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MG 261 Business Law II
Skeen, David, G.


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

F2U 2010 LU

Faculty

Skeen, David, G.

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

LL.M. in Criminal Law - University of San Diego School of Law
Juris Doctor - IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
B.A.- University of Washington

Office Location

Luke AFB Campus Office

Office Hours

4:30 - 4:50 PM - Tuesday

Daytime Phone

623-544-4881

E-Mail

David.Skeen03@park.edu

Semester Dates

10/18/2010 to 12/12/2010

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

MG 260

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 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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McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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:
The course professor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, class discussion and participation, oral presentations by students, and examinations. The course professor will engage learners each week to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

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:
Two student oral presentations, weekly student participation in class discussion and completing reading assignments, and a mid-term and final examination.

Grading:

Grading:
 
Each student is responsible for:
 
   Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
   Completing two Oral Presentations.
   Participating in weekly, in-class discussion.
   Completing the Mid-Term and Final Examinations.

 
Assignments (please note when assignments are due in the syllabus):

Oral Presentation #1 (15 pts)


Oral Presentation #2 (15 pts)

Class Participation (10 points)

Mid-Term Examination (30 points)
 

Final Examination (30 pts)

Total Points = 100 pts

Course Grading Scale

A = 90- 100%
B =80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%

Total possible points: 100
 

Oral Presentation Rubric

Content – 33.33%: The content presented was comprehensive, accurate, and believable, and key issues were appropriately emphasized. The student did not present an overly ambitious list of topics and stayed appropriately focused on a few key issues. The topic was well researched and the presentation was well organized, clear, and effectively structured. The presentation was the required length.

Visual Aids – 33.33%: PowerPoint slides were appropriately professional given the presentation’s context and they were easy to read. Visual aids contributed significantly to the overall effectiveness of a presentation.

Presentation – 33.33%: Student dress and grooming were appropriate to the class setting. In addition, student use of non-verbal cues/gestures was appropriate to presentation and flow of ideas. Student voice projection and body language were good and portrayed confidence in their ability to control the audience. The student did not read from notes or PowerPoint slides, and used their resource materials as an effective reminder only when necessary. Student responses to question were effective and answered correctly. Student content knowledge was evident, and the use of time was consistent with the assignment requirements and not rushed.
 
Class Participation Rubric:

Students are required to substantively participate in weekly class discussions. In order to earn full participation points, students must add “substance” to the class discussion,

The following is a non-exhaustive list for examples of student participation that would be considered substantive, and hence adding value and depth to the online discussion: 

  • Commenting on others' experiences
  • Responding to questions by the course professor
  • Sharing a related experience
  • Asking others questions about their ideas/experiences
  • Offering a different perspective about an idea that is being discussed
  • Describing an interesting idea from the week's reading and explaining what insights were gained from it
  • Disagreeing (respectfully) with a point that someone else made
  • Discussing a related work issue and requesting feedback about it
  • Describing how recent course concepts have been applied to personal/professional life
  • Sharing another resource used to explore the course topics
  • Seeking clarification about terms or concepts introduced by either the facilitator or fellow students
  • Pointing out or paraphrasing research that is relevant to the topic currently being discussed, with proper reference citations
  • Noting, briefly, the content and/or purpose of a pertinent URL and providing a link (as it is a violation of copyright law to copy the actual page)

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 Mid-Term and Final Examinations are online tests taken through eCollege. Students are given a timed window to complete the examination. Failure to take the test within the time window provided will result in no points unless prior written permission of the course professor has been obtained for late submission of the test, which will only be given for an excuse such as hospitalization of the student or deployment overseas. 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.

Oral Presentations: You must make an oral presentation on the assigned date in syllabus. Failure to participate in an oral presentation will result in no points for the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  1. Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted as an electronic file (E-mail) until the end of the term.
  2. Students copies of PowerPoint presentations as .pptx presentations and MS Word documents as .docx documents via the course drop box.  Other formats will not be accepted or graded.  Students shall not copy and paste or attachment assignments to e-mails.
  3. If you have a question that is personal in nature, you are welcome to email the course professor anytime and I should respond in 24-48 hours.
  4. DISCLAIMER: Any information the course professor provides in this class is for educational use only and is not intended to be legal advice.  Comments or statements by the course professor do not create an attorney-client relationship. The course professor cannot provide students with legal advice and students should not make such requests.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 

Week 1: Real Property & Introduction to the Forms of Business

  • Read: Chapters 24, 37-41.
  • Class Activities: Discuss the concept of real property, including fixtures, buildings and permanent structures; forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the duties of a partner to a partnership and to the other partners, and the formation of a corporation.

Week 2: The Management of Corporations

  • Read: Chapters 42-44.
  • Class Activities: Discuss the organization and financial structure of corporations and other legal entities, the management of such legal entities, including the duties of the board of directors and the officers, and the rights and liabilities of shareholders.

Week 3: Credit, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy,

and Negotiable Instruments

  • Oral Presentation #1: Students shall select one of the following topics: (1) Ethical Challenges for Multi-National Corporations; (2) The Credit Crisis in America; or (3) Consumer Bankruptcy. Student are required to present a 10 minute oral presentation on their topic to the class. See Oral Presentation Grading Rubric for more information.
  • Read: Chapters 28-31
  • Class Activities: Discuss the difference between secured and unsecured transactions, the relationship between secured transactions and bankruptcy, and the types of bankruptcies. We will also discuss negotiable instruments, the types of indorsements, and the liabilities of parties.

Week 4: Mid-Term Examination (Online Test)

  • Read: Study assigned chapters for Weeks 1 through 3, and review lecture materials.
  • Class Activities: Mid-Term Examination covering Chapters 24, 28-31 and 37-44. The Mid-Term Examination is an online test, which students will access and complete through eCollege. The exam is self-graded and students will have a timed window during Week 4 to complete the examination. 
  • There is no class meeting for Week 4 but the examination, including preparation, will be the equivalent of the time spent in class.

Week 5: Admin. Agencies, Consumer Protection Law, Accountant Liability, and Environmental Law

·                                 Read: Chapters 47-48, and 52.

  • Class Activities: We will discuss the consumer protection acts, the legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and securities professionals, and intellectual property. We will also discuss employment law and environmental law including the responsibilities of business owners to follow the various laws and consequences if the laws are not observed. Finally, we will discuss environmental regulation as it applies to business.

Week 6: Agency, Employment Law, and Workplace Privacy

·         Oral Presentation #2. Students shall select a topic from the following areas of discrimination: (1) sex, (2) age, (3) ace/color, (4) religion, or (5) national origin discrimination and present a 10 minutes oral presentation on their topic to the class. See Oral Presentation Grading Rubric for more information.

  • Read: Chapters 35-36 and 51
  • Class Activities: Discuss agency law, the duties an agent owes to principal, the duties a principal owes to an agent, and express, implied, and apparent authority as they relate to third parties and principal liability for an agent's actions. We will also discuss employment law, including At-Will employment, Title VII and the various protected classes, and workplace privacy as it applies to business and the workplace.

Week 7: Agency & Employment Law (continuation)

  • Read: Chapters 35-36 and 51.
  • Class Activities: Discuss agency law, the duties an agent owes to principal, the duties a principal owes to an agent, and express, implied, and apparent authority as they relate to third parties and principal liability for an agent's actions.  We will also discuss employment law, including At-Will employment, Title VII and the various protected classes.

Week 8: Final Examination

  • Read: Study assigned chapters for Weeks 5 through 7, and review lecture materials.
  • Class Activities: Final Examination covering chapters 35-36, 47-48, and51- 52. The Final Examination shall be an online test, which students will access and complete through eCollege. The exam is self-graded and students will have a timed window during Week 8 to complete the examination. 
  • There is no class meeting for Week 8 but the examination, including preparation, will be the equivalent of the time spent in class.

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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