ACE Personal Injury (Torts) (3 Semester Credits)– Course Syllabus
Personal Injury (Torts) teaches students the academic and practical principles of tort law needed for a successful career as a paralegal. Through cases, hypothetical situations, and Internet references, students build skills, apply concepts, and stay up-to-date on exciting developments in tort law. "Practice Pointers" and "Practical Ponderables" introduce students to such skills as drafting pleadings, preparing medical authorization requests, documenting damages, drafting jury instructions, and assembling trial exhibits.
Textbook: Tort Law, 6th Ed. – Edwards – ISBN: 9781285863238
(This text is provided to students as part of their enrollment.)
Prerequisites: No prerequisites
Throughout the course, you will meet the following goals:
- Define a tort and distinguish between a tort and a crime, also a tort and a contract.
- Describe the initiation of a complaint and a response to that complaint.
- Identify the elements of assault, battery, false imprisonment, infliction of mental distress, trespass to land, trespass to chattels, and conversion.
- Identify the criteria used to assess the reasonableness of a person’s conduct.
- Explain the standard of care to which a professional is held.
- Distinguish between libel and slander.
Course Evaluation Criteria
A passing percentage is 70% or higher.
A = 95-100%
B = 88-94.9%
C = 80-87.9%
D = 70-79.9%
F = below 70%
ACE Course Retake Policy
2 (two) attempts are allowed on every quiz, and 2 (two) attempts are allowed on every final exam.
Proctorio – Video Proctoring
All Final Exams are video proctored with Proctorio. (www.proctorio.com)
Excel Education Systems is committed to maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment to all students, across all of its schools, in accordance with the 1990 Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
There is a total of 345 points in this course:
Chapter Quizzes 70%
Final Exam 30%
|Assessment||Points Available||Percentage of Final Grade|
|Chapter 1 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 2 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 3 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 4 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 5 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 6 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 7 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 8 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 9 Quiz||25||3.68|
|Chapter 10 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 11 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 12 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 13 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 14 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 15 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 16 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 17 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 18 Quiz||15||3.68|
|Chapter 19 Quiz||15||3.68|
Course Contents and Objectives
|Chapter 1 – Overview of Tort Law|
1.2 What Is a Tort?
1.3 Reasonableness of Conduct
1.4 Public Policy
1.5 Morality of Conduct
1.6 Slippery-Slope Arguments
1.7 Creation of Case Law
1.8 Relationship Between Tort Law and Other Areas of the Law
· Torts versus Crimes
· Torts versus Contracts
1.9 Brief History of Tort Law
· Action in Trespass
· Trespass on the Case
1.10 Coming Full Circle
1.11 Classification of Torts
|Chapter 2 – Overview of a Tort Case|
|Lessons||2.1 Initiating a Complaint
2.2 Defendant’s Response
2.4 Pretrial Procedures
2.7 Emphasis on Discovery Throughout This Text
|Chapter 3 – Intentional Torts|
|Lessons||3.1 What Is an Intentional Tort?
· Transferred-Intent Doctrine
· Categorization of Intentional Torts
3.2 Intentional Torts against Persons
· False Imprisonment
· Infliction of Mental Distress
3.3 Intentional Torts against Property
· Trespass to Land
· Trespass to Chattels
· Defense of Property
· Regaining Possession of Chattels
· Reentry on Land
|Chapter 4 – Negligence: Duty|
ACE Personal Injury (Torts) (3 Semester Credits)