MG 261 Business Law II
S1FF 2013 FA
Boyd, Karen V.
Bachelor of Arts - Criminal JusticeJuris Doctorate
Before and after class or as scheduled
1/14/2013 - 3/10/2013
5:00 - 10:15 PM
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of communication,
based on lectures, readings, quizzes, written discussion, examinations,
websites and writings. The facilitator will engage learners each week through
the Socratic Method to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and
contradictions, and how the interplay between different viewpoints impacts the
interpretation of the law.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Class Assessment:?Weekly written discussion with peer reviews, case studies, an assigned
written research project on a business law related topic (a.k.a. term paper),
Grading:?My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn business law. Each student is responsible for:
? Completing Weekly Reading Assignments. – Reading assignments will include chapters in the textbook, and finding a relevant article in a current publication or online and coming to class prepared to talk about the issues raised by the article.
? Participating in weekly discussion topics. – Discussion topics will include issues submitted by the class, and will focus on current events in the business world as much as possible.
? Completing weekly case study assignments. – Case studies will include researching a scenario, identifying the legal issues raised, and drawing an informed conclusion as to the most likely legal outcome.
? Completing the Mid-Term Exam.
? Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, Referred to as a Paper. – The research paper can be on any relevant topic of your choice within the realm of Business Law. It must be a minimum of 10 pages in length and must include at least five sources. You may choose to have me review the paper as you go. I will add an automatic 5 points to any paper that has been submitted for review according to the following schedule:
? Week 2 – Topic submitted for approval
? Week 3 – List of references and summaries
? Week 4 – Outline of paper
? Week 5 – Rough draft
? Week 7 – ALL PAPERS DUE
? Completing a course evaluation in Week Eight of this class.
? Completing a Proctored Final Examination.
Please note when assignments are due.
Class Participation (45 pts)
Case Studies (30 pts)
Mid-Term Examination (60 pts)
Paper and Paper Presentation (75 pts)
Proctored Final Examination** (90 pts)
Total 100% (300 pts)
Course Grading Scale
A = 90- 100% (or 270 points or higher)?B =80-89% (or 240 to 269 points)?C = 70-79% (or 210 to
239 points)?D = 60-69% (or 180 to 209 points)?F = < 60% (177 or fewer points)
Total possible points: 300
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.
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:
Mid-Term: You must notify me if you need to take the Mid-Term late. You can
only take the Mid-Term late with my permission. Without an excuse that I
approve of (hospitalization, for example), you will receive no higher than a C
if you take it 1 day late and no higher than 60% if you take it 2 days late.
You cannot take the Mid-Term late after Tuesday of Week 5 unless you have an
Final Exam: You can’t take the Final Exam late without instructor
permission. I rarely give permission to take it late, but understand that some
things are not within your control. Taking the final late could result in a
grade of incomplete for the class. IF YOU DO NOT TAKE THE FINAL, YOU FAIL THE
COURSE according to Park policy even if you have a D going into the final.
Paper, Discussion, and Case Studies: Late work will receive no higher than
a C for 1 day late, no higher than 60% for 2 days late, and a 0 for
anything after 2days.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Please be on time and prepared to discuss the topic for that week's class.
2. Respect me and each other. Differences of opinion are fine and make discussion more interesting, but belittling the opinions of others is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
3. Cell phones on silent. I understand that there are times when you must be contactable, but please do your part to keep classroom disruption to a minimum.
4. If you have questions or issues that you need to discuss with me, you are welcome to call (please, nothing after 9:00 pm) or e-mail anytime. I will try to return calls or e-mails within 24 hours.
Week 1 (January 14): Agency Law
Reading: Study chapters 35, 36, and
"Reading and Briefing Cases" on pages 24-25.
Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. We will discuss
agency law, the duties an agent owes to principal, the duties a principal owes
to an agent, and express, implied, and apparent authority as they relate to
third parties and principal liability for an agent's actions. We will also
discuss how to brief case law.
Week 2 (January 21): Introduction to the Forms of
Readings: Study Chapters 37, 38, and 41.
Class Activities: We will
discuss the forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the duties of a
partner to a partnership and to the other partners, and the formation of a
Week 3 (January 28): The Management of Corporations
Readings: Study Chapters 42-44.
Class Activities: We will
discuss the organization and financial structure of corporations, the
management of corporations including the duties of the board of directors and
the officers, and the rights and liabilities of shareholders.
Week 4 ( February 4): Secured Transactions and
Readings: Study Chapters 28-30.
Class Activities: We will
discuss the difference between secured and unsecured transactions, the
relationship between secured transactions and bankruptcy, and the types of
Mid-Term Exam: The Mid-Term exam will be
this week. See the Grading Rubric for more information.
Week 5 (February 11): Employment Law and
Readings: Study Chapters 51 and 52.
Class Activities: We will
discuss employment law and environmental law including the responsibilities of
business owners to follow the various laws and consequences if the laws are not
Week 6 (February 18): Negotiable Instruments
Readings: Chapters 31, 32 (pages 822-828),
Class Activities: We will
discuss negotiable instruments, the types of endorsements, and the liabilities
of parties. Papers due. We will begin paper presentations.
Week 7 (February 25):
Consumer Protection Law, Accountant Liability, and Intellectual Property
·Readings: Chapters 8
(p 241-276), 46 and 48.
Activities: We will discuss the consumer protection acts, the
legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and
securities professionals, and intellectual property. We will continue the
presentations of research papers.
Week 8 (March 4): Review and Final Examination
Readings: Study already assigned chapters.
Class Activities: We will
review agency law, the forms of business, the formation of a partnership, the
duties of a partner, the formation of a corporation, the organization and
financial structure of corporations, the management of corporations, the rights
and liabilities of shareholders, secured transactions, bankruptcy, employment
law, environmental law, negotiable instruments, the consumer protection laws,
and the legal and professional responsibilities of auditors, consultants, and
Final Examination: Each student will take the Final
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