Legal Studies (LGST) 369

Commercial Law (Revision 8)

LGST 369 Course website

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies
(Business and Administrative Studies)

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

LGST 369 has a Challenge for Credit option by way of an examination.

Detailed Syllabus and Assessment Information (PDF - 164KB)

Frequently Asked Questions

If your questions are not answered above, contact the course professor: Archie Zariski.

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LGST 369 Commercial Law is a three-credit course at Athabasca University. This course is designed to inform business people and those dealing with businesses of the core legal principles, laws, and institutions which govern trade and commerce in Canada. It will help business people to anticipate and, if possible, avoid legal problems, and to know when to seek legal advice. Consumers and customers will learn about their legal rights. This course supports efforts to make the commercial laws of Canada understandable and responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens. Commercial Law will assist everyone to understand and make use of the law in pursuing their legitimate interests.


  • Unit 1: The Canadian Legal System and Litigation
  • Unit 2: Business Organizations Part 1 – Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships
  • Unit 3: Business Organizations Part 2 – Corporations
  • Unit 4: Tort Law Part 1 – Introduction and Intentional Torts
  • Unit 5: Tort Law Part 2 – Negligence and Other Torts
  • Unit 6: Contract Law Part 1 – Creation of Contracts and Contractual Terms
  • Unit 7: Contract Law Part 2 – Discharge and Breach of Contract
  • Unit 8: Bailment of Goods and Law of Agency
  • Unit 9: Real Property and Mortgages
  • Unit 10: Intellectual Property
  • Unit 11: Sale of Goods
  • Unit 12: Information, Privacy, and Information Technology

Learning Outcomes

After completing LGST 369 you should be able to:

  1. explain the structure of the Canadian legal system and describe common legal processes
  2. describe the difference between contractual and non-contractual liability and assess fact situations in relation to both forms of liability
  3. describe the key components of a contract and explain how it may be formed, discharged and breached
  4. identify and evaluate potential legal risks and liabilities from a business perspective
  5. analyze factual situations in order to identify legal issues and problems which may arise from them
  6. analyze legal problems and apply problem solving techniques to list and describe possible responses to them
  7. use this knowledge and these skills to assert and protect rights and interests


To receive credit for LGST 369, you must complete five assignments and an examination, achieving an overall course grade of “D” (50 percent) or better and a passing mark of 50 percent or better on the final examination.

Activity Credit Weight Date Due
Assignment 1 10% After Unit 3
Assignment 2 10% After Unit 5
Assignment 3 10% After Unit 7
Assignment 4 10% After Unit 9
Assignment 5 10% After Unit 11
Final Examination 50% After All Units
Total 100%  

Final Exam: The final examination is worth 50% of your total course mark. In order to pass this course you must obtain a mark of 50% or higher on the exam. It is a closed book 3 hour exam written in person on a computer at an authorized testing center.

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

McInnes, Kerr, & Vanduzer. Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business (4th ed.)

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other learning resources will be available online.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the LGST 369 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination. A letter grade will be given based upon the examination mark awarded.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 8, November 19, 2013.

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