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MG 261 Business Law II
Whitby, Annette


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

MG 261 Business Law II

Semester

F2T 2006 DLA

Faculty

Whitby, Annette

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. Zoology, University of Arkansas
J.D., Juris Doctor, University of Arkansas School of Law

Daytime Phone

479-571-3714

E-Mail

Annette.Whitby@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

10/23/06 - 12/17/06

Class Days

TBA

Prerequisites

MG 260

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Required Text: Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment. 13th edition.
Author: Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt
ISBN: 007327139X

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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.  Pre-requisite:  MG 260

Educational Philosophy:
My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for: Completing Weekly Reading Assignments. Participating in weekly on-line conference discussion topics. Completing weekly case study assignments. Completing the Mid-Term Exam. Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, Referred to as a Paper. Completing a course evaluation (a.k.a. the student survey) in Week Eight of this class. Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail capabilities and Completing a Proctored Final Examination.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Define the relationship between the American legal system and business.
  2. Explain the case law/hypothetical example format.
  3. Discuss legal issues within the relevant format.
  4. Arrive at rules of law and formulate those decisions in essay form.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to brief a case.
  2. Describe the relationship between an agent and a principal.
  3. Describe the legal construction of sole proprietorships, corporations, and partnerships.
  4. Describe the rights and liabilities of shareholders.
  5. Define the most common forms of bankruptcy.
  6. Explain what makes a negotiable instrument negotiable.
  7. Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.
  8. Explain how legal principles affect management decisions.
  9. Identify the limitations environmental laws impose on businesses.
  10. Identify and describe the consumer protection laws.
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:

http://www.parkonline.org/ec/courses/17311/CRS-PARK-2363007/Grading_Rubric.doc Grading Rubrics for the Mid-Term Exam, the Final Exam, the Paper, Class Participation, and Case Studies

Grading Rubric for Mid-Term Exam

The Mid-Term will be open-book, open notes.  It will be composed of true-false, multiple choice, and short answer questions to test your comprehension of the material.  When answering the short answer questions, please use correct grammar and spelling.  You should review the core learning outcomes and lectures when preparing for the short answer questions.  The test will be comprehensive, focusing on all the material we have covered in weeks 1-4.  You can find a list of chapters we cover by week in the syllabus under course schedule.  The Mid-Term will cover the chapters from weeks 1 – 4, so be sure to read the chapters we cover in week 4 and complete the week 4 discussion question and case study before taking the Mid-Term.    Again, I encourage you to review the lectures before taking the exam.  You will need your textbook to take the exam, as you will be asked to describe the issue in 2 cases from the textbook.  Please see the Case Studies for weeks 1 and 4 on how to describe the issue in a case.  You will have 3 hours to take the Mid-Term.  The Mid-Term is worth 25% of your total grade.   Point Distribution Total possible points:  75.  Your grade will be reported to you in the number of points you earned.  To figure out your letter grade, take the number of points and divide it by 75.  For example, 67.5 points divided by 75 = .9 which is an A. Late policy:  You must contact me to open the Mid-Term for you if you are late as it will close at midnight in the Mountain Time Zone.   What is late?  12:01 in the Mountain Time Zone on Sunday night of week 4 is considered too late to take the exam.  You can only take the Mid-Term late with my permission.  Without an excuse that I approve of (hospitalization, for example),  you will receive no higher than a C if you take it 1 day late and no higher than a 50 if you take it 2 days late.  You cannot take the Mid-Term late after Tuesday of Week 5 unless you have an excuse.

Grading Rubric for Final Exam

The Final will be closed book, closed notes.  The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.  For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.  It will be composed of true-false, multiple choice, and short answer questions to test your comprehension of the material.  When answering the short answer questions, please use correct grammar and spelling.  You should review the core learning outcomes and lectures when preparing for the short answer questions.  You will NOT be expected to brief cases or describe the issues from cases as the exam is closed book.  The final exam will be comprehensive, covering all the material we have studied in class.  It will cover the chapters from weeks 1 – 7.  You can find a list of the chapters covered in Self-Check for Week 8 and in the syllabus under course schedule.  You will have 2 hours to take the final.  It is worth 25% of your total grade. Point Distribution Total possible points:  75.  Your grade will be reported to you in the number of points you earned.  To figure out your letter grade, take the number of points and divide it by 75.  For example, 67.5 points divided by 75 = .9 which is an A. Late policy:  You can't take the Final Exam late without instructor permission.   Taking the final late could result in a grade of incomplete for the class.

Grading Rubric for Paper

The Paper Topic The Paper Topic is due in Week 2.  Please post it in class in the folder marked Week 2.  Here are some suggested topics.  You are not limited to the list below  - in fact, I encourage you to create your own topic.   Child Labor Laws,   Reforming the Bankruptcy Law, Reforming the Credit Laws,    Corporate Social Responsibility (e.g. Enron),    Product Liability Law (the Firestone tire scandal, for example),   Copyright Law (the Napster case, for example),    Trademark Law,    Trade Secrets/Industrial Espionage,    Business Crimes (e.g. shoplifting or employee theft),    Nuisance Law,    Space Law,    The Americans with Disabilities Act,    Employment Discrimination based on Religion,    Employment Discrimination:  Gender-based,    Employment Discrimination:  Race-based,    Employment Discrimination:  Age-based,      Reverse Discrimination,    The U.S. Trade Embargo with Cuba,    Franchising,    Free Speech and the Internet,    Free Speech in the Workplace,    Living Wage Laws, Employee Privacy,    Consumer Protection and the Internet, Taxation of Internet Sales,   International Business Law, Managing Rental Property The Writing Process How should you approach this paper?  Laws are society's attempt to solve its problems.  You could explore a topic through research, identify a problem (harassment, crime, scams on the internet, etc), discuss solutions, and evaluate the solutions to see if they are effective.  Make suggestions of your own.  I want to know what you think.  Most topics will follow this format but you are not bound to it.   What am I looking for in a paper?  I will grade based on content, organization, readability, and grammatical correctness.  Content includes your ideas as well as your research.  Organization includes external transitions (section to section) and internal transitions (paragraph to paragraph and sentence to sentence).  Readability means how well the paper flows.  Avoid wordiness and the passive voice.  Don't start your sentences with "it is" or "there are."  Grammatical correctness includes spelling and other grammar errors including subject-verb agreement.  After you write your paper, leave it in a drawer for a day then read each word out loud.  You will find most of your errors.   Basically, write seven pages about a topic you are interested in.  Edit your finished draft at least twice (once for organization and once for grammar mistakes). Your paper should include an outline, seven to ten edited pages with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of your sources (a works cited page or a bibliography).  Your paper should be double spaced. Research and Documentation Sources:  Please use at least one Internet source and one hardcopy source (a book or journal article, for example) in your paper.   I recommend going to a library and researching your topic there.  Find several books on your topic.   You also have access to the Park Virtual Library (located in the Webliography under “other resources”).  (Students deployed to remote locations like Iraq are not required to use a hardcopy source as they are not able to go to the library.  Please note that you are in Iraq in your bibliography so I won't count off points.) For writing tips and information on the MLA or APA style, try the Writing Resources category in the Webliography. Do not plagiarize. Use parenthetical references (MLA or APA style) or footnotes within your paper to document all quotations, minor details (for example, statistics), and opinions that are not yours.  However, do not document your own opinions.   In the past, several students have copied their entire papers from the Internet.  These students failed the class and were reported to the Academic Advisor.   How do I document sources from the Internet?  See the Webliography category "Writing Resources" to find information about citing web sources.  Warning:  Any paper submitted without documentation will receive a grade of zero. When and how do I turn in this paper?  The paper is due by midnight of the Sunday of Week 6 in the Mountain Time Zone.  Turn in the paper to the dropbox via an attachment in Rich Text Format or as a Word document.  Please check your paper for viruses before you send it.   Important!   If the dropbox isn't working, email me with your paper.  Keep electronic file copies of all materials submitted until you receive your grade in this class.  E-mail is not 100% reliable.  You might want to send a copy of your assignments to your work e-mail address.  Without documentation that you sent your paper on time, you won't receive credit for your work. Point Distribution Your grade will be reported to you in the number of points you earned.  To figure out your letter grade, take the number of points and divide it by 75.  For example, 67.5 points divided by 75 = .9 which is an A. Content 45 Organization 10 Readability 10 Grammatical correctness 10   Total possible points:  75 Late policy:  If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late.  Late work will receive no higher than a 70 for 1 day late, no higher than a 50 for 2 days late, and a 0 for anything after 2 days.

Grading Rubric for Class Participation

Class participation counts for 15% of your total grade.  Each week, you will see a discussion question posted for you to complete by that Sunday.  Participation will be graded on content, organization, integration of source materials (citing the textbook, using and citing material from web sites to support your findings if asked), and appearance (grammar and readability).   Peer Reviews (where you provide thoughtful feedback to your classmates with constructive critiques) are also required as part of your class participation grade (except in week 8).     How do I write a Peer Review?  Please put “Peer Review” at the top of your posting so I will see it and give you credit for it when I am grading.  List your peer's name.  Answer:  What was your favorite part of her/his comments?  Did he/she cite the textbook if appropriate?  Evaluate his/her use of online resources.  (Check the website links to see if the links work and are on topic.  Did your peer explain how the website was relevant to the discussion topic?)  Evaluate the web site:  What was your favorite component of the website?  Will it be useful in your study of business law?   Try to pick someone to review who hasn't been reviewed yet.   What is good content?  A good faith effort to respond to the discussion question with applicable information from the text and the internet if asked.  You should present original ideas instead of just agreeing or disagreeing with the discussion question.  Web-based research is highly encouraged as it will help improve your content. Point Distribution Class participation is worth 45 points toward your total grade.  Each week's class participation will be worth between 5 and 6 points.   Class participation will be graded on: Content 50% Organization 10% Integration of source materials 10% Appearance 10% Peer Review 20% = 100% total Late policy:  If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late.  After 12:00, late work will receive no higher than a 70.  I will grade it Monday morning.  After I grade it, no late work will be graded.

Grading Rubric for Case Studies

The case studies count for 10% of your total grade.  Each week, you will see a case study posted for you to complete by that Sunday.  The case studies will be graded on content, organization, integration of source materials (citing the textbook, using and citing material from web sites to support your findings if asked), and appearance (grammar and readability). Point Distribution The case studies are worth 30 points toward your total grade.  Each week's case study will be worth between 4 and 5 points.   There will be no case study in week 8.  Case studies will be graded on: Content 70% Organization 10% Integration of source materials 10% Appearance 10% = 100% total Late policy:  If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late.  After 12:00, late work will receive no higher than a 70.  I will grade it Monday morning.  After I grade it, no late work will be graded.

Grading:

Course Grading Scale A = 90- 100% (or 270 points or higher) B = 80-89% (or 240 to 269 points) C = 70-79% (or 210 to 239 points) D = 60-69% (or 180 to 209 points) F = < 60% (177 or fewer points) Total possible points:  300

Assignments

% of
Grade

Points Possible

Discussion Board Question(s)

15%

45 pts

Case Studies

10%

30 pts

Mid-Term Examination

25%

75 pts

Paper

25%

75 pts

Proctored Final Examination

25%

75 pts

 

Total 100%

Total 300 pts.

For all online courses, the student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of Late Work:  When an assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late.  Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to Iraq and will not be near a computer for the entire week).  Please see the grading rubrics for assignment-specific late policies.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Ground Rules for On-line Participation Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web. Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted as an electronic file (E-mail) until the end of the term. Students will normally submit assignments and papers as RTF (Rich Text Format) or Word documents via the dropbox as attachments. WordPerfect files cannot be accepted as attachments unless saved as RTF. Of course, students can copy assignments from word processing and paste them into e-mail if the dropbox is not working properly. Late Policy:  When an assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late.  Generally, late work will receive a 70 for the first day, 50 for the second day late, and 0 after that.  Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances (If you are hospitalized or are deploying to Iraq and will not be near a computer for the entire week).  Please see the grading rubrics for assignment-specific late policies.   Please post questions that others might have in the Office.  If you have a question that is personal in nature, you are welcome to email me anytime.  That's what I'm here for.  I will get back to you in 24-48 hours.   Any information I provide in this class is for educational use only and is not intended to be legal advice.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship.  Also, you should not rely on anything you read on the Internet (including anything from this class) as a substitute for sound legal advice.  You should go to an attorney in your state when you have legal problems.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Agency Law Readings: Study chapters 35, 36, and "Reading and Briefing Cases" on pages 18-19. Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. We will discuss agency law, the duties an agent owes to a principal, the duties a principal owes to an agent, and express, implied, and apparent authority as they relate to third parties and principal liability for an agent's actions. We will also discuss how to brief case law. Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination. Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. See above "Grading Policy" for more information about the proctored final examination. Week 2: Introduction to the Forms of Business Readings: Study Chapters 37, 38, and 41. Class Activities:We will discuss the forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the duties of a partner to a partnership and to the other partners, and the formation of a corporation. Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination. Paper Topic Due (posted in class) by the end of Week 2. Week 3: The Management of Corporations Readings: Study Chapters 42-44. Class Activities: We will discuss the organization and financial structure of corporations, the management of corporations including the duties of the board of directors and the officers, and the rights and liabilities of shareholders. Week 4: Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy Readings: Study Chapters 28-30. Class Activities: We will discuss the difference between secured and unsecured transactions, the relationship between secured transactions and bankruptcy, and the types of bankruptcies. Mid-Term Exam: The Mid-Term exam will be this week. See the Grading Rubric for more information. Week 5: Employment Law and Environmental Law Readings: Study Chapters 51 and 52. Class Activities: We will discuss employment law and environmental law including the responsibilities of business owners to follow the various laws and consequences if the laws are not observed. Week 6: Negotiable Instruments Readings: Chapters 31, 32 (pages 719-726), and 33. Class Activities: We will discuss negotiable instruments, the types of indorsements, and the liabilities of parties. Paper Due (in the dropbox as an attachment) by the end of Week 6. See the Grading Rubric under Grading Policy for specifics. Week 7: Consumer Protection Law and and the Legal and Professional Responsibilities of Auditors, Consultants, and Securities Professionals Readings: Chapters 46 and 48. Class Activities: We will discuss the consumer protection acts and the legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and securities professionals. Week 8: Review and Proctored Final Examination Readings: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures. Class Activities: We will review agency law, the forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the duties of a partner, the formation of a corporation, the organization and financial structure of corporations, the management of corporations, the rights and liabilities of shareholders, secured transactions, bankruptcy, employment law, environmental law, negotiable instruments, the consumer protection laws, and the legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and securities professionals. Proctored Final Examination: Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination by Friday of Week 8 from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored examination.

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:
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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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