Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: INFOTRAC, Library, and World Wide Web sources as recommended
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 philospohy is one of interactiveness based upon readings, lectures, dialogs, and examinations. The instructor firmly believes in the efficacy of the Socratic Method, particularly in a course such as this where the subject matter consists of common and statutory law.
Learning Outcomes:Primary 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.
Students successfully completing this course will understand and appreciate the legal environment of business, will examine and be able to define common torts and crimes arising in the world of business, will develop a clear understanding of contracts (including the nature of contracts, requirements for validity, third party rights, performance and discharge, and breaches and remedies), will develop a clear understanding of contracts governed by the Uniform Commercial Code and of international contracts, and will understand the law of negotiable instruments.
Course Assessment: Course assessment will be based upon a midterm and final examination and class participation.
Grading: The midterm examination will account for 40% of the final course grade. The Final examination will account for 50% of the final course grade. Class participation will account for 10% of the final course grade.
Grading Scale: >90% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = C; 60-69% = D; <60% = F.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of course material, absent a showing of special circumstances, will result in a reduction by one letter grade for each day late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Students are expected to come to class prepared, be properly attired, and to exhibit proper decorum. Cell phones and pagers can be extremely disruptive, and must either be set to vibrate or be turned off during class periods. If you absolutely must take a call, take it in the hall.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Date Chapter Topic
22 March 1&2 Introduction to law and Legal Reasoning
Courts & Alternative Dispute Resolution
24 March 3&4 Court Procedures, Constitutional
Authority to Regulate Business
29 March 5&6 Torts and Cyber Torts
Strict Liability & Product Liability
31 March 7&8 Intellectual Property & Internet Law
Criminal Law and Cyber Crimes
5 April 9&10 Nature and Terminology of Contracts
7 April 11&12 Consideration
Capacity and Legality
12 April 13&14 Genuineness of Assent
The Statute of Frauds
14 April 15&16 Third Party Rights
Performance and Discharge
19 April Midterm Examination
21 April 17&18 Breach of Contract and Remedies
26 April 19&20 Sales & Lease Contract Formation
Title, Risk, & Insurable Interest
28 April 21-23 Performance of Sales & Lease Contracts
Remedies for Breach
Sales and Lease Warranties
3 May 24&25 Function & Creation of Neg.Instruments
Tranferability and H. in D.C.
5 May 26&27 Liability, Defenses, & Discharge
Checks, the Banking System, E-Money
10 May Review for Final Examination
12 May Final Examination
NOTE: The Instructor reserves the right to vary from the above schedule to meet class needs.
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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