BLAW 2911

Commercial Law

3.0 Credits


Students examine the legal environment in which businesses operate and how common law, provincial and federal government statutes influence decision making. Topics include the legal system and the law relating to torts, contracts, forms of business organization, agency, sale of goods, consumer protection, real estate, intellectual property, and employment.

Delivery Methods

Online, self-paced.

Recommended Requisites

ENGL 1101: Composition

Exclusion Requisites

BBUS 3930: Commercial Law

BBUS 3931: Business Law

BLAW 2910: Commercial Law

TMGT 2250: Hospitality Law


After successfully completing the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the basic origins of Canadian common law, equity, and statute law.
  • Diagram the system of British Columbia courts and Canadian courts.
  • Explain the differences between intentional and unintentional torts and the legal remedies available to successful plaintiffs.
  • Describe the elements that make a contract valid and enforceable, the ways in which a contract may be discharged, and the remedies available for breach of contract.
  • Discuss with examples the forms of business organizations and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • Apply rules from sale of goods legislation to determine when title to goods passes to a buyer.
  • Identify seller activities designed to drive up prices of goods or services, cause price discrimination or unduly lessen competition.
  • Explain how mortgages, conditional sale agreements and other security instruments protect creditor investments and creditors' rights upon default.
  • Describe estates and lesser interests in land under land titles legislation and the Torrens system.
  • Specify types of remedies available to a plaintiff under environmental common law cases and why legislation is required to address pollution causing more fundamental environmental damage.
  • Explain patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial design and general registration procedures.
  • Describe the effect of contract law on the employer-employee relationship.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Law and the Legal System
  • Unit 2: Tort Law--Intentional Torts
  • Unit 3: Tort Law--Unintentional Torts
  • Unit 4: Formation of a Valid Contract
  • Unit 5: Enforceability of Contractual Rights
  • Unit 6: Performance and Breach of Contract
  • Unit 7: Sole Proprietorship, Agency and Partnership
  • Unit 8: Corporation Law
  • Unit 9: Sale of Goods and Consumer Protection Law
  • Unit 10: Real Estate Law
  • Unit 11: Intellectual Property - Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Franchising Law
  • Unit 12: Employment Law

Course Duration

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

Note: Students enrolling in this course will need to source the following textbook on their own:

Willes, John A., John H. Willes. Fundamentals of Canadian Business Law. 2nd ed. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 2008.
Type: ISBN: 9780070961371

Additional Requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.

Open Learning Faculty Member

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1: Critical Analysis Journal Part I 8%
Assignment 2: Finding and Citing Canadian Laws 10%
Assignment 3: Discovering Laws Around You 12%
Assignment 4: Critical Analysis Journal Part II 15%
Assignment 5: Critical Analysis Journal Part III 15%
Final Examination * 40%
Total 100%

* Mandatory