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The University of Texas at Dallas Business and Public Law BA 2301.

502 - Fall 2005
Instructor: Office Phone: E-mail: Office Hours: Cynthia Camuel, JD, LL.M 972-308-7602 Home Phone: 972-867-1665

Please use WebCT for class related e-mail BY APPOINTMENT Course Objectives

Use of Critical Thinking: Understand and apply legal concepts that influence the lives and decisions of individuals and businesses on a day-to-day basis. The course will concentrate on the following areas: 1. The legal environment and Business 2. E-commerce 3. Contract law 4. Sales law 5. Negotiable Instruments 6. Business Organizations 7. Labor and Employment Relations 8. Property Understanding Ethical Considerations Involved in Legal Issues: Understand the ethical issues involving legal topics that confront both individuals and businesses on a day-to-day basis. Enhancement of Communication Skills: By class participation and discussion, students, communication skills will be improved. Grading System Maximum Points Three tests (100 points) 300 Class Participation/Attendance 50 Research Assignments (two for 25 each) 50 TOTAL POINTS 400

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(Occasionally, depending on time constraints in class, the students may be offered the opportunity to do an additional project for extra credit.)


Class Participation/Attendance: Students should read the assigned chapters and review problems at the end of the chapters prior to class and participate in class discussion. In addition to the 50 points for attendance, the final grade for the course may be enhanced as a result of class participation. An attendance sign-in sheet will distributed each class or class segment. It is the responsible of each student to sign-in during each class. Credit for attendance will not be given if the attendance sheet is not signed. Signing the attendance on behalf of another student is considered an act of scholastic dishonesty and students who commit this act are subject to disciplinary penalties, Research Assignment: Research topics will be posted on WebCT under Business and Public Law for our class. Each assignment has a value of 25 points. Information concerning the research assignment may to found by accessing the on-line Lexis database. This database can ONLY be accessed from UTD’s computer labs or if off campus via UTD’s Pipeline. The projects are due as indicated on the schedule below. There will be a two point deduction for each day a project is late. Tests: Each test will be comprised of 25 true/false and 25 multiple-choice questions of equal value. Each test will require a Scantron Form 882. It is the responsibility of each student to provide the required Scantron form. If the required Scantron is not submitted, there will be a deduction of 10 points from the student’s grade. General Information 1. Required Material Clarkson/Miller/Jentz/Cross, West’s Business Law, West Publishing Company, 9th Edition. Make-up policy: Only for very compelling reasons will a make-up test be allowed. 3. University Policy on Cheating:
Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents' Rule and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22. Since scholastic dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.



8-24-05 8-31 9-7 9-14 9-21 9-28 10- 5 10-12 10-19 10-26 11-2 11-9 11-16 11-23

Class Schedule (Subject to Revision) Business and Public Law - B.A. 2301.502 Chapters Comments

Intro & Chapters 1, 2 Chapters 2, 3, 4 Chapters 5, 6, 8 Chapters 9, 10, 11 Chapters 12, 13, 14 Test # 1 Chapters 16, 17, 19 Chapters 20, 21, 22 Chapters 23, 28, 31 Test #2 Chapters 24, 25, 26 Chapters 33, 34, 35 Chapters 36, 37, 47, 48 Test #3 (Final)

Chapters 1 – 6, 8 - 14 Project #1 due.

Chapters 16, 17, 19 – 23, 28, 31 Project #2 due.

Chapters 24, 25, 26, 33 – 37, 47, 48


Grading Scale (%) Grade From A+ 97 A 92 A88 B+ 85 B 82 B78 C+ 75 C 72 C68 D+ 65 D 62 D58 F -0-

To 100 96 91 87 84 81 77 74 71 67 64 61 57