CQUniversity Unit Profile
MGMT20134 Business Ethics and Sustainability
Business Ethics and Sustainability
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General Information

Overview

This unit examines the interrelated topics of personal and business ethics and business sustainability. It critically reviews the socio-cultural environment in which business operates and how this can change dramatically between countries and cities. Ethical frameworks for managerial decision-making are critiqued with reference to various stakeholder groups and you will examine the debates surrounding sustainable development as they impact on organisations in their local and global contexts. The interactions between personal ethics and how ethics is managed within an organisation are also considered. Technological, societal and cultural sources of ethical challenges are reviewed and cases will be discussed outlining how various organisations might respond to these challenges.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2018

Brisbane
Distance
Melbourne
Sydney

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Direct feedback and commentary in reflection assessment.

Feedback

Several students provided commentaries that they would like more discussion in class around application of ethical concepts.

Recommendation

Informed discussion relies on student undertaking pre-reading. Students will be encouraged to apply the concepts through consideration of experiences that are of greater relevance to their personal situations as practicing managers or full time international students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Feedback from Formal feedback

Feedback

Several students have raise the issue of more timely feedback on assessment tasks

Recommendation

Greater use of Feedback studio in turnitin will allow more timely and effective feedback on written assessment. The use of in-class presentations also provides immediate feedback to students on application of ethical concepts and general professional skills and this strategy will continue.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. investigate the interconnections between business ethics, sustainability and globalisation; and evaluate the differences between ethics, legal requirements and cultural factors in a business setting;
  2. explain the various aspects of business sustainability and how these impact upon business strategy;
  3. critique the major ethical theories and frameworks and be able to compare these in a contemporary business setting;
  4. discuss the management of business ethics within an organisation and explore the role of tools such as Codes of Conduct, Risk Management frameworks and gift policies in asssisting such management; and
  5. demonstrate commonly accepted professional ethical standards in the work place and in your behaviour toward others.

The unit does not link to any specific external professional accreditation.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Business Ethics Ethical Decision making and Cases 12th edn (2018)

Authors: Ferrell, O.C., Fraedrich, J., & Ferrell, L.
Cengage
Florence Florence , KY , USA
ISBN: 9781337614436
Binding: Paperback
Supplementary

Business Ethics: A contemporary approach (2015)

Authors: MacDonald, G.
Cambridge University Press
Port Melbourne Port Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9781107674059
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Segon Unit Coordinator
m.segon@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

An Introduction to Business Ethics and the Concept of Professional Duty.

Key Issues in Business Ethics

Unit and Assessment overview.

Group formation.

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 1

McDonald (2015) Ch 1

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Morality and Moral Reasoning

Cognitive Moral Development

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 5 & Ch 6

McDonald (2015) Ch 11

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Values, Culture and Relativism

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 6 (section on relativism) & Ch 10

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

International Business Ethics

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 10

McDonald (2015) Ch 9

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Ethical Theories and Perspectives I:

Utilitarianism

Deontology

Virtue Ethics

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 5 & 6

McDonald (2015) Ch 10 & 11

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Ethical Theories and Perspectives II and Ethical Decision Making

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018)Ch 5 & 6

McDonald (2015) Ch 10 & 11

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Individual Assignment Due

Please refer to Moodle for specific due dates of first assignment.


Examining Ethical Issues in Business. Due: Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Ethical Leadership

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2015) Ch 11

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

The Corporation, Law and Moral Accountability


Stakeholder vs Shareholder debate.

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 2 & Ch 8 pp 214-217

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal reading

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 10 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Sustainable Organisations: Developing Ethical Cultures

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 7, 8 & 9.

McDonald (2015) Ch 12

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Sustainable Organisations: Corporate Social Responsibility

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 2

McDonald (2015) Ch 2

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Sustainability

Chapter

Ferrell, Fraedrich and Ferrell (2018) Ch 12

McDonald (2015) Ch 2

Please refer to unit notes on the Moodle site for additional text and journal readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Presentations and Unit Summary

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Group Presentations

Reflection Assignment Due


Reflective Essay Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:59 pm AEST
Group Presentation and Executive Report Due: Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:59 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Oct 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Please note that whilst the schedule lists topics in specific order on a weekly basis, this may be subject to change including the use of one day workshops to enhance student learning and interaction.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Examining Ethical Issues in Business.

Task Description

This assessment task is designed to assist students to examine a range of ethical issues and to apply ethical theories as means of arriving at a justifiable decision. Students will have the opportunity to examine international business ethics issues, specifically related to corruption, bribery and practice using ethical concepts and theories.

A detailed rubric and an audio file are available on the Moodle site that provides further details regarding this assessment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018) 11:59 pm AEST

Submit via the Moodle site


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (7 Sept 2018)

Feedback will be provided via Feedback studio.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter by:

  • Defining key terms and concepts related to ethics, morality, personhood and moral accountability
  • Advancing a resolution to the ethical dilemmas using ethical theories and concepts with examples to illustrate
  • Demonstrating a breadth and quality of research by using a minimum of 12-16 academic sources
  • Correctly using of the APA in text referencing system to correctly citing academic sources.

These are the minimum requirements. Students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically result in the minimum pass grade being awarded.

Research Requirement:

As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered.

1. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and

2. Students must demonstrate "knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.

Each Masters unit has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE using the APA in text referencing system (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • investigate the interconnections between business ethics, sustainability and globalisation; and evaluate the differences between ethics, legal requirements and cultural factors in a business setting;
  • explain the various aspects of business sustainability and how these impact upon business strategy;
  • critique the major ethical theories and frameworks and be able to compare these in a contemporary business setting;
  • discuss the management of business ethics within an organisation and explore the role of tools such as Codes of Conduct, Risk Management frameworks and gift policies in asssisting such management; and
  • demonstrate commonly accepted professional ethical standards in the work place and in your behaviour toward others.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Reflective Essay

Task Description

Self-Analysis & Reflection.

The key aspect of reflection is a critical evaluation of the self. Students will undertake a number of in-class cases during the semester and must use two (2) of the nominated cases as the basis for their self analysis, signed by the unit facilitator to verify they have been completed in class. The unit coordinator and or facilitator will then nominate which ones are to be used as part of the assessment.

Students will also complete at least 3 ethical diagnostic tools in class and must attach the results sheet as an appendix, signed by the unit facilitator to verify they have been completed.

Students are to use the findings of these tools to analyse how and why they made their decision(s) the assumptions made and approaches used, and whether their positions changed over time and why.

Students should also include a brief statement about how the content of the unit has given them greater insights into ethical practice as a future manager and leader.

A detailed rubric and audio file are available on the Moodle site that provides further details for this assessment task.

Refer to the unit Moodle site for further details.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:59 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Oct 2018)

Feedback will be provided via Feedback Studio


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Students are required to:

  • Two cases nominated by the unit coordinator or class facilitator,  completed in class (signed and or verified by the lecturer)
  • A minimum of 3 diagnostic tools (results page signed by facilitator attached as appendices)
  • Discuss the decisions and analyse these referring to the diagnostic results and ethical theories and concepts.
  • Utilisation key ethical, csr and sustainability concepts and terms to describe and analyse their own positions or belief

These are the minimum requirements. Students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically result in the minimum pass grade being awarded.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • investigate the interconnections between business ethics, sustainability and globalisation; and evaluate the differences between ethics, legal requirements and cultural factors in a business setting;
  • explain the various aspects of business sustainability and how these impact upon business strategy;
  • critique the major ethical theories and frameworks and be able to compare these in a contemporary business setting;
  • demonstrate commonly accepted professional ethical standards in the work place and in your behaviour toward others.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Group Presentation and Executive Report

Task Description

All students will be allocated to a group by the facilitator and or unit coo-rdinator. These groups will be non-negotiable. Students will undertake analysis of an organisation examining either its internal approach to the development of ethical culture or its external engagement through corporate social responsibility or specific ethical practices of executive leadership. The specific task will be determined by the facilitator and unit coordinator in consultation with each group.

Each group will present as a group of consultants, such as KPMG, Ernst and Young etc., and assume that they have been hired by the organisation to conduct the analysis and present to the CEO and or Board of Directors. 

Each group will be afforded 15-20 minutes to present and must submit an Executive Report of approximately 1000 words with a detailed reference list.

Please note that the presentations is a pass-fail activity. Each student must be in a group and present as part of that group. 

Online students will upload a presentation (usually with a recorded audio) and executive report.

A detailed rubric and audio file is available on the Moodle site that provides further information regarding this assessment.

This task also helps build general capabilities regarding effective business presentations and communication skills.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018) 11:59 pm AEST

Students are to submit powerpoints, executive summary and a reference list via the Moodle site


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (15 Oct 2018)

Feedback on each of the presentation components will be immediate following each group's presentation, both in written and verbal format.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter, and effective presentation skills by:

  • Providing a concise and structured presentation with introduction, main presentation and conclusion.
  • Effectively using audio visuals and verbal communication delivered within the time allocation (15 mins per group)
  • Using of key ethical, csr and or sustainability models, concepts and theories as an analytical frame.
  • Identifying of company strengths and weaknesses against the analytical frame.
  • Providing a clear set of recommendations supported by literature (if and when appropriate)
  • Demonstrating a commitment to professional business presentation standard.
  • Ensuring all group members to make a balanced contribution in the presentation.
  • Providing copy of the presentation (powerpoints) MUST be provided to the unit facilitator prior to the presentation..

Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter, and effective written skills by:

  • Providing a concise overview of the content of the presentation of approximately 1000 words
  • Using of key ethical, csr and or sustainability models, concepts and theories as an analytical frame
  • Identifying of company strengths and weaknesses against the analytical frame
  • Providing a clear set of recommendations supported by literature (if and when appropriate)
  • Using a minimum of 12-16 quality references made up of recommended texts and academic journal articles so as to demonstrate breadth and quality of research
  • The use of the APA in text referencing system to correctly cite academic sources
  • Ensuring a list of references used in the presentation is attached to the executive report.

A detailed rubric and audio file are available on the Moodle site that provides further details regarding this assessment.

Research Requirement:

These are the minimum requirements. Students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically result in the minimum pass grade being awarded.

As Masters students you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered.

1. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and

2. Students must demonstrate "knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.

Each Masters unit has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE using the APA in text referencing system (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • discuss the management of business ethics within an organisation and explore the role of tools such as Codes of Conduct, Risk Management frameworks and gift policies in asssisting such management; and
  • demonstrate commonly accepted professional ethical standards in the work place and in your behaviour toward others.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?