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BUS-211 - Business Law - Robert Johnson

Course:Business Law
Professor:Robert Johnson
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to Business Law 211. The course is 100% online, so all assignments will be completed over the internet. As well, your book is free and provided to you via our Canvas site.

Course Description

In this course, we will learn about the foundations of the American legal system, and particularly how legal principles affect the conduct of business.  We will cover key legal areas, such as contracts, banking transactions and business organizations. As well, we will explore emerging areas of business law, including e-commerce. Our goal is twofold:  first, we want to learn basic legal principles that affect business; second, we want to understand how to identify potential legal concerns as they affect business. In learning, we will use objective assessments (multiple choice), discussion boards, case problems and written research and analysis to measure success.

What to Expect in this Course

To participate in class, you will need:

  • Access to a computer with a minimum of 56 kbps connection (Broadband recommended) with either Internet Explorer 5.0 or Mozilla Firefox;
  • Microsoft Windows 95 or higher with Microsoft Word;
  • Access to Canvas and PowerPoint;
  • Familiarity with the above programs (if not, please consider enrolling in COUNS 070)

Textbook Information

The textbooks and all materials for this class are included for you on our Canvas site. You do not need to purchase any materials. Free links will be provided to you through your course site. You will have the option to purchase hard copies of the text if you choose, but are encouraged to try the free online version first (you can print out select pages as you wish).

Other Relevant Course Information

You will need to log in at least three times a week to keep up with your assignments, announcements, discussions and other postings. Subject to the time frames set in the Syllabus (e.g., you will have one week to complete exams), you may log in at any time you wish There are no group assignments, but you will communicate asynchronously (not necessarily at the same time) with your classmates.

Please note also that there is no final exam, but there will be multiple chapter exams each week. If you cannot devote the time needed of at least three to four hours per chapter—including discussion, homework assignment and quiz--you may want to reconsider.

This class uses Canvas, and you are required to take the Canvas orientation at More information will be posted at the start of class.

A Syllabus and other detailed information will be available on the Canvas site for the course on the first day of class. As you will read on our course site, I encourage you to contact me immediately with any questions or concerns. I will make every effort to respond to your message within 24 hours. If you have a question, please ask. Do not hesitate to call me directly either.

If you have a disability that may prevent you from fully participating in this class, please let me know immediately. If you are not sure whether an online class is right for you, call me. All inquiries are confidential.

Finally, I have been teaching law courses online for 15 years. In that time, I have seen a number of students do very well in an online format, while others have struggled. Why do students thrive, while others fall behind? There are two keys to success beyond mastery of the subject. First, make a schedule and stick with it. Since we do not meet as a class, you are directly responsible for keeping yourself on track to complete the work. I will prod you if you fall behind, but the responsibility ultimately rests with you (students also tell me the development of personal responsibility is one of benefits of online courses). Second, ask questions. Do not get lost in cyberspace. I cannot see a puzzled look on your face when you are online. If you have a question or concern, you must communicate it to me. I have tried to anticipate and answer many of your potential concerns, but new questions arise. Ask me!

Good luck in class. I look forward to seeing you online.

Robert K. Johnson, J.D.

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.


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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 757