Legal Studies (LGST) 369

Commercial Law (Revision 9)

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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 - 267KB)

Frequently Asked Questions

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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, Litigation, and Risk Management
  • Unit 2: Tort Law – Introduction and Intentional Torts
  • Unit 3: Tort Law – Torts Affecting Business and Negligence
  • Unit 4: Contract Law – Formation, Consideration and Privity
  • Unit 5: Contract Law – Contractual Terms and Defects
  • Unit 6: Contract Law – Discharge, Breach, and Remedies
  • Unit 7: Special Contracts – Sale of Goods and Negotiable Instruments
  • Unit 8: Real Property, Sales, and Mortgages
  • Unit 9: Personal and Intellectual Property
  • Unit 10: Business Organizations – Agency and Partnerships
  • Unit 11: Business Organizations – Corporations
  • Unit 12: Secured Transactions and Creditors’ Rights
  • Unit 13: Employment Law

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. Explain the basic principles of Canadian tort, contract and property law, and describe the common forms of business organization in Canada.
  3. Analyze factual situations and identify legal problems which might arise from them to avoid problems if possible.
  4. Analyze legal problems and apply problem solving techniques to identify possible responses and choose from among them.
  5. Identify and evaluate potential legal risks and liabilities from a business perspective.
  6. Use this knowledge and these skills to assert and protect rights and interests, seeking and instructing professional help when necessary.


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 6
Assignment 3 10% After Unit 8
Assignment 4 10% After Unit 9
Assignment 5 10% After Unit 13
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, M., Kerr, Ian R., and VanDuzer, J. Anthony, (2018). Managing the Law: The Legal Aspects of Doing Business (5th ed.). Toronto: Pearson

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 for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

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 9, Oct 11, 2018.

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