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MG 261 Business Law II
Gilje, Brent 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 261 Business Law II

Semester

F1T 2006 DLD

Faculty

Gilje, Brent L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor

E-Mail

brent.gilje@park.edu

Semester Dates

8/21/06-10/15/06

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, 13th ed., 2007. ISBN#: 007327139X

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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: MG 260 3:0:3

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.


Core Assessment:

There is a final exam consisting of 13 True or False questions, 25 Multiple Choice questions and four short answer essay questions.

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.  Note: The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.

    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%

     

  • Click here to review the Grading Rubric for this course.
  • 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. 
  • Proctored final examination
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

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 

Grading:

Assignments

% of
Grade

Points

  Week Due

Class Participation

15%

45

  Continually

Case Studies

10%

30

  Continually

Mid-Term Examination

25%

75

  Week 4

Paper

25%

75

  Week 6

Proctored Final Examination

25%

75

  Week 8

 

Note: The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.

Total 100%

Total

300

 

 

For all online courses, you must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.

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:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

  • A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
  • Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
  • When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats.

Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation

  • General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.
  • Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
  • Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
  • Observation of "Netiquette": All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact.  Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course.  What you put into an Online course reflects on your level of professionalism.  Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.
  • Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor. 

Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the Online classroom.  

  • If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the Help Button button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance. 
  • If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Policy #4: 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 American 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.

Additional information concerning the criteria for special assistance and Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Agency Law

  • Readings: Study chapters 35, 36, and "Reading and Briefing Cases" on pages 22-23.
  • Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. We will discuss agency law, the duties an agent owes to a principal, the duties a principal owes to an agent, and express, implied, and apparent authority as they relate to third parties and principal liability for an agent's actions. 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: Introduction to the Forms of Business

  • Readings: Study Chapters 37, 38, and 41.
  • Class Activities:We will discuss the forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the duties of a partner to a partnership and to the other partners, and the formation of a corporation.
  • Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination.
  • Paper Topic Due (posted in class) by the end of Week 2.

Week 3: The Management of Corporations

  • Readings: Study Chapters 42-44.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the organization and financial structure of corporations, the management of corporations including the duties of the board of directors and the officers, and the rights and liabilities of shareholders.

Week 4: Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy

  • Readings: Study Chapters 28-30.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the difference between secured and unsecured transactions, the relationship between secured transactions and bankruptcy, and the types of bankruptcies.
  • Mid-Term Exam: The Mid-Term exam will be this week. See the Grading Rubric for more information.

Week 5: Employment Law and Environmental Law

  • Readings: Study Chapters 51 and 52.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss employment law and environmental law including the responsibilities of business owners to follow the various laws and consequences if the laws are not observed.

Week 6: Negotiable Instruments

  • Readings: Chapters 31, 32 (pages 791-797), and 33.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss negotiable instruments, the types of indorsements, and the liabilities of parties.
  • Paper Due (in the dropbox as an attachment) by the end of Week 6. See the Grading Rubric under Grading Policy for specifics.

Week 7: Consumer Protection Law and and the Legal and Professional Responsibilities of Auditors, Consultants, and Securities Professionals

  • Readings: Chapters 46 and 48.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the consumer protection acts and the legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and securities professionals.
  • Week 8: Review and Proctored Final Examination

    • Readings: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures.
    • Class Activities: We will review agency law, the forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the duties of a partner, the formation of a corporation, the organization and financial structure of corporations, the management of corporations, the rights and liabilities of shareholders, secured transactions, bankruptcy, employment law, environmental law, negotiable instruments, the consumer protection laws, and the legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and securities professionals.
    • 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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

    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 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 "W".
    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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

    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. 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 .

    Additional Information:

    Attorney - Client Relationship


    This class is a general education course and the content is not to be construed as legal advice. The class, and material discussed in and for class, is not meant as legal counsel and does not form an attorney-client relationship. For legal advice or other expert assistance, on either general or specific legal matters, you should consult a competent professional of your own choosing who is licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction.

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    Last Updated:8/6/2006 8:54:11 PM