LG324 Contract Management & Law

for S1B 2011

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LG 324 Contract Management & Law


S1B 2011 BL


Tollinchi, Jose


Adjunct Professor


Masters in Business Administration
Contracting Level 2
Program Management Level 1

Office Hours

By Appointment - email the instructor from the Park student's email account



Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours



Brown, G W.; Sukys, P.A. (2006). Business Law: With  UCC Applications (12th ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 0-07-296057-4

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Additional Resources:

Supplemental Text:

Epstein, A. (2008). Contract Law Fundamentals. New Jersey:Prentice Hall. ISBN: 978-0-13-114748-5

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Course Description:
LG324 Contract Management and Law: A study of the procurement and contracting process with emphasis on the organization, policy formulation, procedures, and administration of purchasing activities and functions.3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG260

Educational Philosophy:

My experience as a contracting officer has shown me that most problems related with contract management can be traced to a failure on how the organization understands and responds to contract laws and procedures. 

This course studies the procurement and contracting process with emphasis on the organization, policy formulation, procedures, and administration of purchasing activities and functions.

The basis of this philosophy centers on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, and writings.

1.  Develop effective communication and interaction among students and interactiveness between students and instructor. All communications and interactions are expected to be at a college level appropriate for the course.

2. Provide an increased awareness of how to employ effective and efficient contracting management practices.

3. Maximize the use of technology resources for classroom instruction and assignments.

4. Use the classroom to apply current events, individual experiences, knowledge, text, and homework assignments for the benefit of all students.

5. Stimulate a desire in students to change their management style through professional development, and hold them accountable for their own learning.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the role of legal council in an organization. The student should include a discussion of corporate, and outside legal services, alternate dispute resolution, mediation, and arbitration
  2. Define an agent and principle; include a description of the duties and liabilities of each.
  3. Discuss the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). The student should explain its origin and use.
  4. Explain offers and acceptance in relation to contracting. Include the essentials of a purchase contract.
  5. Analyze delivery, acceptance, and payment as related to contracting.
  6. Discuss the Convention on the International Sale of Goods. The student should explain its origin and use to include its relationship to the UCC.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze ethics in business and contract law
  2. Analyze conflict of interest in contracting
  3. Analyze insider information and improper use of proprietary information
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Final Examination, Five Page Paper, Quizzes, Current Event Article, & Class Participation.

Core Assessment -- Boeing Contract Scandal Paper is assigned and is due in Week 7.

The paper will be in essay format and based on the material covered during the course in comparison to the Boeing Contract Scandal. The paper should be of 5 pages in length minimum, double spaced. The intent of the paper is to assess the students understanding of the core learning outcomes so it is necessary that the student "cover" the outcomes as described above. You'll need to define the issues surrounding the Boeing scandal in a tanker lease contract (Instructor Added Learning Outcomes 1, 2, & 3).  The paper should also address how both the government and Boeing failed in preventing the issues and what actions could have been taken in order to avoid the problem from becoming a legal issue.
300 Point scale as follows:
  • 250 points for content – ability to relate Boeing scandal to the learning outcomes
  • 50 points for grammar and APA format

The paper will be written as an essay in accordance with the APA 6th edition format.

In each week's quizzes, answer all questions either True or False, or multiple choice.  You will receive the grade once you press the submit button.

160 P
oint scale as follows:
  • 10 points per quiz
  • 2 quizzes per week

Students must submit their assignments no later than 11:00 PM on the due date through the eCompanion.  Assignments will not be accepted from other sources.

All electronic communication must be done through the Park email system.

Class participation consists of in-class discussion, ability to respond and answer questions posted by the instructor during class, and overall conduct.  Additionally, each student will be selected to bring a current event article and present it to the class prior to the beginning of lecture.
The article is worth 140 points of the total grade.  The article must be relevant to Business Law and Contracting.  The student must be able to summarize the article and explain how it relates to core learning outcomes.
140 Point scale as follows:
  • 100 points for content – ability to relate the article to core learning outcomes
  • 40 points for presentation and delivery of article to the audience.

The final examination is comprehensive and in short answer format. The students must display the ability to understand the concepts and provide an analytical application of the concepts based on the question or situation presented.


Final Exam – 30% of grade, 300 points

5 Page Paper – 30% of grade, 300 points

Quizzes – 16% of grade, 160 points

Current Event Article – 14% of grade, 140 points

Class Participation – 10% of grade, 100 points

Total 1000 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:

Late submission of Course Material must be coordinated with the instructor prior to the due date. Notification by student and approval by instructor must be through the Park email system in order to be official.

Extensions will be granted for bona fide emergencies.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings and be on time.  Attendance is recorded at each class meeting; if students are going to be absent, notification to the instructor is required via the Park email system; otherwise the absence will be recorded as unexcused.  After two unexcused absences, one letter grade will be deducted, after three unexcused absences, two letter grades will be deducted, and after four unexcused absences, students will be given a final grade of “F”.  Academic dishonesty will result in immediate release from the course and a failing grade.  Non-attribution policy is in effect for all class meetings.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Day One Welcome, Course Introduction, and APA Writing Review Chapters 1 - 3

Day Two Chapters 4 - 6

Week 2

Day One Chapters 7 - 9

Day Two Chapters 10 - 12

Week 3

Day One Chapter 13 - 15

Day Two Chapters 16 - 18

Week 4

Day One Chapters 19 - 21

Day Two Chapters 22 - 24

Week 5

Day One Chapters 25 - 27

Day Two Chapters 28 - 30

Saturday - Paper Drafts due into Dropbox Tab

Week 6

Day One Chapters 31 - 33

Day Two Chapter 34 - 36

Week 7

Day One Chapters 37 - 39

Day Two Chapters 40 - 43 - Essays due into Dropbox Tab

Week 8

Day One Final Exam

Day Two Final Day of Class, Review of Final Exam Results, Make up work 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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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