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MG 261 Business Law II
Giannini, Peter W.


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 261 Business Law II

Semester

S2D 2011 DA

Faculty

Giannini, Peter

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

California Western School of Law:  JD
University of Alaska Anchorage:  MFA Creative Writing-Nonfiction
Portland State University:  MAT Theater Arts

Office Location

Classroom or Campus Center

Office Hours

By appointment

E-Mail

peter.giannini@park.edu

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Prerequisites

MG260

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Mallor, Jane P. and A. James Barnes et al. Business Law: The Ethical, Global , and E-Commerce Environment. 14th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2010.  ISBN 98-0-07-337764-3.  

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Course Description:
MG261 Business Law II: A continuation of the study of contract, agency, employment, and negotiable instruments; comparison of social responsibility and legal aspects of selected issues.3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG 260

Educational Philosophy:

In summary, I see my role as doing three things:

1.         Giving you an opportunity to test your knowledge of the law and law-related issues though a variety of means, writing, discussion--including the Socratic method, activities and examinations;

2.         Informing myself about your work (reading it, listening to it, participating in it) and providing you with formal and informal feedback and evaluation; 

3.         Giving you things to think about. 

In return, I expect each student to: 

1.         Pay attention; 

2.         Suspend Disbelief (be willing to look at things in ways different than your preconceived notions); 

3.         Give it your best effort. 

If we do this we can maximize the benefits of our collective efforts. 

We will have a variety of learning and evaluation activities.  It is my hope that this will give every student an opportunity to excel. 

I have been a lawyer for over 30 years, and I believe strongly in the role of law (and lawyers) in our society, particularly the business sectors.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the relationship between agent and principal
  2. Distinguish between the rights and liabilities of business owners, whether partners, members or shareholders.
  3. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.
  4. Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.
  5. Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.
  6. Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.
  7. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.


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 261. 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 is not to 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:

 The assessment activities for this course are class participation, six short exercises, a term paper or project, a midterm exam, and a comprehensive final examination.


Grading:

Grading 

The class will be graded using the following assessments and point values.

The total possible is 200 points. 

180 and above            = A

160 through 179.xx  = B

140 through 159.xx = C

120 through 139.xx  = D

Below 120                      = F

Class Participation:  20 points (10% of grade): Attendance, journaling, completion of 100% of the class activities and assignments, contribution to discussions, engagement in activities, and case briefs. 

Six Short Activities ("Shorts"):  5 points each (2.5% of Grade) 30 points (15% of grade):  These are short in class or take home activities, such as reaction papers, cases analyses, essays, Internet research reports, and similar activities arising from the reading or discussions. 

A Term Paper or Project:  50 points (25% of grade)  A written report on a law related subject. 

Midterm Examination:  40 points  (20 % of grade) 

Final Examination:  60 points (30% of grade) This is the core assessment for the course.  It is a closed book, proctored, comprehensive examination.

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:
All assignments must be submitted on by the due date or deadline as set out in this syllabus or announced in class.  Late submission of work will only be allowed for good cause shown, for example: TDY, personal or family illness, or a death in the family.

Any request for extension of a due date must be made in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Read the material.  Do the writing.  Arrive on time.  Participate freely.  Suspend disbelief.  Be open to different opinions.  Offer you own opinions with honesty tempered by tact (a skill that will serve you well in any business environment).


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One: March 14/ March 16
Property (Real, Personal, and Intellectual)

Readings:  Study Chapters 23, 24 and 8 (pages 241-276).  Also familiarize yourself with “Reading and Briefing Cases” on page 24-25.

Class activities:  We will discuss the history and nature of property rights in the United States.  This will be a basis for our future discussion of secured transactions and bankruptcy.  It would be helpful to know a little about the Battle of Hastings.  Try a little Internet research.

March 16:  Due date for Short #1 (to be assigned).

Week Two:  March 21/ March 23
Secured Transaction/Bankruptcy

Readings: Chapters 28, 29 and 30.

Class Activities:  We will discuss secured transactions—that is the taking of a lien in property to insure payment and bankruptcy—a process for dealing with debt when one cannot pay.

March 23:  Due date for Short # 2 (TBA).

Week Three:  March 28/ March 30
Agency

Readings:  Chapters 35 and 36.

Class Activities:  A discussion of Agency—the authority of one to act on behalf of another, and the rights of third persons who interact with an agent.

March 30:  Due date for Short # 3 (TBA).

Week 4:  April 4/April 6
Introduction to the Forms of Businesses
Midterm Examination

Readings:  Chapters 38. 38 and 41.

Class Activities:  Discussion of the various forms of business, including sole proprietorship, partnership, corporations, and other limited liability forms.

April 6:  Midterm Examination.

Week Five:  April 11/ 13
Management of Corporations/Negotiable Instruments

Readings:  Chapters 42, 43 and 44.  Also begin 31, 32 (pages 822-828) and 33 for Wednesday.

Class Activities:  We will explore the idiosyncrasies of “observing the corporate formalities,” and the roles, risks and rewards of officers, directors and shareholders in a corporation.  We will also begin discussion of negotiable instruments, such as checks and certain promissory notes.

April 13:  Due date for Short # 4.


Week Six:  April 18/ April 20
Negotiable Instruments (continued)/ Employment Law

Readings:  Chapters 31, 32 (pages 822-828) , 33 and 51.

Activities:  Continued inquiry into the astonishing powers of negotiability and a holder in due course.  WE will also discuss laws relating to employment and various traps and pitfalls.

April 20:  Due date for Short # 5 (TBA).

Week Seven:  April 25/ April 27
Environmental Law/Consumer Law 
Term Paper Due

Readings:  Chapters 52 and 46.

Activities:  Discussions of statutes that effect business such as environmental laws, consumer protection laws and accountant liability.

April 26 at 0600 MST:  Deadline to submit Term Paper to Drop Box.

April 23: Due date for Short # 6 (TBA).

Week Eight:  May 2/ May 4
Wrap Up/ Review/ Final Examination

Readings:  Review all readings for the semester.

Monday May 2:  Wrap up loose ends, and  review the key points of the semester.

Wednesday May 4:  Comprehensive Final Examination (Core Assessment).  See grading rubric for more information.

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
Describe the relationship between agent and principal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Thoroughly describes the relationship, clearly stating the distinctions between agent and principal. Describes succinctly and clearly the relation. Does not clearly describe or distinguish between the two parties. No response or no pertinent information related to agent-principal relations. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
8. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Identifies, describes, and provides examples of how law impacts contracting, employment, and intellectual property protection. Identifies, describes, and provides examples of how law impacts contracting, employment, and intellectual property protection. Does not clearly identify areas. No response or no pertinent information related to agent-principal relations. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.Examine the types of business associations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Identifies and describes many (more than four) consumer protection laws.



States and describes several types of business associations and provides a thorough description of each type.







 
Identifies and describes at least two areas.



Identifies and discusses two types of business associations.



 
Does not clearly identify two or more laws.







Does not identify and examine at least two types of business associations.



 
No response or no pertinent information related to consumer protection laws.



No response or no pertinent information related to business associations.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Examine the types of business associations.Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
States and describes several types of business associations and provides a thorough description of each type.



Clearly define each type of intellectual property and submit examples.



 
Identifies and discusses two types of business associations.



Provides a simple, clear definition of two types of intellectual property.



 
Does not identify and examine at least two types of business associations. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provide a description and a thorough explanation based on three or more laws.. Describes and provides an explanation for two basic employment laws. Does not identify and examine at least two types of basic employment laws. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Identify  and provide a thorough discussion of  three or more forms. Identifies and discusses the use of two forms of bankruptcy. Does not identify and examine at least two types of bankruptcy. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provides a thorough , and comprehensive description and explanation of the impact of three or more laws and the outcome on employment practices. Provides a description and a general explanation of how employment laws protect employees and affect employers. Does not provide a description of the ways employment laws affect employees and emplyers. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 

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