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Effective: Early Spring 8-Week 2017/2018

MGMT 265: Business Law I

Course Description

Fundamental principles of law relating to business activity and the court systems. Extensive use of cases.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Proctored Exams: None



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

For this course you will require access to: MindTap® Business Law for Beatty/Samuelson’s Business Law and the Legal Environment, Standard Edition, 7th ed.

The College recommends purchasing one of the following bundles available from MBS Direct (do not buy both):

Required

  • Beatty, Jeffrey F. and Susan S. Samuelson. Business Law and the Legal Environment, Standard Edition. 7th ed. South-Western Publishing Co./Cengage, 2016.
    • ISBN-978-1-305-62585-6
      • Note: Loose-leaf print text plus MindTap® access.

        OR

  • Beatty, Jeffrey F. and Susan S. Samuelson. Business Law and the Legal Environment, Access. 7th ed. Cengage Learning, 2016.
    • ISBN-978-1-305-27341-2
      • Note: MindTap® access/eBook

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

In this course, you will be exposed to the fundamental principles of law as they relate to businesses and individuals. You will also become familiar with the process of legal reasoning through the discussion of case law and hypotheticals. There will be more emphasis on legal deduction, analogy, and reasoning than mere memorization.


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office
  • MindTap® and your D2L course can be accessed on Windows or MAC operating systems

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site. See MindTap's system requirements documentation for additional information on its system requirements and PC set up.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the different courts that make up the federal and state court systems and describe the jurisdiction of both the federal and state courts.
  2. Describe and explain the role of common law and precedent in shaping the law of the United States.
  3. Identify and understand the requirements of a contract.
  4. Describe the different business organization models within the U.S.
  5. Describe and explain the difference between a civil claim and criminal prosecution as well as the differences between the civil and criminal law systems in the U.S.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (8) 160 16%
Homework Assignments (6) 60 6%
Corporations Essay 60 6%
Quizzes (2) 120 12%
Exams (2) 600 60%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 20 Friday/Sunday
Introduction Discussion 0 Sunday
Homework 1 10
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 20 Friday/Sunday
Homework 2 10 Sunday
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Friday/Sunday
Homework 3 10 Sunday
Quiz 1 60
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 20 Friday/Sunday
Midterm Exam 300 Saturday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Friday/Sunday
Homework 4 10 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 20 Friday/Sunday
Homework 5 10 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Friday/Sunday
Corporations Essay 60 Sunday
Quiz 2 60
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8 20 Thursday/Saturday
Homework 6 10 Saturday
Final Exam 300
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussions

Discussion due dates above are listed in the initial post/response post format.

Online discussions will require you to apply and discuss principles learned in the course. Each weekly discussion has two parts; respond to both parts in the same discussion topic. You are required to post your initial answer first and then you will have reading access to others' posts. In each topic, you are expected to make a minimum of two responses to your instructor or classmates.

Responses must be substantive and convey a specific and well-developed thought, idea, or comment about a posting. Full credit will not be earned for a one-sentence comment or one or two-word responses such as “I like what you posted,” “I agree with what you said,” “I learned a lot from your post,” “Good job,”  “Nice Posting,” etc.  Points will be deducted if you respond to classmates before you have posted your own discussion. This ensures that everyone is doing his/her own work and is not influenced by others’ discussion posts.

Discussions are worth 20 points each. Initial posts are due on Fridays and all responses due on Sundays with the exception of Week 8 when the due dates change to Thursday and Saturday. There is also an ungraded Introduction Discussion. Access discussions in your D2L course.


MindTap®

You will have access to your eBook from MindTap®. You will also complete your homework assignments in MindTap®. This learning platform also offers many additional tools to support learning such as flashcards and self-tests. Additional information on getting started with MindTap® will be available in your D2L course.

Homework

Each week you will complete a series of questions in MindTap® worth 10 points. These will be objective questions such as multiple choice, matching or true-false. Grades for the homework will be reported in MindTap® and also transferred into your D2L gradebook.

Corporations Essay

The purpose of this assignment is to research and analyze real-world examples of corporate wrongdoing. In this essay, you will research and write about a specific corporation. (You will be provided with a list of corporations to select from.) Your research should focus on the potential or actual criminal and civil liability of the corporation and its officer or directors resulting from its legal wrongdoings. Summarize and explain the issues in your own words. A minimum of 3 reputable sources must be used. The essay should be written using MLA style. See the content area for additional details. Due Sunday of Week 7, worth 60 points. Submit it to the assignment dropbox in your D2L course.

Please note that a paper submitted for a previous class on the same topic will not receive credit.  You are expected to do new and original work in each course.


Quizzes

There are two, 60-point quizzes that allow you to evaluate your knowledge prior to both the midterm and final exams. Each quiz has 20 true/false or multiple choice questions and you will have 45 minutes to complete it. Quizzes will be available beginning Wednesday and must be completed by 11:59 pm Sunday during the week that they are due. Access quizzes in your D2L course.

Exams

This will be a midterm and a final exam, accessed in your D2L course. The midterm covers material from weeks 1 through 4. The final primarily covers materials from Weeks 5-8 but will also contain some comprehensive questions from earlier weeks. Exams will be available beginning Wednesday and must be completed by 11:59 pm Saturday during the week that they are due. See Weeks 4 and 8 below for additional details on each exam. Access exams in your D2L course.


Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: The Legal Environment
Readings
  • Chapter 1- Introduction to Law
  • Chapter 4 - Common Law, Statutory Law, and Administrative Law (omit administrative law section pp. 95-105)
  • Chapter 5 - Constitutional Law
  • Chapter 6 - Dispute Resolution
Discussion 1
  1. Discuss the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 and the Main Street Fairness Act. Details posted in class.
  2. Discuss whether there is a Constitutional basis to challenge StuffMart’s Social Media Policies. Details posted in class.
Introduction Discussion
Share some information so we can get to know each other. Some ideas to include are your experience or exposure to the legal system or your thoughts on how this course might aid you in your future endeavors. Share only what you feel comfortable discussing.
Homework 1

Complete this set of questions in Mindtap.

Week 2: Torts and Crimes
Readings
  • Chapter 7 - Crime
  • Chapter 8 - Intentional Torts and Business Torts
  • Chapter 9 - Negligence, Strict Liability, and Product Liability
Discussion 2
  1. Research and discuss the Stella Liebeck vs. McDonald’s lawsuit. Details posted in class.
  2. Discuss the Constitutionality of warrantless searches under the 4th Amendment. Details posted in class.
Homework 2

Complete this set of questions in Mindtap.

Week 3: Contracts
Readings
  • Chapter 11 - Introduction to Contracts
  • Chapter 12 - The Agreement, Offers and Acceptances (omit sections 12-2c on the UCC and open terms,section 12-3b on the battle of forms, and page 311 on firm offers)
  • Chapter 13 - Consideration
Discussion 3
  1. Research and discuss a contract case.Details posted in class.
  2. Respond to Discussion Question 5 in Chapter 11 (page 300).
Homework 3

Complete this set of questions in Mindtap.

Quiz 1
This quiz covers topics covered in weeks 1 through 3. There will be 20 questions and you will have 45 minutes to complete the quiz. Access the quiz in your D2L course.
Week 4: Contracts Continued
Readings
  • Chapter 14 - Legality (omit pp. 360-361 on UCC unconscionability and sales law)
  • Chapter 15 - Voidable Contracts, Capacity, and Consent
  • Chapter 16 - Written Contracts
Discussion 4
  1. Research and discuss noncompete agreements. Details posted in class.
  2. Discuss Question 3 on page 411 – the Disc Jockey case.
Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam is worth 300 points and covers materials from Weeks 1 through 4. The exam will consist of multiple-choice, true/false, matching, fill in the blank, and short answer questions. It will have an enforced time limit of 150 minutes, meaning that you will be unable to exceed the time limit. It must be completed by 11:59 pm Saturday. Access it from the quizzes menu in your D2L course

Week 5: Contracts: Performance Breach, Discharge, and Remedies
Readings
  • Chapter 18- Performance, Breach, and Discharge
  • Chapter 19 - Remedies
Discussion 5
  1. Read Chapter 18 and pick one of the cases discussed in this chapter to discuss in class. Share with the class your impression of the case and why you agree or disagree with the court’s holding.
  2. Discuss Question 4 on page 478.
Homework 4

Complete this set of questions in Mindtap.

Week 6: Agency Law and Business Entities
Readings
  • Chapter 28 - Agency Law
  • Chapter 31 - Starting a Business: LLC’s and Other Options
  • Chapter 32 - Partnerships
Discussion 6
  1. Applying concepts of agency law, discuss StuffMart’s liability for employee torts. Details posted in class.
  2. After reading Chapters 31 and 32, explore the business resources on your Secretary of State’s website. Details posted in class.
Homework 5

Complete this set of questions in Mindtap.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Corporations
Readings
  • Chapter 33 - Life and Death of a Corporation
  • Chapter 34 - Management Duties
Discussion 7
  1. Discuss Question 3 on page 876.
  2. Discuss Case Question 2 on page 899.
Corporations Essay

The purpose of this assignment is to research and analyze real-world examples of corporate wrongdoing. In this essay, you will research and write about a specific corporation. (You will be provided with a list of corporations to select from.) Your research should focus on the potential or actual criminal and civil liability of the corporation and its officer or directors resulting from its legal wrongdoings. Summarize and explain the issues in your own words in a least 10 paragraphs. A minimum of 3 reputable sources must be used. In addition, incorporate a minimum of 6 key terms from this week’s readings. Highlight the key terms by using all caps.

The essay should be written using MLA style and include a works cited page. Use double spacing with size 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Due Sunday of Week 7, worth 60 points. Submit it to the assignment dropbox in your D2L course.

Please note that a paper submitted for a previous class on the same topic will not receive credit.  You are expected to do new and original work in each course.
Quiz 2
This quiz covers topics covered in weeks 5 through 7. There will be 20 questions and you will have 45 minutes to complete the quiz. Access the quiz in your D2L course.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 8: Real Property and Personal Property
Readings
  • Chapter 42 - Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law
  • Chapter 43 - Personal Property and Bailment (omit pp. 1141-1149 on bailment)
Discussion 8
  1. Research and discuss landlord/tenant laws from your home state. Details posted in class.
  2. Discuss concepts from Chapter 43 that you’ve learned. Details posted in class.
Homework 6

Complete this set of questions in Mindtap.

Final Exam
The final exam is worth 300 points in total. It consists of two separate parts. Part I, worth 200 points, consists of true/false and multiple choice questions. It will have an enforced time limit of 75 minutes. Part II, worth 100 points, consists of essay questions. It will have an enforced time limit of 105 minutes. The exam primarily covers materials from Weeks 5-8 but will also contain some comprehensive questions from earlier weeks of the course. Time limits on both parts are enforced, meaning that you will be unable to exceed this time limit. The final exam will be available beginning on Wednesday and must be completed by 11:59 pm Saturday. Access it from the quizzes menu in your D2L course.
Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.


Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Homework assignments: Homework assignments will not be accepted late.

Corporations Essay: The paper will not be accepted late.

Quizzes and Exams: Quizzes and Exams are scheduled to be available for reasonable periods of time. You are expected to take your quizzes and exams within these time parameters. Late quizzes and exams are not accepted. (Also, quizzes and exams will not allow you to exceed the time limit.) Only in a documented emergency situation or situation where I am advised of a scheduling problem in advance, will I allow a make-up exam or quiz; however, make-up exams or quizzes are much more difficult.

If you add the class late: If you add the class after it has already begun, be aware that the late policies above still apply.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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