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MG 260 Business Law I
Agnoli, Kristin W.


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 260 Business Law I

Semester

S2E 2013 PE

Faculty

Agnoli, Kristin W.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.S.  James Madison University
J.D.  West Virginia University

Office Location

Camp Pendleton Classroom Location: TBD

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

703-731-5375

E-Mail

Kristin.Agnoli@Park.edu

west2kk@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

3/18/2013 - 5/12/2013

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:25 PM

Prerequisites

None

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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

As this is an accelerated course, students should bring the text with them the first night and finish reading Chapters 1-3.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

FindLaw - www.findlaw.com
The New York Times - www.nytimes.com
Law.com - www.law.com
Cornell University Law School: Legal Information Institute - www.law.cornell.edu
Supreme Court of the United States - www.supremecourt.gov
American Bar Association - www.americanbar.org
California Secretary of State - www.sos.ca.gov
California Courts - www.courts.ca.gov

*Additional resources may also be provided to you in class by the instructor.



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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 one of interactiveness based on lectures, assigned readings, dialogues, examinations, internet research, videos, web sites, case briefs and oral presentations of selected cases. The responsibility of the student is to come to class fully prepared and to actively participate in the learning process. The instructor may engage each student using the Socratic Method to identify legal issues, stimulate critical thinking and encourage discussion

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


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:

Class assessment will be through the use of the following:

1. Homework Assignments = 210 points (21%). The student will complete 7 weekly homework assignments which will consist of end of chapter problems and problem cases, case study questions, and/or answering Learning Objectives (LOs) from the textbook. The answers will be submitted on a weekly bases in a word.doc file in the Dropbox in eCompanion by the deadline given when assigned as provided in each weekly module. The weekly Homework questions will consist of 6 questions worth 5 points each. This correlates into 30 points per week x 7 weeks = 210 points. 

2. Class Attendance/Preparation/Participation = 105 points (10.5%). The student's score is determine by the following factors:
  • Attendance = Up to 5 points per week. Students who do not make contact with the instructor prior to class will be given an unexcused absence.  In addition, the student will lose all participation points for an unexcused absence. In the case of an excused absence, students may receive partial credit by completing a small make-up assignment designated by the instructor.
  • Preparation = Up to 5 points per week. Coming to class prepared requires bringing class materials and completing the assigned reading and/or assignment(s); and 
  • Participation = Up to 5 points per week. Active participation in classroom discussions and activities.
Therefore, a maximum of 15 points total in this category may be obtained per week x 7 weeks = 105 points.

3. Research Project = 100 points (10%). The purpose of the project is for students to research assigned topics relevant in Business Law today utilizing Internet search engines and other online resources. A Rubric for Research Project will be distributed in class and/or posted on the eCompanion site at the time the Research Project is assigned by the instructor. The Research Project is due (submitted to the Dropbox) no later than 11:59 PM PST on April 1st.

4. Mid-Term Examination = 185 points (18.5%). This will be an in-class open note, open book exam given during Week 4 on April 11th. It may consist of definitions, true/false, multiple choice and/or short response essay questions.

5. Case Brief = 100 points (10%). The case brief is a one page (single spaced) typewritten summary of a case of your choosing from the textbook which will then be presented in front of the class. A Rubric for Case Brief will be distributed in-class and/or posted on the eCompanion site at the time the case brief is assigned by the instructor. The Case Brief is due (submitted to the Dropbox) no later than 11:59 PM PST on April 28th.

6. Final Examination = 300 points (30%). The comprehensive final examination is a closed book exam and the use of notes is not permitted. The final examination will encompass all of the assigned text-book material and in-class discussion/presentation material. The final exam may consist of definitions, true/false, multiple choice and/or short response essay questions. The final examination will be given during Week 8 in class on May 9th.

Grading:


Item / Assignment

Points

Homework Assignments (21%)

210

Class Attendance/Preparation/Participation (10.5%)

105

Research Project  (10%)

100

Mid-Term (18.5%)

185

Case Brief (10%)

100

Comprehensive Final Examination (30%)

300

Total Points Possible

1000


Grading Scale
:

Points

Grade

1000 - 900

A

900 - 800

B

800 - 700

C

700 - 600

D

Less than 600

F

Rubric for Homework Questions

5 points: The answer clearly provides sufficient and relevant information that demonstrates a synthesis and integration of the designated learning outcomes. The conclusion (i.e. the "yes" or "no") is clearly stated along with the rule of law and supporting detail (i.e. the "why" or "because"). A thorough analysis of the applicable facts of the case or problem is also given.

4 points: The answer provides some sufficient, relevant information that demonstrates a synthesis and integration of the designated learning outcomes for most aspects. The conclusion, rule of law and supporting detail are clearly stated. There is some analysis of the applicable facts of the case or problem.

3 Points: The answer is relevant with little synthesis of learning outcome present. The conclusion, rule of law and supporting detail are stated. There is little analysis of the applicable facts of the case or problem.

2 Points: The answer is incomplete and lacks any integration or synthesis of learning outcomes. The conclusion, rule of law and supporting detail are stated; however, there is no analysis of the applicable facts of the case or problem.

1 Point: The answer has little or nothing to do with required assignment and the synthesis of designated outcomes. The conclusion is stated; however, there is no statement of the rule of law, supporting detail, or an analysis of the applicable facts of the case or problem.

Rubric for Attendance/Participation/Preparation - See Attachment 1 Incorporated into the Syllabus

Rubric for Research Project and Case Brief - To Be Distributed by Instructor When Assigned and Incorporated into the Syllabus

 

 

 


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:


Homework: If homework is due at 11:59 PM PST, then 12:00 AM PST is late. Without an excuse that I approve of, in my sole discretion, you will receive no higher than a 75% if you turn it in 1 day late, no higher than a 50% if you turn it in 2 days late, and a 0 for anything after 2 days. Extensions may be made in very extenuating circumstances with prior approval by the instructor in the instructor's sole discretion.


Research Project and Case Brief: Both assignments are due at 11:59 PM PST on their respective due dates as set forth above in the Syllabus and in their respective rubrics. Therefore, 12:00 AM PST is late. Without an excuse that I approve of, in my sole discretion, you will receive no higher than a 75%  for 1 day late, no higher than 50% for 2 days late, and a 0 for anything after 2 days. Extensions may be made in very extenuating circumstances with prior approval by the instructor in the instructor's sole discretion.


Mid-Term: You can only take the Mid-Term late with instructor permission. Without an excuse that I approve of, in my sole discretion, you will receive no higher than a 75% if you take it 1 day late and no higher than a 50% if you take it 2 days late. You cannot take the Mid-Term after Thursday of Week 5 unless you have an excuse which has been approved by the instructor.


Final Exam: You can only take the Final Exam late with instructor permission. I rarely give permission to take it 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.

 


 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

SEE ATTACHMENT 2 FOR CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT INCORPORATED INTO THE SYLLABUS.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Our course follows the general schedule below. You will want to follow the specific weekly instructions in each weekly module on eCompanion to ensure that you meet all of the weekly requirements and receive the homework assignments.


The instructor may make adjustments in assignments and procedure at her discretion. Therefore, there may be adjustment in terms of chapter numbers, readings and sequence. Reasonable notice will be given by the instructor via an in- class announcement as well as on the eCompanion site, and/or Park e-mail.



Week 1 March 21, 2013 - Foundations of American Law


Lecture and Text Readings:   
                  Chapter 1 - The Nature of Law
                  Chapter 2 - The Resolution of Private Disputes
                  Chapter 3 - Business and the Constitution
             

Week 2 - March 28, 2013 - Business Ethics, Crimes and Torts, and Negligence


Lecture and Text Readings: 

  Chapter 4 - Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Governance and Critical Thinking

  Chapter 5 - Criminal Law and Procedure

  Chapter 6 - Intentional Torts

  Chapter 7 - Negligence and Strict Liability

  • Research Project Due (submitted to the Dropbox) no later than 11:59 PM PST on Monday, April 1st.


Week 3 - April 4, 2013 - Contracts - Introduction & Agreement


Lecture and Text Readings: 

Chapter 9 -   Introduction to Contracts

Chapter 10 - Agreement: Offer

                Chapter 11 - Agreement: Acceptance

Lecture and Text Readings: 
Chapter 12 - Consideration
Chapter 13 - Reality of Consent
Chapter 14 - Capacity to Contract 
  • Mid-Term Exam: The open book/open note Mid-Term exam will be this week in class.  

Lecture and Text Readings:  
Chapter 15 - Illegality
Chapter 16 - Writing
Week 6: April 25, 2013 - Performance and Remedies, Product Liability, Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition

Lecture and Text Readings: 
Chapter 18 - Performance and Remedies
Chapter 20 - Product Liability
Chapter 8 - Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition
  • Case Brief Due (submitted to the Dropbox) no later than 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, April 28th.


Week 7: May 2, 2013 - Real Property Law and Landlord and Tenant Law


Lecture and Text Readings: 
Chapters 24 - Real Property
Chapter 25 - Landlord and Tenant

Week 8: May 9, 2013 - Final Exam
  • Final Exam. Comprehensive in class closed book/closed note final exam.

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97
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:
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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:







Attachments:
Attachment 1 - Rubric for Attendance/Preparation/Participation

Attachment 2 - Classroom Rules of ConductBibliography:



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
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. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
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. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
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 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
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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