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MG 261 Business Law II
Ingram, Edsam M.


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 261 Business Law II

Semester

S2A 2008 BE

Faculty

Ingram, Edsam M.

Title

Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science
Air War College
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Office Location

Austin Center

Office Hours

4:45 - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday

Daytime Phone

Private Law Office = 472-2057

E-Mail

Edsam.Ingram@pirate.park.edu

EdHelenIngram@aol.com

Semester Dates

March 17, 2008 - May 11, 2008

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Prerequisites

MG 260

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Law and the Regulation of Business, Ninth Edition, Richard A. Mann and Barry S. Roberts, Thompson - West Publishing Company, 2008

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Free handouts from the instructor

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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. 

Educational Philosophy:
To help the student acquire a basic understanding of the fundamental principles and terminology in the business legal field so the student will be able to utilize that knowledge to increase his/her awareness, understanding, and use of certain legal principles and issues.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the relationship between agent and principal
  2. Distinguish between the rights and liabilities of business owners, whether partners, members or shareholders.
  3. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.
  4. Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.
  5. Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.
  6. Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.
  7. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.


  Instructor 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:
All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course's Core Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. 

 For this course, the core assessment is a Comprehensive Final Examination to be administered in all sections of MG 261. This exam is worth at least 30 percent of the student's final grade and will test students' mastery of the Core Learning Outcomes (as listed on this syllabus) through definitions, essay, and/or multiple choice questions. 

 This core assessment is a CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTES comprehensive examination that must be administered and proctored in the classroom and is not to be given as a take-home examination. Students should not have access to the exam or its questions before it is administered. The duration of the exam can be no longer than two hours. 

 No computers, or materials other than a writing instrument and a calculator without text functions and communication may be used for the exam; this applies to all students, regardless of whether the exam is for on-line or face-to-face students. Completion of the exam is strictly individual; students may not work in groups to complete the exam.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Examinations, term paper, class participation, and attendance.

Grading:

The final course grade will be determined by using the following measurements:

1.  There will be three examinations during the semester.  The first two examinations will each cover approximately one-third of the course material and will be worth 200 points each.  The third examination will be a comprehensive examination of the course and will be worth 300 points.  The student can also earn up to 200 points on his/her term paper and up to 100 points for calss participation.  The total possible points that the student can earn is 1,000.

2.  Actual possible points for the student's final grade will be as follows:

a.  Fiirst examination =  200 points (20% of the final grade)

b.  Second examination = 200 points (20% of the final grade)

c.  Third examination (Core Assessment Final) = 300 points (30% of the final grade)

d.  Term paper = 200 points (20% of the final grade.  The paper must be approved by the instructor and acceptable to him. 
 
e.  Class Participation (including attendance)  = 100 points (10% of the final grade)
 
Total points possible = 1,000 points

3.  The three examination grades, term paper grade, and participation grade will be totaled.  The following criteria will be used to assign the course's final letter grade.

900 - 1,000 total points   = A (with an acceptable term paper)

800 - 899 total points   = B (with an acceptable term paper)

700 - 799 total points   = C (with an acceptable term paper)

 600 - 699 total points   = D

Below 600 total points  = F
4.  However, all students must pass the final exam with a 60% or better grade to pass the course regardless of previous course work. 
 
5.  No exam will be a take-home exam.  Each exam will be a closed book and closed notes exam.  The third exam will be a comprehensive exam.

6.  The student's attendance is considered part of his/her class participation.  But, attendance is expected--it is not a "bonus" for the student.  There will be no curve, either up or down, used in grading, nor will exrta work be accepted for extra credit. 

 

 

 

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. 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 Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor expects all assignments to be turned in on time.  No late submissions will be accepted by the instructor except in exceptional circumstances (to be determined by te instructor.)

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Students are expected to take their examinations at the regularly scheduled times.  Make-up examinations are discouraged and are allowed only in exceptional situations (to be determined by the instructor.)
 
2.  Students are expected to turn their cellular telephones off while in the classroom.  This includes vibrating cellular telephones.  If a student is expecting a possible problem at home or at work, he/she should notify the instructor prior to class and ask permission to leave his/her cellular telephone on that evening.  Then, the student should leave the classroom to talk on the telpehone. 

3.  There will be a ten minute break each evening at approximately the middle of the class period.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

An acceptable term paper, plus the required total exam score, is required to earn the letter grade of "C" or better. Requirements for an acceptable term paper are as follows:
 
1. The student must prepare a typed or computer printed, double spaced, term paper consisting of at least 2,000 words. The paper should contain at least three sources (other than the textbook). The sources should be properly documentated. The "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Sixth Edition," will be used as the authority for documentation style. This book also has a very helpful discussion on writing research papers, and is higly recommended by this instructor. A copy of the book can be found in the school's library.
 
2.  The student can choose any one of the following subjects for his/her paper:  Bankruptcy, Divorce (including issues concerning children), Arbitration, Torts, and any other law-related subject approved by the instructor in advance. 

 3.  These subjects were chosed because of the issues surrounding each of them--issues such as are the laws being overused, are people abusing the laws, the law's effect(s) on society, etc.  In writing the paper, the student shsould not discuss the mechanics of the law (how the law operates, its legal elements, etc.); instead, the student should discuss the subject's overall effect(s) on society, etc.  

 4.  The student should discuss his/her paper with the instructor prior to starting to write it.
 
5.  The instructor expects the student to "think" when writing the paper, not simply go on a treasure hunt for good quotations.

6. The student is expected to cite his/her surces properly and to use proper grammer, spelling, and punctuation. The student should remember that he/she is striving to attain a top grade in an upper level university course. The paper should reflect the student's ability and motivation to do this.

 7. The student should turn in his/her completed paper no later than the date indicated in the syllabus. A penalty will be assissed on the student's final course grade for a late paper. The instructor will review the paper and either approve it or, if the student turns it in early, return it for further work. If the paper is returned for further work, it must be completed and resubmitted by the date of the third examination.

 8. Each paper will be awarded up to 200 points and must e acceptable to the instructor. The instructor will keep the paper. If the student wants a copy, he/she must make one prior to turning in the original.

 CLASS AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE - This will be handed out the first night of class.

 

 

 

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
Describe the relationship between agent and principal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Thoroughly describes the relationship, clearly stating the distinctions between agent and principal. Describes succinctly and clearly the relation. Does not clearly describe or distinguish between the two parties. No response or no pertinent information related to agent-principal relations. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
8. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Identifies, describes, and provides examples of how law impacts contracting, employment, and intellectual property protection. Identifies, describes, and provides examples of how law impacts contracting, employment, and intellectual property protection. Does not clearly identify areas. No response or no pertinent information related to agent-principal relations. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.Examine the types of business associations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Identifies and describes many (more than four) consumer protection laws.



States and describes several types of business associations and provides a thorough description of each type.







 
Identifies and describes at least two areas.



Identifies and discusses two types of business associations.



 
Does not clearly identify two or more laws.







Does not identify and examine at least two types of business associations.



 
No response or no pertinent information related to consumer protection laws.



No response or no pertinent information related to business associations.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Examine the types of business associations.Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
States and describes several types of business associations and provides a thorough description of each type.



Clearly define each type of intellectual property and submit examples.



 
Identifies and discusses two types of business associations.



Provides a simple, clear definition of two types of intellectual property.



 
Does not identify and examine at least two types of business associations. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provide a description and a thorough explanation based on three or more laws.. Describes and provides an explanation for two basic employment laws. Does not identify and examine at least two types of basic employment laws. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Identify  and provide a thorough discussion of  three or more forms. Identifies and discusses the use of two forms of bankruptcy. Does not identify and examine at least two types of bankruptcy. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provides a thorough , and comprehensive description and explanation of the impact of three or more laws and the outcome on employment practices. Provides a description and a general explanation of how employment laws protect employees and affect employers. Does not provide a description of the ways employment laws affect employees and emplyers. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 

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