# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Business Law Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Business Law (6132/18 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 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 local, state, and federal laws.

Examining Contracts

  1. Explain the six essential elements of a contract.
  2. Analyze the need for a contract.
  3. Compare nature and classes 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 (UCC) applies to the sale of goods and interstate commerce.
  9. Examine the interaction between the parties in e-contracts.

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 effect of relevant laws on insurance requirements for a business entity.
  5. Identify commercial papers.
  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 for business use.
  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 effects of juvenile and adult justice systems on businesses.
  5. Distinguish between an infraction, a misdemeanor, and a felony.
  6. Identify crimes often associated with businesses and organizations.

Exploring Tort Law

  1. Define tort law.
  2. Identify common torts.
  3. Explain penalties associated with torts.
  4. Identify improper use of business technology and property.

Increasing Awareness of Family/Domestic Law

  1. Explain components of estate planning.
  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 effect of international laws on the economy of the United States.
  3. Describe American citizens' rights and responsibilities when conducting business, traveling, or living abroad.
  4. Examine the effect 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 procedure for filing a grievance.
  5. Identify 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 affect forming and operating your own business.

Examining Cyber

  1. Explain cyber law and types of cyber crimes.
  2. Compare cyber crimes and cyber torts.
  3. Describe intellectual property rights and copyright laws related to digital uses.
  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. Describe the types of federal and state statutes designed to combat cyber crime.
  8. Describe the ramifications of misuse of business technology and property.

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

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

Preparing for Business Law Careers

  1. Research career opportunities in the legal profession.
  2. Complete a job application.
  3. Create 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 a portfolio containing representative samples of student work.