Law, Ethics, and Corporate Governance

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COURSE DESCRIPTION
Examines and evaluates the legal environment and ethical challenges of management and organizations.
Reviews approaches to enhance corporate accountability, foster an ethical work environment, ensure
legal compliance, and provide effective leadership in an organization. Analyzes the impact of
management decisions, corporate governance, and the leader’s individual conduct on a firm’s ability to
meet its obligations to stakeholders. Evaluates alternative courses of action from an economic, legal, and
ethical perspective to ensure management meets corporate responsibilities to create wealth, obey the
law, and observe society’s ethical standards. Examines the key elements of effective corporate
governance, the predominate schools of ethical thought in relation to strategic management, and the
ethical consideration for global operations
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Required Resources
Halbert, T., & Ingulli, E. (2012). Law & ethics in the business environment (7th ed.). Mason, OH: SouthWestern Cengage Learning.
Prentice, R. A., & Bredeson, D. (2010).
Student guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2nd ed.). Mason, OH:
South-Western Cengage Learning.
Supplemental Resources
Cropanzano, R., & Stein, J. H. (2009). Organizational justice and behavioral ethics: Promises and
prospects.
Business Ethics Quarterly, 19(2), 193-233.
Fulmer, I. S., & Barry, B. (2009). Managed hearts and wallets: Ethical issues in emotional influence by
and within organizations.
Business Ethics Quarterly, 19(2), 155-191.
Hsieh, N. (2009). Does global business have a responsibility to promote just institutions?
Business Ethics
Quarterly, 19
(2), 251-273.
Orcutt, J. L. (2009). The case against exempting smaller reporting companies from Sarbanes-Oxley
Section 404: Why market-based solutions are likely to harm ordinary investors.
Fordham Journal of
Corporate & Financial Law, 14
(2), 325-414.
Page, A. (2009). Has corporate law failed? Addressing proposals for reform.
Michigan Law Review,
107
(6), 979-998.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Analyze the concepts of freedom versus responsibility and ethical decision making.
2. Analyze the concepts of corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
3. Assess how employment-at-will and Sarbanes-Oxley impact corporate whistleblowing.
4. Analyze employee and consumer privacy under the law.
5. Assess protection against discrimination provided by various laws.
6. Analyze employee rights to health and safety in the workplace.
7. Analyze environmental protection laws and their impact on organizations.
8. Assess the impact of advertising laws on consumers and organizations.
9. Analyze laws relative to product safety and liability.
10. Analyze copyright laws and intellectual property rights.

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11. Analyze the underlying causes for passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and the short and longrun impact of full compliance.
12. Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate
governance.
13. Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing
mechanics.
WEEKLY COURSE SCHEDULE
The standard requirement for a 4.5 credit hour course is for students to spend 13.5 hours in weekly work.
This includes preparation, activities, and evaluation regardless of delivery mode.

Week Preparation, Activities, and Evaluation Points
1 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 1: Law, Ethics, Business: An Introduction
e-Activity
o Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research the ethical
challenges facing a company with which you are at least
slightly familiar. Be prepared to discuss.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
None
20
2 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 2: The Duty of Loyalty: Whistleblowing
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
None
20
3 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 3: Privacy and Technology
e-Activity
o Use the Internet to investigate yourself. Leverage Google,
Facebook, Linked-in, Twitter, MyLife, and any other site you
can find. Be prepared to discuss.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
Assignment 1: Employment-At-Will Doctrine
20
200
4 Preparation
Reading(s)

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o Chapter 4: Valuing Diversity: Stereotyping vs. Inclusion
e-Activity
o Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research issues of
work / life balance in other countries (especially European
countries). Be prepared to discuss.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
Assignment 2: The Value of Digital Privacy in an Information
Technology Age
20
100
5 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 5: Workers’ Rights as Human Rights: Health and
Safety in the Workplace
e-Activity
o Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research an
incidence of both sweatshop labor practices and the
employment of undocumented employees. Be prepared to
discuss.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
None
20
6 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 6: Global Climate Change: Responsibility and
Survival.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
Assignment 3: Corporate Governance and Ethical Responsibility
Research Paper
20
250
7 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 7: Marketing and Technology: Choice and
Manipulation
e-Activity
o View the “Fast Food and Children” public service
announcement video located at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K3F_53Sn34. Be
prepared to discuss.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
20

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None
8 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 8: Allocating Risk and Responsibilities: Products
Liability
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
Exam: Chapters 1-7
20
175
9 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Chapter 9: Ownership, Creativity, and Innovation: Intellectual
Property
e-Activity
o Use the Internet or the Strayer Library to research at least
two instances of global intellectual property rights litigation.
Be prepared to discuss.
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
None
20
10 Preparation
Reading(s)
o Prentice & Bredeson, Student guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley
Act
(2nd ed.)
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
Assignment 4: Products Liability Research Paper
20
250
11 Preparation
Reading(s): None
Activities
Discussions
Evaluation
None
20

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GRADING SCALE – GRADUATE

Assignment Total Points % of
Grade
Assignment 1: Employment-At-Will Doctrine 200 16%
Assignment 2: The Value of Digital Privacy in an Information Technology
Age
100 8%
Assignment 3: Corporate Governance and Ethical Responsibility
Research Paper
250 20%
Exam: Chapters 1 through 7 (open book with a 2-hour time limit)
35 questions, worth 5 points apiece
175 18%
Assignment 4: Products Liability Research Paper 250 20%
Participation (22 discussions worth 10 points apiece) 220 18%
Total 1,195 100%

 

Points Percentage Grade
1,076 – 1,195 90% – 100% A
956 – 1,075 80% – 89% B
837 – 955 70% – 79% C
Below 861 Below 70% F

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Assignment 1: Employment-At-Will Doctrine
Due Week 3 and worth 200 points
As a manager and supervisor of an accounting department, discuss the following issues related to the
employment-at-will doctrine and liability of an employer based on actions and responses to the
employee’s behavior and actions. Jennifer, a recent graduate, has recently been hired by your accounting
firm out of college. Upon being hired, she engages in a number of different behaviors that need your
attention.
For each category of behavior, describe what steps you would take to address the situation.
Write a four to five (4-5) page paper in which you:

1. Describe what steps you would take to address the following scenario involving skills,
competence, and abilities:
The employee seems to be unable to learn the computer applications that are basic to
her job responsibilities, but, consistently “tells” her boss that she is “a good worker and a

genius” and that he does not “appreciate her”. Even after a few months of training and
support, she is unable to use the computer tools to be productive and efficient in
completing the required tasks.

2. Describe what steps you would take to address the following scenario involving management,
behavior, and performance:
The employee tends to burst into a rage when criticized and is frequently late to work as

noticed by her boss and other staff members. When her boss attempts to address her
behavioral issues and the company late policy, the employee’s response is that she
“knows her rights and what to do” if she is wrongfully discharged. She also says she took
a business law class in undergrad that taught her “everything she needs to know about
exceptions to the employment-at-will doctrine and wrongful discharge in violation of
public policy”.
3. Describe what steps you would take to address the following scenario involving labor and laws:
The employee takes a day off from work, without management consent, for her religious
holiday observance that falls on a day that is during “tax season”. The day off occurred
during an incredibly busy period for the company during which the employer had notified
all employees they were not allowed to take off without prior management approval. Also,
there is no labor union for accountants. However, she begins talking to her co-workers
during lunch breaks and sometimes during regular work hours, encouraging them to
organize and form a union to “protect ourselves”.

4. Describe what steps you would take to address the following scenario involving policies and
procedures:
The employee’s supervisor consistently asks her out on dates; the employee initially

refuses to go out on a date with her supervisor. The employee later discusses the issue
with her girlfriend who encourages her to accept his offers. During her new employee
orientation, the employee was informed of the company policy which prevented
employees from dating their supervisor and was given an employee handbook with the
written policy. The employee and her supervisor later begin having a consensual
relationship.
5. Use at least three (3) quality legal references in this assignment.
Note: Wikipedia and other
Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

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Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all
sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your
professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:


Assess how employment-at-will and Sarbanes-Oxley impact corporate whistleblowing.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate
governance.
Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing
mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and
language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 200 Assignment 1: Employment-At-Will Doctrine
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 70% F
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Describe what steps
you would take to
address the scenario
involving skills,
competence, and
abilities.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
skills, competence,
and abilities.
Partially described
what steps you
would take to
address the
scenario involving
skills, competence,
and abilities.
Satisfactorily
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
skills, competence,
and abilities.
Thoroughly
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
skills, competence,
and abilities.
2. Describe what steps
you would take to
address the scenario
involving management,
behavior, and
performance.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
management,
behavior, and
performance.
Partially described
what steps you
would take to
address the
scenario involving
management,
behavior, and
performance.
Satisfactorily
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
management,
behavior, and
performance.
Thoroughly
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
management,
behavior, and
performance.
3. Describe what steps
you would take to
address the scenario
involving labor and laws.
Weight: 25%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
labor and laws.
Partially described
what steps you
would take to
address the
scenario involving
labor and laws.
Satisfactorily
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
labor and laws.
Thoroughly
described what
steps you would
take to address the
scenario involving
labor and laws.
4. Describe what steps
you would take to
address the following
scenario involving
policies and procedures.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described what
steps you would
take to address the
following scenario
involving policies
and procedures.
Partially described
what steps you
would take to
address the
following scenario
involving policies
and procedures.
Satisfactorily
described what
steps you would
take to address the
following scenario
involving policies
and procedures.
Thoroughly
described what
steps you would
take to address the
following scenario
involving policies
and procedures.

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5. 3 References
Weight: 5%
No references
provided
Does not meet the
required number of
references; some or
all references poor
quality choices.
Meets number of
required references;
all references high
quality choices.
Exceeds number of
required references;
all references high
quality choices.
6. Clarity, writing
mechanics, and
formatting requirements
Weight: 10%
More than 6 errors
present
5-6 errors present 3-4 errors present 0-2 errors present

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Assignment 2: The Value of Digital Privacy in an Information Technology Age
Due Week 4 and worth 100 points
Research Websites and other technologies that provide private information on U.S. citizens.
Write a 3-4 page paper in which you:
1. List and describe at least three (3) technologies that allow an individual to research citizens’
private data.
2. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of public access to this information, both for the
researchers and those who are being “investigated”.
3. Determine what measures citizens can take to protect private information or information they do
not want to be disclosed.
4. Discuss a federal law that grants the federal government the legal right to make private
information on U.S. citizens available to the public, and whether or not you agree with this law.
5. Determine whether there are “electronic privacy laws” that can prevent others from having access
to “private information” as well as how effective they are.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:


Analyze employee and consumer privacy under the law.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate
governance.
Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing
mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and
language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 100 Assignment 2: The Value of Digital Privacy in an Information Technology
Age
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 70% F
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. List and describe at
least three (3)
technologies that allow
an individual to research
citizens’ private data.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely listed
and described at
least three (3)
technologies that
allow an individual
to research citizens’
private data.
Partially listed and
described at least
three (3)
technologies that
allow an individual
to research citizens’
private data.
Satisfactorily listed
and described at
least three (3)
technologies that
allow an individual
to research citizens’
private data.
Thoroughly listed
and described at
least three (3)
technologies that
allow an individual
to research citizens’
private data.
2. Discuss the
advantages and
disadvantages of public
access to this
information, both for the
researchers and those
who are being
“investigated”.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
discussed the
advantages and
disadvantages of
public access to this
information, both for
the researchers and
those who are
being
“investigated”.
Partially discussed
the advantages and
disadvantages of
public access to this
information, both for
the researchers and
those who are
being
“investigated”.
Satisfactorily
discussed the
advantages and
disadvantages of
public access to this
information, both for
the researchers and
those who are
being
“investigated”.
Thoroughly
discussed the
advantages and
disadvantages of
public access to this
information, both for
the researchers and
those who are
being
“investigated”.

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3. Determine what
measures citizens can
take to protect private
information or information
they do not want to be
disclosed.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
determined what
measures citizens
can take to protect
private information
or information they
do not want to be
disclosed.
Partially determined
what measures
citizens can take to
protect private
information or
information they do
not want to be
disclosed.
Satisfactorily
determined what
measures citizens
can take to protect
private information
or information they
do not want to be
disclosed.
Thoroughly
determined what
measures citizens
can take to protect
private information
or information they
do not want to be
disclosed.
4. Discuss a federal law
that grants the federal
government the legal
right to make private
information on U.S.
citizens available to the
public and whether or not
you agree with this law.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
discussed a federal
law that grants the
federal government
the legal right to
make private
information on U.S.
citizens available to
the public and
whether or not you
agree with this law.
Partially discussed
a federal law that
grants the federal
government the
legal right to make
private information
on U.S. citizens
available to the
public and whether
or not you agree
with this law.
Satisfactorily
discussed a federal
law that grants the
federal government
the legal right to
make private
information on U.S.
citizens available to
the public and
whether or not you
agree with this law.
Thoroughly
discussed a federal
law that grants the
federal government
the legal right to
make private
information on U.S.
citizens available to
the public and
whether or not you
agree with this law.
5. Determine whether
there are “electronic
privacy laws” that can
prevent others from
having access to “private
information” as well as
how effective they are.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
determined whether
there are “electronic
privacy laws” that
can prevent others
from having access
to “private
information” as well
as how effective
they are.
Partially determined
whether there are
“electronic privacy
laws” that can
prevent others from
having access to
“private information”
as well as how
effective they are.
Satisfactorily
determined whether
there are “electronic
privacy laws” that
can prevent others
from having access
to “private
information” as well
as how effective
they are.
Thoroughly
determined whether
there are “electronic
privacy laws” that
can prevent others
from having access
to “private
information” as well
as how effective
they are.
6. Clarity, writing
mechanics, and
formatting requirements
Weight: 10%
More than 6 errors
present
5-6 errors present 3-4 errors present 0-2 errors present

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Assignment 3: Corporate Governance and Ethical Responsibility Research Paper
Due Week 6 and worth 250 points
Dr. DoRight has recently been hired as the President of the “Universal Human Care Hospital”, where he
oversees all departments with over 5,000 employees and over 20,000 patients at the medical facility. He
has been provided with a broad set of duties and oversight of numerous departments, including business
development, customer services, human resources, legal, patient advocacy, to name a few. He has
managers in each department that he supervises and who work with him to address the needs of the
various internal and external stakeholders of the hospital. Dr. DoRight discovers that some patients within
the hospital have been dying as a result of a variety of illegal procedures by doctors and nurses, and
negligent supervision and oversight on their part. This was brought to his attention in a few meetings and
he told his Regional Director Compliance Manager and Executive Committee in January 2009. He was
told by them that the matter would be investigated and they would report any findings to him as soon as
possible. After two (2) years, there have been no results from the investigation and some patients are still
passing away due to the negligent activities. He also answers to a board of trustees and interfaces with
numerous community organizations and corporations who have various reasons for doing business with
the hospital. Dr. DoRight continues to win awards for his leadership of the hospital and meeting business
goals. He was recently named “Medical Business Executive of the Year” in 2011.
Write a six to seven (6-7) page paper in which you:
1. Determine at least three (3) different internal and external stakeholders that Dr. DoRight might
have to deal with on a daily basis at the hospital.
2. Compare and contrast potential conflicts of interest that may exist between the internal and
external stakeholders.
3. Discuss whether Dr. DoRight has fulfilled his ethical duty by reporting the illegal procedures.
4. Describe the deontology principle and apply it to the ethical dilemma that Dr. DoRight faces in this
case.
5. Describe the utilitarianism principle and apply it to the ethical dilemma Dr. Do Right faces in this
case.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all
sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any
additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:


Analyze employee rights to health and safety in the workplace.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate
governance.
Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing
mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and
language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

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Points: 250 Assignment 3: Corporate Governance and Ethical Responsibility
Research Paper
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 70% F
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Determine at least
three (3) different internal
and external
stakeholders that Dr.
DoRight might have to
deal with on a daily basis
at the hospital.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
determined at least
three (3) different
internal and
external
stakeholders that
Dr. DoRight might
have to deal with on
a daily basis at the
hospital.
Partially determined
at least three (3)
different internal
and external
stakeholders that
Dr. DoRight might
have to deal with on
a daily basis at the
hospital.
Satisfactorily
determined at least
three (3) different
internal and
external
stakeholders that
Dr. DoRight might
have to deal with on
a daily basis at the
hospital.
Thoroughly
determined at least
three (3) different
internal and
external
stakeholders that
Dr. DoRight might
have to deal with on
a daily basis at the
hospital.
2 Compare and contrast
potential conflicts of
interest that may exist
between the internal and
external stakeholders.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
compared and
contrasted potential
conflicts of interest
that may exist
between the
internal and
external
stakeholders.
Partially compared
and contrasted
potential conflicts of
interest that may
exist between the
internal and
external
stakeholders.
Satisfactorily
compared and
contrasted potential
conflicts of interest
that may exist
between the
internal and
external
stakeholders.
Thoroughly
compared and
contrasted potential
conflicts of interest
that may exist
between the
internal and
external
stakeholders.
3. Discuss whether Dr.
DoRight has fulfilled his
ethical duty by reporting
the illegal procedures.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
discussed whether
Dr. DoRight has
fulfilled his ethical
duty by reporting
the illegal
procedures.
Partially discussed
whether Dr.
DoRight has fulfilled
his ethical duty by
reporting the illegal
procedures.
Satisfactorily
discussed whether
Dr. DoRight has
fulfilled his ethical
duty by reporting
the illegal
procedures.
Thoroughly
discussed whether
Dr. DoRight has
fulfilled his ethical
duty by reporting
the illegal
procedures.
4. Describe the
deontology principle and
apply it to the ethical
dilemma that Dr. DoRight
faces in this case.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described the
deontology principle
and did not submit
or incompletely
applied it to the
ethical dilemma that
Dr. DoRight faces in
this case.
Partially described
the deontology
principle and
partially applied it to
the ethical dilemma
that Dr. DoRight
faces in this case.
Satisfactorily
described the
deontology principle
and satisfactorily
applied it to the
ethical dilemma that
Dr. DoRight faces in
this case.
Thoroughly
described the
deontology principle
and thoroughly
applied it to the
ethical dilemma that
Dr. DoRight faces in
this case.
5. Describe the
utilitarianism principle
and apply it to the ethical
dilemma Dr. Do Right
faces in this case.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described the
utilitarianism
principle and did not
submit or
incompletely
applied it to the
ethical dilemma Dr.
Do Right faces in
this case.
Partially described
the utilitarianism
principle and
partially applied it to
the ethical dilemma
Dr. Do Right faces
in this case.
Satisfactorily
described the
utilitarianism
principle and
satisfactorily
applied it to the
ethical dilemma Dr.
Do Right faces in
this case.
Thoroughly
described the
utilitarianism
principle and
thoroughly applied it
to the ethical
dilemma Dr. Do
Right faces in this
case.
6. Clarity, writing More than 6 errors 5-6 errors present 3-4 errors present 0-2 errors present

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mechanics, and
formatting requirements
Weight: 10%
present

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Assignment 4: Products Liability Research Paper
Due Week 10 and worth 250 points
Select a company that has been the subject of a product liability lawsuit in the last ten (10) years.
Research the lawsuit using legal data
.
Write a six to eight (6-8) page paper in which you:
1. Describe the company and the product safety issue that led to the lawsuit.
2. Discuss the legal theories used by the plaintiff to recover in this lawsuit, how the lawsuit was
resolved, and why you agree with the decision in the case.
3. Describe the changes that have taken place in the company to ensure greater safety of this
product or its products.
4. Discuss which regulatory agency oversees the particular industry the company is in.
5. Make recommendations to the company about avoiding future lawsuits.
6. Use at least three (3) quality legal references in this assignment.
Note: Wikipedia and other
Websites do not qualify as academic resources.
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all
sides; references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any
additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s

name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in
the required page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:


Analyze laws relative to product safety and liability.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in law, ethics, and corporate
governance.
Write clearly and concisely about law, ethics, and corporate governance using proper writing
mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and
language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 250 Assignment 4: Products Liability Research Paper
Criteria Unacceptable
Below 70% F
Fair
70-79% C
Proficient
80-89% B
Exemplary
90-100% A
1. Describe the company
and the product safety
issue that led to the
lawsuit.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described the
company and the
product safety issue
that led to the
lawsuit.
Partially described
the company and
the product safety
issue that led to the
lawsuit.
Satisfactorily
described the
company and the
product safety issue
that led to the
lawsuit.
Thoroughly
described the
company and the
product safety issue
that led to the
lawsuit.
2. Discuss the legal
theories used by the
plaintiff to recover in this
Did not submit or
incompletely
discussed the legal
Partially discussed
the legal theories
used by the plaintiff
Satisfactorily
discussed the legal
theories used by
Thoroughly
discussed the legal
theories used by

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lawsuit, how the lawsuit
was resolved, and why
you agree with the
decision in the case.
Weight: 15%
theories used by
the plaintiff to
recover in this
lawsuit, how the
lawsuit was
resolved, and why
you agree with the
decision in the
case.
to recover in this
lawsuit, how the
lawsuit was
resolved, and why
you agree with the
decision in the
case.
the plaintiff to
recover in this
lawsuit, how the
lawsuit was
resolved, and why
you agree with the
decision in the
case.
the plaintiff to
recover in this
lawsuit, how the
lawsuit was
resolved, and why
you agree with the
decision in the
case.
3. Describe the changes
that have taken place in
the company to ensure
greater safety of this
product or its products.
Weight: 15%
Did not submit or
incompletely
described the
changes that have
taken place in the
company to ensure
greater safety of
this product or its
products.
Partially described
the changes that
have taken place in
the company to
ensure greater
safety of this
product or its
products.
Satisfactorily
described the
changes that have
taken place in the
company to ensure
greater safety of
this product or its
products.
Thoroughly
described the
changes that have
taken place in the
company to ensure
greater safety of
this product or its
products.
4. Discuss which
regulatory agency
oversees the particular
industry the company is
in.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely
discussed which
regulatory agency
oversees the
particular industry
the company is in.
Partially discussed
which regulatory
agency oversees
the particular
industry the
company is in.
Satisfactorily
discussed which
regulatory agency
oversees the
particular industry
the company is in.
Thoroughly
discussed which
regulatory agency
oversees the
particular industry
the company is in.
5. Make
recommendations to the
company about avoiding
future lawsuits.
Weight: 20%
Did not submit or
incompletely made
recommendations
to the company
about avoiding
future lawsuits.
Partially made
recommendations
to the company
about avoiding
future lawsuits.
Satisfactorily made
recommendations
to the company
about avoiding
future lawsuits.
Thoroughly made
recommendations
to the company
about avoiding
future lawsuits.
6. 3 references
Weight: 5%
No references
provided
Does not meet the
required number of
references; some or
all references poor
quality choices.
Meets number of
required references;
all references high
quality choices.
Exceeds number of
required references;
all references high
quality choices.
7. Clarity, writing
mechanics, and
formatting requirements
Weight: 10%
More than 6 errors
present
5-6 errors present 3-4 errors present 0-2 errors present

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Weekly Course Schedule
The purpose of the course schedule is to give you, at a glance, the required preparation, activities, and
evaluation components of your course. For more information about your course, whether on-ground or
online, access your online course shell.
The expectations for a 4.5 credit hour course are for students to spend 13.5 hours in weekly work. This
time estimate includes preparation, activities, and evaluation regardless of the delivery mode.
Instructional Materials
In order to be fully prepared, obtain a copy of the required textbooks and other instructional materials
prior to the first day of class. When available, Strayer University provides a link to the first three (3)
chapters of your textbook(s) in eBook format. Check your online course shell for availability.
Review the online course shell or check with your professor to determine whether Internet-based
assignments and activities are used in this course.
Strayer students are encouraged to purchase their course materials through our designated bookstore
MBS Direct.
http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/strayer.htm If a lab is required for the course, MBS Direct is
the only vendor that sells the correct registration code so that Strayer students may access labs
successfully.
Discussions
Students taking this course online are required to post their discussions to a weekly thread in the online
course shell. To earn full credit in an online threaded discussion, students must have a total of 3 posts per
discussion thread. Additionally, the posts must be made on two different days during the week. Please
note: Material in the online class will be made available on the previous Thursday. As it is always possible
that students could lose their work due to unforeseen circumstances, it is a best practice to routinely save
a working draft in a separate file before posting in the course discussion area.
Professors hold discussions during class time for on-ground students. Check with your professor if any
additional discussion participation is required in the online course shell outside of class hours.
Tests
Tests (quizzes, midterm and final exams, essay exams, lab tests, etc.) are available for student access
and completion through the online course shell. Check the online course shell to determine how you are
expected to take the tests.


Online students are to complete the test by Sunday midnight the week the test is due.
On-ground students are to complete the tests after the material is covered and before the next
class session.

Assignments
A standardized performance grading rubric is a tool your professor will use to evaluate your written
assignments. Review the rubric before submitting assignments that have grading rubrics associated with
them to ensure you have met the performance criteria stated on the rubric.
Grades are based on individual effort. There is no group grading; however, working in groups in the
online or on-ground classroom is acceptable.
Assignments for online students are always submitted through the online course shell. On-ground
professors will inform students on how to submit assignments, whether in paper format or through the
online course shell.

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Resources
The Resource Center navigation button in the online course shell contains helpful links. Strayer University
Library Resources are available here as well as other important information. You should review this area
to find resources and answers to common questions.
Technical support is available for the following:
For technical questions, please contact Strayer Online Technical Support by logging in to your
iCampus account at
https://icampus.strayer.edu/login and submitting a case under “Student
Center,” then “Submit Help Ticket.” If you are unable to log in to your iCampus account, please
contact Technical Support via phone at (877) 642-2999.
For concerns with your class, please access the Solution Center by logging in to your iCampus
account at
https://icampus.strayer.edu/login and submitting a case under “Student Center,” then
“Submit Help Ticket.” If you are unable to log in to your iCampus account, please contact the IT
Help Desk at (866) 610-8123 or at
mailto:[email protected].
TurnItIn.com is an optional online tool to assess the originality of student written work. Check with your
professor for access and use instructions.
The
Strayer Policies link on the navigation bar in the online course shell contains academic policies. It is
important that students be aware of these policies.