MG260 Business Law I

for F2GG 2006

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MG 260 Business Law I


F2GG 2006 MI


Jespersen, Chad M.


Adjuct Faculty


BA - Business Administration/Human Resource Concentration
JD - Juris Doctorate

Office Location

Minot AFB

Office Hours

By Appt

Daytime Phone

(701) 340-4704

Web Page


Semester Dates

Oct 24 - Dec 14

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM



Credit Hours


Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment, 13th Edition; by 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 facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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.

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:

There will be two tests and one quiz throughout the semester.  Each test/quiz will consist of multiple choice, true false, fill in the blank, and short essay questions.  The exams test only the material presented up to the test/Quiz.  They are not cumulative but conceptually may build, to some degree, on knowledge acquired during the course.  Although the tests will be weighted evenly, there is no guarantee that each test will be worth the same amount of points as the others.  Class attendance and participation is expected and encouraged.  Class attendance and participation will affect the students final grade.  Additionally, each student will be a required to present to the class a case decision during the course.   

The comprehensive final is not a take home exam. The comprehensive final is not open book or open note.


Two Tests  @ 84 points each = 60% of final grade

One Quize @ 56 points = 20% of final grade

Case Study Presentation @ 28 points = 10% of final grade

Class Attendance @ 14 points = 5% of final grade

Class Participation @ 14 points = 5% of final grade




A - 90% - 100%

B - 80% - 89%

C - 70% - 79%

D - 60% - 69%

F - Below 60%

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are to be prepared and participate in class discussion.

Cell phones/pagers are to be turned off or placed on silent during class.  Any calls will be handled with discretion and outside the room/earshot. 

If a student is not going to make it to class inform the instructor. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Oct 24: Read Chapter 1 – pg 1-15 INTRODUCTION

Oct 26: Read Chapter 2 – pg 27 - 47

Oct 31: Read Chapter 6 – pg 166 - 194

Nov 2: Read Chapter 7 – pg 202 - 229

Nov 7: Read Chapter 9 – pg 274 – 287; Chapter 10 – pg 291 – 304; Chapter 11 – pg 309 – 322, Chapter 12 – pg 327 - 340

Nov 9: Review

Nov 14: TEST on prior reading

Nov 16: Read Chapter 14 – pg 360 – 370; Chapter 16 - pg 394 – 410; Chapter 17 – 415 - 427

Nov 21: Read Chapter 18 – pg 432 – 454

Nov 23: Read Chapter 19 – pg – 460 – 476 (NO CLASS – THANSGIVING)

Nov 28: TEST on prior reading

Nov 30: Read Chapter 21 – pg – 522 – 536

Dec 5: Read Chapter – 20 – pg 482 – 516

Dec 7: Read Chapter 35 – pg 856 - 869

Dec 12: Review

Dec 14: TEST on prior reading

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

Disability Guidelines:
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