FIN 205 (Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business I) Course SYLLABUS

Course Objective

(1) Develop a basic understanding of selected areas of the law which have significant influence on business; and
(2) Learn to analyze the facts of selected business and personal transactions and anticipate potential problems.


Sophomore standing or above.

Course Text

Jennings, Business: Its Legal, Ethical and Global Environment, 6th Ed., West.

Class Meetings

Class is scheduled to meet two times per week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:50  a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
You are expected to attend class, and unexcused absences will jeopardize your course grade. Absence from
any five sessions will result in the loss of one grade letter.)  Please inform parents and others to schedule airline arrivals on other than those time frames.

Grading Criteria

Student grades will be calculated as follows:
Percentage of Course Grade
  Attendance and Class Participation
  Examination No. 1
  Examination No. 2
  Examination No. 3 (Final)


Examination No. 1 will most likely cover Chapters 1, 3, 4, and 5 in the course text.  Examination No. 2 will probably cover Chapters 6, 7, 8, 13, and 14.  Examination No.3 (Final) will then likely cover Chapters 2,
7, 9, 10,11, and 15.

Each examination will consist of objective questions (true-false and multiple-choice), for which you are to use a Scan-Tron form 882-ES and a No. 2 pencil, and from one to three essay questions. You will need a Bluebook,
with all pages intact, for each examination.

In an emergency, if it should be necessary to miss an examination at the scheduled time, it may be made up during the instructor's office hours provided it is done so within one week following the scheduled time, and provided the student receives permission from the instructor at or prior to the scheduled time.

After review of exams during class all exams must be returned to the instructor for filing.

Course Grades

Grades will be assigned on a percentage basis (90% or above is an "A", 80% or above is a "B", etc.). At the instrtuctor's discretion, grades may be curved at the end of the course.

Class Participation

Ten percent of each student's grade will be based upon the instructor's subjective evaluation of the student's participation and contributions to course information through classroom discussion. Such participation may consist partially of input based on analysis and/or experience, and any reports the student may wish to make re current events and developments in business  law.

Class Policy

  1. Only "silent" beepers are permitted in the classroom.  Please turn off all cellular telephones or leave them outside the classroom.
  2. Tape recording will be permitted only with the written permission of the instructor. Inquire at instructor's office for form.
  3. No unauthorized materials will be permitted in the classroom during examination periods. Examinations will be graded only on the basis of each student's individual performance.
  4. If you need any additional information or assistance, please see the instructor.

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