Business Law 225
 Fall 2017 - Tues./Thurs. 8:00 - 9:20 a.m.
Harned Hall 110

Credits, semester, days & location:  3 credits  8-9:20am T-TR @ Harned 110

Instructor:  Shawn Newman, J.D. 

Office Hours: By appointment or via Virtual Office on Tues./Thurs. 2 -4pm

Current Syllabus:  coming soon

Required Resources:

SMU E-mail account: You must have an active SMU email account as I periodically send articles of interest, quizzes and exams via email.

Book: “Business Law Today: The Essentials by Roger LeRoy Miller, 11th Ed.
Textbook ISBN-10: 1-133-19135-5
Textbook ISBN-13: 978-1-133-19135-3

Book PowerPoints: only available to students registered for the course here.

Introduction to the American legal system (sources of law and legal process); forms of business (sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and Corporations); contract law; agency; employment law; torts; products liability; property law; wills and trusts; business ethics


Business Law Resources - Subject Matter Index

Supplemental materials: You will also see that I have additional readings listed per week and on the forum from a variety of sources to help you understand the subject matter. **please set your browser to allow 'pop-ups' from Moodle as supplemental materials and external links will open new windows when clicked on.

GRADE DETERMINATION: 700 points total
    4 Exams @ 100 points/each
    1 Final @ 100 points

Active Participation in Class, Attendance, Forum Postings (min. 1 per week by Sat. night) & class discussion * 200 points

Grading for Class Attendance & Participation (including posting comments on the Discussion Forum) = 200 Points

A (90-100 points)

B (80-90 points)

C (70-80 points)





Attends class regularly and always contributes to the discussion by raising thoughtful questions, analyzing relevant issues, building on others' ideas, synthesizing across readings and discussions, expanding the class' perspective, and appropriately challenging assumptions and perspectives

Attends class regularly and sometimes contributes to the discussion in the aforementioned ways.

Attends class regularly but rarely contributes to the discussion in the aforementioned ways.

Attends class regularly but never contributes to the discussion in the aforementioned ways.

    Newman Note:  I sincerely hope you find this course interesting, informative and useful. If you have a particular topics of interest or question, feel free to email me via Moodle Email. I have listed reading assignments, exams and resources for each week below. Please note that I reserve the option to modify the schedule to accommodate challenges.  Also, note I frequently add content to the syllabus and forums based on current events so check for additions. Also, please note the purpose of the "forum" discussions is to create a virtual classroom conversation with me and your fellow students about a topic.  I will post articles and topic and you can post as well.  I would encourage you to do so. I strongly suggest study groups or study buddies.

    Statement to Students concerning Academic Dishonesty:

    Acts of academic dishonesty, plagiarism and cheating are considered unethical actions and a violation of university’s academic policy (SMU Catalog). Sanctions and procedures are included in the SMU Academic Catalog.

    Statement to Students with Disabilities:

    Students wishing to request appropriate accommodations are responsible for initiating contact with the SMU Office of Disability Support Services located at 214 OM [phone 438-4580;]. The office will access the individual needs of each student, assist him or her in communicating those needs to faculty and staff and help the student obtain the materials, services, and the assistance necessary to successfully pursue their higher education.

    University Mission and Academic Values (SMU Catalog - Selected Excerpts)

    University Mission: To know, to care, to serve – to educate
    University Academic Values: Knowledge, Spirituality, Hospitality, Service, Creativity, Communication, Inquiry, Discovery, Holistic Education.

    Business Division Philosophy (SMU Catalog)

    Built on the General Education foundation informed by Saint Martin’s Catholic, Benedictine heritage and values, Business and Economics offers a unified business program that integrates the separate functional areas of business. Acknowledging the technologic innovation, ever-changing global marketplace and challenged ecosystems currently shaping the world, the Business Administration Program offers students an opportunity to learn and practice general management skills, discover the need for ethical decision-making and acquire functional business area expertise. Through practice and active learning, students also gain the ability to work cooperatively in diverse teams. They become effective writers and speakers, and they demonstrate sharpened critical thinking skills and professional judgment. Students graduate with a broad perspective on the business world and its place in our culture. Saint Martin’s graduates have the ability to work across business functions, adjust quickly to new situations, accept change and ambiguity as a natural part of life, and become enthusiastic lifelong learners. National or State Standards consistent with AACSB and AICPA

    Course Grading Scale:

    93-100 = A
    90-93 – A-
    87-90 = B+
    83-87 = B
    80-83 = B-
    77-80 = C+
    73-77 = C
    70-73 = C-
    67-70 =D+
    63-67 = D
    60-63 = D -
    60: F

    Grade determination method:
    I expect students to come to class ready to engage: discuss the readings, participate in weekly forum discussions and raise current events of legal interest.

    Class participation can and does make a difference!!

    Syllabus will be
    on Moodle - log in here