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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | | CBUS203 syllabus

DELIVERY MODE:Online, In-Person, Hybrid

A study of the legal system, torts, contract law, the uniform commercial code, concepts of property, and commercial paper.



Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Differentiate and evaluate the differences of intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability and the evolution of product liability, able to explain and judge how these areas are distinct. Analyzing and explaining how a case would be or should be decided.
  • Explain the different types of protection for intellectual property such as evaluating trademark decisions In contrast, to a copyright or patent.
  • Identify the elements that are necessary for a contract to be valid and effectual. Students will be able to Identify various types of contracts and the four primary elements that identify a contract.
  • Evaluate contract defensibility as applied to the Statute of Frauds and the topic of genuineness of assent as well as when it is applicable.
  • Appraise when and how and under what circumstances third party rights may be discharged and define analyze and appraise a contractual beach and available remedies.
  • Distinguish various negotiable Instruments requirements and factors that do not affect negotiable transferability as well as assess instruments endorsements and related problems and solutions.
  • Differentiate rights and liabilities of parties Holder versus holder in due course requirements for HDC status signature liability warranty liability defenses to liability Federal limitations on the right of HDC.
  • Compare checks and the banking system the bank customer relationship Banks duty to honor checks banks duty to accept deposit


The Legal Environment and the Uniform Commercial Code

  • The Nature of the Law
  • The Common Law
  • Classifications of the Law
  • Constitutional Powers of Government


  • Personal, Property and Negligence
  • Strict Liability

Intellectual Property

  • Trademarks
  • Cyber-marks
  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trade Secrets
  • Licensing
  • International Protection for Intellectual Property

Contractual Law

  • Function, Definition and Requirements of a contract
  • Freedom of and from a Contract
  • Types of Contracts
  • Interpretation of Contracts
  • Agreement and Consideration
  • Assignments and Delegations
  • Third Party Beneficiaries
  • Contract Discharge
  • Breach and Remedies
  • Damages
  • Rescission and Restitution
  • Consideration and Its Requirements
  • Contractual Capacity
  • Legality
  • Genuineness of Assent
  • The Statute of Frauds
  • Parole Evidence Rule
  • Specific Performance
  • Reformation
  • Recovery Based on Quasi Contract
  • Provisions Limiting Remedies and Their Election

Negotiable Instruments

  • Article 3 of the UCC
  • Types of Instruments
  • Requirements for Negotiability and factors that Do Not Affect Negotiability
  • Requirements for Holder in Due Course Status
  • Signature Liability
  • Warranty Liability
  • Defenses to Liability
  • Federal Limitations on the Rights of HDC
  • Discharge from Liability
  • The Banks customer Relationship
  • Bank’s Duty to Honor Checks
  • Bank’s Duty to Accept Deposits
  • Electronic Fund Transfers
  • E-money
  • Transfer of Instruments
  • Endorsements
  • Holder Vs. Holder in Due Course
  • Online Banking
  • The Uniform Money Services Act
  • The Scope of a Secured Transactions and Perfecting a Security Interest
  • Priorities of Interest
  • Rights and Duties of Debtors and Creditors
  • Default
  • Laws that Assist Creditors and Debtors
  • Bankruptcy and Reorganization

Dynamics of Business Law, 4th Edition by Kubasek/Brown/ Herron/ Giampetro-Meyer/ Barkacs/ Dhooge and Willimason, published by McGraw-Hill Irwin. ISBN: 978-1-259-72358-2

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Grades will consist of chapter learnsmart activity (15 points), Case Studies (10 Points), Interactive Cases (5 points) and unit exams (50-100 points),. Dates for the exams are indicated on the schedule so students have time for preparation. The following grading scale will be used for the final course grades. However, the instructor reserves the right to vary the scale if necessary.

90-100% = A

  80-89% = B

  70-79% = C

  60-69% = D

  00-59% = F


Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at:

Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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