MBA632 Legal,Social & Ethical Envir

for U1P 2011

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MBA 632 Legal,Social & Ethical Envir


U1P 2011 DL


Miratsky, Matthew J.


Sr. Adjunct Instructor


Juris Doctor
Bachelor of Arts, History

Office Hours

Call anytime between 8am and 9 pm central

Daytime Phone

816-654-3331 (cell)

Other Phone

816-997-9376 (home)


Semester Dates

June 6 to July 31

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



The Legal & Regulatory Environment of Business
15th ed., by Reed, Shedd, Morehead, & Pagnattaro
(McGraw-Hill 2010) ISBN: 978-0-07-337766-7

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional reading resources to supplement the text will be provided in the online classroom.

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Course Description:
MBA 632 The Legal, Social and Ethical Environment of Businss.  An examination of the nature of the legal environment from the viewpoint of the social and moral bases of law. Emphasis is given to the operation of our legal system and its significance in decision functions of management. Prerequisite: MG 352 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG 632)

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy of instruction is based upon creating an environment where students can engage in self-instruction. Learning is, generally, a two-way process, one that involves a teacher providing adequate instruction and a student providing sufficient effort. There is, inherent in this arrangement, limits on what a teacher can do. If a student fails to learn, the question remains as to whether it was the teacher or the student who failed in their role. I believe the instructor, to satisfy his or her role, should set clear expectations, be consistent, encourage open dialogue both in and out of the classroom and be available to the students. In so doing, the instructor has ‘set the table’ and leaves the student with the burden to discover a means of learning the material best suited for them. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Conduct interpersonal communications to include, negotiations, ethical decision-making and analysis with special attention to the development of these skills in a legal, social and ethical environment context.
  2. Identify what pollution laws apply when a business, government unit, or individual undertakes a project that affects the environment.
  3. List the rights and obligations of buyers and sellers concerning the deliver of goods, including payment, inspection, acceptance, revocation of acceptance, and rejection.
  4. Discuss a wide range of legal problems arising in the practice of legal, social and ethical environment.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Grading Criteria – Students are expected to participate and complete all assignments during the weeks in which they are assigned. The due date for all assignments is 12:00 midnight Central on the Sunday of each week of the course unless a different due date is specified.

Discussion grades are based on posting initial responses by the deadline, and posting discussion/interaction of others' posts. Discussion with others will include a minimum of 2-3 quality postso peers in additiom to your original post. Discussion may also include references to textbook or other sources - use proper citations at all times.

Homework responses should refer to the textbook and other sources as needed, with proper citations and page #(s).


1000 Points total for the course, accumulated as follows:
300 Points - Final exam
400 Points - Paper (Book review)
200 Points - 4 weekly writing assignments
100 Points - Attendance and participation
These points will translate into the following letter grades:
900 - 1000 = A
800 - 899 = B
700 - 799 = C
600 - 699 = D
599 or less = Fail

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. Appropriate point deductions will be discussed at the time of arrangement.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 - Course Text Chapters 1, 2, 4 and 5
Week 2 - Course Text Chapters 6, 7, and 10
Week 3 - Course Text Chapters 8, 9, and 14
Week 4 - Course Text Chapters 19, 20, and 21
Week 5 - Course Text Chapters 11, 12, and 17
Week 6 - Course Text Chapters 13 and 18
Week 7 - Course Text Chapters 15 and 16
Week 8 - Final Exam and Paper Due.
Additional reading materials will be available in the online classroom.
Information about the weekly and final writing assignments will be posted in the online classroom.

Academic Honesty:
As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 20

Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences for two successive weeks, without approved excuse, will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Executive Director for the Graduate School, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2010-2011 Graduate Catalog Page 24

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: .

Additional Information:
Information about the weekly writing assignments and book review will be provided in class during week 1.


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