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Course ID: GBS205
Title: Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Business
Modality: Print-Based
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10841

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Text:

Title: The Legal Environment of Business and Online Commerce
Author: Henry R. Cheeseman
ISBN: (10 digit) 0-536-24245-3
ISBN: (13 digit) 978-0-536-24245-7

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore. All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore (480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 or www.riosalado.edu/bookstore) or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Legal theories, ethical issues and regulatory climate affecting business policies and decisions.
Official Course Prerequisites
None.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Trace the historical development of Law, the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. court system, legal terminology, and legal procedures.
  2. Evaluate the legal, ethical, and social implications of business decisions and their impact on various individuals, groups and societies.
  3. Describe how business decisions are affected by administrative agencies and their policies and procedures.
  4. Define and explain criminal law and criminal conduct under the U.S. Constitution.
  5. Define and explain types of torts that apply to business and product liability.
  6. Identify and define principles of private law that apply to commercial transactions in the field of Contracts, Sales, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, and Property.
  7. List and explain various business structures, including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and franchises.
  8. Explain how business decisions and practices are affected by governmental regulatory principles in the field of Securities, Antitrust, and Environmental law.
  9. Identify important employment and labor law principles that govern relationships between employers and other groups in the workplace.
  10. Analyze legal and ethical issues associated with demographic and cultural diversity in the international marketplace.
  11. Explain the role of a business as a citizen and its social responsibility to its various stakeholders.
  12. Apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to business situations that involve legal, ethical, and social dimensions.
  13. Apply critical and analytical skill in the preparation of oral and written discourse on legal and ethical issues that affect business.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 550 possible points for this course.

Three (3) “You Are The Judge” papers @ 100 Points each = 300 points
One (1) midterm examination @ 100 Points = 100 points
One (1) final project @ 150 Points = 100 points
Total Points Possible = 550 points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

495 - 550 points = A (90% - 100%)
440 - 494 points = B (80% - 89%)
385 - 439 points = C (70% - 79%)
330 - 384 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 329 points = F (0% - 59%)

Please Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no "point adjustments" made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

The grading matrix below shows how your work will be evaluated. Please refer to this matrix as you prepare your papers for this class.

Criterion
Percent of Grade (Weight)

 

1% to 69%

70% to 89%

90% to 100%

100%

 

Demonstrates
understanding of the issues

No understanding to incorrect understanding

Correct understanding with insufficient supporting rationale

Correct understanding with sufficient supporting rationale

Correct understanding with excellent supporting rationale

 

30%

Suggests logical
problem-solving solutions

Solutions not suggested

Solutions suggested; but problem-solving logic is flawed

Solutions are logical

Alternative logical solutions are suggested

 

25%

Applies key course concepts and terms to support solutions and conclusions

Key course concepts and terms not applied, or applied incorrectly

Key course concepts and terms applied incorrectly or seldom applied correctly

Key course concepts and terms applied sufficiently throughout answers

Key course concepts and terms applied correctly and exceptionally well throughout answers

 

30%

Format, grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation

Ineffective introduction, body, or conclusion;
 gross grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; frequent grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion;
few grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Excellent introduction, body, and conclusion;
no grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

 

15%

Exams will be graded based on the following rubric:

Criterion

 

 

 

 

Percent of Grade(Weight)

Demonstrates
understanding of the issues

No understanding to incorrect understanding

Correct understanding with insufficient supporting rationale

Correct understanding with sufficient supporting rationale

Correct understanding with excellent supporting rationale

 

30%

Suggests logical
problem-solving solutions

Solutions not suggested

Solutions suggested; but problem-solving logic is flawed

Solutions are logical

Alternative logical solutions are suggested

 

20%

Applies key course concepts and terms to support solutions and conclusions

Key course concepts and terms not applied, or applied incorrectly

Key course concepts and terms applied incorrectly or seldom applied correctly

Key course concepts and terms applied sufficiently throughout answers

Key course concepts and terms applied correctly and exceptionally well throughout answers

 

30%

Format, grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation

Ineffective introduction, body, or conclusion;
 gross grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; frequent grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion;
few grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Excellent introduction, body, and conclusion;
no grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

 

20%

Exams

There is an in-person midterm exam and an at-home final project for this course. Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your Syllabus for details. Your course materials may give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.

The Midterm Exam consists of two parts: 25 multiple choice questions and a case study with five corresponding questions. Your lesson assignments and practice exercises will help you prepare for your exam. Note: The Midterm is timed. You will have 1 hour to complete the multiple choice portion and 2 hours to complete the essay portion.

The Final Project consists of three cases studies. Each case has questions to answer. The answers to the questions require you to apply concepts studies throughout the course. The requirements for the final project are detailed in the Appendix of your course packet. Be sure that you review them.

You are expected to answer the case study questions by using an essay format. You are expected to support your ideas and thoughts with references and citations from the text and other sources. Read the directions for the exam and project carefully to understand the requirements.

Check your Calendar of Due Dates for specific due dates for your midterm exam and final project.

In-person exams are given at various locations throughout the valley for students who live in Maricopa County.

You may view testing information on the Internet at: http://www.riosalado.edu/testing/pages/default.aspx

Students who live outside of Maricopa County or are registered with Disability Services may request to have exams proctored. Please contact the Testing Center at (480) 517-8560 or 1 (866) 670-8420 (Toll-free).

Requests may also be made on the Internet by filling out and submitting the proctor request form, located at: http://www.riosalado.edu/testing/examproctor/pages/default.aspx.

In-Person Examination Procedures

  1. There is no appointment necessary to take your exam. Exams can be taken during normal hours of operation at any Rio Salado College testing site.
  2. You must complete the final exam by your course end date.
  3. You may take your exam(s) before your course end date if and only if you have received all of your graded assignments.

    Final Grade Options

    • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - Awarded if the student completes all work, including the final project.
    • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.
      Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
    • Withdrawal - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Deadline for Student to Withdraw with Guaranteed Grade of W” indicated in the college catalog.

      Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting my.maricopa.edu or by calling Student Enrollment Services at 480.517.8540 (1.800.729.1197 toll-free). In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

    • Audit: This course may not be audited.
    • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

    To receive Credit "P" grade, students must complete all course work, including exams, and attend all required meetings. A "P" grade is judged to be equivalent to a grade of "C" or higher. A No-Credit "Z" grade will be awarded for course work judged to be below the grade of "C."

    It is the student's responsibility to request advisement at (480) 517-8580 concerning the transferability of a grade of "P" or "Z."

    You have a set number of days from your start date to request to change your grade option. See the table below to determine deadline based upon the length of your course

    For example in a 14-week course you will have until the 11th calendar day to request to change your grade option.

    Class Length

    Deadline to Request

    Two Weeks

    1st Day of Class

    Three Weeks

    2nd Calendar Day

    Four Weeks

    3rd Calendar Day

    Five Weeks

    4th Calendar Day

    Six Weeks

    5th Calendar Day

    Seven Weeks

    5th Calendar Day

    Eight Weeks

    6th Calendar Day

    Nine Weeks

    7th Calendar Day

    Ten Weeks

    8th Calendar Day

    Eleven Weeks

    9th Calendar Day

    Twelve Weeks

    10th Calendar Day

    Thirteen Weeks

    10th Calendar Day

    Fourteen Weeks

    11th Calendar Day

    Fifteen Weeks

    12th Calendar Day

    Sixteen Weeks

    Within 14 days including the first class period


    You may request to change your grade option yourself by calling Course Support at (480) 517-8243 by the deadline as outlined above.

    Late or Missing Assignments

    Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor by voicemail at least one week prior to the due date. Instructors are not required to grant extension requests.

    Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

    Hints for Success

    Your success in this course will depend to a great degree on how much effort you devote to carefully reading your lessons and the text, reviewing the learning objectives for each lesson, answering any review questions at the end of the chapters, and practicing the key terms for the chapters. In addition:

    Use the grading matrix as you prepare your papers.

    Refer to the information about preparing your essays in the Grading Procedures and Scale section above.

    Stay in touch with your instructor and let him or her know of any questions or concerns you have during the course.

    Copyrights and Acknowledgements

    Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,http://www.clipart.com, http://www.jupiterimages.com, EBSCO Image Collection.

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    Submitting Assignments

    All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section.

    Note to students: Keep a copy of everything that you submit. That way if your work is lost you can submit your copy for grading. If you don’t receive your graded assignment or quiz results within two or three weeks after submitting it, please contact your instructor.

    The due date listed in your course calendar is the last date on which an assignment can be delivered to the Course Support Office, or postmarked.

    Distance Learning Drop Box

    Distance Learning students can now drop off class assignments (in an appropriately addressed envelope) and return library books, videotapes and/or cassettes at the Distance Learning Drop Box.

    The Drop Box is conveniently located along the curb in front of the Rio Salado building at 2323 W. 14th  Street in Tempe.

    Mailed Assignments

    All mailed assignments must be properly addressed and mailed with adequate postage. Please remember all correspondence to Rio Salado College must have a return address, an addressee, and the correct postage. The U.S. Postal Service may refuse delivery if any of these three are missing. All items placed in the Rio drop box must have a return address and an addressee. Please keep a copy of all work turned in to your instructor. Assignments will not be accepted if postage is due. If you are unsure of the postage required, take the item to the post office and have it weighed.

    Include the course section number and assignment identifier on the envelope below your name and return address. Envelopes that are labeled incorrectly can cause a delay in processing your work. Address your envelope as shown in this example:

    From:

    Your Name:  Jane Q. Doe
    Your Address:   1234 Anywhere Street, Anytown, AZ
    Course and Section Numbers:   GPH111, Section ______
    Assignment Identifier:   Essay 1

    To:

    The Course Support Office Rio Salado College
    P. O. Box 63310
    Phoenix, AZ 85082-3310
    Attn: (Write your instructor’s name here)

    Your section number can be found in your "Welcome Letter".

    The Course Support staff cannot answer questions about the receipt of specific mail-in assignments. Only your instructor can do so.

    Note to students: Please submit only one assignment in each envelope. The special envelopes provided to you by Rio Salado are only for computer answer sheets. Please mail all other assignments in separate envelopes.

    Note to students: The U.S. Post Office no longer offers Sunday or holiday mail posting, and pick-up does not automatically mean that your envelope will be posted the same day. To be safe, allow extra time: mail early.

    Faxed Assignments

    Assignments may be faxed to (480) 377-4728 for print and mixed media courses. Your name, your instructor's name, and the course name and section numbers must appear at the top of every page. When the Course Support Office receives assignments, they are sent to your instructor for evaluation. Once your instructor has graded your assignment, he or she will return it to you.

    Protect your hard work. Again, clearly label every page of your assignment with your name, the course and section numbers, your instructors name, and the name of the assignment as it appears in the syllabus.

    Course Completion Policy

    A student who registers for a Print or Multimedia course is assigned a start date and an end date. It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

    Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course.

    Please Note: It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

    Library Services

    The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. You can access all library services at www.riosalado.edu/library.

    Academic Misconduct

    Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

    Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

    Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

    We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy at http://www.maricopa.edu/publicstewardship/governance/adminregs/students/2_3.php (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

    Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

    Civility Policy

    The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

    Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

    Requirement for Active Class Participation

    Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

    If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

    Change of Address

    Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 1-800-729-1197 or by email at course.support@riosalado.edu. Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

    Disability Statement

    If you have a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the Rio Salado Disabilities Resources and Services Office at (480) 517-8562 or disability.services@riosalado.edu.

    Disclaimer

    Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

    Student Solution Center

    Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage, www.riosalado.edu/current/StudentSolutionCenter/Pages/default.aspx, as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution to all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process at chancellor.maricopa.edu/public-stewardship/governance/administrative-regulations/appendices/students/s-6-instructional-grievance-process, as published in the college catalog. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at judicial.affairs@riosalado.edu. Students may also contact their state regulatory agency (www.riosalado.edu/about/research-planning/state-authorization/Pages/Agency.aspx); the Arizona SARA Council at azsara.arizona.edu or by email at ldueck.azsara@riosalado.edu; and/or the Higher Learning Commission by telephone at 1-800-621-7440, or email at complaints@hlcommission.org to escalate their concerns.

    Contact Rio Salado College

    Advisement 480-517-8580, Fax: 480-377-4899
    http://www.riosalado.edu/advisement

    Bookstore 480-517-8710 or 1-800-584-8775 Fax: 480-517-8356

    The RSC Bookstore does not accept credit cards over the phone. If you want to purchase textbooks with a credit card, including a Citi Prepaid Visa Card, you must either order your books online (www.riosalado.edu/bookstore) or visit the store in person. The bookstore is located in the Conference Center at 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281. (Major cross streets are Broadway and Priest).

    You may also purchase textbooks using the online ordering system.

    Cashier's Office 480-517-8334, 480-517-8330, Fax: 480-517-83594

    College Safety 480-377-4555 (www.riosalado.edu/about/news-resources/Pages/Safety.aspx)

    Computer Labs 480-517-8450 (www.riosalado.edu/locations/Pages/labs.aspx)

    Information about Rio Salado College computer labs located throughout the valley. The computer labs are open to registered students and have a variety of software available. Computer courses can also be taken from your home or office if you have the appropriate hardware and software. Some RSC locations have either Knowledge Commons or staff-supported and monitored Computer Labs.

    Counseling 480-517-8785 (www.riosalado.edu/counseling)

    Counseling for personal concerns that are interfering with your academic success, scholarship information, career planning, job hunting skills, and information or referrals to community services.

    Course Support 480-517-8243

    Course Support produces and distributes introductory materials such as welcome letters and instruction on how to access their courses to distance learning students and faculty.

    Dental Hygiene 480-517-8020 (www.riosalado.edu/programs/dental_hygiene)

    The facility is located at 2250 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

    Disability Resources & Services 480-517-8562 (www.riosalado.edu/disability_services)

    Provides support and services to students with documented disabilities.

    Financial Aid Toll-Free: 1-855-622-2332 Fax: 480-377-4702 (http://www.riosalado.edu/financial_aid)

    Grants and scholarships are available to assist eligible students with college expenses. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must meet application criteria and select a program of study. Applying for financial aid will take at least eight weeks, so begin early!

    Grades (www.riosalado.edu/grades)

    Honors 480-517-8656 (www.riosalado.edu/honors)

    Includes the President's Honor Roll, Phi Theta Kappa, and Honors Program classes with award stipends for eligible students.

    Instructional Helpdesk 480-517-8380, Toll Free 1-866-511-8380 (www.riosalado.edu/help/instructional/Pages/default.aspx)

    Available to answer questions about your course, help you contact your instructor or your faculty chair, provide Successful Start information, and to help you work through instructional issues that may arise during your course.

    Library Services 480-517-8424, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8449 (http://www.riosalado.edu/library)

    Library books, DVDs, online databases of magazine and newspaper articles, online encyclopedias, image collections, e-books, reference assistance (phone, in-person, or e-mail).

    Registration & Transcripts 480-517-8540, Toll Free 1-800-729-1197, Fax 480-517-8199 (www.riosalado.edu/registration)

    Public Safety 480-377-4555

    Student Enrollment Services/Student Affairs) 480-517-8540 (www.riosalado.edu/current)

    Ask for a Student Enrollment Representative to assist with general college information, registration and records information, tuition and fee payment information, transcript requests, pre-requisite approvals, basic course selection, or waivers.

    Ask for a Student Enrollment Advisor for assistance with: educational goals and objectives, transcript evaluation, disability services and resources, advisement issues, scholarship and financial aid options, program and admissions information.

    Sun Sounds 480-517-8300 http://www.sunsounds.org/

    Technology Helpdesk 480-517-8600 http://www.riosalado.edu/help

    Available to help you work through any technological barriers that may come up during your "Online Experience."

    Testing 480-517-8560 or Toll Free 1-866-517-8560 http://www.riosalado.edu/testing

    Distance learning midterm/final exams; testing sites, directions, business hours and schedules; exam proctoring for out-of-county students; disability services; placement testing; GED; prior learning assessment; national exams: CLEP, DANTES; degree specific exams.

    Testing Information (recorded), 480-517-8558

    Tutoring Services 480-517-8247 http://www.riosalado.edu/tutoring

    Tutors help Rio Salado Community College students prepare for tests, learn new concepts, improve study techniques, and answer questions about assignments.

    Veteran Affairs 480-517-8153 http://www.riosalado.edu/military