• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
     Business & Technology
    Business Law & Ethics
     Sharon Row 



    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

     Course Text:
                      Adamson & Morrison (2012).  Law for Business & Personal Use, 19e.  Southwestern, Mason, OH
    Instructional Strategies:
    Teaching strategies for this course include facilitated discussion (with visuals as needed), demonstration and modeling, class discussion, hands-on guided practice, cooperative and collaborative activities, feedback and projects that focus on the concepts of the U.S. Constitution, Federal and State Law.  Best Practices and Multiple Intelligences drive learning.  Debates and mock trials, field trips and guest speakers augment classroom learning.  MS Office Software (Word, Excel, PhotoDraw, Powerpoint and Publisher), Moodle and CPS are interactive computer and internet technologies incorporated into class experience.

    Attendance and Classroom Policies


    MVSC Corporate attendance policies are enforced.  Students are expected to be on time and physically seated in their assigned seats by the bell.  Late students will need to present a pass to enter the classroom.  The type of absence will affect your grade. 




    Unless a significant crisis arises such as an earthquake, flood or terrorist attack, late work will not be accepted.  This syllabus identifies assignments due for the entire semester.  If you have an excused absence on the date an assignment is due, the assignment will be turned in the first day you return to class.  If you have an unexcused absence, the grade on the due assignment will be a “0”.  If you know you will be absent, arrangements must be made to complete assignments early or make specific arrangements with me in advance.  Failure to honor negotiated late submissions will result in a “0”.  Assignments may be emailed to me at any time before due date.


    Academic honesty speaks volumes for your integrity.  Students must always submit their own original work!  If you use the work or ideas of others, the source must always be cited.  Plagiarism is claiming someone else’s work to be your own and copyright infringement (whether it bears the symbol or not) is illegal.  You will receive a Zero for assignments that are not properly cited or used without permission and a referral.  Additional occurrence of plagiarism or infringement will result in referral and/or failing the class.


    Cite your work honestly and accurately!  Wikipedia or other unreliable Internet sources are unacceptable.  Verify your sources and work and know that I am very internet and computer savvy.  The integrity of your work reflects both your effort and your ethics.


    We all are busy and have stressful schedules.  If you are having problems with this class, you need to talk with me as soon as possible.  If you don’t let me know, I won’t be able to help you and will have no other recourse but to look upon your work as inadequate.


    Because of their disruptive natures and pursuant to MVSC electronic devise policy, there will be no evidence of cell phones, MP3 players, CDs, headphones, I-pods or any other electronic devices in my classroom.  These devices will be confiscated and given to student services.


    Each student will wear his/her ID on a lanyard at all times and carry his/her Pirate Planner.  Pirate Planners are required for passes.  Not having an ID or lanyard may result in a referral.


    Students will be prepared by bringing textbooks, workbooks, paper, pencils and homework due to each class.   Students will be responsible and respectful and refrain from talking or disruption when I am teaching.  Bags/purses will be off the tables during class and not readily accessible for temptation.  Students will be quiet and attentive during announcement.  To show professionalism and maturity, students will use common sense, good communications skills and exhibit a positive attitude in class.


    The computers in this classroom are for this class only!  Students will agree to read, understand and abide by the MVSC Computer Usage Policy before using computers. Students understand that logging on to MySpace, Facebook or YouTube will result in an automatic detention, referral or classroom contract.  Additionally, the following will result in disciplinary action as well:

    “messing with” classroom technology

    Intentionally damaging a computer or components

    Intentionally harming another student


    I reserve the right to use a classroom contract when I feel your behavior is disruptive and detrimental to the learning of your peers.  Refusal to sign the contract does not negate it. 


    Your questions about the material are NOT an imposition – they are most welcomed and one of the highlights of my day!  Chances are if you have a question, someone else is thinking the same thing but is too shy to ask.  Please ask questions!  You’ll learn more, it makes the class more interesting and you are helping others learn as well.


    Learning is a group activity and the behavior of each person in class directly affects the learning outcomes of the others.  If we keep this perspective in mind, the classroom experience will be better and more rewarding for everyone involved.


    Course Description
    Business Law and Ethics provides an overview of the legal system in the business setting. Topics covered include:  Basics of the judicial system, contract, personal, employment and property law.  Application of legal principles and ethical decision-making techniques are presented through problem-solving methods and situation analysis.
    Recommended Grade Level: Grade 11-12

    Recommended Prerequisites: None

    Credits: 1 credit per semester, maximum of 2 semesters, maximum of 2 credits

    Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas.
    This course is aligned with postsecondary courses for Dual Credit
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.
    8/19 &
    FS1.2, FS1.3
    WT7, WT8
    RT4, RT5
    Course Orientation,Chapter 1:  Law & Ethical Foundations,
    Legal terminology
    Ethics, Game, Legal Terminology, Congressional Leadership, Indiana Government, Mock Trial Prep, Video:  Origins of Law 
    Congressional Leadership
    Indiana government
    Students will:
    1) Identify consequences of ethical & unethical conduct

    FS1.4, FS1.6, FS1.7, FS1.8, FS1.9, FS1.10

    WT7, WT8, WT9

    RT2, RT4, RT5
    Chapter 2:  Constitutional Rights, US Constitution and amendments
    Treasure Quest, Mock Trial Prep, Video:  Creating the Constitution 
    Moodle Treasure Quest, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes
    1) Describe the powers & limitations of the federal government as stated in the U.S. Constitution
    2) Identify the basic freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights

    FS1.1, FS 1.4, FS1.5, FS2.1, FS2.2, FS2.3, FS2.4

    WT4, WT6, WT7, WT8

    RT4, RT5
    Chapter 3:  Court Systems
    Ethics:  1st Amendment, "Gonzalez", "Facebook" & "Sexting"
    American Court System Poster, Supreme Court Justice Brochure, Mock Trial Prep,Ethics game
    Poster, Brochure, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes
    Students will:
    1) Determine how courts make law and explain the role of precedent in the legal system
    2) Differentiate between cases that belong within the jurisdiction of the federal and state court systems
    3) Explain the role of national and state Supreme and Appellate Courts
    FS1.4, FS3.2-3.6, FS 3.7, FS 3.9, FS 3.10, FS 4.1,  FS 5.4, FS 6.3,
    WT1, WT2, WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9
    RT4, RT5, RT7, RT8
    WT4, WT5, WT6, RT10
    Chapter 4 & 5:  Criminal and Civil Law Procedures 
    Ethics:  Criminal & Civil Terminology
    3Qs, Criminal Sentencing, Current Legal Issues:  Pro & Con, Mock Trial Prep, Video:  Torts
    3Q, Criminal Sentencing, Current Legal Issues:  Pro & con,
    Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes
    Students will:
    1) Identify litigation and alternate dispute resolution
    2) Compare and contrast civil law suits and criminal prosecution
    3) Define statute of limitations
    4) Define different types of business crime (arson, forgery & embezzlement)
    5) Determine defenses to criminal acts (Insanity, self-defense)
    6) Distinguish between a tort and a crime
    7) Differentiate between and give examples of negligence & intentional torts
    8) Describe the penalties in criminal law and the remedies of tort law
    FS1.4, FS1.5, FS3.1FS11.1, FS11.2, FS11.3, FS11.4, FS11.5,

    WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9

    RT1, RT2, RT3,  RT9, RT10
    Chapter 22, 23 & 24:  Employment Law, Unions and Discrimination
    Ethics:  Discrimination, Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking
    3Qs, Mediation, Employment Offer, Indiana Teen Labor Laws, Debate
    3Qs, Debate, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes
    Students will:
    1) Compare/Contrast Employment-at-will, Right-to-work and union environments
    2) Describe the collective bargaining process
    3) Identify legislation that regulates union activity
    FS1.4,FS4.1, FS4.2 
    WT4, WT7, WT8, WT9 
    Courtroom protocol, Course assessment, Intro to contracts
    Field Trip to Courthouse, Debate, Marbury v. Madison
    MIDTERM, Case Studies,Debate
    Students will
    1)  demonstrate mastery of academic standards for course so far,
    2) exhibit proper mock trial skills
    3) Observe and understand real life judicial proceedings     

    FS1.4, FS4.1, FS4.2
    WT4, WT5, WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9
    RT4, RT5

    Contracts, Part I:  Chapters 6, 7 & 8:  Offer & Acceptance, Genuineness of Assent, Consideration
    Debate, U-Presents, Discussions, Videos:  Contract Law, Consideration & Breaking the Deal
    U-Present, Debate, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes, Debate
    Students will:
    1) Identify components of enforceable contracts
    2) Create/negotiate a contract

    FS1.4, FS 4.1, FS 4.2, FS4.3, FS4.4, FS5.3

    WT6, WT7, WT8
    RT1, RT2, RT3, RT9
    Contracts, Part II:  Chapters 9-10-11:  Legal Capacity, Legal Purpose, Obligations & Enforcement
    U-Present, Classroom contract, Sample contracts, Jenny Springer Show
    U-Present, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes
    Students will:
    1) Explain a minor's right to avoid a contract
    2) identify breech and remedy 
    FS1.4, FS1.5, FS1.11, FS9.1, FS9.2, FS9.3, FS10.1-10-6

    WT6, WT7, WT8, WT9

    RT1, RT2, RT3, RT4
    Chapter 12: Marriage & Divorce 3Q,:  Marriage license, pre-nups, divorce settlements, restraining orders, dissolution of Marriage, Child Support 
    Pre-nup agreement, Restraining order, Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce mediation and settlement, Mock Marriage
    3Q,Marriage license application, Pre-nup agreement, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes 
    Students will:
    1) Identify issues and concerns of prenuptial agreements
    2) distinguish between common law and ceremonial marriage and those prohibited by law
    3) Describe the distribution of property in a divorce
    4) Explain domestic relations as it relates to child custody and child support 

    FS1.4, FS1.5, FS2.1, FS10.7-10.10,

    WT7, WT8, WT9

    RT2, RT4
    Wills, Trusts & Estates
    Ethics:  Cyber concerns, Cyberbullying Vignette
    Last Will & Testaments (yours and a celebrity's), Debate
    Will analysis, Debate, Text & Moodle assignments/quizzes 
    Students will:
    1) Identify requirements necessary for a valid will and how it can be modified or revoked
    2) Distinguish between protection given to spouses and children under the law of wills
    3) Explain what happens to a decedent's estate when a person dies without a will 
    RT7, RT9
    Wrapping it up...
    Case Studies, Mayo v. Satan
    Case Study PPTs,
    Students will
    1) Demonstrate analysis of Landmark case decisions 
    2) Demonstrate mock trial skills 
    11/9/15    Review & course assessment    
    Murder Mystery, Evaluations, Finals
    Evaluations, Finals  Students will demonstrate mastery of academic standards for course so far and exhibit proper mock trial skills