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MG 261 Business Law II
Mumma, John


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MG 261 Business Law II

Semester

S2J 2006 PV

Faculty

Mumma, John

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BA, Michigan State University
MA, University of Illinois, Chicago
JD, John Marshall Law School

Office Location

Academic Support Center

Office Hours

to be announced

Daytime Phone

816-584-6330

Other Phone

816-361-2273

E-Mail

John.Mumma@park.edu

johnmumma@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

March 13, 2006 through May 4, 2006.

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Law:  The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment.  Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, Langvardt.  12th ed.  McGraw-Hill.

Additional Resources:
Park University Electronic Databases


Course Description:
A continuation of the study of contracts, agency, employment, and  negotiable instruments; comparison of social responsibility and legal aspects  of selected issues. Prerequisite: MG260  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Instructor will conduct the class in a fashion similar to standard approaches used in law schools, without the intimidating dimension.  This will give students a chance to discuss a variety of issues surrounding the cases and will compel them to see both sides of any legal argument.  The intended atmosphere of the class is one of openness and free exchange of ideas, bearing in mind, at the same time, that not all legal theories are created equal.  Students should be prepared to reason their positions thoroughly and support those positions with precedent and sound legal theory.  As an adjunct English instructor as well as an instructor of business law, the instructor feels that writing and research have their place in all disciplines.  Hence, two short papers and essay questions on the midterm and final exams are required.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the relationship between the American legal system and business.
  2. Explain the case law/hypothetical example format.
  3. Discuss legal issues within the relevant format.
  4. Arrive at rules of law and formulate those decisions in essay form.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.        Describe the historical development and content of statutory and common law.
  2. 2.        Demonstrate the ability to brief a case.
  3. 3.        Explain the law of contracts.
  4. 4.        Define the most common forms of bankruptcy.
  5. 5.        Explain the basic concepts of agency and corporations law
  6. 6.        Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the workings of administrative law.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
*  two in-class essay/objective exams (100 pts each);

*  two Concur/Dissent essays (find and read a case on Lexis-Nexis; write a one page opinion of your own in which you agree or disagree with (concur/dissent) the judgment of the court's majority; typed and double-space your opinion; provide legal reasoning and case references of your own for support;  cite the case correctly (50 pts each).

* class and group participation (50 pts based on instructor assessment;  factors taken into consideration include frequency of participation, evidence of preparedness, attitude conducive to constructive class discussion).

* attendance (perfect attendance 50 pts, only one absence
40 pts, two absences 20 pts.  Students missing more than two weeks of class may be dropped, failed, or have absences factored into the student's final grade at the instructor's discretion).

* quizzes (5 quizzes, 10 pts each, 50 pts total).

Grading:
Grading scale:  90% of total pts = A, 80% = B, etc.  We will have 440 points total (450 minus 10 for quiz that may be dropped).  
396-440 = A
352-395 = B
308-351 = C
264-307 = D
263 and below = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
We have an exam the fifth week and an exam the ninth week.  Students who miss the exam date on the fifth week must contact the instructor within 48 hours of the absence if they wish to make up the exam.  Instructor may drop the exam grade one letter depending on circumstances.  Final in-class essay exam on the eighth week may not be made up.  Quizzes may not be made up.  Students may drop the lowest quiz score.  Concur/dissent papers handed in after the due date will be lowered one letter grade per week late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Student conduct:  Appropriate student conduct is required at all times.  Students engaging in abusive language or behavior directed at any person or even used in an unspecified way will be warned once and dismissed from class upon the occurrence of a second incident.  Instructor will then inform the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Note:   All  assignments listed below under "Class Activities" should be read before coming to class on the date under which they are listed with the exception of Sales in Wk l.  Quizzes will cover listed chapters only.  Only cases in parentheses need to be read (case is listed under name of the first party mentioned in the heading). We will also discuss particular topics in Chapters 8, 31, 32, 42-45, 48, 49, and 51, time permitting, in various sessions throughout the semester.  Elements covered in those chapters will be included on the midterm and final exam but not on the weekly quizzes. Instructor may make reasonable adjustments to assignments at his discretion.



Wk 1 (March 16) Review of significant concepts from Business Law I and discussion of Sales, Ch 19.  No quiz will be given this week.  The chapter need not be read in advance.

Wk 2  (March 23) Quiz and discussion over Products Liability, Ch 20.  Cases:  Felley and Yong.

Wk 3  (March 30 )Quiz over Agency, Chs 35 and 36.  Cases:  Reich, Opp, and Millan.

Wk 4  (April 6)Quiz over Corporations, Ch 41.  Cases:  Gosch and Bingham.

Wk 5  (April 13) Midterm exam.  First Concur/Dissent paper due.

Wk 6  (April 20) Quiz over Adminstrative Law, Ch 47.  Cases:  Pearson and Lujan.

Wk 7  (April 27) Quiz over Bankruptcy Law, Ch 30.  Cases:  Trujillo, Huckfeldt, and Kelly.

Wk 8  (May 4) Final Exam.  Second Concur/Dissent paper due.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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