MG 260 Business Law I
F1J 2009 PV
Miratsky, Matthew J.
Sr. Adjunct Instructor
BA HistoryJuris Doctor
August 17 to October 11
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Mann, Business Law and the Regulation of Business, 9th edition, 2008, Thompson S-W.
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 260. 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 may not 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 RubricClass Assessment:
Students will accumulate points based upon their attending class and participating in discussions, a mid-term exam and final exam, as well as on six writing assignments. Information about the final exam is found in this syllabus. Information about discussion expectations and the midterm exam will be provided in class. Below is information about the writing assignments.
Students will be required to complete six writing assignments to be turned in at the beginning of each class, excepting the first and last classes. For each assignment, students must complete 3 case problems from the text of the chapters covered in the preceding week. In other words, for the writing assignment due the second week of class (8-26), students must complete 3 case problems from chapters 1 through 4 which are covered the first week of class. For the writing assignment due the third week of class (9-2), students must complete 3 case problems from chapters 5 through 8 which are covered the second week of class.
There is no length requirement, other than the expectation that you answer completely and thoroughly. A sample answer is provided below. I request that the assignment be typed, single spaced and in12-point font. Each question must be identified by Chapter and Question / Case Problem Number. If you are not using the 9th edition of the text, the text edition number must be stated as well.
Example from Case Problem 14, Chapter 15
The statute of frauds requires certain types of contracts to be in writing to be enforceable. Those contracts include agreements for the transfer of an interest in real estate, contracts that cannot be performed within one year and contracts for the sale of goods over $500. The second type of contract is at issue in this problem. The employment contract between Dean and the Co-op Dairy was for one year, but was not in writing.
The test used to determine if the statute of frauds applies to the one-year rule is referred to as the performance test. This test states that if it is possible for a contract to be performed in less than one year, the statute of frauds does not apply. In applying that test to the contract between Dean and the Co-op Dairy, the statute of frauds would not prohibit enforcement of the contract. While the contract was for a one-year period, it is possible that the contract could be performed in less than a year. Dean could become incapacitated or die during that period, or the Co-op Dairy may go out of business. As such, the contract is enforceable by Dean, even though it is not in writing.
1000 Total points for the course, accumulated as follows:
100 points - attendance
100 points - participation
300 points – weekly writing assignments
200 points – mid-term exam
300 points - Final Exam (Core Assessment)
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.
Week 1 (8-19) Introduction, Chapters 1-4
Week 2 (8-26) Legal Environment of Business, Chapters 5-8
Week 3 (9-2) Contracts, Chapters 9-12
Week 4 (9-9) Contracts, Chapters 13-14, Mid-Term Exam
Week 5 (9-16) Contracts, Chapters 15-18
Week 6 (9-23) Sales, Chapters 19-23
Week 7 (9-30) Property, Chapters 47-49
Week 8 (10-7) Final Exam
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