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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.
CourseMG 261 Business Law II PV
SemesterS2J2005
FacultyMumma, John
TitleAdjunct Professor
Degrees/CertificatesBA
MA
JD
Office LocationAcademic Support Center
Office Hours1:00 - 5:00 Th
Daytime Phone913-381-2593
Other Phonesame
E-MailJohn.Mumma@park.edu
johnmumma@sbcglobal.net
Semester DatesMarch 14 - May 8, 2005
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesMG 260
Credit Hours3

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

Additional Resources:
Park University Library Database:  Lexis Nexis.


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:
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

Learning Outcomes:
1.  To introduce students to the fundamental concepts and principles of the American legal system, particularly as they pertain to the contemporary business environment.
2.  To acquaint students with the case law/hypothetical example format, traditionally used for discussing the law and its applications in the typical law school setting.
3.  To develop the student's ability to discuss legal issues in an intelligent and relevant format.
4.  To develop the student's ability to arrive at rules of law for particular cases and formulate those decisions in essay form.
5.  To acquaint students with conventional methods of legal research and writing.

Course Assessment:
Teaching techniques include, but are not limited to, reading cases and text discussion, discussing legal cases and problems in small group and full-class discussion, taking quizzes over assigned material, researching cases using the college's databases, writing in response to cases researched, taking in-class exams over cases and concepts studied

Grading:
*  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 concur or disagree with 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 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
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 student may be subject to disciplinary action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Note:   All  assignments listed under specific weeks should be read before coming to class on the date under which they are listed.  Quizzes will cover these 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 51, 48, 49, 42-45, 31 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.  

March 17  Ch 19, Sales (no quiz)
March 24  Ch 20, Products Liability (quiz)
March 31  Chs 35 & 36, Agency (quiz)
April  7  Ch 41, Corporations (quiz)
April 14  Midterm exam.  Concur/Dissent paper #1 due.
April 21  Ch 47, Administrative Law (quiz)
April 28  Ch 30, Bankruptcy (quiz)
May 5     Final exam.  Concur/Dissent paper #2 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 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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> 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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