Sample Syllabus BMGT 381 Business Law II

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Sample Syllabus BMGT 381 Business Law II ...

    University of Maryland University College Europe



TERM: Fall Session II, 2009 Mondays & Wednesdays 2000-2245

    EDUCATION CENTER: Kadena Air Base

    FACULTY MEMBER: Robert A. Walker, J.D., LL.M. (email:

    COURSE MATERIALS: Miller & Jentz, Business Law Today, 8th Ed. (previous editions acceptable), Thompson West Legal Publishing. Other handouts supplied or made available. (Note the text is used for

    both Business Law I and II).

    COURSE DESCRIPTION: Strongly recommended for students seeking careers in finance and management or as CPAs or lawyers. Fulfills the civic responsibility requirement. Further in-depth

    conceptual and functional analysis and application of legal principles relevant to the conduct and

    understanding of commercial business transactions. Topics include personal and real property; bailments;

    wills, trusts, and estates; government regulations affecting employment and marketing; negotiable

    instruments; debtor/creditor relationships; and bankruptcy and reorganization. Salient legal aspects of

    international business are also discussed.

PRE-REQUISITES: BMGT 380, Business Law I.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES: After completing this course, you should be able to:

    ? Define relevant legal concepts and explain their applications to both commercial and international

    business transactions including property ownership, marketing, employment, and financial


    ? Demonstrate an understanding of important workplace issues and regulations impacting employee

    rights, competition, consumer protection and the environment.

    ? Identify the elements in the creation and transfer of valid negotiable instruments, the perfection of

    security interests, debt liquidation and reorganization.

    ? Apply critical thinking, analytic, communication and team building skills through group assignments,

    case analysis, problem solving, research, presentations and discussions.

    ? Develop applicable skills and knowledge in the relevant cross curricular initiatives including

    effective writing, information literacy, globalization, computerization, historical perspective, and

    civic responsibility.

    CASE STUDY METHOD: Participants are expected to analyze (“brief”) cases as set forth in the text or distributed in class. In each class session, one or more students will be called on to explain his or her

    understanding of a case; that is, to explain the legal issue or issues in dispute, the court’s ruling and analysis,

    and the court’s conclusion and holding. Briefing cases, for the beginner, is difficult. Thus, no one is

    expected to be a legal expert. It is more important that each participant try to understand the process and


    COURSE FORMAT: Classes will consist of lectures and discussion of the issues and topics covered in the assigned reading. The text presents the various “rules” of law and their historic, economic, or philosophical

    background. Cases are used to illustrate how those rules apply to the given facts of a particular situation.

ADMINISTRATION AND GRADING: Completing the reading assignment is an absolute necessity. It is

    essential that participants prepare proper notes for their reading, class lectures, and assigned cases. Adequate preparation is the only way for a student to keep up with the very fast pace of this course.


     A = 90 - 100

    Project/Assignment 20% of final grade B = 80 - 89

    Midterm 40% of final grade C = 70 - 79

    Final 40% of final grade D = 60 - 69

     F = 0 - 59

    ACADEMCIC POLICIES: Cases of plagiarism are handled in accordance with current UMUC guidelines.

    See UMUC policies at

    Make-up exams will only be given for bona-fide military excused absences and verified emergencies. UMUC policies relating to grades, exams, writing standards, and conduct are all expected.

COURSE SCHEDULE: (this schedule has been modified to include make-ups due to re-scheduling)

    Date Subject Matter Assignment

    Monday, March 23 Introduction to Business Law II

     Negotiability & Transferability Chapter 19

    Wednesday, March 25 Rights & Liabilities of Parties Chapter 20

     Checks and Banking in the Digital Age Chapter 21

    Monday, March 30 Security Interests in Personal Property Chapter 22

    Wednesday, April 1 Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Chapter 23

    Friday, April 3 (Make-up Session) Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Chapter 23 Monday, April 6 Agency Relationships in Business Chapter 24

     Sole Proprietorships & Private Franchises Chapter 25

     Partnerships Chapter 26

     Limited Liability Companies & Special Business Forms Chapter 27

    Wednesday, April 8 Corporation Formation, Merger, and Termination Chapter 28

     Corporate Directors, Officers, and Shareholders Chapter 29

     Investor Protection, Insider Trading, and Corporate

     Governance Chapter 30

    Monday, April 13 MID TERM EXAM Comprehensive

    Wednesday, April 15 Promoting Competition in a Global Context Chapter 31

     Consumer Law Chapter 32

    Monday, April 20 Environmental Law Chapter 32

     Labor Law Chapter 33

    Wednesday, April 22 Employment Law Chapter 33

     Employment Discrimination Chapter 34

    Monday, April 27 Liability of Accountants and Other Professionals Chapter 35

     Personal Property and Bailments Chapter 36

    Wednesday, April 29 Real Property and Landlord-Tenant Law Chapter 37

     Insurance, Wills and Trusts Chapter 38

    Monday, May 4 Insurance, Wills and Trusts Chapter 38

     International Law in a Global Economy Chapter 39

    Wednesday, May 6 FINAL EXAM Comprehensive

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