MG260 Business Law I

for S1J 2011

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MG 260 Business Law I


S1J 2011 PV


Mumma, John


Adjunct Professor of Business Law and English


BA, Michigan State University-East Lansing, MI
MA, University of Illinois at Chicago
JD, John Marshall Law School, Chicago

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Semester Dates

January 10 through March 6, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Business Law:  The Ethical, Global and E-Commerce Environment.  Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt.  14th ed.  McGraw/Hill. (This text is required).

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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:

For optimum success in the class, students should come prepared, be ready to listen and take notes, be willing to participate in class discussion, and keep an open mind about what the law is, has been, and should be.

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:

Midterm and final exams (objective and short answer)
Weekly quizzes (five T/F questions over basic content of each week's reading)
Law Case Response Papers (due at midterm and last class day).  Students will research topics in the Lexis-Nexis database, find a case of at least four pages on a topic relevant to this term and write a paper in which they brief the case using Chapter One guidelines in Mallor.  Following the brief, the paper should contain a section of the student's response with significant reference to passages in Mallor that support the student's view as to how effectively the case was decided.  Sources should be documented using MLA format.
Class participation (preparededness, attendance, constructive discussion are all factors the instructor will take into consideration at the end of the term in assigning points possible in this area).


Midterm exam = 100 points
Final exam (Core Assessment) = 192 points
Midterm Law Case Response Paper = 100 points
Final Law Case Response Paper = 100 points
Class participation = 108 points
Quizzes = 40 points (5 quizzes; lowest grade dropped)
Total points possible = 640
576-640 = A
512-575 = B
448-511 = C
384-447 = D
383 and below = 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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The final exam may not be taken after the final class period. 
Under verifiable emergency circumstances with relevant documentation provided, students may take the midterm exam after the scheduled session, but a minimum of twenty points will be deducted from the student's score on the test regardless of circumstances. 
Midterm Law Case Papers lose points at the instructor's discretion if they are handed in after the due date.
Any quizzes given must be taken on the date they are given in class.  Quizzes may not be made up.  Lowest quiz score will be dropped.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Common sense and common courtesy play a large role in any classroom setting.  Behavior that is distracting, counterproductive, rude, offensive, or destructive will not be tolerated.  Students exhibiting such behavior will be asked to leave the course and may be subjected to disciplinary action through the Dean's office.  All such matters will be handled by the instructor at his discretion.
Pirate email is the official communication vehicle between students and instructor.  Therefore, conversations that occur between students and instructor during or after class do not constitute notice to the instructor of particular student complaints, problems, or announcements of intent.
Law Case Papers should be submitted as rich text or wordpad documents through Pirate email.  Such submissions constitute a record of the time the paper was completed and submitted.  Students should bring a printed copy of the paper to class on the due date.  This copy will constitute the "grading copy" and should be labeled as such by the student.  The instructor will respond to drafts in progress via Pirate email to a reasonable degree and at his discretion.
The instructor is not a practicing attorney in the state of Missouri.  If you have personal legal issues, please procure the services of a licensed attorney for your state.
Assignments on the schedule that follows are listed on the date under which they are due, not the date on which they are assigned.  Therefore, students should come to class prepared to discuss Chapter 6
The instructor may give reading quizzes at his discretion.  These will be "pop" quizzes and may constitute a portion of the "Class Participation" points listed in the Grading Plan.
In addition to chapters listed for homework in the official schedule, portions of additional chapters will be included in lecture/discussion week to week.  Such material will not be assigned as homework but may also be covered on midterm and final exams.  A review for material to be covered on exams will be provided in class and via email in advance of each test.   
The instructor may make reasonable adjustments in assignments and procedure at his discretion.
Students wishing to protest a final course grade should follow the procedure set forth in the current Park University Undergraduate Catalog under "Administrative Appeals," p. 91.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Students are to have read one chapter per week in Mallor.   There will be a quiz at the beginning of each class covering basic concepts in the assigned chapters and cases in parentheses.  For example, the first quiz will be at the beginning of the Jan. 20 session and cover Chapter 6.
Jan. 13 -- Introduction to the course.  Bring the Mallor text for introductory lecture, discussion, and class work.
Jan. 20 -- Ch 6 Intentional Torts (Stoshak)
Jan. 27 -- Ch 7 Negligence (Black)
Feb. 3  -- Ch 4 Social Responsibility and Ethics
Feb. 10 -- Midterm Exam and supplementary chapters; first law case paper due.
Feb. 17 --  Ch 3 Constitutional Law (Gonzales)
Feb. 24 -- Ch 9 Contracts (Lambert) and text only in 506-512 Sales Warranties (Felley)
Mar. 3 -- Final exam; second law case paper due.

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

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

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 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: .


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 
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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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