MG260 Business Law I

for S1OO 2007

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MG 260 Business Law I WO


S1OO 2007 WO


Hillman, Kevin S.


Adjunct Faculty


BA, Centre College
JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law

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Semester Dates

January 15-March 11, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Mallor, Jane, Barnes, A. James, Bowers, Thomas, and Langvardt, Arlen. Business Law: The Ethical, Global ,and E Commerce Environment. (13th edition) New York, New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2007.

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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 class will consist of a mixture of readings, classroom lecture, and interactive DVD case studies to develop the student’s understanding of the materials and relate how the law applies to both the business environment and the student’s every life.  Students should be prepared to discuss the readings and add their insight and opinions to create lively and informative classroom discussion.

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.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.
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:
In order to assess a student’s understanding of the legal concepts covered in this class, the following will be used:  Two quizzes, a midterm examination, a final examination, and classroom participation.


90  to  100%         A

80  to  89%           B

70  to  79%           C

60  to  69%           D

59% and below     F

Quizzes 20% (200 points)

Midterm 35% (350 points)

Final 40% (400 points)

Class Participation 05% (50 points)

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:
The instructor will not accept assignments late without prior permission.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.  If you are going to, or think that you may submit an assignment late, you need to discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A. Attendance: Students are expected to attend each class meeting and be prepared.  If a student is unable to attend a class, the student must contact the instructor prior to the class. The student is responsible for making up all assignments and work from any missed class.  If a student is having any problems during the class, they should contact the instructor immediately for assistance and guidance.

B. Make-Up Examinations and Quizzes: If a student must miss a quiz, the mid-term, or the final examination, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor or Park University prior to the scheduled examination.  Arrangements will be made so that the quiz or examination can be made available in the Park University office.  All make-up quizzed and examinations should be made up prior to the next scheduled class.  Failure to notify the instructor prior to missing a quiz or examination may result in the loss of points or a zero.

C. Extra Credit: Students are offered the opportunity to obtain extra credit in this class by writing a three to five page paper about a Federal court case of their choice which pertains to the topics studied in this course.  The student is able to earn up to ten extra points onto their final examination if they choose to complete this assignment.  If you wish to take this opportunity, you should decide on a court case and inform the instructor of your decision prior to the fourth class.  The instructor reserves the right to tell the student that he or she must choose another case because the chosen case is either inapplicable or has already been selected by another student.  Students participating in this extra credit opportunity must then submit a brief (one - two) page typed outline to the instructor by the fifth class.  The final typed paper is due at the beginning of the last class.  This paper should be typed in 11 point, Times New Roman font.  It should be double-spaced.  The instructor will not accept late papers.  If you are having difficulty obtaining a case or you need assistance in order to complete this paper, please discuss your difficulties with the instructor and I will be happy to assist in any way I can.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One Foundations of American Law An introduction to the law, the Constitution the American court system and Business Ethics. Read Ch: 1 – 4 How to Brief a Case (Supplemental Handout)

Week Two Quiz #1 (on material covered during week one) What is a Contract? Introduction to Contracts Skim Ch. 9 Formation of a Contract: Offer, Acceptance & Consideration Read Ch. 10 -12 Capacity to enter a contract Skim Ch.14

Week Three Defenses to Contracts Inadequate consent, Illegality and Statute of Frauds Read Ch. 13, 15 & 16 Rights of 3rd Parties Read Ch. 17 Performance and Remedies Read Ch. 18 You be the Judge DVD Cases Class Discussion

Week Four Review Session Mid-Term Exam (covers all material to date)

Week Five Credit An introduction to credit and secured transactions and an introduction to bankruptcy law. Read Ch: 28-30

Week Six Quiz #2 (on material covered in week five) Partnerships Introduction to Partnership Law Read Ch. 37 Operation and Dissolution of Partnerships Read Ch. 38-39 Types of Partnerships Skim Ch. 40

Week Seven Corporations Organization and Management of Corporations Read Ch. 42 & 43 Shareholders Rights and Liabilities Read Ch. 44 Skim Ch. 41, 45-46 You be the Judge DVD Cases Class Discussion

Week Eight Review Session Final Examination

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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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