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MG 260 Business Law I
Carstarphen, Melanie


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

S1A 2010 BE

Faculty

Carstarphen, Melanie

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A.   Dallas Baptist University
J.D.    South Texas College of Law

Office Location

Austin, Texas Campus

Office Hours

5-9; M-W Central Time ( by appt.--please call/email me)

Daytime Phone

512 339 7744

E-Mail

melanie.carstarphen@park.edu

mkcarstarphen@gmail.com

Semester Dates

January 11, 2010---March 7, 2010

Class Days

Monday/Wednesday

Class Time

8:00 - 10:40 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment. by Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt; Irwin McGraw-Hill, 14th ed., 2010. ISBN#: 0073377643

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Additional Resources:

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http://www.findlaw.com
http://www.abanet.org

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

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness via the internet based on lectures, readings, quizzes, written asyncronous discussion (dialogue), examinations, websites and writings. The facilitator will engage learners each week in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.


MC:  I am interested in honing your ability to think and reason.  By the end of this course, I want you to be able to apply what you have learned in a professional and honest manner that will aid you in your career endeavors.

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:
Weekly asyncronous written discussion with peer reviews, case studies, an assigned written research project on a business law related topic for (a.k.a. term paper), testing (Midterm/Final/2 quizzes).

Grading:
My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

    • Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
    • Completing the 2 Quizzes, the Mid-Term Exam and the Final Exam
    • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, Referred to as a Paper.
    • Completing a course evaluation in Week Eight of this class.

Please note when assignments are due. 

Assignments

% of
Grade

Week Due

Class Participation 

10%

Continually

Quiz One & Quiz Two

15%

Weeks 2 and 6

Mid-Term Examination 

25%

Week 4

Term Paper 

15%

Week 6

Final Examination

35%

Week 8

Total 100%  

 

A message from the Park Management Department: "The comprehensive final is not a take-home test.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam."

**Note:  The final is the core assessment.

  • Please read the Grading Rubric for each assignment located below under additional information.


 

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% 
B =80-89% 
C = 70-79% 
D = 60-69% 
F = < 60% 
 
 

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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Quizzes and Term paper: You can only turn in these assignments late with my permission. Without an excuse that I approve of (hospitalization, for example), you will receive no higher than a C if you turn it in 1 day late and no higher than 50% if you turn it in 2 days late. 


Mid-Term Exam:  You can only take the Mid-Term late with my permission. Without an excuse that I approve of (hospitalization, for example), you will receive no higher than a C if you take it 1 day late and no higher than 50% if you take it 2 days late. You cannot take the Mid-Term late after Tuesday of Week 5 unless you have an excuse.

 

Final Exam: You can’t take the Final Exam late without my permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. However, hospitalization or a military deployment during exam week are excellent reasons to take the final late. Taking the final late could result in a grade of incomplete for the class. 

 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ground Rules for Participation

  1. Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted until the end of the term.
  2. Success in my class means 2-4 hours per week outside of class completing the reading assignments, working on your research paper, and completing take home assignments.  Learning is fun if you are prepared!  
  3. Students will normally submit assignments and papers as RTF (Rich Text Format) or Word documents via the dropbox as attachments. WordPerfect files cannot be accepted as attachments unless saved as RTF. If the dropbox is not working properly, we'll make other arrangements (you can email directly .
  4. If you have a question that is personal in nature, you are welcome to email me anytime. That's what I'm here for. I will get back to you in 24-48 hours.
  5. Any information I provide in this class is for educational use only and is not intended to be legal advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Also, you should not rely on anything you read on the Internet (including anything from this class) as a substitute for sound legal advice. You should go to an attorney in your state when you have legal problems.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: An Introduction to the Legal System

  • Readings: Text: Study chapters 1-4.
  • Class Activities: 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. 

 

Week 2: Torts and Crimes

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 5-7.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law.
  • Assignment of Paper: Due by the start of Week 6. Topic Due by the end of Week 2.  I ask you to submit your topic so that we can both make sure that you understand the assignment.  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). A minimum of three sources is required.
  • Quiz ONE  (takehome) 

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.
  • Turn in Quiz One

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 on Wednesday. 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.
  • Review of Midterm exam in class.  

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, emailed to me and bring in a hard copy to class) by the start of Week 6 (Monday)
  • Quiz Two (take home)

Week 7: Personal Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law

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

Week 8: Review and 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.
  • FINAL EXAMINATION on Wednesday  (We'll review on Monday) 

Please read the grading rubric for this course---its a good guideline and source for you to measure your success! 

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
Students are required to do their own work in this course.  Anyone who cheats in any way (including dividing the work with others and submitting their work as your own) will receive an F in the course and be reported to the Academic Director.

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
Students are required to do their own work in this course. Students who plagiarize will receive a 0 on the assignment for a first offense and be reported to the Academic Director.  Subsequent offenses may result in an F for the entire course.

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 .


Attachments:
Grading Rubric for Assignments

Grading Rubric for Assignments

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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