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Bus 211-56897, 56898 - Business Law - Susan Gilbert

Course:Business Law
Professor:Susan Gilbert
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


I have been teaching at College of the Canyons for the past 12 years, and am a licensed California attorney with over 20 years experience in the fields of business, civil litigation, torts, contracts, estate planning and government administration.  Former students have described me as having a very dry sense of humor, no-nonsense, and being very passionate about the law.  I am tough but fair and expect students to be self-motivated and put in the work necessary to succeed in the course.  The law is not an easy subject and requires students to be diligent in reading the assigned textbook chapters, submitting homework on time (I don't accept late assignments), and completing online exams on time.  This is not a course where you can sometimes show up at a Zoom session and/or sometimes submit a homework assignment and get a passing grade.  The vast majority of students who do not pass are the ones who don't do the assignments and/or who don't show up for the live Zoom sessions.  Please note that attendance at the live Zoom sessions is a required part of this course and is crucial to your success, and if you can't devote the time to attend the Zoom sessions, then you should seek another alternative.  With that being said, if you stick with the class, you will develop new skills, specifically, how to critically think and how to spot issues in a given business case scenario.  These skills are practical and will serve you well in the business world.

Course Description

Topics covered in business law include, but are not limited to, the following: the law and legal reasoning, constitutional law, ethics, the court system, torts, warranties and product liability, criminal law, contracts, third party rights, agency, employment, employment discrimination, corporate entities, and administrative law.

What to Expect in this Course

Weekly work load averages about 2 to 4 hours (reading the assigned chapters and doing the homework).  As to technology, students must have a reliable computer that has a webcam and a microphone (so students can participate in the live Zoom lectures).  Student's computers should also have a good browser, such as Google Chrome.

Students must also be aware that in order to upload documents to Canvas (for example, a homework assignment), the document must be saved in either a pdf or a doc.x format, otherwise Canvas cannot read the document.  If Canvas cannot read the document, then neither can I, and if I can't read the document, then it is not graded.    

For this course, there are a total of three online exams, objective in nature, consisting of 50 true/false and multiple choice questions.  There are approximately 10 homework assignments and 2 separate writing assignments.

Types of Assessments

Assessments consist of online exams, written homework assignments and writing assignments.

Textbook Information

The textbook is Business Law Today, 13th Edition, Comprehensive Edition (Text & Cases) by Roger Leroy Miller.  The publisher is Cengage and they usually add Mindtap materials or a Mindtap access code. These materials are included in the price charged by the school bookstore.  Please note I do NOT use the Mindtap materials and I do NOT have a Mindtap access code.  Any questions about the price of the textbook, availability, or whether it can be purchased with just the book and not the Mindtap materials, should be directed to the college bookstore.

Student should also be aware that there may be several different 13th Editions being sold on the market from other vendors.  Students are encouraged to purchase the book directly from College of the Canyons bookstore and not from other vendors because the chapters may not match up or the material may be different from what I have.  

Other Relevant Course Information

Please note that I do not add students who are on a waitlist (or those who want to "crash" the course) before the class starts.  Accordingly, please do not email me asking, begging, or pleading to be added prior to the start of the semester.    If the class is full (at 35 students) and you are on the waitlist, you will not be added unless another student who is on the roster drops the class.     

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: 06/01/2021 Sub#: 136