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 Welcome to BUS 218 (CRN # 32672)

Spring Semester 2019

January 22 –May 24

Dear Student:

Welcome to distance education at Cuesta College and the online version of Business Law 218. My name is Willis Baughman and I will be your instructor for this course. This letter is to inform you of some of the important details prior to the start of this course.

Contact information

Instructor: Willis Baughman

Email Address: willis_baughman@cuesta.edu

Office Location/ Hours: Business Education Office Building #4300, By Appointment Only, Part-time instructor office.

Required Text:  Miller, Roger L. (2017).  Business Law Today, Comprehensive Edition (11th Ed.), with Mindtap.  Available at the Cuesta Bookstore. https://bookstore.cuesta.org/

Instructor Contact Expectations: The best and fastest way to contact me is email. I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only. During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours. On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response.

Course Environment: This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:

Classes start January 22, 2019 and continue through May 24, 2019. The exact date for the final exam will be announced in the course syllabus.

You will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address  providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content.

You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing https://cuesta.instructure.com/ into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after January 22, 2019 and need assistance please email me or technical support at support@my.cuesta.edu.

Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more, on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend at least 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class!

Course Description

Business Law 218 offers legal knowledge concerning business and business relationships with emphasis on the laws of torts, property, contracts, agency, business organizations, and sales. It also includes a study of the nature and background of American law, court systems, and court procedures. Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 156. Transfer: CSU; UC.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (“SLO’s”):

  1. Identify the different sources and types of American law and demonstrate how American law is created, changed, and classified.
  2. Distinguish between the ethical and social responsibilities in the field of business that are imposed by law versus by custom.
  3. Use the IRAC (Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion) method to analyze legal cases.
  4. Describe the federal and state court systems along with court procedures such as litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures such as mediation and arbitration and the use of these procedures in resolving business disputes.
  5. Differentiate among the different areas of substantive law relevant to business such as, contract law, tort law, the law of agency, property law, and the law covering the formation and operation of business entities. Be able to describe the impact these areas of the law have on the field of business.
  6. Apply the knowledge acquired in this course to make legal and business decisions based on reasoned analysis and application of legal principles.

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu.

 If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome. This may solve your problem! Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specifications at: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/faqs_technical.html


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources, please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148 or http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/dsps/index.html

 College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy:  In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conduct at: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/admissions_records/code_of_conduct.pdf

Add / Drop Policy: I will not add students after week 1 of the course.  In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for drops:

Waitlist Policy: In addition to my course specific procedures, please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructions: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/Waitlist.html


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