MG260 Business Law I

for F1EE 2012

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MG 260 Business Law I


F1EE 2012 MO


Martin, Jeremy A.


Adjunct Faculty


Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts, Miami University (Ohio)
Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Texas School of Law
Master of Laws, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Office Location

3010 Robinson Road, Moody AFB

Office Hours

By Appointment

Other Phone



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Semester Dates

F1EE 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00pm - 10:00 pm



Credit Hours



Business Law:  The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment.  15th edition.  Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt.  2012.  ISBN:  0073524980

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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

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness via the internet based on lectures, readings, written asyncronous discussion (dialogue), examinations, and supplemental websites. The facilitator will engage learners each week in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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:
Weekly asyncronous written discussion with peer reviews, case studies, an assigned written research project on a business law related topic (a.k.a. term paper), and testing

My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you learn about business law. Each student is responsible for:

    • Completing Weekly Reading Assignments.
    • Participating in weekly on-line conference discussion topics.
    • Completing weekly case study assignments.
    • Completing the Mid-Term Exam.
    • Completing a Substantial Writing Assignment, Referred to as a Paper.
    • Completing a course evaluation in Week Eight of this class.
    • Locating a suitable Proctor with e-mail capabilities and Completing a Proctored Final Examination.

Please note when assignments are due.


% of

Week Due

Class Participation (200 pts)



Case Studies (100 pts)



Mid-Term Examination (200 pts)


Week 4

Paper (200 pts)


Week 6

Proctored Final Examination** (300 pts)


Week 8

Total 100%  (1000 pts)


A message from the Park Management Department: "The comprehensive final is not a take-home test.  The comprehensive final is a closed book and closed notes exam."

**Note:  The final is the core assessment.

  • Please read the Grading Rubric for each assignment located below under additional information.
  • Proctored final examination
    • A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
    • Other Information on proctored exams:
      • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
      • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
      • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
      • Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

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:

Mid-Term: You must contact me to open the Mid-Term for you if you are late as it will close at midnight in the Central Time Zone. What is late? 12:01 in the Central Time Zone on Sunday night of week 4 is considered too late to take the exam. 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 50% if you take it 2 days late. You cannot take the Mid-Term late after Tuesday of Week 5 unless you have an excuse.


Final Exam: You can’t take the Final Exam late without instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it late. However, hospitalization or a military deployment during exam week are excellent reasons to take the final late. 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: If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late. Late work will receive no higher than a C for 1 day late, no higher than  50% for 2 days late, and a 0 for anything after 2 days.


Discussion and Case Studies: If work is due at midnight, then 12:01 is late. After 12:00, late work will receive no higher than a C. I will grade it Monday morning. After I grade it, no late work will be graded.

Note: When an assignment is due at 12:00, 12:01 is late. Extensions are available for very extenuating circumstances. (If you are hospitalized or are deploying and will not be near a computer for the entire week).


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Ground Rules for On-line Participation

  1. Students are expected to complete 5 hours per week of conferencing or other appropriate online activities, including sending/receiving E-mail and navigating and conducting research over the World Wide Web.
  2. Students should keep copies of all coursework submitted as an electronic file (E-mail) until the end of the term.
  3. Students will normally submit assignments and papers as RTF (Rich Text Format) or Word documents via the dropbox as attachments. WordPerfect files cannot be accepted as attachments unless saved as RTF. Of course, students can copy assignments from word processing and paste them into e-mail if the dropbox is not working properly.
  4. Please post questions that others might have in the Office. If you have a question that is personal in nature, you are welcome to email me anytime. That's what I'm here for. I will get back to you in 24-48 hours.
  5. Any information I provide in this class is for educational use only and is not intended to be legal advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Also, you should not rely on anything you read on the Internet (including anything from this class) as a substitute for sound legal advice. You should go to an attorney in your state when you have legal problems.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification. Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: An Introduction to the Legal System

  • Readings: Text: Study chapters 1-4.
  • Class Activities: Introduction to online computer conference learning. Introduction & discussion of syllabus/assignment schedule. We will discuss the state and federal court systems, the steps in a lawsuit, constitutional issues such as the takings clause, the commerce clause, and the contract clause, the alternatives to litigation, and the concept of social corporate responsibility. We will also discuss how to brief case law.
  • Locate a Proctor for your Proctored Final Examination. Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. See above "Grading Policy" for more information about the proctored final examination.

Week 2: Torts and Crimes

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 5-7.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law.
  • Paper Topic Due (posted in class) by the end of Week 2.

Week 3: Introduction to Contracts

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 9, 10, and 11.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the introductory chapter on contract law which outlines the section on contract law, the elements of a contract, and how an agreement is formed.

Week 4: Consideration, Consent, and Capacity to Contract

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 12, 13, and 14.
  • Class Activities: We will continue to discuss contract law including consideration, consent, and the capacity to contract.
  • Mid-Term Exam: The Mid-Term exam will be this week. See the Grading Rubric for more information.

Week 5: The Statute of Frauds and the Rights of Third Parties

  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 15, 16, and 17.
  • Class Activities: We will continue to discuss contract law including the Statute of Frauds and the rights of third parties.

Week 6: Remedies and Product Liability

  • Readings: Text: Chapters 18 and 20.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss remedies and the doctrine of product liability.
  • Paper: Due (submitted to the dropbox) by the end of Week 6. Please see the Grading Rubric in class under Course Home for more information.

Week 7: Personal Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law

  • Readings: Text: Chapters 23 and 25.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss personal property law and the landlord-tenant laws including the duties and liabilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

Week 8: Review and Proctored Final Examination

  • Readings: Text: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures.
  • Class Activities: We will review the state and federal court systems, the steps in a lawsuit, the U.S. Constitution as it relates to business, the alternatives to litigation, tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law, corporate social responsibility and the law, the elements of a contract, how agreement is formed, consideration, consent, capacity to contract, illegality, the Statute of Frauds, the rights of third parties, remedies, product liability, personal property law, and landlord tenant law.
Proctored Final Examination: Each student will take the Proctored Final Examination by Friday of Week 8 from an approved proctor who will send the exam back to the instructor via e-mail or fax. Remember that photo identification is required for a proctored examination.

Please note that the grading rubrics for this course are posted in the online course and are incorporated into the syllabus.  You can access them by clicking on "Grading Rubrics" under Course Home.  PLEASE read them before class starts.

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 95-96
Students are required to do their own work in this course.  Anyone who cheats in any way (including dividing the work with others and submitting their work as your own) will receive an F in the course and be reported to the Academic Director.

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 95
Students are required to do their own work in this course. Students who plagiarize will receive a 0 on the assignment for a first offense and be reported to the Academic Director.  Subsequent offenses may result in an F for the entire course.

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 98

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: .

Additional Information:

Please note that the grading rubrics for this course are posted in the online course and are incorporated into the syllabus.  You can access them by clicking on "Grading Rubrics" under Course Home.  PLEASE read them before class starts.


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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