MG261 Business Law II

for S1QQ 2007

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MG 261 Business Law II


S1QQ 2007 HI


Howarth, James


Adjunct Faculty


J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
M.B.A., Cleveland State University
B.S., Accounting, University of Utah

Office Location

Hill AFB

Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday 4:30 pm

Daytime Phone

(801) 586-4192


Semester Dates

15 January 2007 - 11 March 2007

Class Days


Class Time

4:30 - 7:15 PM


MG 260 Business Law I

Credit Hours


Business Law, The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment, 13th Edition.  Authors: Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, Langvardt.

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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:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, use of the socratic method, dialogues, examinations.  The instructor encourages questions and comments from each and every student to facilitate indepth learning of business law concepts.  This course will include discussion of case law and textual material.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the relationship between agent and principal 2. Examine the types of business associations.
  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.

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:
Course assessment will include three examinations and a 6-page double space written paper (12 point font) analyzing and describing a Business Law issue, including a bibliography page citing at least five sources excluding the text book but including law review articles, newspaper articles, treatises, case law, etc., (three sources must be something other than an internet webpage).  Each student will present their paper to the class and/or instructor.  The comprehensive final examination is not a take home exam and is not an open-book or open-note exam.

The first two examinations will each be worth 100 points.  The final exam will be worth 80 points.  The paper will be worth 100 points.  The paper presentation will be worth 20 points. Total points for the class will be 400 points. Grading: A: 90% or better; B: 80-89%; C: 70-79%; D: 60-69%: F: Less than 60%.

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:
Students need to make every effort to submit all course submissions and assignments on time, otherwise, the instructor reserves the unilateral right to reduce the grade for that submission or assignment by 10% each and everyday that the submission or assignment is late.  Students must get prior approval for late submissions from the instructor otherwise likely face a grade reduction as specified above.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Each member of the class should treat each other with respect.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.  Students should make every effort to attend each class to both gain from and add to the learning environment.  Absences due to military requirements or extreme personal situations will normally be excused.  Whenever possible, excused absences are to be discussed in advance with the instructor.  Excessive absences may result in involuntary withdrawal from the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Class Schedule: Read the following chapters before each class identified below and be prepared to discuss said chapters and answer questions in class. The test and other dates are also identified. The instructor may change the class schedule during the term depending on progression of class instruction, etc.
Jan 16 Chpts 23-24
Jan 18 Chpt 25
Jan 23 Chpts  26-27
Jan 25 Chpts 28-29
Jan 30 TEST 1
Feb 1 Chpts 30-31
Feb 6 Chpts 32-33
Feb 8 Chpt 34-35
Feb 13 Chpts 36-37
Feb 15 TEST 2
Feb 20 Chpts 38-39
Feb 22 Chpts 40-41
Feb 27 Chpt 42
Mar 1 Chpt 43, Paper Due, Presentations
Mar 6 Chpt 44, Presentations
Mar 8 TEST 3

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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