MG260 Business Law I

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MG 260 Business Law I


U1KK 2010 HA


Arrowood, Rick J.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. (HRM)

Office Location

Off campus

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

June 7 to August 1, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours



Mallor, Barnes, Bowers & Langdarvt, Business Law with OLC and You Be The Judge DVD, 13th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2007.  ISBN: 13 9780073271392

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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:

Welcome to Business Law I. I am glad you have chosen this course. I hope to make it interesting and informative.

My goal is to engage and educate you over the next several weeks. I am confident that you will gain an excellent understanding of and appreciation for the law, specifically how legal rulings and regulations effect businesses.

In addition to the skill set and knowledge you bring to the class room, it is my intent to bring the law to life by using a variety of teaching methods including, but not limited to, brief lectures, in-class role playing, interactive group assignments, case briefs, and creation of fictitious corporations to highlight various aspects of the law. 

I look forward to working with you.

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:

Students will be assessed through topic quizzes, case presentations, class participation and mid-term and final examinations.


Mid-Term Exam                                    100 points  (25% of grade)

Quizzes (3)                                          100 points  (25% of grade)

Case Brief Presentation                        20 points  (5% of grade)

Class Participation                                50 points   (12.5% of grade)

Final Exam                                           130 points  (32.5% of grade)

Course Grading Scale

A = 90-100% (360 points or higher)

B/B+ = 80-89% (320 to 359 points)

C/C+ = 70-79% (280 to 319 points)

D/D+ = 60-69% (240 to 318 points)

F = less than 60% (239 points)

TOTAL                400 points

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:

Students should follow the Assignment and Assessment Schedule which will be posted as well as hand-delivered on the first day of class. The Professor reserves the right to deduct five points for each day the assignment is late unless the student has contacted the Professor, and the Professor has granted an excused late. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

This course will be a highly interactive, discussion and opinion based learning method. I ask that you respect other student opinions, particularly when the students have opposing views on various cases and topics.

It will be important for you to stay in touch with me throughout the course. I understand the challenges of meeting on ground for class and staying on top of the assignments. So, please always feel free to discuss with me any issues you are encountering that may interfere with your learning.

Please note that any information provided to you during this course is not intended as legal advice. My intent is to provide this material for educational use only.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The Professor reserves the right to alter or change this topic/dates/assignments scheduled. You will be notified in advance of any changes. All reading should be completed prior to attending class. All class materials, including cases, case assignments, Adobe Power Point presentations (speakers will be required in order to listen to the lecture online), and other materials will be available online.

6/11     Introductions, overview of course structure and materials, types and classifications of law, jurisprudence, the functions of law and legal reasoning. (Chapter 1)

6/11    Resolution of private disputes, state courts, federal courts, civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution. (Chapter 2).  

6/11     Business and the Constitution, overview of Supreme Court and Constitution (federal and state), contract clause, interstate commerce, and federal preemption. (Chapter 3)

6/11     Due process, equal protection, business and the First Amendment, incorporation, and government action. (Chapter 3).

6/18     Business ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate and nonprofit governance and critical thinking (Chapter 4). (Quiz 1)

6/18     Crimes and criminal procedure (Chapter 5)


6/25     Intentional Torts (Chapter 6) (Quiz 2)

7/2       Holiday break—make up date and time to be determined  

7/9       Negligence and Strict Liability (Chapter 7)

7/16     Employment Law (Chapter 51) (Quiz 3)

7/23     Introduction to contracts (Chapters 9, 10 and 11)

7/23     Consideration, consent and capacity to contract (Chapters 12, 13, and 14)

7/23     Statute of frauds, illegality, and rights of third parties (Chapters 15, 16 and 17)

7/23     Performance and remedies (Chapter 18) (Practice Quiz-contracts only)

7/30     FINAL EXAM

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 2009-2010 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. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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