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									                                                                                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: 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). 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

If you have BB technology issues, here is the help desk information:
PHONE:            254-968-1960 or Toll Free 1-866-744-8900 - Option 3
WALK IN:          Tarleton Center Room 131

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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

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
            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
            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

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.
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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

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

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.
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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
          October 21st          Exam#3 - Chapters 18-22, and 24
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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 .

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 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-
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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

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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