BLW513 The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business


This syllabus contains the Lesson Assignments for the above-referenced course.

This course highlights the legal and regulatory environment in which people and companies conduct business activities. The goal is to equip students for the legal, ethical and diversity implications of a diverse business world so their decisions are made with knowledge to keep them from avoidable litigation.

Expected Student Learning Outcomes

Through successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Provide a thorough and comprehensive view of the legal environment of business.
  • Demonstrate strategic ethical decision making.
  • Incorporate diversity issues when making business decisions.
  • Explain administrative law as the basis for business regulations.
  • Provide an overview of contracts, torts, property, business crimes, transactions and bankruptcy.
  • Explain various forms of business organizations and the employment and labor laws that apply.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of intellectual property, environmental law, and international law.

Required Text:

The Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business in a Diverse Society (1st Edition)
by Bennett-Alexander & Harrison
ISBN: 9780073524924
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2012

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  • Read professional journals and periodicals.
  • Participate in the course discussion forums, and learn from the experience and knowledge of your faculty mentor and fellow students.
  • If possible, form a relationship with someone who works in an area related to your course. Explain that you would like to obtain their insights and perspectives from time to time.

Academic Engagement

Each academic course at William Howard Taft University is assigned a semester unit value equivalent to the commonly accepted and traditionally defined units of academic measurement in accredited institutions. Credit-bearing courses are measured by the learning outcomes normally achieved through 45 hours of student work for one-semester unit. For example, a course with a value of 3 semester units would require a typical student to commit 135 hours of academic engagement and preparation to complete the course requirements.

Lesson Assignments

This course contains a number of lesson assignments. Work through the lessons one at a time. Unless otherwise instructed, you should complete all assignments for a particular lesson in one WORD document.
When you complete all of the assignments in a lesson, submit it to the faculty for grading and feedback. Submit only one lesson at a time, completing them in sequence. Continue on to the next lesson, but be sure to incorporate any feedback received on previous lessons into your subsequent assignments – if necessary.

Final examination procedures are set forth in the Student Handbook.


Unless otherwise instructed, Lesson Assignments should be prepared in Microsoft Word® using the Times New Roman font, 12 point, single space, double space between paragraphs. Each page must be numbered and your last name and student number included on the upper left hand corner of each page.

Your lesson assignment responses should be evidenced from the course textbook and/or from peer-reviewed sources not more than 5 years old. In general, Wikipedia is not a professionally-reviewed resource and should not be used as an assignment reference. You must cite your references so that readers can verify your conclusions, and easily determine what is your work, and what is paraphrased or taken directly from other sources. Failure to give credit for the work of others in your assignments and writing projects constitutes plagiarism.

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Academic Integrity

It is the policy of the University that any student found guilty of cheating and/or plagiarism will be subject to immediate dismissal from the University. All students are required to sign a Coursework Certification Form for each course. This form is provided as a link in the last lesson of each course.


Your grade will be influenced by the accuracy of your research and the quality of your writing. The extent of research necessary will vary from assignment to assignment. In most cases, your work product should not simply consist of quoting from the assigned text.

When grading your assignments, the faculty will consider three general components:

  1. A demonstrated understanding of the material and the learning objectives.
  2. Your ability to articulate, synthesize and analyze the concepts and issues presented in the material.
  3. Clear and logical composition supported by examples and appropriate references.

The final grade for the course is determined by the sum of each of the grades in the Lesson Assignments. Each of the lesson assignments is weighted equally in determining your grade for the course. Total Possible Points = 800 (100 Points per lesson).

Grade GPA Percentage
A 4.00 90-100 (Outstanding)
A- 3.67 88-89
B+ 3.33 84-87
B 3.00 80-83 (Satisfactory)
B- 2.67 78-79
C+ 2.33 74-77
C 2.00 70-73 (Passing but below the standard accepted in graduate study)
C- 1.67 68-69
D+ 1.33 64-67
D 1.00 60-63 (Does not meet standard for graduate study, coursework must be repeated for credit)
D- 0.67 59
F <0.67 58 or below (Failure)

Faculty Advisors will Refer to the Following Grading Rubric When Evaluating Your Assignments:

If at any time you desire additional feedback, you should contact your faculty advisor directly via email. Feel free to ask questions about course progress, grades, etc., at any time, and remember that the faculty and administration are interested in helping you learn and succeed.

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