LG324 Contract Management & Law

for S1M 2005

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Course Number: LG 324
Course Title: Contract Mgmt. & Law
Instructor: Keith Thompson
Faculty Title: Adjunct Faculty
Semester: Spring I, 2005
Term Dates: 10 Jan. – 6 March 2005
Meeting Time: Mon. & Wed. 1930-2200
Prerequisites: MG 260
Credit Hours: 3
Center: MCAS Cherry Point

Park University Vision Statement

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Park University 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.

1. COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the procurement and contracting process with emphasis on the organization, policy formulation, procedures and administration of purchasing activities and functions. Prerequisite: MG 260.

2. GOALS OF THE COURSE: To provide the student with a balance of theory and practical application for the development and management of government purchases and contract agreements. The course identifies the many different facets and complexities of contact law

a. Explain the role of contract management and purchasing law as it relates to the business system.
b. Identify the terms of the contract and measure contract performance.
c. Discuss the legal aspects of the purchasing-employer relationship.
d. Discuss how to negotiate with a supplier.
e. Explain the role of computers and electronic data interchange within the contract management and purchasing environment.


Lectures, discussion, handouts, review of homework and class participation. Two in-class written exams (midterm and final) will be given. All homework will be graded. Exams will cover the material discussed in class or provided in the assigned reading assignments and homework.


Students are required to attend class, complete the reading and written homework assignments on time and contribute to the class discussion.

6. TEXTBOOK LIST: King, Donald B., Ritterskamp Jr., James J., Purchasing Managers Desk Book of Purchasing Law, 3rd ed., 1998.


Handouts provided by the instructor.


Week Activity

1 Chapter 1

2 Chapter 2

3 Chapter 4

4 Chapter 10, review and midterm exam

5 Chapter 12

6 Chapter 13

7 Chapter 15

8 Chapter 19, review and final exam

Beginning of Term: January 10, 2005

Last day for Add/Drop: January 17, 2005

Last day for partial refund for withdrawal: February 4, 2005

Last day for withdrawal: February 11, 2005

End of Term: 6 March 2005


Attendance will be taken at each class. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and to be present for the full class period. Classes missed for legitimate reasons (e.g. illness, family emergency, work schedule, temporary additional duty) are excusable, however, a student who is absent from a class is responsible for all material covered during the class period.

a. EXCESSIVE ABSENCES: Three unexcused absences are defined as excessive and will result in an involuntary withdrawal and a grade of “F” (attendance) for the course.

b. ADD/DROP/WITHDRAWL: Adding, dropping or withdrawing from a class must be done by the student at the Park University Resident Center Office by completing the enrollment adjustment form. Adding, dropping or withdrawing by telephone is not permitted.

c. MAKING UP MISSED FINAL EXAMINATIONS: Only extraordinary circumstances warrant a student to be allowed to make up a missed final examination. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor before the scheduled exam date, or by the end of the first working day after the missed exam, to request permission to take a make-up exam.


Submitting someone’s work for your own is not tolerated. If determined by the instructor that academic dishonesty has occurred in any part of the course, the student(s) involved will normally be given an immediate grade of F and dropped from the course. The second violation results in automatic expulsion from the school. The Assistant Vice President will be notified in writing for the action.


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

Midterm Exam 30%

Final Exam 30%

Homework 30%

Class Participation 10%

The midterm and final exams will cover the readings, class discussion and homework assignments for the 1st and 2nd halves of the course, respectively. The following number ranges will be used to assign course letter grades:

93 – 100 A

85 – 92 B

77 – 84 C

69 – 76 D

below 69 F (or three or more unexcused absences)

11. 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.

Policies of Park University

Academic Honesty: Academic honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism-the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.

Attendance Policy: Instructors are required to keep attendance and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term or enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F.” An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.