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Course Description

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This course introduces students to statutory and common law concerning business and consumer transactions. An overview of the laws of contracts and torts forms the basis of business and producer/consumer relationships. Discussion topics include sale of goods and consumer protection legislation; debtor-creditor relations; competition law; intellectual property rights and manufacturers' product liability.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • describe the structure of the Anglo-Canadian judiciary system and its inter-relationship with the Canadian legislative process
  • explain the law of tort and the various legal duties owed in a free and democratic society and various business torts
  • describe the law as applicable to the formation, maintenance, and ending of contractual relationships
  • define and state consumer protection and debtor/creditor laws including sale of goods and bankruptcy
  • describe the laws applying to employer/employee relations including master and servant, agencies, and the rights and responsibilities of the parties
  • classify the types of business organization and the processes, rights, and responsibilities for each
  • identify legal considerations affecting personal and intellectual property rights; and understanding real property
  • explain the law of agency as it relates to corporate law, and as it relates to employment law

Course Topics

  • Canadian legal system
  • Litigation process
  • Law of torts
  • Contracts
  • Marketing and consumer protection
  • Banking and debtor/creditor relationships
  • Employment
  • Business organization
  • Personal and intellectual property
  • Insurance
  • Real estate law

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 4.00 credits

Restriction(s): Registration in BCOMM. program, BA:BADM minor, or BA:EURS area of emphasis in European Business Studies. This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods. Please contact the department for more information.


Assessment Item Weight
Contract Law "mini-excercise" 5%
Quizzes 15%
Current Event Assignment/Discussion 10%
Reading Summary 10%
Zoom Small Groups 15%
Group Assignment 15%
Online Final Exam 30%
Total 100%

* Students must pass the Final Exam to pass this online course.


Additional Technical Requirements

This course uses Zoom as a video communication tool. A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. In order to use Zoom, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  2. Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  3. A webcam or HD webcam - built-in or USB plug-in

This course will use the Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. In order to use Respondus LockDown Browser and Monitor, you must meet the following technical requirements:

  1. Operating Systems: Windows 10, 8, 7; Mac OS X 10.10 or higher.
  2. Memory: Windows 2 GB RAM; Mac 512 MB RAM.
  3. For Mac users: Safari must function properly on the computer.
  4. Mac users must have Adobe Flash Player installed to Safari, even if a different browser is normally used.
  5. Functioning webcam and microphone. The webcam and microphone can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. (You will be required to do an environment scan of your room, so please ensure you can move your computer, laptop or webcam for this scan.)
  6. A broadband Internet connection. It is recommended that you access the Internet via a wired connection.

Technical Requirements

You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary system requirements. Use the browser check tool to ensure your browser settings are compatible and up to date (results will be displayed in a new browser window).

*Course details are subject to change.


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Section Title
Business and Consumer Law
January 11, 2021 to April 12, 2021
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,748.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Note: This is an online textbook with several online features and platforms. The quiz component of the grade in this course would be administered through the Revel software platform.

Section Materials
  • e-book (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Revel for Business Law in Canada (eText with Revel Access card) by Yates, Bereznicki-Korol, Clarke, Palmer © 2019 Pearson Education 12th edition ISBN 9780135307038
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