MBA632 Legal,Social & Ethical Envir

for S1P 2010

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MG 632 Legal,Social & Ethical Envir


S1P 2010 DL


Holtsclaw, Charice L.


Attorney, Adjunct Faculty


J.D. - Washburn School of Law
MBA - Park University
B.S. Bus. Mgmt - NWMSU

Office Location

by appt.

Daytime Phone

816-842-6700 (email preferred)


Semester Dates

January 11 - March 7

Class Days


Class Time

12:01 a.m. - midnight Central

Credit Hours



The Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business

14th ed., by Reed, Shedd, Morehead, & Pagnattaro                                Textbook

(McGraw-Hill 2008)  ISBN:  0-07-304849-6

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Course Description:
MG632 Legal,Social and Ethical Environment: An examination of the nature of the legal environment from the viewpoint of the social and moral bases of law. Emphasis is given to the operation of our legal system and its significance in decision functions of management. Prerequisite: MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director.

Educational Philosophy:

During this term we will explore regulatory, societal and ethical issues that face businesses every day and how they are being enforced in new and more imposing ways.

The major goal of this course is to help you understand the value in finding the right question to ask in a particular setting.  Only if one can spot the issues that are inherent in any given scenario can the correct resources be brought to bear and the appropriate legal and ethical answers be found.  The facilitator's educational philosophy centers around readings, cases and review questions because the best way to learn the law is through application. Lectures will supplement the readings to highlight important concepts, but class discussion and questions will be the main method which allows the concepts to sink in so that you will be able to apply them in a business setting. It is key that all assignments be completed to the best of your ability in a timely manner, and you apply the concepts for that week to your discussion.   

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Conduct interpersonal communications to include, negotiations, ethical decision-making and analysis with special attention to the development of these skills in a legal, social and ethical environment context.
  2. Identify what pollution laws apply when a business, government unit, or individual undertakes a project that affects the environment.
  3. List the rights and obligations of buyers and sellers concerning the deliver of goods, including payment, inspection, acceptance, revocation of acceptance, and rejection.
  4. Discuss a wide range of legal problems arising in the practice of legal, social and ethical environment.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Grading Criteria – Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned.  The due date for all assignments is 12:00 midnight Central on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.
Discussion grades are based on posting initial responses by the deadline, and posting discussion/interaction of others' posts.  Discussion with others will include a minimum of 2-3 quality posts.  Discussion may also include references to textbook or other sources - use proper citations at all times.
Homework responses should refer to the textbook and other sources as needed, with proper citations.


Course Grading Scale - The components of the course and their respective worth are as follows:

Weekly online discussion and feedback entries 30 points each week for 240 points total
Weekly homework 30 points each week for 210 points total
Weekly quizzes 10 points each week for 60 points total
Group Project 50 points
Midterm 100 points
Final exam (comprehensive) 250 points
TOTAL 910 points

A =
 90- 100%
B =
C = 
D =
F =
 < 60%

Basis of Grades:

Grades for work in this course will be calculated based upon the following rubrics:

Discussion Activities Grading:  There is a total of 30points each week.  Each week there will be at least two questions and sections to comment on. 

Content Points
Weekly online discussion entries(includes references and well-thought out answers) 15
Weekly online discussion responses/feedback entries 15
Total 30

Weekly Homework Assignment Grading:

There are 30 homework points per week.  Each week will contain a different number of questions and sections.

Content Excellant Good Poor
Weekly Homework Assignments 27-30 (includes references and clear concise answers) 22-26 15- 21

27-30 22-26 15-21

Examination Grading:

Examination question answers will be graded based upon agreement with the course text.  Essay, discussion, and similar type questions will be graded for completeness, conciseness, and legal thought process, as well as for content.  The student should provide relevent legal analysis based on the question presented. 

Final examination - A computerized examination will be taken during the 8th week.  The exam will not be proctored. 


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor.  If late work is approved, the Instructor will determine whether point should be deducted.  Discussion points cannot be made up at a later date. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Discussion, Homework, Quiz
Week 2 - Discussion, Homework, Quiz
Week 3 - Discussion, Homework, Quiz
Week 4 - Discussion, Homework, Midterm over Chapters 1-10
Week 5 - Discussion, Homework, Quiz
Week 6 - Discussion, Homework, Quiz
Week 7 - Discussion, Homework, Quiz, Group Project Due
Week 8 - Discussion, Final Exam (comprehensive with emphasis on Chapters 11-17)

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 31-32

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2009-2010 Graduate Catalog Page 35

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