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Campus: St Petersburg
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5339 2015-12-15
     
    Department College Budget Account Number
    School of Accountancy BP 140200
     
    Contact Person Phone Email
    James Fellows 7278734587 fellows@mail.usf.edu

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    BUL 6332 Advanced Business Law for Accountants

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
     
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Advanced Business Law for Acc
     
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0

    Prerequisites

    BUL 3320

    Corequisites

    Course Description

    A course designed to further the student’s knowledge of the contemporary legal and ethical environment of business, particularly as it applies to the practice of public accounting.


  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    B. 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?

    Students in the accounting profession are in critical need of training in the field of law and how it impacts the accounting profession

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    No

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    J.D, CPA with either MBA or Master of Accountancy


  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    1. To give students an appreciation of the scope, extent and importance of the law as well as the basic concepts, principles and rules of law that apply to business transactions

    2. To gain an understanding of the significance of the legal system in making decisions and solving business problems

    3. To gain an appreciation of the Internet and other databases, such as Lexis-Nexis

    4. To develop the ability to recognize the potential legal problems which may arise in a doubtful or complicated situation, and the necessity of consulting a lawyer

    5. To develop research abilities, analytical skills and reasoning power

    B. Learning Outcomes

    1. The understanding and use of critical thinking, a skill necessary to succeed today as an accounting professional. This means each student should be able to comprehend an unfocused set of facts, identify, and if possible, anticipate problems, and find acceptable solutions.

    2. An improvement in the student’s communication skills. Each student should be able to locate, obtain, and organize information from both human and electronic sources. Each student will also learn to defend his or her views through written work.

    3. An enhancement of the student’s interpersonal skills. Cooperative learning or working in teams is one key way of promoting achievement of this outcome.

    4. A substantial increase in the knowledge of business law and how this affects the accounting profession.

    5. A more highly developed skill at researching law questions.

    C. Major Topics

    Constitutional Law

    Negligence and Strict Liability

    Relationship of Principal and Agent

    Relationship with Third Parties

    Transfer of Title and Risk of Loss

    Overview of Banking and Securities Law

    Bank Deposits, Collections, and

    Funds Transfers

    Formation and Internal Relations of General

    Partnerships

    Operation and Dissolution of General Partnerships

    Corporations—Nature, Formation and Powers

    Management Structure

    Secured Transactions and Suretyship

    Bankruptcy

    Protection of Intellectual Property

    Property, Property Insurance, etc.

    Interests in Real Property

    Trusts and Decedents’ Estates

    D. Textbooks

    Smith & Roberson’s Business Law, 16th edition, by Mann

    and Roberts. The instructor may supplement this textbook with other readings or supplemental material.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    All assignments and readings shown below are from the Smith and Robertson text shown above. Any additional readings will be at the discretion of the instructor assigned to the course. Students will research law case at various online legal databases, such as Lexis/Nexis, Commerce Clearing House, and others.

    WEEK 1

    Introduction to Class

    Ch. 4—Constitutional Law

    Read Cases 4-1, 4-2

    WEEK 2

    Ch. 8—Negligence and Strict Liability

    Read Cases 8-3, 8-5

    Ch. 19—Relationship of Principal and Agent

    Read Cases 19-3, 19-4

    WEEK 3

    Ch. 20 – Relationship with Third Parties

    Read Cases 20-1, 20-3

    Ch. 23 – Transfer of Title and Risk of Loss

    Read Cases 23-1, 23-4

    WEEK 4

    Ch. 26—Form and Content

    Read Cases 26-1, 26-3

    Ch. 27—Transfer

    Read Cases 27-1, 27-2

    WEEK 5

    Ch. 28—Holder in Due Course

    Read Cases 28-2, 28-3

    WEEK 6

    Ch. 30—Bank Deposits, Collections, and

    Funds Transfers

    Read Cases 30-2, 30-3

    First Case Study/Research Projects Due

    WEEK 7

    Ch. 31—Formation and Internal Relations of General

    Partnerships

    Read Cases 31-2, 31-3

    WEEK 8

    EXAM 1—Chs. 4,8,19,20,23,26,27,28,30,31

    WEEK 9

    Review of Exam 1

    Ch. 32—Operation and Dissolution of General Partnerships

    Read Cases 32-2, 32-3

    WEEK 10

    Ch. 34—Corporations—Nature, Formation and Powers

    Read Cases 34-2, 34-3

    Ch. 36—Management Structure

    Read Cases 36-1, 36-4

    WEEK 11

    Ch. 38—Secured Transactions and Suretyship

    Read Cases 38-2, 38-4

    WEEK 12

    Ch. 39---Bankruptcy

    Read Cases 39-2

    Ch. 40---Protection of Intellectual Property

    Read Cases 40-1, 40-2

    WEEK 13

    Ch. 48—Property, Property Insurance, etc.

    Read Cases 48-2, 48-3

    WEEK 14

    Ch. 49—Interests in Real Property

    Read Cases 49-1, 49-4

    Ch. 50—Transfer and Control of Real Property

    Read Cases 50-1, 50-3

    WEEK 15

    Ch. 51—Trusts and Decedents’ Estates

    Read Case 51-3

    Second Case Study/Research Project Due

    WEEK 16

    EXAM 2 – Chs. 32, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 48, 49, 50, 51.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Each student starts this class with an A. It is your job to

    keep it.

    Two exams will be given in this course. Each exam will

    consist of short-answer essays and longer case studies or research projects. The second exam may be comprehensive (cover all material from the entire semester).

    Each student’s grade will be based on the following:

    Exam 1 175 points

    Exam 2 175 points

    Case Studies/Research Projects 100 points

    Attendance/Participation 50 points

    Total Points 500 points

    The grading scale for final grades is:

    Grade Total Points

    A 460-500

    A- 445-459

    B+ 435-444

    B 415-434

    B- 395-414

    C+ 385-394

    C 350-384

    D 300-349

    F Below 300

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    WEEK 1

    Introduction to Class

    Ch. 4—Constitutional Law

    Read Cases 4-1, 4-2

    WEEK 2

    Ch. 8—Negligence and Strict Liability

    Read Cases 8-3, 8-5

    Ch. 19—Relationship of Principal and Agent

    Read Cases 19-3, 19-4

    WEEK 3

    Ch. 20 – Relationship with Third Parties

    Read Cases 20-1, 20-3

    Ch. 23 – Transfer of Title and Risk of Loss

    Read Cases 23-1, 23-4

    WEEK 4

    Ch. 26—Form and Content

    Read Cases 26-1, 26-3

    Ch. 27—Transfer

    Read Cases 27-1, 27-2

    WEEK 5

    Ch. 28—Holder in Due Course

    Read Cases 28-2, 28-3

    WEEK 6

    Ch. 30—Bank Deposits, Collections, and

    Funds Transfers

    Read Cases 30-2, 30-3

    First Case Study/Research Projects Due

    WEEK 7

    Ch. 31—Formation and Internal Relations of General

    Partnerships

    Read Cases 31-2, 31-3

    WEEK 8

    EXAM 1—Chs. 4,8,19,20,23,26,27,28,30,31

    WEEK 9

    Review of Exam 1

    Ch. 32—Operation and Dissolution of General Partnerships

    Read Cases 32-2, 32-3

    WEEK 10

    Ch. 34—Corporations—Nature, Formation and Powers

    Read Cases 34-2, 34-3

    Ch. 36—Management Structure

    Read Cases 36-1, 36-4

    WEEK 11

    Ch. 38—Secured Transactions and Suretyship

    Read Cases 38-2, 38-4

    WEEK 12

    Ch. 39---Bankruptcy

    Read Cases 39-2

    Ch. 40---Protection of Intellectual Property 3,5,10,11

    Read Cases 40-1, 40-2

    WEEK 13

    Ch. 48—Property, Property Insurance, etc.

    Read Cases 48-2, 48-3

    WEEK 14

    Ch. 49—Interests in Real Property

    Read Cases 49-1, 49-4

    Ch. 50—Transfer and Control of Real Property

    Read Cases 50-1, 50-3

    WEEK 15

    Ch. 51—Trusts and Decedents’ Estates

    Read Case 51-3

    Second Case Study/Research Project Due

    WEEK 16

    EXAM 2 – Chs. 32, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 48, 49, 50, 51.

    H. Attendance Policy

    First Class Attendance is Mandatory to Remain in the Class. Students not attending the first day of class will be dropped.

    Attendance and completion of assignments are considered minimum requirements for all students. Penalties may be assessed in the final determination of your course grade for unreasonable deficiencies in either or both of these requirements. The penalty may take the form of a reduction in letter grade, the assignment of a failing grade or a grade of incomplete. This penalty assessment policy applies regardless of performance on written examinations and the form of the penalty is at the discretion of the instructor.

    Also, please note that 50 points toward your final grade involves attendance. Each student starts the semester with 50 points for attendance. Each time you miss class after one absence you lose 5 points from your attendance grade. The instructor retains the discretion to approve excuses on a case-by-case basis. If you miss class for a medical reason, do not ask the instructor to be excused without written documentation from a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. Participation in USF team athletic events is also a reasonable excuse for missing class.

    The instructor’s approach in this class is to spend a considerable amount of class time on concepts and cases. Thus, it is expected that each student will have read the assigned chapters before class. The instructor reserves the right to give unannounced quizzes in class.

    STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

    Please notify me by the second week of class if you have a learning disability or require special assistance with this course. Confidential personal and learning assistance counseling are made available to students through the Division of Student Affairs. Contact R. Barry McDowell, St. Petersburg Campus: Student Life Center (SLC 1203) (727) 873-4990, (mcdowell@usfsp.edu) for more information. Students who need extended time on exams need to inform the Disabilities Office at least seven (7) school days (Monday-Friday) in advance of the scheduled exam, so that the Disabilities Office has adequate time to inform me.

    RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS:

    Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious holiday must provide advance notice of the date(s) to the instructor during the first two weeks of class.

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Canvas Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    Make-up exams will not be given without the instructor’s approval. If you miss an exam without a reason approved by the instructor, you may receive a “0”. The instructor’s discretion is final. If you hand in a homework assignment late, you may have points deducted from your grade.

    HONOR SYSTEM:

    Under the USF Honor System, each student is expected to observe complete honesty in all academic matters. Violation of the Honor System will be referred to the Honor Council. Note: The following are violations of the Honor Code: Copying another student’s homework, signing another student’s name on the attendance roster, copying another group’s disk or written work, using another student’s computer disk to print out your assignment, copying another student’s file onto your disk, and misrepresenting a reason for a missed exam. Punishment for academic dishonesty may result in an automatic “F” or “FF” in the course or action that may result in suspension or expulsion. See the USF Policy on Academic Dishonesty & Disruption of the Academic Process at http://www.usfsp.edu/catalog-grad/academic-integrity-of-students.htm

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Master of Accountancy at USFSP


  5. Course Concurrence Information

    USFSP MBA Program and any other graduate program in accounting



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