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MG 260 Business Law I
Sandoval, Robert


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

MG 260 Business Law I

Semester

S2B 2012 BL

Faculty

Sandoval, Robert

Title

Professor of Law and Accounting/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctor (J.D.)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Office Location

Before and After Class

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

915-544-3930

Other Phone

915-820-3930

E-Mail

robert.sandoval@park.edu

rssandoval@sbcglobal.net

Semester Dates

Monday, March 19, 2012 to Sunday, May 13, 2012

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt
Business Law
The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment
14th Edition
ISBN-10:  0-07-337764-3
ISBN-13:  978-0-07-337764-3
Publisher: McGraw Hill/Irwin

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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

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. Discuss the importance of law in business decision making.
  2. Discuss the historical sources of law in the U.S.
  3. Discuss the resolution of disputes inside and outside the legal system.
  4. Discuss the role of law in the sale of goods and other commercial contracts.
  5. Discuss the different types of property and the acquision and dispositon of each type of property.
  6. Discuss the legal issues involved in the landlord-tenant relationship.
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:
Exam I:  Chapters 1-7.       
250 points.
Scheduled for February 8, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Exam II:  Chapters 9-19. 
250 points.  
Scheduled for February 22, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Exam III:  Comprehensive. 
300 points.  
Scheduled for March 7, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

Weekly Quizzes:                  
100 points. 
All Quizzes are due by the last day of class and can be found in ECompanion.

Class Participation:             
100 points.

Grading:

Exam I                       25%          250 points.
Exam II                      25%          250 points.
Exam III                     30%          300 points.

Class Participation:      10%          100 points.

Weekly Quizzes:           10%            100 points.

Weekly Quizzes will due by the last day of class and can be found in ECompanion.

Grade Scale:

900-1000 = A
800-890 = B
700-790 = C
600-690 = D
590 - Below = F


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:
Missed exams will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Monday, March 19, 2012


Chapter 1. The Nature of Law.
Chapter 2. The Resolution of Private Disputes.

Students read Chapters 1 and 2 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chapter 2. The Resolution of Private Disputes.

Students read Chapter 2 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapter.

Week 2

Monday, March 26, 2012

Chapter 2. The Resolution of Private Disputes.

Chapter 3. Business and the Constitution.
Students read Chapters 2 and 3 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Chapter 3. Business and the Constitution.

Chapter 4. Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance¸ and Critical Thinking.Students read Students read Chapters 3 and 4 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Week 3

Monday, April 2, 2012

Chapter 5. Crimes

Students read Chapter 5 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapter.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Chapter 6. Intentional Torts.

Chapter 7. Negligence and Strict Liability.
Students read Chapters 6 and 7 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Week 4

Monday, April 9, 2012

Chapter 7. Negligence and Strict Liability.

Students read Chapter 7 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapter.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Exam I. Chapters 1 through 7.

Week 5

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chapter 9. Introduction to Contracts

Chapter 10. The Agreement: Offer
Chapter 11. The Agreement: Acceptance

Chapter 12. Consideration

Students read Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chapter 12. Consideration

Chapter 13. Reality of Consent
Chapter 14. Capacity to Contract

Chapter 15. Illegality

Students read Chapters 12, 13, 14, and 15 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Week 6

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chapter 16. Writing

Chapter 17. Rights of Third Parties
Chapter 18. Performance and Remedies

Chapter 19. Formation and Terms of Sales Contracts.

Appendix B. Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code

Students read Chapters 16, 17, 18, and 19 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Exam II. Chapters 9 through 19

Week 7

Monday, April 30, 2012

Chapter 23. Personal Property and Bailments

Chapter 24.  Real Property.
Students read Chapters 23 and 24 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Chapter 24. Real Property.

Chapter 25. Landlord and Tenant
Students read Chapters 24 and 25 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapters.

Week 8

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chapter 26. Estates and Trusts

Students read Chapter 26 and complete the Problem and Problem Cases at the end of the Chapter.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Final Exam. Comprehensive.

Students complete all outstanding weekly quizzes.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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