GB 432 –Summer 2011 Texas A&M University Central Texas GB 432.341 – Business Law II Summer 2011 – Ft. Hood Instructor: Lucas W. Loafman, J.D., M.B.A. Office Location: CTC Nursing Building Room 222 Office Phone: 254-519-5724 Cell Phone: 254-289-9821 (Please call after 9AM and before 11:00PM) E-mail: email@example.com or through Blackboard Office Hours: Monday: 5:00-7:30 Tuesday: 5:00-7:30 Wednesday: 5:00-7:30 Thursday: 5:00-7:30 Friday: By appointment Availability other than the listed hours can be made by appointment and these hours may be adjusted in the future. Don’t hesitate to call me at home or shoot me an email. I check email and BB at least twice a day and will respond within 24 hours, usually just a couple, if I’m not traveling. Mode of instruction and course access: This course is face to face, but I do have many course resources on TAMUCT/Tarleton State University’s Blackboard system (referred to by me hereafter as BB). http://blackboard.tarleton.edu You will use your University ID (UID) and the 6-digit University PIN to logon to this system. Grades will also be posted on BB. Also, any folders with PDF files may take a few minutes to open just like any audio lectures I may post. If you have BB technology issues, here is the help desk information: EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE: 254-968-1960 or Toll Free 1-866-744-8900 - Option 3 WALK IN: Tarleton Center Room 131 UNILERT - Emergency Warning System for Texas A&M University – Central Texas UNILERT is an emergency notification service that gives Texas A&M University-Central Texas the ability to communicate health and safety emergency information quickly via email and text message. By enrolling in UNILERT, university officials can quickly pass on safety-related information, regardless of your location. Please enroll today at http://TAMUCT.org/UNILERT GB 432 –Summer 2011 1.0 Course Description The study of the basic, though it may not seem that way, principles of law relating to law and ethics, the judicial system, constitution, tort and criminal law, common law contracts, the laws of sales, warranties and banking. 2.0 Course Objective To acquire basic knowledge of laws critical for the operations of a business will be the core of this course. This course is the first course of two courses directed at providing coverage of the legal environment facing business organizations in today’s society. This course is required for most majors within the College of Business Administration. 2.1 Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of the course the student will achieve the following: a) Knowledge outcomes: 1) Describe the differences between ethics and law. 2) Define law. 3) Describe the evolution of laws in the American legal system. 4) Identify provisions under the U.S. Constitution that impacts the conduct of commercial business activity. 5) Identify the various courts found in the U.S. at the federal and state level and their function and authority. 6) Identify the required elements to form a valid contract. 7) Define the performance aspect of a contract. 8) What constitutes a breach of contract. 9) Identify the remedies available for breach of contract. 10) Identify the primary difference between a contract under Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code and other contracts. 2.2 Competency Goals: 1) Be able to recognize what court or courts are available to resolve commercial disputes arising in business. 2) Analyze a contract in terms of whether all of the required elements of the contract have been met. 3) Recognize when performance under a contract constitutes a breach of contract. 4) Evaluate what remedies are available for breach of contract. 5) Recognize when Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code is applicable to a sales transaction. 6) Evaluate when title, risk of loss effectively passes from seller to buyer. 3.0 Textbook and Required Materials Business Law Today: Comprehensive Edition,Gaylord A Jentz and Robert Miller, 8th Ed. ISBN: 9780324595741 – I will be switching to the 9 edition for the fall. Note: A student of this institution is th not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer. You will need to bring a green scantron for each exam. Use pencil and do not fold or bend the scantron. I will take off 5 points if I have to hand grade an exam. GB 432 –Summer 2011 4.0 Evaluation and Grading 1. Business Law Event Summaries – 10% or 10 points – I want you to be on the lookout for news events related to business law that have occurred this within three weeks of the due date. You don’t have to focus on just Business Law 1 topics, so look at the table of contents at the start of the text for the range of issues. You will need to write 4 reflective entries about a half to three quarters of a page in length related to news events throughout the semester. Please follow the following organizational structure: 1. Summary (25%) 2. Relevance to Business law (How it affects business operations/regulations, why business should pay attention, etc.) – Just because an article references a topic we cover doesn’t make it business law relevant (35%) and 3. Personal reaction/reflection on or to the news (20%). You must adequately cite the source, though no special format is required, so I can see where you got it! Correct spelling, punctuation and writing conventions/skills will be considered in up to 20% of the assignments grade and an assignment of this length should have at most one error. I have posted an example on BB. 2. Getting to Know the Law Assignment – Details to be posted on Blackboard main page – 17% or 17 points 3. Reading and Understanding the Supreme Court – 13% or 13 points – Details to be posted on BB – Heavy reading and due quick! 4. Exams – 3 exams comprising 20% or 20 Points of your grade each (60% or 60 points combined) – Please be there! An exam might be given early on a case by case basis, and only in extreme cases. Even then, it may be an entirely differently structured exam (all essay). I am the sole judge on these matters and you should bring exam issues to me when they arise. A missed exam may be made up on my terms if I feel the circumstances warrant a make-up. There is no extra credit scheduled in this course, so stay with the material. Exams may be comprised of multiple choice, T/F, and matching questions at my discretion. They will not be comprehensive. 5.0 Grading Scale/Formula Event Summary Average*.10 + Getting to know the law assignment*.15 + Reading and Understanding the Supreme Court*.10 + Exam 1*.2 + Exam 2*.2 + Exam 3*.2= Final Grade ******Grading Scale******Note the C, D, and F Both Points and Percentages 89.5-100 = A 79.5-89.5 = B 71.5-79.5 = C 64.5-71.5 = D 64.5 or less = F Grades may also be adjusted at the end of the semester based on class results, meaning an average may qualify for a higher letter grade than the scale normally provides for, to facilitate an appropriate grade distribution. Since I don’t have you in class to hear your responses to questions I ask, your work/effort needs to impress me if your average is close to a grade border. GB 432 –Summer 2011 6.0 Grade Issues Exam grades will most likely be available by the next class period and the grade will be posted on BB. *******Late work penalties: All assignments are due by the start of class (8:00) on the date they are due. Event Summaries not received within ONE week of the due date will not be graded. Those that are LATE will lose 25% of the points available. Unless otherwise stated, all assignments are due by class time on the day on which they are due. The Reading and Understanding the Supreme Court and the Getting to Know the Law assignment will lose up to (my discretion) 10% a day they are late. However, if you submit any assignment via email, that will reserve your spot with regards to an assignment being considered late, but it will not be graded until a paper copy is in my hand. There is one bonus assignment posted on the main BB page. Be sure to comply with the deadline stated. 7.0 Semester Calendar (Subject to change) Week 1 – June 8th Syllabus and Chapter 1 Legal Environment Week 2 – June 13th Ch 2 Constitutional Law and Ch 3 Courts and ADR June 15th Event Summary #1 Due Finish Chapter 3, Chapter 4 Torts Week 3 – June 20th Reading and Understanding the Supreme Court Assignment Due Finish Chapter 4 Torts and Chapter 5 Intellectual Property June 22nd No Class – State Bar Annual Meeting – Chapter 6 Audio Online Week 4 – June 27th Exam Chapters 1-6 – Listen to Chapter 7 Ethics Audio lecture June 29th Event Summary #2 Due, Go over exams, Ethics Issues, Chapters 8 and 9 Week 5 – July 4th No Class – Listen to audio Chapter 10 July 6th Getting to Know the Law Assignment Due – Chapters 11-13 Week 6 – October 5th Chapters 14, 15 and 16 October 7th Exam #2 Chapters 7-16 Week 7 – October 12th Event Summary #3 Due - Go over Exams and Chapters 18 and 19 October 14th Chapter 20 and Chapter 21Warranties and Products Liability Week 8 – October 19th Event Summary #4 Due, Chapter 22 Negotiability and Chapter 24 Banking October 21st Exam#3 - Chapters 18-22, and 24 GB 432 –Summer 2011 8.0 Drop Policy If you discover that you need to drop this class, you must go to the Records Office and ask for the necessary paperwork. Professors cannot drop students; this is always the responsibility of the student. The record’s office will give a deadline for which the form must be returned, completed and signed. Once you return the signed form to the records office and wait 24 hours, you must go into Duck Trax and confirm that you are no longer enrolled. If you are still enrolled, FOLLOW-UP with the records office immediately. You are to attend class until the procedure is complete to avoid penalty for absence. Should you miss the deadline or fail to follow the procedure, you will receive an F in the course. 9.0. Academic Honesty Texas A&M University--Central Texas expects its students to maintain high standards of personal and scholarly conduct. Students guilty of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary action. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating on an examination or other academic work, plagiarism, collusion (working together), and the abuse of resource materials (including faculty). The faculty member is responsible for initiating action for each case of academic dishonesty. All work in this course is individual. You may get the rare/occasional assistance from other students about where you found certain information/answers, but I don’t want to see close/identical answers. I have a pretty good eye for this, as my memory is pretty good! If you need help, ask me! Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in an F in my course. 10.0 Disability Services It is the policy of Texas A&M University-Central Texas to comply with the Americans with Disability Act. If you have or believe you have a disability, may wish to self-identify. You can do so by providing documentation to the Academic Support Programs Coordinator. Students are encouraged to seek information about accommodations to help assure success in this class. Please contact Ryan Thompson at (254) 519-5796 or Main Building Room 114. Additional information can be found at http://www.TAMUCT.org/StudentAffairs . 11.0 Smarthinking Online tutoring platform that enables TAMU-CT students to log-in and receive FREE online tutoring and writing support. This tool provides tutoring in Mathematics, Writing, General and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, Accounting, Economics, Introductory Finance, Spanish, and Statistics. Students will have access to Smarthinking after 5:00pm on the 4th class day. Students may gain access by going to smarthinking.com and entering in their University Student ID as their username and Birthday (mmddyyyy) as their password. Once you log-in, you have the option to change your log-in information. If you have difficulties contact Student Affairs at 254-519- 5721. GB 432 –Summer 2011 12.0 Library Services INFORMATION LITERACY focuses on research skills which prepare individuals to live and work in an information-centered society. Librarians will work with students in the development of critical reasoning, ethical use of information, and the appropriate use of secondary research techniques. Help may include, yet is not limited to: exploration of information resources such as library collections and services, identification of subject databases and scholarly journals, and execution of effective search strategies. Library resources are outlined and accessed at http://www.tarleton.edu/centraltexas/departments/library/ 13.0 Other Important Notes and Considerations 1. I will email you through Blackboard and pay attention to the announcements tab as well! 2. Respect the thoughts and opinions of your classmates. We may not agree on everything, but everyone, generally, has the right to be heard in my classroom. I want everyone to feel comfortable to share their thoughts on a subject, even if others may disagree. 3. I reserve the right to make reasonable alterations to the course calendar and syllabus as provided here. It is a guide, not a hard and fast rule. Changes will only be made that benefit the class as a whole.
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