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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - BUL6652
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2011-03-11
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Not Applicable
Comments: USF STPT approved 10/4/10; To USF Institutions for concurrence by 10/15/10. Approved by SCNS. Effective 3/11/11. Submitted as GEB 6xxx. Approved as BUL 6652

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2008-10-27
  2. Department: USF St. Petersburg MBA Program
  3. College: BP
  4. Budget Account Number: 140100
  5. Contact Person: Alison Watkins
  6. Phone: 34086
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: BUL
  9. Number: 6652
  10. Full Title: Regulatory & Reporting Environments
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Reg and Report Environ
  19. Course Online?: B - Face-to-face and online (separate sections)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Completion of USF St. Petersburg MBA prerequisites and in good standing in the USF SP MBA Program
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: A discussion of management issues related to securities and exchange laws, corporate governance, and other legal matters affecting business entities. Other economic, social, cultural, environmental and political impacts are considered on the contemporary

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course has been offered in the USF St. Petersburg MBA program since its inception in 2004 under a temporary selected topics GEB prefix.
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Required for the MBA degree; the course cannot be applied towards any other program or degree.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 4 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) PhD in a business related discipline, or J.D, LL.M, and academically qualified under research definition of Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
  29. Objectives: Distinguish regulations across industries (e.g. petroleum, air transportation, manufacturing, health care).

    Compare and contrast federal, state, local and international regulations.

    Investigate governmental branches (legislative, administrative and judicial) and their impact on business organizations.

    Discuss reporting aspects facing businesses, particularly as required by GAAP and the SEC.

    Explore policies and goals of corporate reporting.

    Examine and apply cultural, global, ethical and environmental consideration as they relate to course themes.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze and evaluate complex issues on the political, economic, legal and regulatory context of business. In meeting this learning outcome, two objectives will be measured:

    1. Students will evaluate the impact of the legal environment on a particular company or sector of the economy.

    2.Students will analyze how the political and social environment in the relevant market affects decisions made by a particular company.

  31. Major Topics: Industry, local and state regulation, corporate reporting and cultural, global, ethical and environmental considerations as they affect business organizations.
  32. Textbooks: Course materials: Posted to Blackboard, Online course pack developed by instructor. Internet links and other postings are used from time to time. Power point presentation materials developed by the instructor are frequently utilized throughout the semester.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Access to New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Internet, Blackboard - access to all editions via website or paper copies. Various readings from academic and professional journals.

    Other reading materials may be referenced from time to time, including court and administrative law cases, Delaware & Florida corporate statutes, U.S. Code & Federal regulations, journal articles and other materials will be periodically assigned as necessary to provide a thorough and current overview of the relevant course topics.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students are expected to master the following requirements in this course:

    1) Knowledge of federal and state reporting laws, especially those of GAAP and the SEC, affecting business organizations

    2) Ability to discuss the impact of laws and regulations on the efficient operations of business. Knowledge of the legal concept of agency. Knowledge of basic contract law.

    3) Ability to discuss the demand of the philosophy of corporate social responsibility and how it impacts the operations of a business

    4) Recognition of ethical dilemmas facing business organizations, and a an ability to present reasonable arguments defending, or critiquing, a company's actions

    5) Ability to give effective oral arguments

    6) Knowledge of how political decision-making and government policies can impact the operations of a business organization

    7) The ability to write a coherent and logical arguments on a given topic as part of a term paper.

    8) The ability to distinguish between the legal characteristics of corporations, partnerships, and legal liability companies

    Grading Policy: The final grade for the course will be based on the following:


    Attendance 10.0%

    Actual presence in class (considers tardiness, early departures, extended break times, etc.)

    Participation 10.0%

    Actual class participation required. Evaluated by quality and quantity of participation.

    Project Paper 20.0%

    Midterm I SA, MC, Short essay 20.0% ______________

    Team Presentation 2-3 member teams 20.0%

    Last 2 to 3 days of classes, up to one hour

    Final Exam SA, MC, Short essay 20.0%

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Course Outline: All text material is posted on Blackboard and updated throughout the semester. Students should check the Blackboard site frequently for new material

    Topic 1: Course Introduction

    Topic 2: SEC Reporting Issues: Part One

    Topic 3: SEC Reporting Issues: Part Two

    Topic 4: Corporate Governance Issues: Types of Entities-Corporations, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies

    Topic 5: Sarbanes-Oxley: Small Firms vs. Large Firms

    Topic 6: Stakeholders vs. Shareholders: Issues of CSR

    Mid-Semester: Exam 1: Topics 1-6

    Topic 7: Social and Cultural Impacts on Business

    Topic 8: Political Decision-Making and its Impact on Business

    Topic 9: State and Local Law and its impact on Local Business: Contracts, Agency

    Topic 10: Ethical Dilemmas for Business

    Topic 11: Business Regulation and the Future

    Team Presentations: Last Two Weeks of Class

    End of Semester Exam: Topics 7-11

  36. Attendance Policy: Participation, excessive absences. Participation and attendance is an important part of your grade. Students who are frequently tardy are not participating. Students who are using notebook computers, cell phones and PDAs in class can be distracting. The instructor advises using such devices infrequently during the actual class. Computers may not be utilized for exams.

    Religious Observances: The USF Policies and Procedures Manual states that No student shall be compelled to attend class or sit for an examination at a day or time prohibited by his or her religious belief. In accordance with the University policy on observance of religious holy days, students are expected to notify their instructors if they intend to be absent for a class or announced examination PRIOR to the scheduled meeting.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Students are required to contact the instructor if an assignment or test is to be missed for a valid reason. The instructor will determine the proper make-up work. No student is allowed to eliminate or reduce any part of the course assignments under this policy.

    Academic Dishonesty:

    The professor teaching this course adheres strictly to the academic dishonesty policy of the University of South Florida. Please review the USF policy on Academic Dishonesty on the web at:

  38. Program This Course Supports: MBA
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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