Legal Issues in Business – BUSI 561

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/17/2024

Course Description

This course provides the student with a foundational knowledge of the legal issues that both start-up and established business enterprises face. Armed with this wisdom, the student will assess an organization's need for competent legal advice from an experienced professional in matters of contracts, corporations, employment, insurance, intellectual property, international trade, leases, limited liability organizations, partnerships, and homeland security concerns.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to expose the student to a select group of legal issues faced by the typical business in today’s business environment. These issues include, but are not limited to, the following: the American legal system, business organizations, contracts, employment law, intellectual property law, and international law. Further, this course equips the student with the ability to analyze the types of legal issues pursuant to a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the prompt for each assignment that contains at least 600 words, demonstrates course-related knowledge, and is supported by at least 2 scholarly sources other than the textbook/course materials. Each thread must also include Scripture, quoted and applied as an integral part of the discussion, in the context of a biblical worldview. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 300 words, supported by 2 scholarly sources other than the textbook/course materials. Each reply must also include at least 1 verse of Scripture applied to the discussion. Each source must be cited in-text and in a reference list in current APA format.

The student will complete four interactive application-based analyses in Connect, which will assess the student's understanding of key legal topics.

Commercial Lease Analysis Assignment

The student will respond to questions analyzing a commercial lease as an example of a commercial contract. The assignment must be at least 1,200 words and include at least 3 scholarly sources other than the course textbook/materials, and demonstrate Biblical worldview integration.

Power of Process: Using Scholarly Sources Assignment

The student will read and analyze a scholarly source similar to those used throughout this course and the degree program. The student will annotate and comment on the source through Connect and create APA citations.

Paper Assignments (2)

The student will research a case study topic and write a critical analysis of at least 800 words, supported by at least 3 scholarly sources other than the course materials, cited in-text and in a reference list in current APA form. The analysis will also integrate Biblical worldview analysis.

Each quiz will cover two module' assigned Read items. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.