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MGMT20134 - Business Ethics and Sustainability

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 17.89% response rate.

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.

Source: Students assessment demonstrating challenges and confirmation from sessional staff
Feedback
Challenges of content re ethical decision making
Recommendation
Simplify ethical decision making sessions into one consolidated topic.
Action Taken
This was completed
Source: Adjunct faculty
Feedback
Need to broaden the unit to include broader societal and regulatory issues
Recommendation
As part of constant updating and review include amended business and society and role of government as regulators to enhance the CSR and Sustainability content.
Action Taken
This was completed and a new topic included addressing the role of government.
Source: Adjunct faculty
Feedback
Learning materials and readings
Recommendation
Maintain and expand reading materials preferably with online/e-books to aid access
Action Taken
Materials reviewed and upgraded as required on a term by term basis.
Source: Unit coordinator reflection
Feedback
Students struggling with moral dimensions and justifying ethical practice. Relativism may explain, but should not be advanced as a defence of these difficulties.
Recommendation
No significant change to content or assessment is recommended. Students must demonstrate an understanding of ethics and an ability to justify decisions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Response rate to student evaluation is too low
Recommendation
Engage students more effectively towards the end of term specifically relating to completion of the student evaluation survey.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment