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Bus Law 211 - Principals of Business Law - Donna Brown-Hardnett

Course:Principals of Business Law
Professor:Donna Brown-Hardnett
  • HyFlex
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  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Professor Brown-Hardnett,Esq

Welcome!  My name is Professor Donna Brown-Hardnett. I love all things having to do with innovation, entrepreneurship, and business law.  I am retired with 34 years of combined experience working in corporations and government advising CEO's and other C-Suite executives on how to manage operations of large entities. Myu specialty is reviewing  business plans and operating reports to provide feedback to executive leadership on how to run organizational systems, resources and people at the highest level.  Over the years I have reviewed the operations of hundreds of organizations, and I have examined the processes from top to bottom. I have served to  plan strategic objectives, facilitate transitions, and oversee both compliance with regulations, as well as oversight in resolving  complex problems 

Course Description

In this course you can expect to learn how to navigate your way through life and business as a professional and a corporate leader. We will explore the origins of law and the role it plays in facilitating business, societal values, and order in the modern world. We will explore the origins of our legal system and our evolution,  We will discuss exactly what set us apart from governments in other countries. We will discuss the ways that both natural and positive law have impacted the evolution of our countries legal system.

At the end of this course you can expect to have gained considerable insights into the mindsets of us corporations, government entities, and the propesity of man in a democracy based upon capitalist principles. The subjects that we swill explore include studies of constitutional law, civil p[roceure law, criminal, torts,property, contracts, the uniform commercial act, agency, partnerships, corporations..

When you have completed this course you should be able to express logical arguments based upon settled legal theory for your position on any of the legal subjectas thst we have discussed.

What to Expect in this Course

What to Expect in this course.  You can expect lots of reading, analysis, group collaborations, and participation on platforms to share your well reasoned views.  This is 100% online course. All assignments and files will be posted online. With hyperlinks to the materials that you might need to access. In this class your participation ibn any and all group discussions online is essential. It is also esssential that you stay current with the reading as it is assigned. Test quesions are generally taken from the reading material, and teh questions or comments that are sentin the discussion threads. You will also be re1uired to take notes each week ond share with me what you have learned. I ask that you do assignbed reading anbdwork with a mindet toward identifying topics and hypothetical questions that you feel might be a good way to test knowledge of the cnepts we are covering online, in a test instead.  We will have weekly disucssions on each of the assigned chapters. Your success will be dependent on your ability to keep up witht he assigned reading, and 

Types of Assessments

Proctored online midterm, final, quizes, online discussion boards and written assignments.


Textbook Information

This course uses a ZTC FREE text book. For instructions on how to access and download please click the followin g link:

Additional Resources


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Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 05/11/2023 Sub#: 1577