Acct/gbus 3923 advanced business law/ethics



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ACCT/GBUS 3923 ADVANCED BUSINESS LAW/ETHICS




SCHOOL: School of Professional Studies

DEPARTMENT: Business

CREDIT HOURS/NUMBER/TITLE: 3 Hours, ACCT/GBUS 3923,

Advanced Business Law/Ethics



INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Steven Palmer

NWOSU E-Mail: scpalmer@nwosu.edu

Office Hours: MWF 8:00-11:30 A.M.

TR 9:15-11:30 A.M.

Office hours conducted by email.

Other times by appointment


TEXTBOOK: This class requires a custom printed textbook from McGraw-Hill/Create. The only place the textbook can be purchased is the NWOSU bookstore. This text has not been used on this campus in the past. Do not purchase a used custom-printed book from any source.
COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES: An in-depth examination specific topic of law and ethics that affect business in America. Prerequisite: GBUS 2903.

Course Goals/Objectives

This course is designed to introduce the students to the general legal principles of the subject matter. Unlike GBUS 2903 Legal Environment which was designed to stress breadth of topics, ACCT/GBUS 3923 is designed to stress depth of specific topics. The subject matter, materials, and the instructor’s lectures should not be considered providing legal advice. Legal advice should only be provided after full disclosures of all material facts and with a licensed attorney.

By the end of the semester a student should be able to:

1) Summarize forms of business organization, including advantages, disadvantages, formation, financial structure, owner liability, taxation, operation and termination. (BUS DIV 1, ACBSP 3)

2) Describe contract elements, formation, performance, termination, breach, discharge and remedies. (BUS DIV 1, ACBSP 3)

3) Explain agency relationships including the formation, classification, authority, duties and liabilities involved in such relationships. (BUS DIV 1, ACBSP 3)

4) Compare and contrast the various forms of bankruptcy. (BUS DIV 1, ACBSP 3)

5) Summarize the government regulation of securities focusing on Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Sarbanes-Oxley, as amended. (BUS DIV 1, ACBSP 3)



6) Discuss the Uniform Commercial Code and its impact on business regarding negotiable instruments, letters of credit, sales, secured transactions, and documents/transfer of title. (BUS DIV 1, ACBSP 3)

7) Apply concepts of ethics and professionalism to business professions such as accounting and law. (BUS DIV 5, ACCT 2, ACCT 3, ACBSP 5)

8) Prepare a professional paper analyzing and evaluating a controversial issue associated with business law, business ethics or corporate social responsibility. (BUS DIV 2, BUS DIV 3, BA 2, OL2, TM 2, ACBSP 1, ACBSP 2)

Standards:

Bus Div = NWOSU Business Division goals for all Business programs

BA = Division goals for the Bachelor of Science with Business Administration major

OL = Division goals for the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

TM = Division Goals for the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences

ACBSP = Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs Assessment Standards

PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be based on: (1) Mini-Tests; (2) Discussion Board; (3) Assignments; (4) Opinion Paper (5) Reflection Papers and (6) Final Exam. Such assessment will focus on the course and chapter objectives of the class.



Mini-Tests:

At the end of each week there will be a mini-test (quiz) on the chapter(s)/issue(s) assigned for that week. The mini-test, except as noted in the syllabus, will be due by Sunday night at 11:55 p.m. The mini-tests for the last week are due by 11:55 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27. The mini-tests will be objective questions (true-false, multiple choice, matching, etc.). Mini-tests are open book/open notes; however the mini-test will have a relatively short time limit. Significant points will be deducted for exceeding the time limit. Collectively, the mini-tests will be 25% (12½% if final exam is taken) of your overall grade. No make-up or late mini-tests are allowed. More information regarding mini-tests can be found in Appendix B.


Discussion Board:

Each week the instructor will have new topics for consideration on the Discussion Boards on Blackboard. (NOTE: Most weeks there will be at least two new discussion boards for student participation.) Four comments, on at least two different days (at least 24 hours apart), with the initial comment being made by Tuesday, is the MINIMUM acceptable performance per discussion board. By Tuesday of each week, students should contribute their comments, initially setting forth their opinions and positions. Then later in the week, students should comment on the postings made by other students. These responses should be meaningful and contribute to the discussion. Discussion boards collectively are worth 35% (17½%) of the final grade. Minimum acceptable work results in minimum passing grade. Less than minimum acceptable performance will result in a less than acceptable grade. Students cannot make up missed discussion boards. Read Appendix C for important information on Discussion Boards in this class. [NOTE: There may be more than one discussion board in any given week. Students are required to participate in every discussion board.]

Opinion Paper:

There will be one paper, an opinion paper, due during the semester. Papers are due by 11:55 p.m. on the due date, March 27, 2011. The student must have his/her topic approved by the professor before 11:55 p.m. on February 27, 2011. See the paper requirements contained in Appendix D. The paper is worth 20% (10%) of the final grade. The assignment must be done in MS Word (.doc/.docx) format. All papers will be submitted through www.turnitin.com. The time stamp when received by turnitin.com will be the official time the paper is submitted. Turnitin.com will be set such that late papers will not be accepted. Remember do not wait until the last minute to submit your paper. Technical problems/unforeseen circumstances will not be an acceptable excuse for a late submission.

Reflection Paper:

After each chapter is covered, each student must write a reflection paper on that chapter. The reflection paper will only be one to two pages in length. The student should follow appropriate sentence/paragraph style and meet the requirements of the style guide. Reflection papers should be submitted through turnitin.com by 11:55 p.m. on the Sunday evening at the end of the week the chapter was covered in class. The reflection papers for the last week of class will be due by 11:55 p.m. on the last Wednesday of class (April 27). (NOTE: Due dates are listed below in the course schedule.) See Appendix E for more details regarding the reflection paper. The reflection papers are a combined worth 10% (5%) of the final grade.

Assignments:

During the course of the semester the professor will make assignments that collectively will be worth 10% (5%) of the grade. The assignments will be found in Assignments folder on Blackboard. Assignment due dates are 11:55 p.m. on February 6 (#1), February 27 (#2), March 13 (#3) and April 10 (#4).

Final Exam:

All students must take Part A of the final exam. Part B of the final exam is an optional cumulative examination. The format may include essay, short answer or objective questions. More information on the final exam is contained in Appendix F. The final exam will be 50% of your grade if you elect to take it.

EVALUATION AND GRADING

ITEM




% of Grade

(No Final)

% of Grade (With Final)

Mini-Tests (Quizzes)




25

12½

Discussion Boards




35

17½

Reflection Papers




10

5

Opinion Paper




20

10

Assignments




10

5

Final Exam




---

50

Total




100

100


Grading Scale: A=90%-100% B=80%-89% C=70%-79% D=60%-69% F=Below 60%

DISABLED STUDENT SERVICES: Any student needing academic accommodations for a physical, mental or learning disability should contact the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, or faculty member personally, within the first two weeks of the semester so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged.  The Alva location for ADA assistance is the Fine Arts building room 126. The location for ADA assistance on the Enid campus is Room 102 and the contact is Lori Coonrod. The location for ADA assistance on the Woodward campus is the Main Office and the contact is Dr. Deena Fisher.

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Academic Integrity:

Academic integrity is vital. The professor has a zero tolerance policy regarding academic dishonesty. Any act of dishonesty will be penalized severely. See Appendix A for a discussion of academic honesty.

Communication:

The professor will use NWOSU email as the primary means of communicating with students, Students are responsible for e-mail messages sent to their NWOSU email account; thus, students should regularly check their NWOSU email accounts.

Blackboard:

It is the duty of the student to check Blackboard on a regular basis because students are responsible for any information or material posted to Blackboard during the semester.

Late Work:

NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THIS CLASS. Failure to timely take quiz or test or timely complete assignments or discussion boards will result in a zero on that item.

Make-Up Policy:

NO MAKE-UP WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED IN THIS CLASS. Students should plan in advance so work is completed prior to a scheduled absence. Likewise, students should complete work far enough in advance that it is completed in case of an unexpected event. Tests may not be taken in advance.

Student Opinions:

Students’ well-supported opinions are an important element of this class. Students should express their personal opinions in all discussion boards, classroom discussions, assignments, papers, etc. However, it is important that students support their views and opinions with facts and logic. An unsupported opinion is of no value in this class.

Deadlines:

Students are urged not to wait until the last minute to submit any mini-test, discussion board, paper, assignment etc. Blackboard being down, computer problems, Internet access problems, turnitin.com unavailability, illness or other reasons will not be acceptable reasons for missing a deadline. Students have plenty of notice of all deadlines and therefore should plan accordingly.







Turnitin.com

Unless specifically instructed otherwise by the professor, all assignments will be submitted through www.turnitin.com. No hard copy of the assignment will be required or accepted unless the student is directed to turn in a hard copy. Turnitin.com is a plagiarism detection program. Papers must be created in MS Word format (.doc or .docx).

In order to register for turnitin.com you will need the class id and enrolment password listed below:

Class id = 3028711  Password = Rangers


Style Guide:

All written assignments must comply with the requirements set forth in the style guide, unless otherwise specifically noted. The style guide can be found in the Course Documents folder on Blackboard.

Duplication of Material:

All materials presented and/or received during this class are protected by copyright law and no reproduction of the lecture or other material is allowed without specific written permission.



COURSE OUTLINE AND TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Week #

Topic

Quiz Deadline 11:55 pm on:

Reflection Paper Due 11:55 pm on:

1 (1/10/11)

1 – Agency and Liability to Third Parties

1/16/11

1/16/11

2 (1/16/11)

2 – Forms of Business Organizations

3 – Partnerships



1/23/11


1/23/11


3 (1/23/11)

3 – Partnerships

4 – Corporations: Formation and Organization



1/30/11

1/30/11


1/30/11

1/30/11


4 (1/30/11)

5 – Introduction to Contracts and Agreement

6 – Consideration

7 – Capacity and Legality

Assignment 1



2/6/11

2/6/11


2/6/11

2/6/11

2/6/11


2/6/11

5 (2/6/11)

8 – Reality of Assent

9 – Contracts in Writing and Third-Party Contracts

10 – Discharge and Remedies


2/13/11

2/13/11


2/13/11

2/13/11

2/13/11


2/13/11

6 (2/13/11)

11 – Secured Transactions, Creditors’ Rights, and Bankruptcy

2/20/11

2/20/11

7 (2/20/11)

12 – Securities Regulation

13 – Consumer Law

Assignment 2


2/27/11


2/27/11


February 27

Topic Due before 11:55 p.m.







8 (2/27/11)

13 – Consumer Law

14 – Employment and Discrimination Law



3/6/11


3/6/11


9 (3/6/11)

14 – Employment and Discrimination Law

15 – Antitrust Law

Assignment 3


3/13/11

3/13/11


3/13/11

3/13/11


10 (3/13/11)

SPRING BREAK – NO CLASS/ASSIGNMENTS







11 (3/20/11)

16 – Formation and Performance of Sales and Lease Contracts

17 – Performance and Obligations under Sales and Lease Contracts



3/27/11
3/27/11

3/27/11
3/27/11

March 27

Paper Due before 11:55 p.m. via turnitin.com







12 (3/27/11)

18 – Negotiable Instruments: Negotiability and Transferability

19 – Holder in Due Course, Liability, and Defenses



4/3/11
4/3/11

4/3/11
4/3/11

13 (4/3/11)

20 – Real Property

21 –Insurance

Assignment 4


4/10/11

4/10/11


4/10/11

4/10/11


14 (4/10/11)

22 – Liability of Accountants and Other Professionals

23 – Ethics Foundation for Decision Making in Accounting



4/17/11


4/17/11


15 (4/17/11)

23 – Ethics Foundation for Decision Making in Accounting

24 - Ethics in Accounting: Ethical Obligations and Decision Making



4/24/11



4/24/11



16 (4/24/11)

24 - Ethics in Accounting: Ethical Obligations and Decision Making

25 – Professional Responsibilities and Ethical Obligations in Auditing



Wed. 4/27/11
Wed. 4/27/11

Wed. 4/27/11
Wed. 4/27/11

17 (5/1/11)

FINAL EXAM

Part A – REQUIRED all students before 11:55 p.m. on 5/1

PART B – Optional before 11:55 p.m. on 5/2















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