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MG 260 Business Law I
Lynch, Paul


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

F2J 2009 DN

Faculty

Lynch, Paul

Title

SENIOR PROFESSOR -ADJUNCT FACULTY

Office Hours

BEFORE THE CLASS EACH THURSDAY

Other Phone

9133831073

E-Mail

P.LYNCH@PARK.EDU

HANGMAN@EVERESTKC.NET

Semester Dates

STANDARD FALL II DATES

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

NONE

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
MALLOR, BARNES ET ALL,  "BUSINESS LAW, THE ETHICAL, GLOBAL, AND E-COMMERCE ENVIRONMENT", MCGRAW-UILL, IRWIN, 2010, FOURTEENTH EDITION, ISBN 978-0-07-337764-3

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Additional Resources:
NONE

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Course Description:
MG260 Business Law I Introduction to the law: contracts, agency, employment, and negotiable instruments; comparison of social responsibility and legal aspect of selected issues. 3:0:3
 
BUSINESS LAW I WILL STUDY  THE LEGAL SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES; HOW IT WORKS, AND HOW CASES ARE RESOLVED IN OUR SOCIETY.  IN ADDITION THE COURSE WILL CONCENTRATE ON ALL TYPES OF CONTRACTS IN BUSINESS. AFTER YOUR EXPOSURE TO THE PARAMETERS OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM, THE COURSE WILL PRESENT THE RIGID LAW OF CONTRACTS FOR THE SALE OF SERVICES, THE FLEXIBLE LAW OF THE COMMERCIAL CODE USED BY MERCHANTS, AND FINISH WITH THE LAW ASSOCIATED WITH BANKS AND COMMERCIAL PAPER. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY ONE HALF OF THE BOOK. AND KEEPING UP WITH THE READING ASSIGNMENTS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT  PART OF THE COURSE.  THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE ARE TO LEARN AND UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING:
 
1. THE PROCEDURES OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND THE COURTS.
2. TORT LAW.
3. CONTRAST CIVIL AND CRIMINAL LAW.
4. THE LAW OF NEGLIGENCE AND STRICT LIABILITY.
5. THE LAW OF CONTRACTS FOR THE SALE OF SERVICES.
6, THE COMMERCIAL CODE FOR THE SALE OF GOODS.
7. THE LAW OF COMMERCIAL PAPER.
8. THE PROCEDURE FOR BRIEFING OF LEGAL CASES.

Educational Philosophy:

MY PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE.  COME TO CLASS PREPARED FOR THE LECTURES AND BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS AND GIVE ANSWERS ABOUT THE ASSIGNED SUBJECT MATTER. IN A EIGHT WEEK COURSE, NO ONE SHOULD EVER MISS A CLASS.  IF YOU MUST MISS A CLASS, YOU ARE NOT EXCUSED FROM THE DISCUSSION THAT YOU MISSED. OFTEN SCHEDULES CHANGE AND EXAMINATIONS ARE MOVED UP AND YOU NEED TO ASK AN ATTENDING MEMBER OF THE CLASS TO BRING YOU UP TO DATE. DO NOT MISS CLASS!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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. Discuss what actions constitute a breach of a contract, and the remedies available.
  7. Explain the warranties imposed by law in the sale of goods


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 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 Rubric

Class Assessment:

THERE WLL BE A TOTAL OF THREE EXAMINATIONS; ALL CLOSED BOOK AND CLOSED NOTE EXAMINATIONS.  YOUR PROFESSOR WILL WRITE TWO EXAMINATIONS AND THE SCHOOL WILL WRITE THE CORE ASSESSMENT EXAMINATION.
 
EACH PROFESSOR EXAMINATION IS WORTH 100 POINTS EACH OR 20% OF YOUR GRADE EACH  AND TOTALLY 40% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE. THE CORE ASSESSMENT EXAM IS WORTH 200 POINTS OR 40% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE. THE THREE EXAMINATIONS AMOUNT TO 80% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE.
 
THERE WILL BE SIX QUIZES GIVEN AT THE END OF EACH CLASS AFTER THE DISCUSSION OF THE ASSIGNED MATERIAL. THESES QUIZES ARE WORTH 10 POINTS EACH OR A TOTAL OF SIXTY POINTS  OR 12% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE.
 
FINALLY YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO CREATE AND PERHAPS PRESENT A BRIEF OF A CASE OF YOUR SELECTION FROM THE TEXT BOOK BEFORE THE CLASS, WHICH WILL BE WORTH 40 POINTS OR 8% OF YOUR FINAL GRADE.
 
THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POINTS FOR THE COURSE IS 500 POINTS.
 
AT THE STUDENT'S  OPTION, A RESEARCH PAPER ON A TOPIC APROVED BY THE PROFESSOR CAN BE SUBMITTED WORTH AS MUCH AS 15 POINTS TO MAKE UP FOR ADVERSE EXAMINATION AND QUIZ GRADES. THIS PAPER MUST BE TYPED, DOUBLE SPACED, AND OF AT LEAST 5 PAGES IN LENGTH. NO FOOTNOTES ARE REQUIRED, BUT YOU MUST INCLUDE A BIBLIOGRAPHY TO SHOW THE SOURCE OF YOUR RESEARCH.
 
ALL PAPERS AND QUIZES MUST BE IN THE PROFESSOR'S POSSESSION ON THE LAST DAY OF THE CLASS. THE PROFESSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO GIVE A STUDENT WHO ATTENDS EVERY CLASS AND PARTICIPATES IN THE CLASSROOM DISCUSSION UP TO 5 BONUS POINTS TO RAISE THAT STUDENT'S GRADE TO THE NEXT HIGHER GRADE.

Grading:

THE GRADING PLAN IS AS FOLLOWS:
 
450-500 = A
400-449 = B
350-399 = C
300-349 = D
000-299 = F

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 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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 
WEEK                     ASSIGNMENT                                                         OBJECTIVES
 
ONE                        INTRO, CHS 1-8, QUIZ 1                                         1, 2, 3, & 8
TWO                       CHS 9-13, QUIZ 2                                                     4, 5 & 8
THREE                    CHS 14-18, QUIZ 34                                                 4, 5 & 8
FOUR                      REVIEW, FIRST EXAMINATION                           1 THROUGH 5
FIVE                        REVIEW, CHS 19-22, QUIZ 4                                  6 & 8
SIX                          REVIEW, CHS 31-32, QUIZ 5                                  7 & 8
SEVEN                   CHS 33-34, QUIZ 6                                                    7 & 8
EIGHT                     REVIEW COURSE, FINAL EXAM
                                CORE ASSESSMENT EXAM                                    1 THROUGH 7

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 "F".
  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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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
1.Distinguish between the role of the law and ethics in business decision making.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Clearly describes and states the distinctions and provides examples and supporting information Lists or states the distinctions. Provides no information that pertains to the distinctions No response, or no pertinent related information. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Analysis          2. Discuss the role the US Constitution plays in the regulation of business. 3. Discuss the difference between civil and criminal law, and the duties and liabilities with each.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
2. Discusses in depth several roles with examples from a wide variety of different types of businesses.



3. Discusses the differences and describes in great detail the duties and liabilities of each type of law.



 
2. Provides a discussion with at least three roles and examples from the basic types of businesses (retail, manufacturing, service).



3. Discusses the basic distinctions between civil and criminal law, and states the duties and responsibilities associated with each type



 
2. Does not describe or discuss the roles of the Constitution.



3. does not clearly describe and discuss the differences that exist be- tween the two types of law.



 
No response, or no pertinent related information. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Distinguish between intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability.  5. Examine the legal requirements for contract formation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
4. Provides a  thorough, description of all three (international torts, negligence, and strict liability) with descriptive examples.



5. Lists the legal requirements, and identifies exceptions, and explanations as to why each is important.



 
2. States the differences.







5.  Lists the requirements.







 
4.Provides incomplete or no distinctions.



2. Provides incomplete or no distinctions.



 
4., 5. No response, or no pertinent related information. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
6. Identifies and thoroughly the types that need to be in writing with examples. 2. Lists and clearly states



the types.



 
6. Does not clearly state or describe the types. 6. No response, or no pertinent related information. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Explain the warranties imposed by law in the sale of goods.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
8. Clearly identifies, describes, and explains the types of warranties with actual examples. 8. Lists and explains the differences. 8. Does not clearly state or describe the differences. 8.  No response, or no pertinent related information. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Discuss what actions constitute a breach of a contract, and the remedies available.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Lists, describes,  and creates a very thorough description of the various types of breach and potential remedies.



Identifies, thoroughly describes and explains the reasons for the requirements for each types of contracts with comprehensive, supportive examples.



 
States and provides a brief discussion of two or more types of breach and possible remedies.



States the types of contracts.



 
Does not stat e what constitutes a breach.



Does not identify the types of contracts.



 
No response, or no pertinent related information 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1. Distinguish between the role of the law and ethics in business decision making.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Provides a thorough description and distinctions in the roles.



2.  Provides a thorough, but exhaustive discussion of the role of the U.S. Constitution.



 
States and briefly describes the roles.



Provides a brief discussion, stating the or more roles that the Constitution provides.



 
Does not identify or distinguish between the roles. No response, or no pertinent related information 

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