the CANVAS internal e-mail for the class.
I prefer e-mail over phone messages. NOTE that e-mail messages through the college will NOT be private, as network technicians etc. have access to e-mail.
ALSO, be aware that I am not “on duty” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I will be
checking my email on a regular basis, and will try to respond to your questions
quickly, but I may not be able to respond to you immediately. I usually try to
respond within 24-48 hours during the M-F portion of our school week. If you send
me an email on a Friday, you may not receive a response until Monday.
Instructor’s Office: I do not maintain an office on Campus. You can reach me
through the Workforce Instruction Division, on the second floor of the Instruction
Building. You can also check in with the WID reception staff or at call them at
(206) 934-3630, and they will be able to contact me.
If I am not able to answer your questions by e-mail, I will be happy to meet with
you in person if you need, on Campus. So, please send me an e-mail message to
let me know you would like to come at a specific time, and day!
Text: We will be using the following edition of the textbook – Essentials of
Business Law, by Beatty & Samuelson, 6th Edition published by Southwestern – Cengage. The ISBN 13# for this text is 9781285427003. It will be available at the NSC bookstore, and on-line through Cengage (you can go to
www.Cengagebrain.com and enter the ISBN noted above). Or, you may be able to
get a used copy from a previous student, or online!
This edition has been considerably revised from the previous editions – some of
the chapters are quite different from before, and there are some entirely new
chapters. Therefore, I suggest you purchase this new edition, as all of the reading
assignments will be directed to this edition.
TRANSFER? This class transfers to the University of Washington and most other
Washington four-year colleges and universities under the Direct Transfer
Agreement. However, you should check directly with the school you are thinking
of transferring to, just to confirm this is the correct class for your transfer needs!
READING REQUIREMENTS: All students are expected to keep up with the
reading for this class. We will have about 80-100 pages of reading each week,
counting the text assignments, articles, webpages, etc. Please budget your time so
you can read at least 20 pages per day! Besides the text, there will be numerous
other articles, books and websites to refer to. A facility in English speaking,
listening, reading and writing will be essential to successful completion of this
COURSE OBJECTIVE: The objective of this course is to acquaint the student
with fundamental legal concepts, structures and functions of the American legal
system, especially as it relates to businesses. We will examine the role of law, and
the “evolving” nature of law as it relates to our society, and especially how it
affects each of our lives daily. We will look at the legal system as a framework for
the avoidance of problems in the future; and for resolving problems that inevitably
arise in a complex society. This course is not intended to make the student into a
lawyer and cannot be an in-depth examination of all the topics to be introduced. It
is intended to provide an overview of the legal system, so students know where to
look to find basic info, and how to contact legal professionals when they need help.
NSC Essential Learning Outcomes:
1. Knowledge: Facts, theories, perspectives and methodologies within and across
2. Intellectual and Practical Skills, including: critical thinking and problem
3. Integrative and Applied Learning: Synthesis and application of knowledge,
skills, and responsibilities to new settings and problems.
APPROACH: We will approach the law from several points. We will use the text as
an introduction to topics. We will then look at direct sources of information, such
as actual cases reported in the “case reporters,” and state and federal statutes, and
look at sources of information available on the Internet. You will complete a set of
“outside class” assignments, which could include activities such as going to see a
trial in action, investigating a law library, interviewing an attorney, etc.
1. Terminology. Law has a language all its own. As you read through a
chapter, write down each word that is “new” to you. Write down in your
own words what you think it means. Check the glossary at the back of the
book to see if that matches your definition well, or with a law dictionary
(like Black’s Law Dictionary, in the NSC library). See if you can write a
sentence using the new word that makes sense. This will help you develop a
mastery of the terminology.
You have a variety of ways to earn points towards your final grade in this class.
Please look at the grading summary on the next pages. NOTE: Every student needs
to complete 2 short projects in order to pass this class – if you just take the exams
you will probably not pass!
Work-at-Home Interim Exams. 100 Points: You will have a couple of exams
covering the assigned chapters and outside sources during the quarter. I will post
them on the class Canvas Website The instructions for each exam will let you
know how to proceed. These exams will be open book and open note and you can
even work with other online students in our class to locate the best answer for each
One Online or In Class Final Exam: 150 Points (75 questions): For the Final Exam,
you will have NO opportunity to talk or compare notes with other students,
although you will have “open-notes.” Whether the final exam will be administered
online or in person will be determined by the beginning of Week 5.
Class Participation & Discussion Rooms: 80 Points
1.10 points possible each week. To earn 10 points, you will need to post a
substantive response to each DQ each week and make 2 other substantive posts during the 7-day week. At least one of your two substantive posts, other than you
response to the DQ must be posted by 11:59 on Day 4 (Thursday) of each week.
Join in and post a message about the discussion topic and/or respond to someone
else’s message. You need to post some salient comments (for example, by
providing your own opinion on the topic, or providing feedback to others’ remarks)
to earn credit. You cannot make more than 1 post in one day.
2.Ten (10) points. Personal Bio Assignment. Please let us know a bit about you –
what part of the world you are from; what language(s) you speak; what kind of work experiences you have had – or hope to have, etc.
PROJECTS. 2 independent student projects will account for 100 points.
Instructions for each of these projects will be posted in the relevant weekly
NOTE: Minimum Scores to pass this class:
1. IN-CLASS EXAM. The last exam is a cumulative exam. To master the material in this class, much study, completion of homework, and consistent participation are required. The final exam is a good indicator that you have minimally performed these functions, that you understand the important concepts of this class, and that your work during the quarter has been your own. You should review each chapter in the book that is assigned for reading, all handouts from the instructor, and all info posted on the class website.
You will need to have done all the research needed to answer all the questions on
the take-home exams, AND you will need to put in time reviewing at the end of the
class, to be fully prepared for the last exam. You will need to score at least a
minimum of 67% correct on the final exam, in order to get credit for this class.
(The final exam is 100-200 points possible)
Frequently asked questions:
• Question – “If my grade for all the other items is better than 67%, but my
final exam grade is less than 67%, can I still get credit for the class?”
• Question – “If my total score for all the other items is below a passing
(67%), but I score above a 67% on the final exam, can I get credit for the
Answer: Yes – IF the final exam score raises the total for the whole
course to at least 67%.
(Your overall score for the course must be at 67% or above, and your final exam
must be at 67% or above, to get credit for the class.)
NOTE – Extra Credit! There is no extra credit available in the class. Do not expect
to make up for missed projects, quizzes, or assignments by completing extra credit.
NOTE: Check the Due Dates for both all assignments and projects and exams
Interim Exams (2) 100 _____
Final Exam 100 – 200
Quizzes 50 _____
Class Participation/Discussion Rooms 80 _____
Outside Class Projects – Total 100 _____
Other Assignments 60 _____
Course Feedback 25 _____
TOTAL COURSE POINTS POSSIBLE: 570-670
GRADING SCALE: At the end of the quarter, your total score will be compared
to the following table to determine the grade you have earned for the class. This
scale may require higher scores than other classes you have taken or are taking
now. This reflects the fact that many of the exams/projects in this class are “take-
home,” and “open-book” in nature. NOTE: No course credit is given for total
ending scores with less than 67%, OR if you score less than 67% on the final
96 – 100% 4.0
Netiquette and Privacy
Words can mean many things and what we intend to say is not always what others
hear. This is especially true of “online communication” during which other
students do not have the opportunity to see your “body language” and therefore
have a greater possibility of misunderstanding what you truly mean.
Please, follow these guidelines in all your online responses
and discussion groups.
• RESPECT. We would like to suggest respectful exchanges as a basic
ground rule. We feel that informational errors should be pointed out-
respectfully (even if stated strongly…). Disagreements that honor the
viewpoints of the various contributors are productive and can lead to new
learning and understanding.
• PRIVACY. Keep in mind not only your own privacy rights but others as
well. Do not reveal any information that you deem private.
• BE CONSIDERATE of grammatical/spelling errors.
• REMEMBER that humor and satire are often misinterpreted online.
Communication is more than words. So, be prepared for some
misunderstanding and requests for clarification.
• BE SUPPORTIVE. We are all still learning. Our job is not to judge or
condemn or even praise, although genuine encouragement is a necessary
ingredient. We are here to provide information, to address topics in a
discussion forum, and to provide assistance in helping each participant use
her/his own unique learning style. Reflection generally precedes growth. So
reflect upon what is said, provide sincere comments, and hopefully, we will
One good way to avoid problems is to reread your postings before sending them.
Something written in haste may be misread.
(NOTE: Netiquette suggestions were created by the following current and former
NSC instructors: Val Donato, Sandra Looper, Diane Hostetler and Tom
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES: Students are encouraged to seek campus
support services when necessary to support their learning and academic progress.
Refer to student handbook, brochures/flyers, or college website for information
Disability Services Office (accommodations for disabilities)
Accounting and Business Learning Center
Multicultural Services Office
POLICY ON COURSE WITHDRAWAL:
The instructor may initiate administrative withdrawals of students who do not start
class during the first week of the quarter, to accommodate other students seeking
entry into the class. Official withdrawal at other times of the quarter is the
responsibility of the student.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT:
In my commitment to student learning I want to support all students. If you have a
disability that might affect your performance in this class please contact the
college’s Disability Services office for support in implementing reasonable
accommodations for their disabilities. To make an appointment, contact the
Disability Services office by phone at (206) 934-3697, TTY at (206) 934-0079
modem, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their office is currently located at
the North end of the College Center Building – room CC2346A, Monday through
Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. The link to their website is:
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic honesty is highly valued at NSC. A student
must always submit work that represents his/her original words or ideas. Any
academic dishonesty will result in the exam or work being given zero credit, with
no opportunity to resubmit. The student may receive a “0.0” grade for the course.
Academic Dishonesty will also result in no recognition whatsoever for any “extra-
credit” work that may have been turned in! It may also result in other disciplinary
action as determined by the Division Dean, or VP of Instruction, and the student
may be removed from the class or the college.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY COULD INCLUDE:
1. Having a tutor or friend complete all or a portion of your assignment.
2. Having a reviewer make extensive revisions to an assignment.
3. Copying work submitted by another student, or giving another student your
work to copy.
4. Using information from online information services, websites, etc., without
proper citation, or claiming it as the student’s own work.
5. Taking exam answers from another student’s paper, or allowing another student
to take exam answers from your exam, unless clearly provided for in the
6. Using materials not allowed, to answer exam questions.
7. Making copies of on-campus exam questions.
8. Contacting someone else during the final exam, either in person or electronically
(phone, texting, online, etc.).
9. Turning in an interview report (such as with an attorney or paralegal or fraud
detective) if you did not personally do the interview.
EXAMINATION CONDUCT: Students are expected to complete final
examinations without the unauthorized use of reference materials, notes, or contact
with classmates or anyone else, unless with permission of the instructor.
Schedule for Summer Quarter 2019 – BUS&201: I will be using the Module system of posting learning objectives, reading requirements, and learning activities
for each week of our Class. Please refer to the weekly Module for due dates for
assignments, projects, quizzes, exams, and other graded activities.
BUS 201 Students,
It is important to me that I continue to improve the overall learning experience for the students that choose to take BUS 201 online in the future. To do that I am asking you to give me your feedback on your learning experience in our class. This assignment is worth a total of 25 points.
Please provide me with a “Course Feedback Summary” paper. The Summary must be between 150-200 words in length.
Consider the following questions:
1. What were 3 things that you learned in this class that will be helpful to you in the future in your personal or professional life?
2. What 2 aspects of the class were most interesting for you or were new things that you learned about in this class?
3. What 2-3 aspects of the class did you find to be the best?
4. What 1-2 aspects of the class did you find difficult or less helpful and why?
5. If you could change 1-2 aspects of the way this course was delivered online what would you recommend?
6. Do you feel more knowledgeable about laws or public policy issues? Please explain why you feel this way.
Your summary needs to be formatted as follows:
Include your name; and
“BUS 201 Course Feedback ” as the heading; and
Use 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font; and
Prepare your paper in WORD or .pdf format; and
Use double line spacing between lines; and
Make sure to check for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar