MG260 Business Law I

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MG 260 Business Law I


S2T 2011 DL


McDavid, Saundra



Office Location


Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(206) 600-7937


Semester Dates

March 14 to May 8, 2011

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


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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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 asynchronous discussion (dialog), 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.

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 asynchronous written discussion with case studies, an assigned written research project on a business law related topic for (a.k.a. term paper), testing.

Please note that there is no extra credit in this class.

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.
    • Participating in weekly on-line conference discussion topics.
    • Completing weekly case study assignments.
    • Completing the Mid-Term Exam.
    • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, Referred to as a Paper.
    • Completing a course evaluation in Week Eight of this class.
    • Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail capabilities and Completing a Proctored Final Examination.

Please note when assignments are due.


% of

Week Due

Class Participation (45 pts)



Case Studies (30 pts)



Mid-Term Examination (60 pts)


Week 4

Gulf Oil Paper (75 pts)


Week 6

Proctored Final Examination** (90 pts)


Week 8

Total 100%  (300 pts)


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.
  • Proctored final examination
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100% (or 270 points or higher)
B =80-89% (or 240 to 269 points)
C = 70-79% (or 210 to 239 points)
D = 60-69% (or 180 to 209 points)
F = < 60% (177 or fewer points)

Total possible points: 300

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:

Mid-Term: You must contact me to open the Mid-Term for you if you are late as it will close at midnight in the Mountain Time Zone. What is late? 12:01 in the Mountain Time Zone on Sunday night of week 4 is considered too late to take the 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.


Final Exam: You can’t take the Final Exam late without instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. However, hospitalization or deployment to Iraq during exam week are acceptable reasons to take the final late. Taking the final late could result in a grade of incomplete for the class. IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THE FINAL, YOU FAIL THE COURSE according to Park policy even if you have a D going into the final.


Paper and Case Studies: If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late. There is a 10% penalty per day for late work.  No work will be accepted after four days late.  


Discussion: Discussion must take place within the week that it is due.  There is no credit given for posts after the week has ended. 


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

  1. Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.
  2. Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted as an electronic file (E-mail) until the end of the term.
  3. Students will normally submit assignments and papers as RTF (Rich Text Format) or Word documents (.doc) via the dropbox as attachments. WordPerfect files and OpenOffice files cannot be accepted as attachments unless saved as RTF or .doc.  Do not submit .otd  or .wps files.   Your paper will be counted as late if it is posted in the wrong format.
  4. Please post questions that others might have in the Office. 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.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: An Introduction to the Legal System

  • Readings: Text: Study chapters 1-3 and pages 92-100 of chapter 4.
  • Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. 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. We will also discuss how to brief case law.
  • Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination. Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. See above "Grading Policy" for more information about the proctored final examination.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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) by the end of Week 6. Submit an essay on the legal effects of the gulf oil spill.  The report should incorporate three specific laws that apply to the situation.  Your essay should be 1400 - 1800 words and in APA format. 
    See the Grading Rubric that is posted in the class announcements for more information.

Week 7: Personal Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law

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

Week 8: Review and Proctored 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.
Proctored Final Examination: Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination by Friday of Week 8 from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored examination.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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 Adviser for possible expulsion.

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Students are required to do their own work in this course. Students who plagiarize will receive an F in the course and be reported to the Academic Adviser for disciplinary action or possible expulsion.

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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: .

Additional Information:
Grading Rubric for paper:

Criterion Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Exceptional Score Points Possible Points Earned
Score 1 2 3      
           identified  the legal problem
Did not discuss
           legal and ethical considerations of the Gulf oil spill
           identified at least two laws that are applicable to the Gulf oil spill 
           identified at least three laws that are applicable to the Gulf oil spill 
3 20 20
Identified applicable legal and ethical codes Did
           not provide any cites to legal or ethical codes
           a general discussion of legal and ethical codes but did not provide specific
           laws or ethical codes that apply to the Gulf oil spill, or provided names of
           laws but no discussion of the laws.
           detailed discussion of specific law and codes of ethics as well as  supporting evidence.
3 20 20
Provided research to support arguments No
           evidence of research
           sections of the essay supported by research
           arguments supported by research
3 10 10
Essay is 1400 - 1800 words Essay
           did not meet the minimum word count of 1400 words
           exceeded the word count of 1800 words. Writing could be more concise
           is between 1400 - 1800 words
3 5 5
APA Formatting Essay
           is not double spaced or is missing a title page or reference page.
           are not in APA format. 
           is double spaced, contains a title page and a reference page.
3 5 5
Citations No citations present in
Some citations, however not all
           of the essay is correctly cited.
All research is correctly
           documented with in-text citations and a reference page.
3 7 7
Mechanics Frequent grammatical,
           punctuation, and spelling errors.
Minor grammatical, punctuation,
           and spelling errors. Use of first and second person, instead of third person.
Technically flawless,
           mechanically and grammatically correct.
3 5 5
Format Organization and
           structure developing but still some illogic in flow.
Organization and
           structure are clear but presentation could be more precise. 
Organization and
           structure of the paper are clear and easy to follow. 
3 3 3
Final Score 75 75


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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          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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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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