TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-TEXARKANA
NATURE AND OBJECTIVE OF THE COURSE
The student should acquire a working knowledge of the basic statutes and federal regulations that affect the business world. The study of the legal regulatory and ethical environment of business focuses on the problems faced by decision makers in society and how law, regulations, and business ethics functions as a part of the social structure.
The student will be introduced to the
legal and regulatory systems and their procedures affecting business including:
TYPE OF INSTRUCTION
The course will be taught across the Web. Computer based instruction, PowerPoint, exercises, case studies, and e-mail are employed in course instruction. It is essential that the student review all available materials located in the text, on WebCT and e-mail. The course is partially self-paced in that you may complete a specific week's assignment anytime during that week time frame.
You are expected to do your own work in this course and not to give or receive any unauthorized aid or assistance. No aid, human or otherwise, is permitted in taking the online chapter quizzes and/or exams. Copies of previous semester end of chapter case/question solutions, article critiques and/or research papers or copies found on the web, should any exist, are expressly prohibited and to use them will place you in violation of course ethics. You may be requested to submit the following signed pledge on any assignment "I have neither given nor received any unauthorized aid on this assignment or any assignment in this course". A failure to submit the sign pledge, if requested, or other course ethics violation will result in zero for that particular assignment, at a minimum, and may result in being dropped from the course. Nothing in this course ethics statement should prevent students from studying together or discussing any assignment in the normal and accepted academic manner. The intention is that each student will do his/her own work.
There will be four exams (multiple choice /short answer -- 50 to 100 questions) as indicated in the Calendar and on the TOC page (off the Information page). Each exam will be worth a maximum of 100 points (total exam points for the semester-400). Exams must be taken during the assigned dates. Exams, at the instructor's option, may be given on-line or placed in the University's Testing center. Assigned dates for completion of on-line exams will be shorter than testing period listed in the calendar (an exam's testing period listed in the calendar is for an exam if placed in the Testing Center). Testing dates, whether in the Testing Center or on-line will be firm and make up exams will not be given except where an emergency excuse from the instructor is granted. If excused and taken late, 10 points will automatically be subtracted from the raw score. If unexcused, student will receive a zero for that exam. Chapter quizzes required during the semester will be taken on-line during specified times and dates are firm with no exceptions (total quiz points for the semester-140).
The Journal of Organizational Leadership and Business (JOLB) publishes outstanding student work product completed in the business and leadership curricula at TAMUT. The aim of JOLB is to provide the University community, prospective employers, students, and the community at large with examples of outstanding work product of business students at TAMUT. If you would like to research and write a term paper for consideration for submission to the Journal for publication please contact me or refer to the JOBL's Student Submission Page for further details. In general, the paper would be in lieu of one exam.
FINAL GRADE SCALE:
READING QUIZ DEADLINES
Quizzes must be taken over the web during prescribed times. Any failure to take a quiz during its prescribed time period will result in a zero for that particular quiz. No make up quizzes will be given. Be sure that you read the quiz deadlines correctly. Usually the ending date for a quiz is stated "To January 10, 2003, 00:00". This means that you can take the quiz until that time--which means that you take the quiz anytime until midnight January 9 . YOU CANNOT TAKE THE QUIZ ANYTIME ON JANUARY 10.
SUBMISSION FORMAT REQUIREMENTS
All required submissions must be in the format indicated in the instructions. Each shall be in an individual Word document file and attached to a transmittal e-mail (only one attachment per transmittal). The transmittal e-mail must contain a specified subject line. The attachment file must be named in a specified manner as well. The subject line and the attachment file must be identical (except for the file extension). Please see the instructions off the Information page for submission instructions. I receive some 4,000 e-mails in a particular semester and the rigid submission requirements are necessary so that I can give you an automated acknowledgement of submission receipt and find your submissions for grading purposes. A failure to submit in the require manner will result in a letter grade reduction for the submission if am able to find it or a zero in the event that I am not able to locate it.
All students must have and maintain an e-mail address. Should you not furnish the instructor with a home or office e-mail address your university e-mail address (first four letters of your last name and last four digits of your social security number) will be used . Home or office e-mail addresses must be furnished to the instructor in an e-mail in the following prescribed form: subject line of e-mail must use the course prefix and number, i.e. Acct524 and the first line of the body of the e-mail must contain you name (last name first) and your e-mail address in this prescribed format: "Mohundro, Charles" <email@example.com>. You must use quotation marks and the greater-than and less-than signs as indicated. Also include both your home and office telephone numbers on the line below your name with non local calls indicated with a (ld) after the number.
It is the student's responsibility to check his/her e-mail. Students also have responsibility for all notices posted on their assigned TAMUT e-mail or posted to the e-mail address last given to the instructor.
Students are required to follow file naming and e-mail subject line protocols which are set forth in instructions pages (off the Information Page) on the web and Submission Format Requirements below. Failure to do so will result in the non acceptance of require work.
You must be identifiable from your e-mail address. Your address does not have to contain your complete name, however a reasonable person (your instructor) must be able to determine who sent the e-mail after looking at the class roster. "Foxylady@xxx.com", "PGISGIRL@XXX.COM", "TISDFLASH@xxx.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" will not work. Your address should, no must, be professional in this course. Consider what your address indicates about you. You can adjust the address that you now use, assuming that it does not contain you name in some fashion, by placing "your name" between quotation marks immediately before you address and your e-mail address proper between the less than and greater than signs (< >). The use of quotation marks around your name is usually optional. Example: "Charles Mohundro" <email@example.com>. On my e-mail program I can change my address by looking under "Tools" and "Options". Your e-mail will likely be different. You can probably find directions for your particular e-mail program by looking under its "Help" function.
Web pages are designed for viewing using Microsoft Internet Explorer. The use of other browsers may cause formatting difficulties and result in pages being difficult or impossible to read. Internet Explorer is a free download. All submissions must be in Microsoft Word format.
Audio files are in the MP3 streaming format or .wav format and are designed for Microsoft Windows Media Player. Other audio players may or may not work properly. One should not attempt to save the audio file but to open the file from its current location when directed by Media Player so that streaming will work properly. Windows' Media Player (or other media player) should be set to "View" the control screen in "compact" format to listen to and properly view related materials.
COMPUTER COMPETENCIES REQUIRED
Students are expected to have computer skills and/or be able to perform the computer related tasks as indicated below. In the event that you do not possess these skills it is highly recommended that you take MIS301- Microcomputer Applications in Business.
1. Keyboard efficiently.
2. Copy, cut and paste material within a document and from one document to another.
3. Save files under a designated name
4. Set proper page margins
5. Insert page breaks, bookmarks, and pictures.
6. Create hyperlinks within a document and to Internet sites.
7. Use heading styles and frames to create a linked table of contents
8. Use bookmarks and hyperlinks to create a linked table of contents.
9. Properly document formatting using fonts, paragraph format, bullets and numbering.
10. Create and use appropriate tables when necessary.
11. Use spell check and thesaurus.
E-mail: Send and receive e-mail with file attachments.
1. Access the Internet.
2. Use Microsoft Internet Explorer browser.
3. Download and install software from the Internet.
4. At least minimum ability to navigate the Internet.
Windows operating system:
1. Use general operations effectively including Windows Explorer and/or My Computer
2. Effectively manage files on drives (copy, move, delete, create folders), and control of desktop environment
WebCT: students should be able to navigate content modules, discussion, homepage, and presentations. Please refer to Student Resources and the Student Guide to WebCT at http://www.tamut.edu/webcourses/index.php?pageid=37.
for initial WebCT instructions.
The Gleim book is optional and can be purchased directly from http//www.gleim.com/accounting/cpa/cpasiteorder.php