Syllabus for LAW-201
Business Law introduces the concepts and applications of laws that affect the business enterprise. Identification of the sources of law, including the courts, administrative agency rules and regulations, executive orders, and judicial decisions will be addressed. The law of contract, sales, and agency will be covered in detail while a distinction is drawn between traditional contracts and e-contracts. Additionally, remedies for breach of these agreements will be covered. Business crimes will also be discussed, in addition to potential tort liability arising from criminal acts. Strict liability and product liability will be explored.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Define law, its functions, and its sources in the United States.
CO2 Demonstrate the difference between the law of sales and the law of contract.
CO3 Recognize contractual problems and breaches.
CO4 Demonstrate written knowledge of the structure and jurisdiction of the state and federal court
CO5 Identify legal issues that determine criminal and tort liability.
CO6 Describe consumer protection legislation of contemporary U.S. commercial law.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Business Law is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include an overview, learning objectives, study materials, and activities.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take a proctored online midterm examination, and complete a final paper. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.
One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.
In addition to posting an introduction to the class in Module 1, you are required to participate in six graded online discussions, each focusing on a legal issue.
Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
A discussion forum rubric can be found in the Evaluation Rubric folder in the main area of the course.
Business Law requires that you complete five written assignments and submit them to your mentor for correction and grading. These written assignments are based on case studies. You are to prepare an essay that answers the questions asked at the end of the case. Each essay will be judged on your capacity to present strong logical discussions that support your conclusions.
Your assignment essays should be well developed and convey your understanding of the course materials. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. Formulate answers in your own words. However, when you feel it is appropriate (i.e., when it strengthens your answer), you may make use of material from your readings. Be sure that you cite the source properly (i.e., footnotes or endnotes).
Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.
Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.
An evaluation rubric can be found within the assignment submission link.
For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam(s), refer to the study guide(s) available in the Examinations section of the course Web site.
The midterm exam covers the material assigned in Modules 1 through 3. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and 5 short essay questions. The exam is closed-book and is 3 hours long.
For the midterm, you are required to use the University's Online Proctor Service. Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.
You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in an exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
This course does NOT have a final examination. Instead you will be required to write and submit a final paper to your mentor. A full description of the paper and the requirements for completing it are found in the Final Paper area of the Web site.
Your final paper should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. Your paper should be organized, coherent, and unified; it should also be free of spelling and grammatical errors. If you need help in writing such a paper, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
If you have questions about the requirements of the paper, be sure to discuss them with your mentor well in advance of the final submission. Consult the Course Calendar for the final paper due date. It must be submitted by the last day of the semester.
An evaluation rubric can be found within the final paper assignment submission link.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)
For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance, click the links provided below.
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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