MG260 Business Law I

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MG 260 Business Law I


S1J 2007 IN


Blackwell, Kevin


Adjunct Professor


Bachelor of Arts, Missouri State University
Juris Doctor, UMKC School of Law

Office Location

Independence Campus

Office Hours

Before and after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 824-0309


Semester Dates

August 21, 2006 to October 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Clarkson, et. al, West's Business Law, 10th edition, ISBN 0-324-30390-4

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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

Educational Philosophy:
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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Distinguish between the role of the law and ethics in business decision making.
  2. Discuss the role the US Constitution plays in the regulation of business.
  3. Recognize the difference between civil and criminal law, and the duties and liabilities with each.
  4. Distinguish between intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.
  5. Examine the legal requirements for contract formation.
  6. Identify the types of contracts that need to be in writing.
  7. Discuss what actions constitute a breach of a contract, and the remedies available.
  8. Explain the warranties imposed by law in the sale of goods.

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:

Grades will be based on midterm and final examinations, a written case brief, class participation in small groups. and small group presentations to the class.

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


Activity Points Possible Percentage
Class Participation 100 16.7
Small Group Presentation 100 16.7
Case Brief 100 16.7
Midterm Examination 100 16.7
Final Examination 200 33.3
Total Points 600 100
The final course grade will be determined using the above measurements.

The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

A   600-540
B   480-539
C   420-479
D   360-419
F   Below 360               

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Makeup examinations will only be given in cases of extreme emergency.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn off all cell phones and pagers before entering class.  If there is an emergency situation a special arrangement will be worked out.




January 16, 2007

Introduction, Civil Procedure

Chapters 1, 2, 3

January 23, 2007

Torts and Criminal Law

Chapters 6, 7, 9

January 30, 2007

Property Law

Chapters 47, 48

February 6, 2007

Estates and Trusts

Chapter 50

February 13, 2007

Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy

Chapters 28, 29, 30

February 20, 2007

Contracts I

Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

February 27, 2007

Contracts II

Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

March 6, 2007



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 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 2006-2007 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.

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: .


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