BUS28A Syllabus - Fall 2017

Chaffey College

Business and Applied Technology

Fall 2017

Course Syllabus for BUS28A (Business Law I), Section 96230

Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:50 p.m.

Ralph M. Lewis Center, Room 121


Instructor:       William R. Moffitt, Esq.

Telephone:       (760) 877-2759

Email:              wrmoffitt@gmail.com

Website:          williammoffitt.educatorpages.com

Office Hours:    By appointment


Required Text/Materials:


  1. Business Law and the Regulation of Business (12th Edition), Richard A. Mann and Barry Roberts, Cengage Learning, ISBN: 978-305-50955-9
  1. 2 Scantron 882-E forms (1 each for midterm and final exam).

Course DescriptionIntroduction to principles of American law, the federal and state court systems and due process.  The course will include comprehensive treatment of contracts, as well as an introduction to Uniform Commercial Code, ethics, torts, criminal law, and basic concepts of agency and forms of business organization.

Course ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic principles of torts, contracts and criminal law as they apply to business.
  2. Define basic principles of the U.S. Constitution and the power granted to the federal government.
  3. Compare and contrast state and federal court systems and explain the possible uses of each.
  4. Examine rights and responsibilities under tort and contract theories.
  5. Define the essential elements for formation of legally enforceable contracts.
  6. Compare and contrast rights and remedies for breach of contract.
  7. Understand basic principles of agency.
  8. Understand basic forms of business organizations and the purposes of each.
  9. Analyze and evaluate real-life cases using studied principles of law.

Course Requirements:

1.  Reading Assignments: Students are expected to have read all assignments PRIOR to class.  Meaningful class participation is required and such participation cannot be achieved without proper preparation and reading before each class.

2.  Exams: There will be one midterm exam and a final exam, in addition to weekly quizzes.

            a. Midterm and Final:  The midterm and the final will be multiple choice questions, and will utilize Scantron 882-E forms.  The questions will be from the lectures and the reading assignments, with emphasis on the textbook material.  Students are responsible for both.  Text material covered in the reading assignments is fair game for the exams, even if that material is not covered in the lectures and class discussions.

The midterm and the final are each worth 150 points.  All exams are closed book and notes.  The final exam is not cumulative. 

  1. Weekly Quizzes:  Except as otherwise stated in the Course Schedule in this syllabus, there

will be a short quiz at the beginning of each class session, beginning with the second session.  The quiz will be closed book and will cover the material covered in the previous class session.  Each quiz will be worth 5 points, and will count towards the final grade.  No Scantron forms are required for the quizzes.


No midterm or final exam will be given to any late arriving student after another student has completed the exam and left the classroom.  Students with an adequate excuse for arriving late for class may be allowed to make up the weekly quiz at the discretion of the instructor.  In the event of an excused absence or other emergency, a student may be permitted to make up a missed quiz, midterm exam or final exam upon a showing of good cause, at the discretion of the instructor.  It is the student’s sole responsibility to make arrangements for makeup quizzes or exams – if you do not make the arrangements and adequately demonstrate good cause, you will not be permitted to make up the quiz or exam.  The instructor reserves the right to determine what constitutes good cause. 


3.  Attendance and Class Participation: Attendance and active class participation are essential for successful completion of the class.  Students are encouraged and expected to participate in class discussions.  Roll will be taken each week.  Points for attendance and active participation in class discussions will be given at the discretion of the instructor, and will count towards the final grade.  Failure to attend class may also result in missing important announcements regarding the class content and/or schedule, for which students will be held responsible even if they are absent.

Instructor AvailabilityThe instructor is available to meet with students individually on a limited basis, by appointment only.  Contact via email is preferred and encouraged.  Contact by telephone should be limited to emergencies.  All emails will be answered within 24 hours whenever possible.  The instructor will not give legal advice to students or discuss personal legal questions, other than for purposes of illustrating or explaining the subject matter of the course.

Communication by E-mailCommunication between the instructor and students will be primarily in person during class sessions.  Announcements, assignments and any changes to the syllabus and/or schedule will also be posted on the instructor’s website (williammoffitt.educatorpages.com).  In addition, the instructor may need to communicate with students via e-mail to advise of changes in the class schedule or assignment due dates.  Emails will be sent to students at the email address on file with the registrar.  You must have a current, functioning email account and provide your email address to the registrar for inclusion in the class roster.  Students are responsible for any information communicated by the instructor via email.  Not having a current email account is not an excuse for missing an email notification from the instructor.  All messages sent via email will be presumed to have been received by the intended recipient.

If you do not own a computer, the school makes computers available at the Success Centers and at the Library.  If you do not have an email account, there are free email services available to everyone, such as Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail and others.  



Points Distribution:

Weekly Quizzes                                     70 points

Midterm                                              150 points

Final Exam                                          150 points

Class Participation                                30 points


                                                Total:  400 points

How Points and Percentages Equate to Grades:

97-100%          A+                   386-400 points

93-96%            A                     370-385 points

90-92%            A-                    358-369 points

87-89%            B+                   346-357 points

83-86%            B                     330-345 points

80-82%            B-                    318-329 points

77-79%            C+                   306-317 points

70-76%            C                     278-305 points

67-69%            D+                   266-277 points

63-66%            D                     250-265 points

60-62%            D-                    238-249 points

0-59%              F                         0-237 points

Example:  To achieve a passing grade of “C” in this class, you will need at least 70% of 400 points, or 278 points.

WithdrawalIf you choose to withdraw from class, it is your responsibility to take the proper steps to do so.  Failure to properly withdraw from class may result in a failing grade.  The following information is provided for your convenience only.  Do not rely on it – confirm all dates and deadlines for yourself.  The last day to drop class without receiving a “W” grade is September 4, 2017.  The last day to drop class with a “W” grade is October 27, 2017.  After October 27, students can no longer withdraw from class. 




Date                                        Lecture                                                           Quiz


August              15                   General Introduction and Chapter 1                None

                        22                   Chapters 2 and 3                                            Chapter 1

                        29                   Chapter 4                                                      Chapters 2 and 3


September         5                    Chapter 6                                                      Chapter 4

                        12                   Chapter 7                                                      Chapter 6

                        19                   Chapter 8                                                      Chapter 7

                        26                   Chapter 22                                                    Chapter 8


October             3                    Review for Midterm Exam                              Chapter 22

                        10                   MIDTERM EXAM (150 points)

                        17                   Chapters 9 and 10                                          None

                        24                   Chapters 11 and 12                                        Chapters 9 and 10

                        31                   Chapter 13                                                    Chapters 11 and 12


November         7                     Chapter 14                                                    Chapter 13

                        14                   Chapter 15                                                    Chapter 14

                        21                   Chapter 17                                                    Chapter 15

                        28                   Chapter 18                                                    Chapter 17


December          5                    Review for Final Exam                                   Chapter 18

                        12                   FINAL EXAM (150 points) 7:45 p.m.


ALL make-up quizzes for chapters 1-8 & 22 must completed on or before October 3.   

No exceptions!

ALL make-up quizzes for chapters 9-18 must completed on or before December 5.  

No exceptions!


*The above schedule is subject to change.  This syllabus is subject to change.  Changes will be announced in class in advance, whenever possible, and by email.  It is each student’s responsibility to be aware of such changes.




Chaffey College Success CentersThe Chaffey College Success Centers offer free tutoring, computer access and academic support for all Chaffey students.  Students are welcome to make an appointment or drop in.  For more information about the Fontana Success Center, call (909) 652-7408. 

Student NeedsIf you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact me or the Disability Programs & Services (DPS) office at (909) 652-6379 soon as possible.  Please be sure to allow adequate time to arrange an appropriate accommodation.  The DPS website is http://www.chaffey.edu/dps.

Classroom BehaviorPlease be considerate of the others in the class.  Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.  Repeated offenses of disruptive behavior will be cause for disciplinary action and/or deduction of points.  Out of consideration for others, please turn off or silence your cell phones, pagers or other communication devices before class begins, and refrain from texting or other use of these devices during class time.


CheatingCheating is defined by the Chaffey College Student Disciplinary Procedures as “utilizing dishonest means to meet course requirements.”  Cheating will not be tolerated.  Any student caught cheating will receive an automatic F for that exam, quiz or assignment.  At the discretion of the professor, a report of the incident may also be filed for disciplinary review.


PlagiarismPlagiarism is defined by the Chaffey College Student Disciplinary Procedures as “a misrepresentation of published ideas or words of another as one’s own.”  Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  Any student caught plagiarizing will receive an automatic F for that exam, paper, or presentation.  At the discretion of the professor, a report of the incident may also be filed for disciplinary review.  The professor’s suggestion to avoid plagiarism: when in doubt, CITE.