University of Houston-Victoria
School of Business Administration
MGMT 3312 - 23434 Spring 2011
||MGMT 3312 - 23434
||Legal Environment of Business
|Course Day and Time
||W 7:00:00 PM-9:45:00 PM
||W. Lee Keeling
||Off campus - 120 S. Main, Suite 500
|Office Hours||By appointment|
Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.
The interaction between politics, society, government and the law (public/private and federal/state), how corporate policy and business decisions are influenced by such institutions.
Miller & Jentz, Business Law Today,9th ed., Thompson - Southwestern, ISBN 0324786158 (Required)
Information on Buying
The Victoria College Bookstore carries
textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.
Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book
vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should
not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you
purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that
the vendor supplies you with the wrong edition of your text,
- the course instructor is forced to make a late change to the
- you are forced to make a last-minute change to your schedule
due to missing prerequisites, or
- your course is canceled due to low enrollment.
In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside
vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version
you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be
quite different from the editions we require.
Course Relationship to Program Mission
The School of Business Administration prepares students for entry level and professional positions in business. BBA graduates will:
- Comprehend the business environment and functions.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
- Demonstrate computer usage skills.
- Employ ethical principles in all business situations.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively on teams in diverse organizations.
MGT 3312 supports the BBA mission by familiarizing students with the political and legal environment of business, and by introducing them to various principles of ethics.
The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:
- Operate with integrity in your dealings with faculty and other students.
- Engage the learning materials with appropriate attention and dedication. (This standard recognizes the role students play in the creation of high-quality education. You cannot be passive, nor can your participation be superficial.)
- Maintain your engagement when challenged by difficult learning activities.
- Contribute to the learning of others. (Regardless of the delivery mode of the program, students should have opportunities to work together on some learning tasks. Students need to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow students by actively participating in group learning experiences.)
- Perform to standards set by faculty.
As a result of this course, students will
- Understand the structure of the U.S. legal system, including the concepts of statutory and common law at the state and federal level.
- Have read a number of cases and gained a familiarity with basic common law concepts, including how case law is recorded and used.
- Confront some collisions at the intersection of law and ethics, and refined a useful understanding of these concepts
- Gain an appreciation and basic understanding of the legal and regulatory framework in which U.S. businesses operate.
- Have a basic working knowledge of some general legal concepts important to business: contracts, commercial transactions, torts, property, employment law, business organizations, and regulatory and administrative law.
Course Evaluation Process
Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.
|| 90% or higher
|| 80 to 89%
|| 70 to 79%
|| 60 to 69%
|| Less than 60%
Three Tests. Format may include multiple choice, true/false, short answer and short essay. TESTS WILL COVER READING ASSIGNMENTS FROM THE TEXTBOOK as well as topics discussed in Class. You must do the reading assignments in preparation for class.
Each test will cover approximately 1/3 of course materials, however, TESTS WILL BE CUMULATIVE of all materials covered up through the date of the test.
There will be some in-class projects or simulations designed to demonstrate certain concepts covered by the course. Some will require advance preparation; others only normal preparation for the class. There will be periodic short writing assignments as well. Participation will be judged based on attendance, participation in class discussions and on taking active role in these class projects or simulations and on the content and expression demonstrated in the writing assignments.
Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.
Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.
The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.
According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.
Teaching and Learning Partnership
Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class.
Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.
Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.
Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.
- Discussion of assignments with other students and members of the faculty is both permitted and encouraged as a constructive educational practice.
- Students are expected to write their exams, quizzes and papers on their own, based on their individual level of progress with the material.
- Copying of another’s work and representing it as one’s own work is a serious academic offense, and will be treated as such.
- Students are encouraged to review materials other than those required for the course in preparing assignments, but should always properly cite any sources used in assignment preparation.
UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.
Disabled Student Policy
It is the policy of University of Houston-Victoria that no otherwise qualified disabled individual shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, student Life program, or activity. Disabled students may request academic assistance when needed from the Disabled Student Services. Any student who, because of a disabling condition, may require some special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should contact the instructor as soon as possible to make necessary accommodations. Students should present appropriate verification from Disabled Student Services.
Student Absences on Religious Holidays
Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.
Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.
Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.
Academic Center Services
The Academic Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Academic Center online http://uhv.mywconline.com/. For more information about the Academic Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at
http://www.uhv.edu/ac or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).