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COURSE SYLLABUS1BUSINESS LAW II: AGENCY AND BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONSSUMMER 2004DR. EFRATDEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS LAWCALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGEOFFICE: BUSINESS BUILDING 3240PHONE: (818) 677-3967 E-MAIL: [email protected] ADDRESS: http://www.csun.edu/~re38791/OFFICE HOURS:DAILY 12:00-12:30 & by appointment.COURSE OBJECTIVES:This course is primarily designed to provide the students with an understanding of thelegal environment relating to agency, partnerships, corporations and other forms of business entities. Using the case and the Socratic method, this course offers students continuous opportunity to improve and strengthen their communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills. COURSE MATERIALS:Jane P. Mallor, et al., Business Law: The Ethical, Global & E-Commerce Environment (12th ed. 2004) (Primis On Line Edition).Business Law 308 Reader: Cases & Problems (Course Pack Available in Bookstore)COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students must have successfully completed BLAW 280 (Business Law I) or its equivalent before taking this course.1 This syllabus is subject to change during the semester subject to prior notice given in class.1COURSE REQUIREMENTS:ATTENDANCE, PREPARATION AND PARTICIPATION (10%)Attendance: Class attendance constitutes three percent of the student’s final grade in this course. If a student has two or less absences, he/she will earn the full three points. Any additional absences will result in a reduction of theattendance points. A student who is late to class may be deemed absent.Preparation & Participation: Throughout the semester, all students are expected to orally discuss assigned court opinions and end of the chapter Problem Cases. Students will be called on randomly to discuss the materials. To the extent that a student is not present when called upon, it will be deemed as if the student was unprepared. The student’s level of preparednesswhen randomly called upon together with voluntary in-class participation during class discussion accounts for seven percent of the student’s final grade. EXAMS (80%) Midterm: There will two midterm exams. The first midterm exam will account for twenty percent of the final grade. The second midterm exam willaccount for twenty five percent of the final grade. The midterm and the final exams may include multiple choice as well as essay questions. The students will be given a practice essay exam prior to the midterm exam.Final exam: There will be a final exam during final exam week, which will account for thirty-five percent of the final grade. The final exam will be cumulative. Responsibility of students for the exams: The students are responsible to know all the material covered in the reading assignments as well as the material covered in class. No changes in grade: Grades for the essays are determined by a careful process designed to ensure fairness. Therefore, grades will not be changed unless there has been a clerical or computation error.Grading system: Grades are assigned at the end of the course utilizing the plus (+) / minus (-) system.Grade Weighted Grade Points Grade Weighted Grade Points A 93-100 C 73- 76A- 90-92 C- 70-722B+ 87-89 D+ 67-69B 83-86 D 63-66B- 80-82 D- 60-62C+ 77-79 F 0 - 59Make-up Exams: No make-up exams will be given. If a student is unable to take the midterm, he or she must produce documentary evidence establishinga valid excuse for failure to take the exam. If a supported and valid excuse isfound, the grade on the final exam will include the percentage of the missed midterm exam. If no such excuse is found, the missed exam will be counted as an “F”. If a student knows in advance that he or she will be absent for a good reason on the day that the midterm is to be given, it may be possible to arrange for an alternative test time. Arrangements must be made in advance. If a student is unable to take the final exam, he or she must apply for an Incomplete in accordance with University policy. HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS (10%)Written responses to Problem Cases: Each student, individually or as a group, is required to prepare typed responses to assigned Problem Cases found in the Course Reader. The typed responses are due at the beginning ofclass for which they are assigned. The particular due date for each assignment will be announced in class during the week before the due date. Assigned questions are listed below. The responses must be typed and double-spaced, on 8 1/2” X 11” paper. There should be no more than 12 characters per inch and 28 lines per page. There must be at least a one inchmargin on each side. Pages should be numbered, preferably by placing theappropriate number in the center of the bottom margin. The answers should be completed in the IRAC (Issue, Rule, Application & Conclusion) format. Written responses will be collected on a random basis throughout thesemester.Case briefs: Each student, individually or as a group, is required to prepare atyped brief for all assigned cases (reprinted in the Course Reader). Eachtyped brief should include a section for the summary of the facts; a sectionfor identification of the issue; a section for the relevant rule; a section for theholding or decision of the court; and a section for the reasoning. The typedbriefs will be collected on a random basis throughout the semester. Theresponses must be typed and double-spaced, on 8 1/2” X 11” paper. Thereshould be no more than 12 characters per inch and 28 lines per page. Theremust be at least a one inch margin on each side. Pages should benumbered, preferably by placing the appropriate number in the center ofthe bottom margin. 3Written assignments (both Problem Cases and Case Briefs) will not beaccepted after they are collected on their due date. Students who do not turnin their written assignment on the due date will not receive credit for thatparticular written assignment.The honor code: Unless otherwise stated, students are welcome to work withone another on the homework assignments. However, the student’s writingmust be his/her alone. That is, it is fine to discuss the legal concepts andissues with one another, but what the student write must be his/her ownthoughts and analysis. If a student has any doubt about the propriety ofcertain collaboration, he/she should ask in advance. Turning in work that isnot the student’s own writing is a violation of the university’s honor code andsubject to


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