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MG 261 Business Law II
Unternaehrer, Pamela


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 261 Business Law II

Semester

S2U 2012 LU

Faculty

Unternaehrer, Pamela

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Juris Doctorate
MIM (International Management); MA English
BS in English with Psychology minor

Office Location

classroom

Office Hours

before or after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

602.931.8613  mobile phone

Other Phone

602.364.8494

E-Mail

pamela.unternaehrer@park.edu

p.unternaehrer@cox.net

Semester Dates

March 19, 2012 - May 12, 2012

Class Days

---W---

Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

MG 260

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Business Law:  The Ethical, Global and E-Commerce Environment, 14th Ed., Mallor, Jane et. al. ISBN:  978-0-07-337764-3

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Additional Resources:
Case studies as assigned.
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Course Description:
MG261 Business Law II: A continuation of the study of contract, agency, employment, and negotiable instruments; comparison of social responsibility and legal aspects of selected issues.3:0:3 Prerequisite: MG 260

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactive participation based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, web sites and writings.  The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the relationship between agent and principal
  2. Distinguish between the rights and liabilities of business owners, whether partners, members or shareholders.
  3. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.
  4. Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.
  5. Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.
  6. Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.
  7. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.


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 261. 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 is not to 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:
Weekly discussions on scenarios, written answers to assigned practice questions, assigned research paper on a business law topic (a.k.a. term paper) and midterm and final exam testing will constitute the assessment for the class.

Grading:
My responsibility is to provide you with clear and useful feedback to assist you in learning and understanding the implications of business law.  Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments prior to class
  • Participating in weekly discussions on scenarios and topics
  • Completing assigned case studies
  • Completing Midterm Exam
  • Completing a professional, substantial and substantive research paper
  • Completing the Final Exam
 Class Participation (200 pts)
 20%  Weekly
 Case studies as assigned (100 pts)
 10%  As assigned
 Midterm Examination (200 pts)
 20%  Week 4
 Research Paper (200 pts)
 20%  Week 6

  Final Examination (300 pts)                                  30%        Week 8

                                                                           Total  100% (1000 pts)

The final examination is the core assessment for this course.

Course Grading Scale
100 - 90%                    1000 - 900 points = A
89 - 80%                      899 - 800 points = B
79 -70%                       799 - 700 points = C
69 - 60%                      699 - 600 points= D
59% or less                  599 points or less = F
Total Possible points = 1000


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:
Only in highly unusual circumstances (e.g., hospitalization or deployment) will assignments be accepted late.  The same is true for the midterm exam and the final exam. If the reason is not an excused reason, assignments will be docked one letter grade for each day late and the exams will be docked 2 letter grades for each day taken late. Please notify me as soon as possible about the reason for your absence. Taking the final examination is a requirement of this course.  If you do not take it, you will fail the course.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I anticipate lively discussions in class about topics.  Students are expected to conduct discussions respectfully.

Any information I provide in class is for educational use only and should in no circumstances be considered legal advice. No attorney/client relationship is established and no privilege attaches.  You should seek an attorney in your state when you are seeking legal advice/opinion for resolution of individual issues.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Week 1:  Agency Law
 Read chapters 35 and 36
 Review pp. 24-25 "Reading and Briefing Cases;  Topics for discussion include syllabus, term paper expectations, agency law, duties agent owes principal and vice versa,
 Week 2:  Introduction to Forms of Business
Read chapters 37, 38, and 41
Topics for discussion include forms of business, formation of a partnership, duties of a partner to the partnership and other partners, formation of corporation.
 Week 3:  Management of Corporations
Read chapters 42, 43, 44
Topics include:  organization and financial structure of corporations, management of corporations including duties of the board of directors and the officers, and the rights and liabilities of shareholders.
 Week 4:  Secured Transactions and Bankruptcy
Read chapters 28, 29 and 30
MIDTERM EXAM

Topics include secured and unsecured transactions, relationship between secured transactions and bankruptcy and types of bankruptcy.
 Week 5:  Employment Law and Environmental Law
 Read chapters 51 and 52
Topics include employment and environmental law including responsibilities of business owners to follow the various laws and consequences if laws are not followed.
 Week 6:  Negotiable Instruments
 Read chapters 31, 32 (pages 822-828) and 33
RESEARCH PAPERS DUE AT BEGINNING OF CLASS.
Topics include negotiable instruments, types of endorsements and liabilities of parties.
 Week 7:  Consumer Protection Law, Accountant Liability, and Intellectual Property
Read chapters 8 (pp241-276) and 46 and 48
Topics include consumer protection acts, legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants and securities professionals, and intellectual property.
 Week 8:  Final Examination
Final Exam
 Plan for 2 hours for the 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 (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
Students are required to complete their own work and do their own research in this class.  I do not allow plagiarism.

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
Describe the relationship between agent and principal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Thoroughly describes the relationship, clearly stating the distinctions between agent and principal. Describes succinctly and clearly the relation. Does not clearly describe or distinguish between the two parties. No response or no pertinent information related to agent-principal relations. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
8. Identify areas where the internet has affected the law as it relates to contracting, employment and intellectual property.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Identifies, describes, and provides examples of how law impacts contracting, employment, and intellectual property protection. Identifies, describes, and provides examples of how law impacts contracting, employment, and intellectual property protection. Does not clearly identify areas. No response or no pertinent information related to agent-principal relations. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
Identify and describe some of the consumer protection laws.Examine the types of business associations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Identifies and describes many (more than four) consumer protection laws.



States and describes several types of business associations and provides a thorough description of each type.







 
Identifies and describes at least two areas.



Identifies and discusses two types of business associations.



 
Does not clearly identify two or more laws.







Does not identify and examine at least two types of business associations.



 
No response or no pertinent information related to consumer protection laws.



No response or no pertinent information related to business associations.



 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Examine the types of business associations.Define and give examples of types of intellectual property.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
States and describes several types of business associations and provides a thorough description of each type.



Clearly define each type of intellectual property and submit examples.



 
Identifies and discusses two types of business associations.



Provides a simple, clear definition of two types of intellectual property.



 
Does not identify and examine at least two types of business associations. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provide a description and a thorough explanation based on three or more laws.. Describes and provides an explanation for two basic employment laws. Does not identify and examine at least two types of basic employment laws. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4. Discuss the most commons forms of bankruptcy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Identify  and provide a thorough discussion of  three or more forms. Identifies and discusses the use of two forms of bankruptcy. Does not identify and examine at least two types of bankruptcy. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
Describe how employment laws protect employees and impose duties on employers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Provides a thorough , and comprehensive description and explanation of the impact of three or more laws and the outcome on employment practices. Provides a description and a general explanation of how employment laws protect employees and affect employers. Does not provide a description of the ways employment laws affect employees and emplyers. No response or no pertinent information related to business associations. 

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