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BUS-211 - Business Law - Gary Collis

Course:Business Law
Professor:Gary Collis
  • Online
  • Hybrid
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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My name is Gary Collis.  I will be your professor if you enroll in Business 211.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law.  I practiced law in Los Angeles for 20 years before joining the COC faculty full time.  I love spending time with family and friends, studying history and politics, exercising, and hanging out with my two (very talkative) cats.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the legal environment in which business operates in the United States.  You will learn about the critical role that law plays in our market economy.  We will study constitutional law, torts, business crimes, contracts, business organizations, and other legal topics.

What to Expect in this Course

It’s important for all those seeking a career in business to have a basic understanding of business-related laws to enable strong decision-making.  A large body of law applies exclusively, or nearly so, to business activities.  Businesses need these laws to define unacceptable behavior, to provide certainty and stability, to protect the public, and to provide a mechanism for businesses to resolve disputes.  This course is designed to make business students - our country's future business managers, owners, employees, and executives - aware of the vast range of legal issues that arise daily in the operation of any business.

Types of Assessments

Assessments in this class may consist of online discussions, weekly assignments, digital homework, and exams/quizzes. 

Before enrolling in the course, please be aware that I may utilize anti-cheating, virtual exam proctoring software in this class.  This means that you will be required to complete online exams through Canvas using the Google Chrome web browser and a functioning web camera.   

Also, be aware that students are required to complete all exams on a desktop or a laptop computer.  You may not use a phone, a tablet, or a similar mobile device, for exams.  All students have free access to desktop computers on both COC's Valencia and Canyon Country campuses in the libraries, learning centers, and in the ASG computer lab (on the Valencia campus). 

Textbook Information

The textbook is titled Roger LeRoy Miller, Business Law Today: Comprehensive Edition Text and Cases (13th Edition).

In addition to the textbook, we will also use MindTap, our textbook publisher’s online learning platform.  MindTap is an engaging website, which we will access through links that I have placed into Canvas, on which you will read the e-book, view videos, perform exercises, and complete graded assignments.  You must purchase access to MindTap to pass the course.    

I strongly recommend buying the class materials from COC's bookstore to ensure that you're buying the correct product.

Other Relevant Course Information

Competency in the use of Canvas, COC's learning management system, is required to succeed in this class.  Students will submit all assignments through Canvas.  When students contact me for help with Canvas, I will frequently send a link to the Canvas Student Guides to help students identify and overcome technical challenges on their own.  Since I am not a computer expert and cannot solve technical problems from a distance, I will also direct students to COC's and Canvas's help desks for detailed assistance.  

Before deciding to enroll in this course, I urge you to visit the WEBSITE that I've created for this course to learn a lot more about it! 


Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

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.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 09/19/2023 Sub#: 842