Commercial Law (BLAW7314WB_217) | Online

               . . . introduce graduate students in business and accounting to commercial law, bailments,
agency, business organizations, securities law, bankruptcy and security interests  … 
Prerequisite: BMBA8009, Legal Studies PQ

Stillman’s Mission

… is to enrich each student’s life through an ethics-centered education focusing on transforming concepts into business practice.

Welcome To The Course

Welcome to Commercial Law. This is your course syllabus. I will update this syllabus if I add something to the course or if something unexpected intervenes … like a hurricane or blizzard. It is your responsibility to remain current on course assignments and materials by reviewing this syllabus regularly for updates.

The course will launch on Monday, June 5th and conclude on Saturday, July 22nd. You should review this syllabus, the calendar and the other materials included in this site carefully. You will find answers to any questions about the course when you review the rest of the information included on this site.

Information about the several deliverables that you must complete before we begin is available here. Please complete these deliverables at least 48 hours before we launch our course.

Please remember that this is an online course. This course is designed to be completed on an asynchronous basis, i.e., there are no scheduled class meetings, either F2F or online. Since online learning is significantly different from traditional F2F learning please review the materials located here before you decide to continue your enrollment in this course.

Please DM me in Teams if you have any questions after you’ve reviewed the site and this syllabus.

Introduction To The Course

This course is designed to introduce advanced students of business, and potential candidates who will sit for the CPA exam at the MBA or Masters’ level with certain advanced legal concepts as they relate to the business environment and commercial law.

Contact Me

Professor John H. Shannon

  • Office: 651 Jubilee Hall
  • Email: john DOT shannon AT shu DOT edu
  • Office Hours: By appointment only

Since we will not have any scheduled class meetings we can schedule a video conference if you have any questions. We will use Teams, rather than email, for course communications. Please DM me in Teams with some days/times when you are available and we will set up a meeting.

What Should You Expect?

The subject matter will review contract law and examine sales (Article 2); buyer’s and seller’s remedies under the common law and UCC; bailments (leases of commercial/personal property); agency law and a review of business organizations (liability and taxation); an introduction to securities law; bankruptcy; and security interests. You will have a better sense of my perspective on learning environments after you read the page on Teaching and Learning.

Learning Objectives

Course activities are designed to permit students to demonstrate the extent of knowledge learned in all subject areas, based on material covered in each module and learned through assignments. You will find the course learning objectives described in detail in the individual modules in the Course Schedule.

Required Course Materials

We will use Commercial Law, a McGraw-Hill custom edition built for this course. The eBook is available for purchase on-line here. The ISBN number is 9781307041644.

Please purchase the eBook before Monday, June 5, 2017.

Additional Materials

I may assign additional materials for use in our course. I will post links to those materials in advance in the Course Schedule. Please check regularly for updates.


Since this is an online course you have carefully reviewed the information at Online Courses. Your participation in this course will require you to engage with several different digital platforms. Our primary communication and collaboration platform will be Teams. If you need to reach me or have a question, please DM in Teams. We use Teams for our video conversations, when necessary. If you have a question that will require an extended discussion, I prefer to schedule a video conference so that we can share content during the discussion. You will complete all of your quizzes and exams in Blackboard. You will use resources as varied as a search engine (GoogleDuckDuckGo or Bing) as well as those available from our own Walsh Library. If you are unfamiliar with any of the platforms we will use for this course, visit Teams and Blackboard to review their tutorials.

You are responsible for “figuring it out” when it comes to the “how to” aspects of a project. If you don’t know how to do something … “Google” it!

Before We Begin

We will launch on Monday, June 5th and conclude on Saturday, July 22nd. We will begin work on the second module of the course on Wednesday, June 7th.

Microsoft Teams

We will use Teams to support our course communications needs this semester. Teams is part of the Microsoft Office 365 Suite. Teams is an online chat/collaboration tool that allows for text-based chatting, video conferencing and/or audio calls. Teams is associated with your SHU-issued account and authenticates via your SHU network credentials.

You can access Teams from a desktop browser. Since Internet Explorer does not play well with Blackboard, or this site, I suggest that you use either Firefox or Chrome as your browser for all of your coursework. You will access Teams, part of the Office365 suite, using your login to PirateNet … by entering your <shortname> for the username (i.e., and your current SHU network password.


Click Outlook … 

Click apps access … 

Click Teams … 

Download the the Teams desktop client by clicking “Download” in the upper left corner of your browser … 

Please download and install the the Teams mobile apps that are available in the App Store appropriate to your device. Be sure to install the Teams apps to your Mac, PC and mobile devices before our course launches. You will need to keep your Teams access live on all of your devices so that we can fully integrate the platform into our learning environment.

Please install and test Teams no later than 48 hours before we our course launches.

Introduce yourself

Complete this deliverable by posting to the Introductions channel in Teams.

Wave HelloIntroduce yourself to your classmates in the Introductions channel in Slack. In your post, please address the following topics or anything about yourself that you would like to share with the class so that we can get to know you better.

  • What degree and concentration are you pursuing?
  • When do anticipate completing your degree?
  • What are your professional affiliation(s)?
  • Hobbies and interests?

Post your Introduction to the Introductions channel in Teams no later than 48 hours before we begin.

Learning Contract

Complete this deliverable by posting to the Learning Contract channel in Teams.

Please read through the materials included in this site including your course syllabus, deliverables, schedule and plagiarism. Once you Student Learning Khave completed your review, post in the Learning Contract channel in Teams that you have reviewed and understand these materials, including the plagiarism policy, your course’s requirements and your agreement to act in accord with those policies and requirements while enrolled in our course.

Post your agreement to the terms of the Learning Contract in the Learning Contract channel in Teams no later than 48 hours before we begin.

Media Test

You will work with a variety of different file types while working in our course. Please test the files below to view a sample video (with sound) and open a .PDF file.

Sample video/sound | ePirate Flyer

If neither work, you will need to install the appropriate software. Click theses links to find downloads for VLC Video Player and Adobe Reader.

Please complete these items as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before our course launches so that we can begin work on Module 2 on Wednesday, June 7th.