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ELEX 8280 - Engineering Law

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course provides an introduction to the Canadian legal system, discusses business organizations, international considerations, tort liability, contracts (offer and acceptance, interpretation, discharge, breach, dispute resolutions), intellectual property law, legal and ethical responsibilities of professional engineer. The course will include critique and group discussion of case studies.





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 71677

Mon Jan 10 - Mon May 02 16 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - May 02 Mon 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 2030


Derek Deacon

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Registrants who are not BTech Electronics students must have approval from the program head. Please contact Katie Howard at 604-432-8237 or for more information, or to be placed on a wait-list if the course is full. No class on April 18th (Easter Monday). Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a Part-time Studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course the student will be able to do the following:

  • Explain the basic constitutional framework of Canada.
  • Describe and assess the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Describe the system of common law and legislation.
  • Understand the basic torts which govern non-contractual relationships.
  • Explain the basic principles of contract law.
  • Describe basic legal issues facing engineers involved in electrical related fields.
  • Identify and explain fundamental employment related issues.
  • Explain the process of contract negotiation and administration.
  • Explain the law of tendering as it affects Professional Engineers.
  • Identify the ethical responsibilities of members of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

Effective as of Fall 2003

Related Programs

ELEX 8280 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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