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MG 260 Business Law I
Hillman, Kevin S.


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 260 Business Law I WO

Semester

S2OO 2011 WO

Faculty

Hillman, Kevin S.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BA, Centre College
JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Office Hours

By appointment

Daytime Phone

573-336-0788

Other Phone

573-774-6934

E-Mail

Kevin.Hillman@park.edu

kevinshillman@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

March 14-May 8, 2011

Class Days

T

Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Mallor, Jane, Barnes, A. James, Bowers, Thomas, and Langvardt, Arlen. Business Law: The Ethical, Global ,and E Commerce Environment. (14th edition) New York, New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2010. ISBN 978-0-07-337764-3

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Course Description:
Introduction to the law: contracts, agency, employment, and negotiable instruments; comparison of social responsibility and legal aspects of selected issues. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The class will consist of a mixture of readings, classroom lecture, and interactive DVD case studies to develop the student’s understanding of the materials and relate how the law applies to both the business environment and the student’s every life.  Students should be prepared to discuss the readings and add their insight and opinions to create lively and informative classroom discussion.

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


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. The comprehensive final is not a take-home test. The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam.
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:
In order to assess a student’s understanding of the legal concepts covered in this class, the following will be used:  Two quizzes, a midterm examination, a final examination, and classroom participation.

Grading:

90  to  100%         A

80  to  89%           B

70  to  79%           C

60  to  69%           D

59% and below     F

Quizzes 20% (200 points)

Midterm 35% (350 points)

Final 40% (400 points)

Class Participation 05% (50 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:
The instructor will not accept assignments late without prior permission.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.  If you are going to, or think that you may submit an assignment late, you need to discuss this with the instructor as soon as possible.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

A. Attendance: Students are expected to attend each class meeting and be prepared.  If a student is unable to attend a class, the student must contact the instructor prior to the class. The student is responsible for making up all assignments and work from any missed class.  If a student is having any problems during the class, they should contact the instructor immediately for assistance and guidance.

B. Make-Up Examinations and Quizzes: If a student must miss a quiz, the mid-term, or the final examination, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor or Park University prior to the scheduled examination.  Arrangements will be made so that the quiz or examination can be made available in the Park University office.  All make-up quizzed and examinations should be made up prior to the next scheduled class.  Failure to notify the instructor prior to missing a quiz or examination may result in the loss of points or a zero.

C. Extra Credit: Students are offered the opportunity to obtain extra credit in this class by writing a three to five page paper about a Federal court case of their choice which pertains to the topics studied in this course.  The student is able to earn up to ten extra points onto their final examination if they choose to complete this assignment.  If you wish to take this opportunity, you should decide on a court case and inform the instructor of your decision prior to the fourth class.  The instructor reserves the right to tell the student that he or she must choose another case because the chosen case is either inapplicable or has already been selected by another student.  Students participating in this extra credit opportunity must then submit a brief (one - two) page typed outline to the instructor by the fifth class.  The final typed paper is due at the beginning of the last class.  This paper should be typed in 11 point, Times New Roman font.  It should be double-spaced.  The instructor will not accept late papers.  If you are having difficulty obtaining a case or you need assistance in order to complete this paper, please discuss your difficulties with the instructor and I will be happy to assist in any way I can.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One:
Foundations of American Law An introduction to the law, the Constitution the American court system and Business Ethics. Read Ch: 1 – 4 and How to Brief a Case (Supplemental Handout)

Week Two: Quiz #1 (on materials from the week before)
Contracts.  Read Chapters 9-12
 
Week Three:
Contract Performance: Read Chapters 13-18
 
Week Four: Review Session and Midterm
 
Week Five:
Crimes, Torts, and Intellectual Property.  Read Chapters 5-8
 
Week 6: Quiz #2 (on materials from the week before)
Sales: Read Chapters 19-22
 
Week 7:
Property.  Read Chapters 23-27
 
Week 8: Review session and 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 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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
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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