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HS Business Law, v1

.5 Carnegie Unit 

Instructor: Roxanne Wright

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Instructor Information:

I am a high school Business and Technology teacher at Oxford High School located in Oxford, Mississippi. I have a AAA teaching license issued by the Mississippi Department of Education.

I have been teaching for approximately 9 years and love every moment. I am currently a doctoral student pursing a PhD in Educational Technology.

I believe there are important learning moments for every student; every student is successful in their own unique way. Therefore, strive and be persistent and success is awaiting you.

Miss Wright

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the email link in the "Communications & Tools" tab. NOTE: Whenever sending an email, please be sure to indicate your Course title and number in the subject line (ie, AP Art History).

For lesson or test administration issues, please contact the HS department:

The University of Mississippi High School
P. O. Box 7959
University, MS 38677-0729

Phone: 662-915-1296
Fax: (662) 915-5138
E-mail: UMHS@olemiss.edu

Course Description:

Business Law is a semester class in which the student will earn 1/2 credit if he/she successfully completes the course. Business Law provides the basic foundations of law as it relates to business and consumer applications within the frameworks of federal, state, and local laws.

Students will examine the relationship of law and ethics, due process, contract law, court systems, and methods of dispute resolution. This course will identify the distinction between civil and criminal law, and the emerging influence of technology and the Internet. We will examine the origin of procedural and employment law and legislation that applies real and personal property. When you successfully complete the course, you will be equipped with a working knowledge of the law as it is applied to various legal situations that are encountered in personal and business situations.

TEXTBOOK

Required Textbook:

Law for Business and Personal Use, 2006, 17 edition, Adamson

Cengage Learning

Student Text ISBN: 9780538440516

It is the student's responsibility to order his or her textbook. Online textbook retailers such as Amazon.com, ABEbooks.com, or Half.com usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

You must make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Investigate the evolution of law and determine the need for laws.
  2. Distinguish between ethical and unethical conduct.
  3. Interpret structures of court systems.
  4. Differentiate between procedural and substantive law.
  5. List the elements of a business contract.
  6. Examine the principles of agency and employment law.
  7. Distinguish between real and personal property.

Course Outline:

Module Name Reading Assignment Module Activities
Unit 1: Foundations of Law (Weeks 1-3)
Module 1:
Laws and their Ethical Foundation
Chapter 1 Module 01: Discussion
Activity 1: Think About Legal Concepts
Activity 2: Legal Vocabulary & Concept Review
Activity 3: Classification Activity
Module 1 Review Materials
Module 1 Test
Module 2:
Constitutional Rights
Chapter 2 Module 02: Discussion
Activity 1: Think About Legal Concepts
Activity 2: Civil Rights-M2
Activity 3: Three Branches of Government Project
Mini Quiz: The U.S. Constitution
Activity 4: The Internet and
Constitutional Rights Project-M2
Module 2 Review Materials
Module 2 Test
Module 3:
Court Systems
Chapter 3 Module 03: Discussion
Activity 1: Think About Legal Concepts
Activity 2: Court Systems Cases
Activity 3: Supreme Court Project
Module 3 Review Materials
Module 3 Test
Unit 2: Criminal Law and Civil Law (Weeks 4-5)
Module 4:
Criminal Law and Procedure
Chapter 4 Module 04: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary, Evidence
Activity 2: Criminal Law Case Analysis
Activity 3: Serial Killer Project
Module 4 Review Materials
Module 4 Test
Module 5:
Civil Law and Procedure
Chapter 5 Module 05: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts and Vocabulary
Activity 2: Avoiding Fraud
Activity 3: Civil Law Case Analysis
Module 5 Review Materials
Module 5 Test
Unit 3: Contract Law and Sales Contracts (Weeks 6-9)
Module 6:
Offer and Acceptance

Chapter 6

Module 06: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary, Review Concepts
Activity 2: Advertising Offers Poster Project
Activity 3: Legally Enforceable Contract Writing Project
Module 6 Review Materials
Module 6 Test
Module 7:
Genuineness Assent & Consideration

Chapters 7 & 8

Module 07: Discussion
Activity 1: Assent Legal Concepts and Review Concepts
Activity 2: Consideration Legal Concepts & Practice Judging
Activity 3: Law News Article
Activity 4: Consideration Case Analysis
Module 7 Review Materials
Module 7 Test
Module 8
Capacity & Legal Purpose

Chapters 9 & 10

Module 08: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Capacity Legal Concepts and Review Concepts
Activity 2: Legal Purpose Legal Concepts & Vocabulary
Activity 3: Termination of Child Support
Activity 4: Consideration Case Analysis
Module 8 Review Materials
Module 8 Test
Module 9:
Sales Contracts & Consumer Protection

Chapters 12 & 14

Module 09: Discussion
Activity 1: Sales Contracts Legal Concepts
Activity 2: Consumer Protection Legal Concepts & Evidence
Activity 3: Sales Contracts Case Analysis
Activity 4: Consumer Protection Options Project
Module 9 Review Materials
Module 9 Test
Unit 4: Property Law (Weeks 10-12)
Module 10:
Property and Its Acquisition
Chapter 15 Module 10: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary, Evidence
Activity 2: Cyberlaw
Activity 3: Copyright Registration Project
Activity 4: Property and Its Acquisition Case Analysis
Module 10 Review Materials
Module 10 Test
Module 11:
Ownership and Leasing of Real Property
Chapter 17 Module 11: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary, Evidence
Activity 2: Law Brief
Activity 3: Tenant and Landlord Rights and Duties Project
Activity 4: Ownership and Leasing of Real Property Case Analysis
Module 11 Review Materials
Module 11 Test
Module 12:
Insurance Law
Chapter 18

Module 12: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary, Review Concepts
Activity 2: Auto Insurance Project
Activity 3: A Question of Ethics
Activity 4: Insurance Law Case Analysis
Module 12 Review Materials
Module 12 Test

Module 13:
Wills and Trusts
Chapter 19 Module 13: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Evidence
Activity 2: Will Review
Activity 3: Create a Will Project
Activity 4: The Will versus Trust Article
Module 13 Review Materials
Module 13 Test
Unit 5: Agency and Employment Law (Weeks 13-15)
Module 14:
Agency Law
Chapter 20 Module 14: Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary
Activity 2: Agency Law Case Analysis
Activity 3: Power of Attorney FAQ
Module 14 Review Materials
Module 14 Test
Module 15:
Employment Law
Chapter 21

Module 15 Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary
Activity 2: Employment Law Case Analysis
Activity 3: Employment at Will
Module 15 Review Materials
Module 15 Test

Module 16:
Unions
Chapter 22 Module 16 Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary
Activity 2: NLRB Video
Activity 3: Unions Case Analysis
Module 16 Review Materials
Module 16 Test
Module 17:
Discrimination in Employment
Chapter 23 Module 17 Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Evidence
Activity 2: Employee Rights Video
Activity 3: Proving Business Necessity Article
Activity 4: Hiring a Baker Project
Module 17 Review Materials
Module 17 Test
Module 18:
Employment Related Injuries
Chapter 24 Module 18 Discussion
Activity 1: Legal Concepts, Vocabulary, Evidence
Activity 2: OSHA Article
Activity 3: OSHA Poster Review
Activity 4: Workers' Compensation Paper Project
Module 18 Review Materials
Module 18 Test
FINAL EXAM (Modules 1-18)

Grading Scale:

Remember, this course covers an entire semester of work. That means that each module in this course equals approximately a week of course work and will require the same time and effort on your part. Do not expect to complete each module in a single study session.

The analysis of grades will consist of an accumulation of student activities to include but not limited to the following items:

A = 93 - 100
B = 85 - 92
C = 75 - 84
D = 70 - 74

The grading format is as follows:

Discussion 5%
Assignments 15%
Court Cases 15%
Projects 15%
Test 25%
Final Exam 25%