MG260 Business Law I

for S1DD 2012

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MG 260 Business Law I


S1DD 2012 DC


Rickrich, Carl W., II  (Bill)


Adjunct Senior Professor.


Bachelor of Arts, The Ohio State University, 1976.
Juris Doctor, The University of Toledo, 1979.

Office Location

Park University, DSCC,

Office Hours

As necessary to meet with students. Call or email to schedule appointment.

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

1-740-366-6175; 1-740-334-3001.


Semester Dates

January 16, 2012, through March 11, 2012.

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:45 PM



Credit Hours



Mann and Roberts, Business Law and the Regulation of Business, 10th edition, 2009, South -Western Cengage Learning.
ISBN: 13:978-0-324-78660-6 and ISBN: 10:0-324-78660-3.

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

Educational Philosophy:
The Instructor will employ lecture, case studies and dialogue in exploring and developing issues that are addressed in class.  Instructor will also provide instructor-prepared hand-outs explaining selected  issues of law in additional detail in order to supplement the text's discussion.  These hand-outs will be either distributed in class or will be posted by the Instructor at the Doc Shaing page of the ECompanion site.  Examinations are comprised of multiple choice, true/false and essay formats. 

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. Explain the structure and functions of the American judicial system.
  2. Apply selected rules of procedure to aspects of civil litigation.
  3. Recognize the types of contracts that must be in writing to be enforceable.
  4. Explain the rights of third parties in contracts.
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:

Comprehensive Core Assessment Final must be worth at least 30% of the final grade.
The midterm and the final examinations are CLOSED BOOK, CLOSED NOTE and are not take-home exams.
There will be four case studies. The Instructor will distribute case study questions to students in class meetings during the second, third, fifth and sixth weeks of class. Students will prepare a written answers analyzing the case study questions, delivering answers to the Instructor during the following week's class meeting.  


     There will be two examinations. The midterm examination will be worth a total possible 300 points. The final examination will be worth a total possible 300 points. There will be four case studies, which will each be worth 75 points,  for a total possible score  of 300 points. The class attendance grade will be worth a total possible 50 points. The class participation grade will be worth a total possible 50 points. Total possible points, 1,000.
     Grading scale: A, 900-1000 points; B, 800-899 points; C, 700-799 points; D, 600-699 points; F, 599 or fewer 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:
Assignments not submitted by class members on the due date will receive reduced grades of 5% for each day the assignments are late unless prior acceptable arrangements have been made in writing signed and agreed to by the class member and the Instructor. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Active participation in class meetings is expected. Class members are expected to attend all classes, to be timely and to be prepared. Roll will be taken at each class meeting. Class members are expected to make up all missed work. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 January 19, 2012: Chapter 1, Introduction to Law; Chapter 2, Business Ethics; Chapter 3, Civil Dispute Resolution. January 26, 2012: Chapter 4, Constitutional Law; Chapter 5, Administrative Law; Chapter 6, Criminal Law; Chapter 7, Intentional Torts; and first case study hand-out. February 2, 2012: Chapter 8, Negligence and Strict Liability; Chapter 29, Relationship of Principal and Agent; Chapter 30, Relationships with Third Parties; and second case study hand-out. February 9, 2012: Midterm Examination. February 16, 2012: Chapter 9, Introduction to Contracts; Chapter 10, Mutual Assent; Chapter 11, Conduct Invalidating Assent; Chapter 12, Consideration; and third case study hand-out. February 23, 2012: Chapter 13, Illegal Bargains; Chapter 14, Contractual Capacity; Chapter 15, Contracts in Writing; Chapter 16, Third Parties to Contracts; and fourth case study hand-out. March 1, 2012: Chapter 17, Performance, Breach and Discharge; Chapter 18, Contract Remedies. March 8, 2012: Final Examination.

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 ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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          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. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
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 
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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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