MG261 Business Law II

for S2J 2007

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MG 261 Business Law II


S2J 2007 PV


Mumma, John


Adjunct Professor


BA, Michigan State University
MA, University of Illinois, Chicago
JD, John Marshall Law School

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Academic Support Center

Office Hours

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Semester Dates

March 22, 2007 through May 10, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Business Law:  The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment.  Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, Langvardt.  13th ed.  McGraw-Hill.

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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: 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 Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the relationship between agent and principal
  2. Distinguish between the rights and liabilities of business owners, whether partners, members or shareholders.
  3. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.
  4. Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.
  5. Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.
  6. Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.
  7. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. 1.        Describe the historical development and content of statutory and common law.
  2. 2.        Demonstrate the ability to brief a case.
  3. 3.        Explain the law of contracts.
  4. 4.        Define the most common forms of bankruptcy.
  5. 5.        Explain the basic concepts of agency and corporations law
  6. 6.        Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the workings of administrative law.
Core Assessment:
All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. 

 For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG 261. This exam is worth at least 20 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

 This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and may not be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

 No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

The Comprehensive Final Examination for online courses must be passed with a grade of at least 60% in order to pass the course regardless of the student’s overall average in the course.

Class Assessment:

*  two in-class essay/objective exams, combining instructor-designed and Core Assessment questions (100 pts each; 23% of semester grade each);
*  two Concur/Dissent essays (find and read a case on Lexis-Nexis; write a two page paper, a one page brief of the case following the case briefing process described in Ch 1, and a one page opinion of your own in which you agree or disagree with (concur/dissent) the judgment of the court's majority; typed and double-space; provide legal reasoning and case references of your own for support;  cite the case correctly (50 pts each; 11% of total grade for each).   Grades of the papers will be based on length of discussion, analysis of legal issues involved, citing of the case using MLA documentation, meeting deadlines.

* class and group participation (50 pts based on instructor assessment; 11% of total grade);  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).  11% of total grade
* quizzes (5 quizzes, 10 pts each, 50 pts total).  One quiz will be dropped for a total of 40 pts possible for all quizzes, 9% of total semester grade. 


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

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth.  Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Associate Dean.

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

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Note: All assignments listed below under "Class Activities" should be read before coming to class on the date under which they are listed with the exception of Sales in Wk l. Quizzes will cover listed 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 8, 31, 32, 42-45, 48, 49, and 51, 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.
Wk 1 (March 22) Review of significant concepts from Business Law I and discussion of Sales, Ch 19 and selections from other chapters. No quiz will be given this week. The chapter need not be read in advance.
Wk 2 (March 29) Quiz and discussion over Products Liability, Ch 20. Cases: Felley and Hong.
Wk 3 (April 5 )Quiz over Agency, Chs 35 and 36. Cases: Eisenberg, Opp, and Millan.
Wk 4 (April 12)Quiz over Corporations, Ch 41. Cases: Gosch and Hildreth.
Wk 5 (April 19) Midterm exam. First Concur/Dissent paper due.
Wk 6 (April 26) Quiz over Federal Trade Commission, Ch 48. Cases: Mainstream and White.
Wk 7 (May 3) Quiz over Bankruptcy Law, Ch 30. Cases: Trujillo, Huckfeldt, and Kelly.
Wk 8 (May 10) Final Exam. Second Concur/Dissent paper 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 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

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