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MG 261 Business Law II
Girvin, Ralph


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

S1B 2013 BL

Faculty

Girvin, Ralph

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

B.A. English and American Literature
Juris Doctor St. Mary's University School of Law

Office Location

Fort Bliss Bldg. 616 room 9

Office Hours

15 minutes before and after class or as needed

Daytime Phone

(915) 356-8114

Other Phone

(915) 564-5803

E-Mail

Ralph.Girvin@park.edu

Web Page

http://parkonline.org/

Semester Dates

January 14, 2013 - March 10, 2013

Class Days

T/TR

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

MG 260

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Business Law: The Ethical, Global, and E-Commerce Environment, 15th Ed. 2013, Mallor, Barnes, Bowers and Langvardt, ISBN 13: 978-0-07-352498-6 ISBN 10: 0-07-352498-0

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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 focus is on the student with the goal of achieving  positive results in the learning process that help to validate the point that learning is a life-long process.  In conjunction with this focus, the facilitator's educational philosophy is further enhanced by and through interaction between the facilitator and student by way of lectures and discussion.  It is the hope and belief that lively discussion between the facilitator and student will encourage life-long learning.  In so doing, the student should also gain an understanding and a foundation of knowledge that demonstrates the relevance of the law to life and everyday issues.  

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the importance of law in business decision making.
  2. Discuss the impact of legislation on business.
  3. Discuss the resolution of disputes inside and outside the legal system.
  4. Describe the relationship between the corporation and its directors.
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:

There will be two examinations each worth 15%. The first exam is scheduled during week 3 and will cover chapters 28-36. The second is scheduled during week 5 and will cover chapters 37-46. The first two exams will be comprised of multiple choice and true/false questions.

The final exam is scheduled to occur during week 8. It is a comprehensive closed book, closed notes exam and is worth 20%. The final exam will be comprised of multiple choice, definitions, and short answer essay questions.

In addition to the exams there will be four weekly quizzes that begin after the first week. The quiz schedule is as follows. Quiz #1 is scheduled for week 2. Quiz # 2 is scheduled for week 4. Quiz #3 is scheduled for week 5. Quiz #4 is scheduled for week 7. Each quiz is worth 5% and will be formatted in a true/false test format.

The student is also required to complete a case brief and submit via the dropbox during week 4. This assignment is worth 15%.

An article review is due during week 8 and must be submitted via the dropbox. It is worth 15%.

The assessment of the Instructor Learning Outcome related to the importance of law in business decision making will be initially assessed in the first quiz and then once again in the first exam.

The assessment of the Instuctor Learning Outcome related to the impact of legislation on business will be initially assessed in the second quiz. A subsequent assessment will occur in the second exam.

The assessment of the Instructor Learning Outcomes related to the resolution of disputes inside and outside the legal system and will be assessed in the third and fourth quiz.

The case brief and the article review will assess the student's understanding of the relationship between the corporation and its directors. 
 
The assessment of the Core Learning Outcomes will be assessed in the final exam.

Grading:

1. 1ST EXAM = 100 points =          15%

2. 2ND EXAM = 100 points =          15%

3. FINAL EXAM = 300 points =        20%

4. CASE REVIEW = 150 points =     15%

5. ARTICLE REVIEW = 150 points = 15%

6. FOUR QUIZZES

(50 points each) = 200 points =     20%

7. TOTAL = 1000 points =              100%

A……………..900% - 1000%

B……………..800% - 899%

C……………..700% - 799%

D……………..600% - 699%

F……………..Below 600%

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:
The submission of late course work will only be accepted under extenuating circumstances. In all circumstances late course work must be submitted to the professor for approval and acceptance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be prepared, courteous and ready to participate in classroom discussions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS MEETING AND EXAMINATION SCHEDULE

1. Tuesday 1/15 Chapters 28 - 29 Introduction to Secured Transactions and Security Interests 

2. Thursday 1/17 Chapters 30 - 31 Bankruptcy and Negotiable Instruments
 
3.  Tuesday 1/22 Chapters 32 - 33 Negotiation and Liability of Parties

4.  Thursday 1/24 Chapters 34 - 36 Checks and Agency Law and review for the first exam (1st Quiz)

5.  Tuesday  1/29  Exam I Chapters 28-36

6.  Thursday 1/31 Chapter 39 Partnerships
 
7.  Tuesday 2/5 Chapter 40 Partnerships continued and Limited Liability Companies (2nd Quiz)
 
8.  Thursday 2/7   Chapters 41 - 42 Corporations (Case Brief is Due)
 
9.  Tuesday  2/12   Chapters 43 - 44 Corporations continued  (3rd Quiz)
 
10.  Thursday 2/14 Chapters 45 -46 Securities Regulation and Legal and Professional Responsibilities
 
11.  Tuesday 2/19 2nd Exam Chapters 37-46
 
12. Thursday 2/21 Chapters 47 - 48 Administrative Agencies and Consumer Protection Laws
 
13.  Tuesday 2/26 Chapters - 49- 50  Antitrust and The Clayton Act

14.  Thursday 2/28 Chapters 51-52  Employment Law and Regulation (4th Quiz)

15.  Tuesday 3/5 Final Exam Chapters 28 -52 (article review is due)
 
16. Thursday 3/7 Review of the Final Exam with an overview of the course.




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 95-96

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 95

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:





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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