MG260 Business Law I

for F1B 2006

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MG 260 Business Law I


F1B 2006 BL


Girvin, Ralph


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. English and American Literature
Juris Doctor St. Mary's University School of Law

Office Location

El Paso, Texas

Office Hours

T/H 7:30 - 7:40 p.m. MST or as needed

Daytime Phone

(915) 564-5803 ext 618


Semester Dates

June 30, 2006 - September 20, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


West's Business Law, Tenth Edition, 2006, Clarkson, Miller, Jentz and Cross. 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:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, readings, examinations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core 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.

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:

Student assessment is based upon the average of three exams, attendance and participation. 

The first two exams will be worth 30% each. 

The final exam is comprehensive and is NOT a take-home test. It is also worth 30%. Additionally, it should be noted that the comprehensive final exam is a closed book and closed notes exam. 

Attendance is worth 5%. 

Participation is worth 5%.



1.  1ST EXAM =   100 points = 30%

2.  2ND EXAM =   100 points = 30%

3.  FINAL EXAM =   100 points = 30%

4.  Participation = 10 points =  5%

5.  Attendance =   10 points =  5%

Total = 320 points = 100%

A……………..90% - 100%

B……………..80% - 89%

C……………..70% - 79%

D……………..60% - 69%

F……………..Below 60%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The submission of late course work will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances. In all circumstances late course work must be submitted to the professor for approval and acceptance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be prepared, courteous and ready to participate in classroom discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


1. Tue 7/31 Chapters 1 & 2 Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning & Courts and ADR

2. Thur 8/2 Chapters 3 & 4 Court Procedures & ConstitutionalAuthority to
Regulate Business

3. Tue 8/7 Chapters 5,6, 7 Ethics, Torts and Negligence

4. Thur 8/9 Chapters 8 & 9 Intellectual Property & Criminal Law

5. Tue 8/14 1st EXAM Chapters 1-9

6. Thur 8/16 Chapters 10 & 11 Nature and Terminology and Agreement

7. Tue 8/21 Chapters 12 & 13 Consideration and Capacity

8. Thur 8/23 Chapters 14 & 15 Genuineness of Assent & The Statute of Frauds

9. Tue 8/28 Chapters 16 & 17 3rd Party Rights & Performance & Discharge

10. Thur 8/30 Chapters 18 Breach of Contract

11. Tue 9/4 2nd EXAM Chapters 10 -18

12. Thur 9/6 Chapters 20 & 21 Title, Risk and Insurable Interest & Performance of
Sales Contracts

13. Tue 9/11 Chapters 22 & 23 Remedies for Breach of Sales and Lease Contracts & Sales

14. Thur 9/13 Chapters 24 & 25 Negotiable Instruments

15. Tue 9/18 Final Exam

16. Thur 9/20 Overview of the course with a Review of Final Exam

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 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 "WH".
  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:
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