Orientation to Online Learning (online)
Lesson 1: Agency
This lesson introduces you to online learning, with instruction on how to be successful as an Ashworth student. You’ll learn proven study skills, find out how to take advantage of different learning styles, and discover time management techniques. The lesson also includes a guide to career opportunities plus supplementary readings.
Lesson 2: Liability of Principals, Agents, and Independent Contractors
In this lesson you will learn about the fiduciary relationships formed by mutual agreement between the principal and an agent. You will explore who can initiate an agency relationship, how express and implied agencies are created, and how an agency is terminated.
Lesson 3: Entrepreneurships and Sole Proprietorships
The purpose of this lesson is to explain the liability of principals, agents, and independent contractors to each other and to third parties. You will learn about the duties owed by an agent to a principal and also how independent contractor status is created.
Lesson 4: General Partnerships
This lesson introduces you to the law of business entity choices starting with sole proprietorship, the most widely used form of business entity. You will learn the advantages and disadvantages of a sole proprietorship, the creation and termination of a sole proprietorship, and the personal liability of sole proprietors.
Lesson 5: Limited Partnerships
In this lesson you will learn about general partnerships, how they are formed, and the rights and duties of general partners. You will also learn about the liabilities of general partners and how a partnership is dissolved.
Lesson 6: Limited Liability Companies
Limited partnerships have two types of partners, general and limited. This lesson discusses the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, the formation of a limited partnership, the liability of general and limited partners, LLPs, and the dissolution of a limited partnership.
Lesson 7: Corporate Formation and Financing
In this lesson you will explore the limited liability company (LLC) and how it is formed, managed, and taxed. You will also learn how an LLC is dissolved.
Lesson 8: Franchises and Special Forms of Businesses
The purpose of this lesson is to examine the corporation, its major characteristics and the incorporation process. You will also learn about financing the corporation, including common and preferred stock, the powers of a corporation, and dissolution.
Lesson 9: Corporate Governance and The Sarbanes-oxley Act
In this lesson you will learn about types of franchises, state disclosure laws, the FTC’s Franchise Rule, and the liability of franchisor and franchisee. Licensing, joint ventures, and strategic alliances also are examined.
Lesson 10: Corporate Acquisitions and Multinational Corporations
This lesson focuses on the role of the corporation’s shareholders, board of directors, and corporate officers in governing the corporation’s affairs. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act is discussed, along with the liability of directors and officers.
Lesson 11: Investor Protection and Online Securities Transactions
In this lesson you will learn about proxy solicitations, including proxy contests and shareholder resolutions. You will also learn about mergers and acquisitions and tender offers, including discussions about poison pills and white knight mergers.
Lesson 12: Employment, Worker Protection, and Immigration Laws
The focus of this lesson is investor protection in the securities markets. Included are discussions about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that adopts rules and investigates violations, the Securities Act of 1933 that regulates the issuance of securities, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that prohibits the use of manipulative devices and fraud, including insider trading.
Lesson 13: Equal Opportunity in Employment
In this lesson you will learn about major legislative enactments that have impacted the employer/employee relationship. Discussed are the employment-at-will doctrine, workers’ compensation, occupational safety, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, COBRA, ERISA, IRCA, and government programs such as unemployment compensation and Social Security.
Lesson 14: International and World Trade Law
In this lesson you will learn about discrimination and equal opportunity in employment, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Civil Rights Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, affirmative action plans, and state and local government antidiscrimination laws.
This lesson examines the Foreign Commerce Clause, sources of international law, the United Nations, regional international organizations whose purpose is to promote peace and development, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Also examined is judicial procedure in international law.
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