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MG 261 Business Law II
DeSousa, David J.


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.
CourseMG 261 Business Law II HA
SemesterF1KK2005
FacultyDeSousa, David J.
TitleInstructor
Degrees/CertificatesJuris Doctorate
Masters of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Office HoursTuesday & Thursday 8:30-9:00 or By Appointment
Daytime Phone617.626.5130 (office)
Other Phone781.910.6300 (cell)
E-Mailddesousa@park.edu
ddesousa@detma.org
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time5:30 - 8:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Business Law, The Ethical Global and E-Commerce Environment.  12th Edition.  Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, Langvardt.  McGraw-Hill, ISBN# 0-07-286095-2.

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
No additional resources are required.  The instructor will provide students with handouts from time to time to explore or detail subjects raised in the assigned readings or current events relevant to the course.


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:
Course format will include lectures, case discussion, adn review of relevant case materials (handouts) as well as model examination subjects.

Learning Outcomes:

This course will cover the following areas in which upon completion of the assigned chapters students will:

- Know and understand basic issues surrounding crimes as they relate to businesses.
- Know and understand fundamental personal and real property issues.
- Know and understand the types of and laws surrounding the use of commercial paper.
- Know and understand the laws that govern agency relationships.
- Know how partnerships and corporations are formed and understand basic laws that govern each.  
- Know the advantages of the various types of business organizations.
- Know how government business regulation affects business and business transactions.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

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.

Course Assessment:
The course will consist of 2 examinations - both in-class open book examinations.  Both examinations will consist of true/false and multiple choice questions.  

In addition, each student will prepare a scholarly research paper.  The research paper must be a typed paper, double spaced, and of no less than five pages in length.   The topic will be one relevant to commercial law, and will be chosen in consultation with the instructor during the first two weeks of class.  The paper must include a bibliography at the end to show the source of your research.  Each student will be asked to provide a brief presentation on their research.

Finally, students will be asked to periodically lead discussions on assigned readings, problems, and cases from the textbook.  This will constitute each student's  particpation grade (coupled with each student's brief presentation relating to his/her paper topic.)

Grading:
25% Student Participation & Student Presentation
25% Student Research Paper
25% Midterm Examination
25% Final Examination

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor reserves the right to accept or reject late submissions based upon exceptional circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to treat one another and the instructor with courtesy and respect in all interactions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
The syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.  If you miss a class, try to borrow notes from a classmate because most of the exam questions will be based on lectures.

Tues August 23
Introduction & Chapter 5 - Crimes

Thurs August 25
Chapter 23 - Personal Property & Bailments
Chapter 24 - Real Property

Tues August 30
Chapter 24 - Real Property
Chapter 25 - Landlord & Tenant

Thurs September 1
Chapter 26 - Estates & Trusts
Chapter 27 - Insurance Law

Tues     September 6
Chapter 28 - Introduction to Credit & Secured Transactions
Chapter 29 - Security Interest in Personal Property

Thurs September 8
Chapter 31 - Negotiable Instruments
Chapter 32 - Negotiation / Holders in Due Course

Tues September 13
Chapter 33 - Liability of Parties
In-Class Midterm Examination

Thurs September 15
Chapter 35 - Agency
Chapter 36 - Third Party Relations of the Principal and the Agent

Tues September 20
Chapter 37 - Introduction to Forms of Business & Formation of Partnerships
Chapter 38 - Operation of Partnerships & Related Forms

Thurs September 22
Chapter 39 - Partners Dissociation and Partnerships' Dissolution & Winding Down
Chapter 40 - Limited Liability Companies, Limited Partnerships, and Limited Liability Limited
      Partnerships

Tues September 27
Chapter 41 - History and Nature of Corporations
Chapter 42 - Organization and Financial Structure of Corporations

Thurs September 29
Chapter 43 - Management of Corporations
Chapter 44 - Shareholders' Rights and Liabilities

Tues October 4
Chapter 46 - Legal and Professional Responsibilities of Auditors, Consultants, and Securities Professionals
Chapter 47 - Administrative Agencies

Thurs October 6
Chapter 48 - Federal Trade Commission Act & Consumer Protection Laws

Tues October 11
Chapter 51 - Employment Law
Student Presentations

Thurs October 13
In-Class Final Examination

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.
NOTE: An attendance report of ā€œPā€ (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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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