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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Business Law (6131/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Examining the Foundations of a Legal System

  1. Examine the constitutional basis for federal law and the establishment of Virginia's constitutional laws.
  2. Explain the need for laws.
  3. Differentiate between criminal and civil law.
  4. Describe the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the legal system.
  5. Compare federal, state, and local court systems.
  6. Compare the main sources of law.
  7. Differentiate between ethical and legal behavior.
  8. Describe the legal rights and responsibilities of citizens and non-citizens.
  9. Compare the legal rights and responsibilities of minors and adults.
  10. Identify sources used to enforce the law at the local, state, and federal levels.

Examining Contracts

  1. Explain the six essential elements of a contract.
  2. Analyze the need for a contract.
  3. Compare types of contracts.
  4. Describe the categories of persons who have rights and/or duties under a contract for the benefit of a third party.
  5. Examine the effects of a contract on a minor.
  6. Explain the effects of a breach of contract.
  7. Describe the purpose of the Statute of Frauds.
  8. Explain how the Uniform Commercial Code applies to the sale of goods and interstate commerce.

Examining the Rights and Responsibilities of Consumers

  1. Compare federal agencies that provide consumer protection information.
  2. Identify federal and state laws that afford consumer protection.
  3. Identify the reasons bankruptcy laws were enacted.
  4. Evaluate the impact of relevant laws on insurance requirements.
  5. Identify the laws specifically related to negotiable instruments (e.g., drafts, checks, promissory notes, certificates of deposit).
  6. Describe characteristics of a bailment and the responsibilities of involved parties.
  7. Distinguish between real and personal property.
  8. Describe ways in which real estate can be acquired.
  9. Evaluate mortgage types and interest rates.
  10. Describe the legal aspects of a real estate transaction.
  11. Distinguish between the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants.
  12. Identify the purpose of copyright and patent laws (e.g., tangible and intangible property).

Exploring Criminal Law

  1. Define criminal law.
  2. Explain penalties associated with crimes.
  3. Differentiate between civil and criminal trial procedures.
  4. Compare the purpose and characteristics of juvenile and adult justice systems.
  5. Distinguish among an infraction, a misdemeanor, and a felony.
  6. Identify crimes often associated with businesses and organizations (e.g., embezzlement, extortion, computer crimes).

Exploring Tort Law

  1. Define tort law.
  2. Identify common torts (e.g., assault, battery, defamation, negligence, product liability).
  3. Explain penalties associated with torts.
  4. Identify improper use of business technology and property (e.g., computers, personal digital assistants, cell phones, telephones).

Increasing Awareness of Family/Domestic Law

  1. Explain components of estate planning (e.g., power of attorney, wills, trusts, living wills).
  2. Identify laws regulating marriage.
  3. Identify laws regulating separation and divorce.
  4. Interpret laws that sever the parent-child legal relationship.
  5. Identify situations where legal assistance is advisable.
  6. Locate professional sources for legal advice.

Identifying Concepts in International Law

  1. Compare the American legal system with legal systems in other countries.
  2. Describe the impact of international laws on the U.S. economy.
  3. Describe U.S. citizens' rights and responsibilities when conducting business, traveling, or living abroad.
  4. Examine the impact of international regulations on the environment.

Examining Legal Aspects of Employment

  1. Describe rights and responsibilities of employees and employers.
  2. Identify federal, state, and local laws and agencies dealing with employment.
  3. Examine the ethical basis for laws governing the workplace.
  4. Analyze the process for filing a grievance.
  5. Identify the legal grounds for employee termination.
  6. Examine the legal and historical significance of unions and collective bargaining.

Analyzing Types of Business Organizations

  1. Summarize the legal requirements and the advantages and disadvantages of a sole proprietorship.
  2. Summarize the legal requirements and the advantages and disadvantages of a partnership.
  3. Summarize the legal requirements and the advantages and disadvantages of a corporation.
  4. Examine laws that would impact forming and operating your own business.

Examining Cyber/Computer Law

  1. Explain cyber law and the various types of cyber crimes.
  2. Compare cyber crimes and cyber torts.
  3. Describe intellectual property rights and copyright laws related to digital purchases.
  4. Describe laws related to e-commerce.
  5. Examine how the use or purchase of technology affects a contract.
  6. Explain how advances in computer technology affect the different areas of law.
  7. Define common cyber crimes.
  8. Describe the various types of federal and state statutes designed to combat computer crime.
  9. Describe the ramifications of improper use of business technology and property.

Preparing for Industry Certification and/or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Testing

  1. Describe the process and requirements for obtaining industry certifications and/or taking CLEP examinations related to the Business Law course.
  2. Identify testing skills/strategies for a certification and/or CLEP examination.
  3. Demonstrate ability to successfully complete selected practice examinations (e.g., practice questions similar to those on certification or CLEP exams).
  4. Successfully complete an industry certification or CLEP examination representative of skills learned in this course (e.g., IC3, NOCTI, CLEP).

Preparing for Business Law Careers

  1. Research career opportunities in the legal profession.
  2. Compose a letter of application for employment.
  3. Create or update a résumé.
  4. Complete a job application.
  5. Participate in a mock interview.
  6. Compose an interview follow-up letter.
  7. Outline the steps to follow in resigning from a position.
  8. Create or update a portfolio containing representative samples of student work.