Business Law

General Course Information

Days and Times:

MON & WED 5:30 – 6:4

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Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide students with a general introduction to the legal environment that affects individuals, business transactions and business decisions. It is designed to assist students in identifying and minimizing potential areas of legal liability and risk. Students will be introduced to an overview of the Commonwealth Caribbean legal system, the laws and court decisions (case law) which may serve as external constraints on the business transactions/decisions.  The course will focus on key legal principles and concepts as they relate to contract, agency and forms of business organizations.  Students will also consider, in general terms, the policy concerns which inform the interpretation and development of the law.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Identify the general legal principles which may have legal implications for individuals, business transactions and decisions; 
  2. Describe basic legal terminology and concepts as they relate to business; 
  3. Identify and assess any potential legal issues which may materialize either before or during business transactions, and which have the potential to become very costly in terms of seeking legal advice; 
  4. Describe the legal services and advice which may be required of legal experts, as part of the business decision making process; 
  5. Explain the various legal relationships which may exist in the business environment and; 
  6. Identify and explain the legal principles which govern contract, the types of business organization and employment

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. On completion of this course, students will be able to: identify and evaluate legal issues and risks in the context of business transactions; 
  2. identify and analyze the legal principles applicable to any legal situation involving the focused areas listed;
  3. apply legal reasoning to legal business situations and reason independently, the actual and potential outcome of legal problems;
  4. apply the basic principles of business law to analyzing business decisions, as part of an effective business strategy;
  5. formulate legal arguments based on facts and principles;
  6. express relevant facts, legal principles and arguments in writing and oral presentations.  

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

ISLO-7: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of legal, ethical, and global standards in the management domain.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Text: Sarah Riches and Vida Allen Keenan and Riches’ Business Law, 2013 Eleventh (11th) Edition Pearson Longman

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Supplementary Readings/Resources: Where appropriate, additional reference materials will be placed in the library – or provided during lectures or tutorials.  Students will be advised accordingly.

Course Grading Requirement:

Course Component: Percentage allocated

Class participation (attendance & contribution): 10

In-class assignments/quizzes: 20

Midterm Exam: 20

Group assignments and presentations: 25

Final Exam: 25

TOTAL: 100

Course Requirements:

  1. Prepare for class by doing the necessary readings;
  2. Contribute thoughtful ideas to class discussions and engage in constructive debate;
  3. Conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, including being respectful of the opinions of others;
  4. Listen carefully to instructions given by if you do not understand, ask the instructor and;
  5. Students should bring the text to class at all times, unless instructed otherwise – or all other materials, as directed.

Course Schedule

Week (s)

Topic (s)

Chapter (s) 


Nature and Sources of Law


1 & 2 

pages 3-40 






The Formation of a Contract

  1. Offer & Acceptance 
  2. Intention to create legal relations 
  3. Certainty of terms
  4. Consideration, Promissory Estoppel, Privity of Contract 


pages 234-244

 pages 256-258 

 pages 266-268

pages 244-254





Terms of a Contract 

a) Express and Implied Terms 

b) Exclusion Clauses 



Pages 262 -266

Pages 266-276





Vitiating Factors 

  1. Mistake 
  2. Misrepresentation 




Pages 278-283

Pages 283-288

14 - 15 

Types of Business Organisations 

  1. Unincorporated business structure - Sole Traders & Partnerships  
  2. Incorporated business structures - Limited Liability Companies, External Companies & Non-profit Companies


Pages 483-393

Pages 521-528


FINAL EXAM - week 16


School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.