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MG 260 Business Law I
Taylor, Cathy L.


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 260 Business Law I

Semester

S2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Taylor, Cathy L.

Title

Adjunct professor

Degrees/Certificates

J.D., member of the State Bar of Georgia

Office Location

Quebec

Daytime Phone

1-514-783-0601

E-Mail

cathy.taylor@pirate.park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment. by Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt; Irwin McGraw-Hill, 12th ed., 2004. ISBN#: 0072562005 or 0072860952. (They have two ISBN#s for the same book so either will work.)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Introduction to the law: contracts, agency, employment, and negotiable instruments; comparison of social responsibility and legal aspects of selected issues. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the historical development and content of statutory and common law.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to brief a case.
  3. Explain the law of contracts.
  4. Define the most common forms of bankruptcy.
  5. Describe the legal construction of partnerships and corporations.
  6. Define the relationship between social responsibility and the law.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Please ignore the core learning outcomes posted above as they do not reflect the content of my class.  The real outcomes are as follows: demonstrate the ability to brief a case
  2. describe the function and role of the courts and lawyers and society
  3. Describe the historical development of statutory and common law
  4. describe the relationship between social responsibility and the law
  5. Describe the fundamental concepts and principles of the American legal system, particularly those pertaining to today
  6. Distinguish between civil and criminal duties and liabilities
  7. Define and give examples of the types of intellectual property.
  8. Distinguish between intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability
  9. Explain what makes a contract enforceable in court
  10. Describe basic concepts of contracts.
  11. Identify and describe tort-based and contract-based forms of product liability
  12. describe the relationship between landlords and tenants
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
Participating in weekly on-line conference discussion topics.
Completing weekly case study assignments.
Completing the Mid-Term Exam.
Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, Referred to as a Paper.
Completing a course evaluation (a.k.a. the student survey) in Week Eight of this class.
Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail capabilities and Completing a Proctored Final Examination.
Please note when assignments are due.

Assignments             % of Grade          Week Due
Class Participation            15%          Continually
Case Studies                   10%          Continually
Mid-Term Examination           25%          Week 4
Paper                          25%          Week 6
Proctored Final Examination    25%          Week 8
                       Total 100%  

Grading:
Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% (or 270 points or higher)
B = 80-89% (or 240 to 269 points)
C = 70-79% (or 210 to 239 points)
D = 60-69% (or 180 to 209 points)
F = < 60% (177 or fewer points)

Total possible points:  300

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work:  When an assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late.  Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to Iraq and will not be near a computer for the entire week).  Please see the grading rubrics for assignment-specific late policies.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.

Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted as an electronic file (E-mail) until the end of the term.

Students will normally submit assignments and papers as RTF (Rich Text Format) or Word documents via the dropbox as attachments. WordPerfect files cannot be accepted as attachments unless saved as RTF. Of course, students can copy assignments from word processing and paste them into e-mail if the dropbox is not working properly.

Late Policy:  When an assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late.  Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to Iraq and will not be near a computer for the entire week).  Please see the grading rubrics for assignment-specific late policies.  

Please post questions that others might have in the Office.  If you have a question that is personal in nature, you are welcome to email me anytime.  That's what I'm here for.  I will get back to you in 24-48 hours.  

Any information I provide in this class is for educational use only and is not intended to be legal advice.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship.  

Also, you should not rely on anything you read on the Internet (including anything from this class) as a substitute for sound legal advice.  You should go to an attorney in your state when you have legal problems.

Please keep in mind that, according to Park policy, if you do not take the exam, you will make a F in the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: An Introduction to the Legal System

Readings:   Text: Study chapters 1-3 and pages 74-82 of chapter 4.
Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. We will discuss the state and federal court systems, the steps in a lawsuit, constitutional issues such as the takings clause, the commerce clause, and the contract clause, the alternatives to litigation, and the concept of social corporate responsibility. We will also discuss how to brief case law.
Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination. Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. See above "Grading Policy" for more information about the proctored final examination.
Week 2: Torts, Crimes, and Intellectual Property

Readings: Text: Study Chapters 5-7 and pages 189-210 of Chapter 8.
Class Activities: We will discuss tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law and intellectual property law including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents.
Assignment of Paper: Due (by attachment in the dropbox) by the end of Week 6. Topic Due (posted in class) by the end of Week 2. For the Paper, write about any business law topic that you choose. The report should incorporate sources from your online research, and should include a short outline, approximately 7-10 double-spaced pages of text with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of all sources used (a bibliography or a works cited page).
Week 3: Introduction to Contracts

Readings: Text: Study Chapters 9, 10, and 11.
Class Activities: We will discuss the introductory chapter on contract law which outlines the section on contract law, the elements of a contract, and how an agreement is formed.  
Week 4: Consideration, Consent, and Capacity to Contract

Readings: Text: Study Chapters 12, 13, and 14.
Class Activities: We will continue to discuss contract law including consideration, consent, and the capacity to contract.
Mid-Term Exam:  The Mid-Term exam will be this week. See the Grading Rubric for more information.
Week 5: The Statute of Frauds and the Rights of Third Parties

Readings: Text: Study Chapters 15, 16, and 17.
Class Activities:  We will continue to discuss contract law including the Statute of Frauds and the rights of third parties.
Week 6: Remedies and Product Liability

Readings: Text: Chapters 18 and 20.
Class Activities:  We will discuss remedies and the doctrine of product liability.
Paper: Due (submitted to the dropbox) by the end of Week 6. For the Paper, write about any business law topic that you choose. The report should incorporate sources from your online research, and should include a short outline, approximately 7-10 double-spaced pages of text with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of all sources used (a bibliography or a works cited page).  See the Grading Rubric for more information.
Week 7: Personal Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law

Readings: Text: Chapters 23 and 25.
Class Activities: We will discuss the consumer protection laws and the landlord-tenant laws including the duties and liabilities of both the landlord and the tenant.
Week 8: Review and Proctored Final Examination

Readings:  Text: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures.
Class Activities: We will review the state and federal court systems, the steps in a lawsuit, the U.S. Constitution as it relates to business, the alternatives to litigation, tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law, corporate social responsibility and the law, the elements of a contract, how agreement is formed, consideration, consent, capacity to contract, illegality, the Statute of Frauds, the rights of third parties, remedies, product liability, personal property law, and landlord tenant law.
Proctored Final Examination: Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination by Friday of Week 8 from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax.  Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored 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
Students who plagiarize will receive a grade of F and be
withdrawn from the course.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (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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Last Updated:3/22/2006 6:32:57 PM