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LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS

BA 233

Instructor: Daniel Lykins††† -††† 224 A Bexell Hall

Phone: 737-4139, email: lykinsd@onid.orst.edu

Office Hours: M&W 9-10 & 1-2, T & th. 9-10

and by appointment

 

REQUIRED MATERIAL:

††††††††† Text - Cross and Miller Westís Legal Environment of Business (6th Ed.).Any additional material will be provided in class or on the Blackboard website for this course costs.Used copies should be available at the OSU bookstore. The publishers offers a text website at http://ele.westbuslaw.com which includes practice quizzes for each chapter.

 

COURSE GOALS: Students are expected to:

††††††††† 1. understand the legal environment of business including the structure and functioning of the judicial, administrative legislative and judicial systems,

††††††††††† 2. apply business law concepts to business problems including tort, contract and criminal law issues,

††††††††††† 3. be able to critically analyze current legal proceedings and issues and relate them to material covered in class,

††††††††††† 4. analyze selected current cases and relate the rules of those cases to the management of modern business enterprises,

††††††††††† 5. understand the concepts of sustainability and sustainable business practices,

††††††††††† 6. understand the legal implications of the ethical rules and social responsibilities of modern business.

 

CLASS PREPARATION:

††††††††††† You are expected to have read the materials for class meetings before the material is presented in class.Prior to each class a listing of the lecture topics for that day will be posted in the course documents section of the Blackboard web site for this course.Do note - your blackboard web page will show two BA 233 sites. The 233-001 site has your course syllabus and you grades. The BA 233_C001 site will have the daily overheads for lectures.

 

COURSE QUIZZES AND FINAL EXAMINATION:

††††††††††† There will be two quizzes and three objective examinations in this course, including the final exam.The quizzes are worth 5% each, the first test is worth 20% of your grade, the second exam is 30% and the final is 40%.††† The final will be a comprehensive objective examination.You will be permitted to bring one hand written note card for use on the final exam only.

 

GRADING:

††††††††††† The final grade will be based on a plus and minus scale.For example, 80% to 82% is a B-, 83% to 87% is a B and 88% and 89% is a B+.Partial percentage scores will be rounded up if they the .6% level.No curve will be employed in this course and no extra credit work will be accepted.

 

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:

††††††††††† Students with accommodations approved by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office are responsible for contacting the instructor prior to or during the first week of classes to discuss accommodations.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

††††††††††† Academic dishonesty is using anotherís work or aiding someone in doing so.Any academic dishonesty will be dealt with as per the rules stated in the Student Handbook.

 

ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE: if lectures vary from the listing presented below the quizzes will cover only the material covered in the lectures and the associated reading.

Week of:

††††††††††† Week 1†††††††††††††††††††††† -Chapters 1 & 2

††††††††††† Week 2†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 3 & 4

††††††††††† Week 3 ††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 5- quiz 1 on Wed.

††††††††††† Week 4†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 5 & 7- Test 1 on Wed.

††††††††††† Week 5†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 7 & 9

††††††††††† Week 6†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapter 9 & 10 - quiz 2 on Wed.

††††††††††† Week 7†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 11 & 12- Test 2 on Wed

††††††††††† Week 8†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 12 & 13 - no class on Wed.

††††††††††† Week 9†††††††††††††††††††††† - Chapters 19 & 20

††††††††††† Week 10††††††††††††††††††† - lecture catch up †††

 

††††††††††† FINAL EXAM: Group Exam Tuesday June 10 - 7:30 a.m.

 

CHEAP ADVICE: Should you find yourself floundering in this course the time to do something about it is as soon as you realize you are having a problem. Do stop by the office to discuss the matter. There are often identifiable methods that can help your performance in the course.What ever you do - donít wait till the end of the quarter.