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MG 261 Business Law II
Blackwell, Kevin


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
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyBlackwell, Kevin
TitleAdjunct Professor
Degrees/CertificatesBachelor of Arts, SMSU
Juris Doctor, UMKC
Office LocationPark University, Independence
Office Hoursbefore and after class and by appointment
Daytime Phone913-731-6821 (long distance from metro)
E-MailKevin.Blackwell@park.edu
Semester DatesFall II
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

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

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
To provide students with a basic understanding of the American legal system and general legal principles that have relevance to the organization and operation of business.  To achieve the goals of the course; class discussions and readings will concentrate on:  the operation of the state and federal court systems; the function and role of the courts and lawyers in society; the legal principles applied to solve (or avoid) problems in the business environment; and the legal analysis and reasoning utilized by lawyers and the courts.

Course Assessment:
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material in class as well as participate in small group case problems.  Evaluation of student progress will be by a midterm and final examination.

Grading:
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Class Participation: 100 points
Midterm Examination:        200 points
Final Examination: 200 points

The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
500-450 A
449-400 B
399-350 C
349-300 D
299 and below F (or 2 or more unexcused absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Makeup examinations will only be allowed under emergency circumstances.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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.
A brief caveat:  I think you will enjoy this class, and certainly you will obtain a basic understanding of some legal issues and concepts.  However, this class will not make you lawyers.  If you encounter a legal problem, contact legal counsel who can properly advise you.   Lawyers spend three years of intensive studying to obtain just a minimal level of competency to practice law.  (The contracts course alone takes two semesters of three credit hours each.) We will cover many areas of the law in only a semester; it is therefore impossible for you to achieve the depth of understanding required to adequately analyze or reach a conclusion on a legal issue.  Do not assume that you will become competent enough to solve a legal problem after completing this class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
October 28, 2004 31, 32        Agency

November 4, 2004 33, 38, 39 Partnerships

November 11, 2004 34, 35, 36 Corporations

November 18, 2004 24, 25, 26 Negotiable Instruments
MIDTERM EXAMINATION

November 25, 2004 4, 43, 44 Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Consumer Law

December 2, 2004 44, 45, 37 Environmental Law, Antitrust, Securities Regulation

December 9, 2004 41, 42, 52 Employment Law, International and Comparative Law

December 16, 2004 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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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