MG260 Business Law I

for F1L 2012

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MG 260 Business Law I


F1L 2012 WTH


Chad N. Pfister


Adjunct Professor


J.D, Valparaiso University
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Office Location

Park University Faculty Lounge

Office Hours

By Appointment


Semester Dates

August 15, 2011 - October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Credit Hours


Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment. by Mallor, Barnes, Bowers, and Langvardt; Irwin McGraw-Hill, 15th ed., 2012. ISBN# 9780073524986

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Wall Street Journal Law Blog - A blog that reflects on the ongoing issues surrounding the business community and the law
SCOTUSblog- An excellent blog that tracks the happening of the United States Supreme Court
Revised Statutes of Missouri - Online search-able site of the Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri
Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School - The most comprehensive site for free legal information including the United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations and United States Supreme Court opinions

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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 instructor's educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on interactive activities both inside and outside of the classroom. Lectures, readings, quizzes, class discussion, examinations, writing, presentations and the use of the Internet are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize and synthesize information learned and apply this information in the examination of the law in the United States.

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. Describe the function and role of the courts and lawyers in society.
  2. Describe the historical development of statutory and common law.
  3. Describe the basic concepts of contracts.
  4. Describe the relationship between landlords and tenants.
  5. Describe the basic concepts of property law in the United States.
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:

This is a Blended Class. Students will be expected to attend and participate in all in-class sessions, as well as participate in all online activities, including discussion questions, group chats and quizzes. Students will be expected to log in to e-Companion on a regular basis for course updates and participation.

Class assessments will be through the use of pedagogical tools, to wit: class attendance and participation, online threaded discussions, quizzes, group projects, writing assignments and examinations. Quizzes will be given weekly through the e-Companion system and will consist of a combination of true/false questions, multiple choice and fill-in-the-blank. The examination will utilize a combination of true/false questions, multiple choice questions, fill-in-the-blank questions, and short answer/essay questions. Students will be expected to participate in online threaded discussions on a weekly basis. Participation expectations will be provided during the first class.

Length and other expected standards of the Writing Assignments will be discussed during the first class day. All writing assignments shall be submitted using the Drop Box feature in e-Companion and due at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the date they are due.

Note: The comprehensive final exam is not a take home test.  It will be proctored as a closed book, closed notes exam. 


The final course grade will be determined using the following rubric:

Class Participation 100
Online Participation 140
Online Quizzes 140
Group Project
Writing Assignments
Final Examination 

Students will be evaluated on the total number of points each student earns as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each class activity.

In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:

  • Was the work completed?
  • Was the work completed correctly?
  • Was the work completed on time?

Point Accumulation for Grades:
900 - 1,000 points
800 - 899 points
700 - 799 points
600 - 699 points
0 - 599 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 should be turned in on or before the date on which they are due. Certain work may be made up in case of legitimate absence. The instructor must be notified (phone or e-mail) prior to the absence to be considered excused. Points will be deducted for assignments which are submitted or performed late, as indicated in the particular assignments. Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students MUST come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson. There will be many different views and opinions, as such no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class. Students must treat the instructor and the other class members with respect and with courtesy. Cell phones shall be turned off  or placed on silent during class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
In-Class and Online Activities

Week 1: Foundations of American Law

  • In-Class Date: August 25
  • Readings: Text: Chapters 1-4.
  • Activities: 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.

Week 2: Torts and Crimes

  • In-Class Date: No Class
  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 5-7.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss tort law and criminal law as they relate to business law.
Week 3: Introduction to Contracts

  • In-Class Date: September 8
  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 9 - 12.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss the introductory chapter on contract law which outlines the section on contract law, the elements of a contract, how an agreement is formed and the concept of consideration.

Week 4: Consent, and Capacity to Contract, The Statute of Frauds and the Rights of Third Parties

  • In-Class Date: September 15
  • Readings: Text: Study Chapters 13 - 17
  • Class Activities: We will continue to discuss contract law including consent, capacity to contract and the Statute of Frauds and the rights of third parties.

Week 5: Remedies, Sales and Product Liability

  • In-Class Date: None
  • Readings: Text: Chapters 18 - 22.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss remedies and the doctrine of product liability.

Week 6: Property Law and Landlord-Tenant Law

  • In-Class Date: September 29
  • Readings: Text: Chapters 23-25.
  • Class Activities: We will discuss property law and the landlord-tenant laws including the duties and liabilities of both the landlord and the tenant.

Week 7: Group Project and Review

  • In-Class Date: October 6 (Please note that the Group Project may be conducted on different day of this week depending on student availability. Regardless a review will be held on this date)
  • Readings: Text: Study already assigned chapters. Review lectures.
  • Class Activities: The Group Project will be conducted during this week. More information and details about the Group Project will be handed out on the first day of class. 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.

Week 8: Proctored Final Examination

  • Dates: October 12 5 pm to 7 pm (Please Note This Is a Friday)
  • Final Examination: 2 hour closed book - closed note comprehensive exam.
Group Project

Students will be broken into 2 groups to go through the steps of an actual lawsuit including a mock trial during Week 7. Time will be provided during each in-class session for students to work in their groups, along with the opportunity online group chats. The point breakdown for grading will be provided at the first class.

Writing Assignments

Students will receive a basic fact pattern each week through e-Companion relevant to the topic of the week. Students will be expected to analyze the fact pattern and come up with a supported answer to receive maximum points.

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

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
All available resources will be utilized in determining whether plagiarism has occurred, including but not limited to software programs and online searches.

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:



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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