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BUSA 2106H

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title The Environment Of Business (Honors)
Prerequisite(s) Acceptance into the Honors Program
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an introduction to the legal, regulatory, political, social, ethical, cultural, environmental, and technological issues that form the context of business. It includes and overview of the impact of demographic diversity on organizations.
This course is BUSA 2106 for Honors students.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
1. Define and identify the functional role of the legal system and the government in business relations.
2. Describe the concept of the legal system, as well as the regulatory system in the United States.
3. Discuss the changes that have taken place in the legal and regulatory systems over time due to social, cultural, political and technological advances.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the constitutional basis underlying federal legislative authority to regulate the private business sector.
5. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of tort law and product liability.
6. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of business organizations.
7. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of intellectual property law.
8. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of employment law.
9. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of securities and antitrust law.
10. Discuss the legal problems and regulations in the area of consumer and environmental protection.
11. Demonstrate a grasp of legal terminology associated with the business community.
12. Demonstrate the ability to analyze problems and apply the appropriate legal concepts through the use of the case study method.
13. Demonstrate through discussion and paper writing an understanding of the foundations for the laws that regulate the business world.

General Education Outcomes
I. Students develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
* They develop their speaking skills through class room presentations, legal cases, debates, mock trials, and informal class discussions.
* They develop their listening skills through lecture and small group problem solving.
* They develop reading skills through case studies, text and handout materials, and assessment of electronic resources during Internet research exercises.
* They develop writing skills through the use of case study briefs that provide organized solutions to legal business problems.
II. Students develop skills relating to identifying and evaluating global, economic, political, historical, and geographic forces and analyze how these forces shape the past, present, and future as follows:
They learn how to analyze how political, economic, and other social forces have impacted the legal system and its regulation of business. We also detail how cultural forces are constantly changing the political nature and history of the legal system, and in turn, business.
III. Students address the general education outcome of identifying and analyzing competing values underlying contemporary issues as follows:
They study ethical decision-making in business, employment discrimination and diversity in the workforce issues, as well as competing interests in the area of anti-trust law and consumer and environmental protection.

Course Content
1.    Introduction to the Legal System
§ Ethics and Social Responsibility
§ Judicial and Alternative Dispute Resolution
§ Constitutional and Administrative Law
§ Intentional Torts and Negligence
§ Product Liability
§ Business Crimes
§ Intellectual Property
2.    Private Business Regulation
§ Contact Formation and Commercial Law
§ Contract Performance
§ Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, and Corporations
Corporations and Conducting Foreign Business
3.    Public Regulation of Business
§ Employment, Labor, and Safety laws
§ Equal Opportunity in Employment
§ Consumer Protection
§ Environmental Protection
§ Antitrust Law
§ Securities and Commodities Regulation

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
Assessment of Honors students will place an emphasis on high-level critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

Tests will be assigned at the individual instructor’s discretion.
1. Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine part of the course grade.  Each test and the final will require but are not limited to essay responses to questions designed for the demonstration of skills in analysis or synthesis.
2. An in-depth study of some aspect of the course content will also be required of each student.  Assignments to satisfy this requirement are suggested below:
a. A conventional research paper of 8 - 10 pages; or
b. Three papers of approximately three pages each, some of which are research based, involving the student in different aspects of the course content.
o Seventy (70) percent of the course grade will be determined through tests and a final exam covering the topics listed in the Course Outline.
o Thirty (30) percent of the course grade will be determined by one or more outside projects based on research and presented in written form. The assignment may consist of a traditional research paper, analysis of a current legal issue or court case, or an analysis of a current business issue and suggested legal solutions. The specific assignment will be made during the first week of the course. Detailed instructions for the completion of this project will be furnished at this time.

The course will be assessed every five years. Assessment more than every five years will be conducted at the discretion of the academic unit coordinator. Assessment tools will include questions contained on the comprehensive final exam, as well as portfolio–style assessment through the use of special project assignments.

The results of the assessment instrument will be read by the Honors Environment of Business Course Committee and the BUSA 2106 Assessment Committee.  The results will also be assessed by a campus-wide committee composed of faculty involved in the teaching of the course.  The committee will provide its academic dean with a report analyzing the samples as well as suggested changes and/or amendments to the course suggested by its analysis.


Last Revised: Sep. 30, 2011
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