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MG 260 Business Law I
Lynch, Kenneth R.


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.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MG 260 Business Law I

Semester

F2T 2006 DLD

Faculty

Lynch, Kenneth R.

Title

Professor

Degrees/Certificates

J.D., Ph.D.

Office Location

Carlsbad, California

Office Hours

9-4; M-F

Daytime Phone

7609310030

E-Mail

kenneth.lynch@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

10/23/06 - 12/17/06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Law and the Regulatory Environment, Mallor

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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. 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:
Examinations, quizzes, presentations, projects, papers.

Grading:

Discussions and Case Studies: 75 points [25% of grade]

Midterm Exam: 75 points [25% of grade]

Term Paper: 75 points [25% of grade]

Final Exam: 75 points [25% of grade]

 Please Note: The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam. Student must pass the final exam with 60% or better to pass the course.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No Late Submissions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students will be expected to act in dignified and honorable manner at all time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: An Introduction to the Legal System

  • Readings: Text: Study chapters 1-3 and pages 92-100 of chapter 4.
  • Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. We will discuss the state and federal court systems, the steps in a lawsuit, constitutional issues such as the takings clause, the commerce clause, and the contract clause, the alternatives to litigation, and the concept of social corporate responsibility. 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: Torts, Crimes, and Intellectual Property

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 5-7 and pages 234-260 of Chapter 8.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law and intellectual property law including copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents.
  • Assignment of Paper: Due (by attachment in the dropbox) by the end of Week 6. Topic Due (posted in class) by the end of Week 2. For the Paper, write about any business law topic that you choose. The report should incorporate sources from your online research, and should include a short outline, approximately 7-10 double-spaced pages of text with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of all sources used (a bibliography or a works cited page).

Week 3: Introduction to Contracts

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 9, 10, and 11.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the introductory chapter on contract law which outlines the section on contract law, the elements of a contract, and how an agreement is formed.

Week 4: Consideration, Consent, and Capacity to Contract

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 12, 13, and 14.
  • Class Activities: We will continue to discuss contract law including consideration, consent, and the capacity to contract.
  • Mid-Term Exam: The Mid-Term exam will be this week. See the Grading Rubric for more information.

Week 5: The Statute of Frauds and the Rights of Third Parties

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 15, 16, and 17.
  • Class Activities: We will continue to discuss contract law including the Statute of Frauds and the rights of third parties.

Week 6: Remedies and Product Liability

  • Readings: Text: Chapters 18 and 20.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss remedies and the doctrine of product liability.
  • Paper: Due (submitted to the dropbox) by the end of Week 6. For the Paper, write about any business law topic that you choose. The report should incorporate sources from your online research, and should include a short outline, approximately 7-10 double-spaced pages of text with parenthetical references or footnotes, and a list of all sources used (a bibliography or a works cited page). See the Grading Rubric for more information.

Week 7: Personal Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law

  • Readings: Text: Chapters 23 and 25.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the consumer protection laws and the landlord-tenant laws including the duties and liabilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

Week 8: Review and Proctored Final Examination

  • Readings: Text: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures.
  • Class Activities: We will review the state and federal court systems, the steps in a lawsuit, the U.S. Constitution as it relates to business, the alternatives to litigation, tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law, corporate social responsibility and the law, the elements of a contract, how agreement is formed, consideration, consent, capacity to contract, illegality, the Statute of Frauds, the rights of third parties, remedies, product liability, personal property law, and landlord tenant law.
  • 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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Last Updated:10/11/2006 11:13:50 AM