MM359A-Business Ethics 1

Module Provider: Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Lucy Newton

Email: l.a.newton@henley.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
To develop student's awareness and understanding of ethical issues in a business and management environment, from the perspective of the individual, of individual firms and of wider society and the environment. The module aims to enable students to analyse ethical issues that corporate decision-makers face in developing policies about employees, customers and the broader stakeholders by utilising both theory and case studies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
• To identify and assess key ethical issues that face modern business
• To analyse real ethical issues through use of ethical theory
• To appraise ethical dilemmas from a managerial, individual and societal perspective
• To critically assess the ethical environment in which corporations operate, be it the market international operations or the natural environment, and consider the impact this has upon business behaviour and performance
• To provide both an oral and written evaluation of key ethical issues.

Additional outcomes:
By undertaking group presentations, students will enhance their information gathering, presentations skills and IT skills during this module, as well as their team working abilities.

Outline content:
The module will consider ethical issues that corporate decision-makers face in developing policies about employees, customers and the broader stakeholders by utilising both theory and case studies. Topics include:
• Ethical Theory
• Ethical tools and techniques
• Employees and business ethics
• Fair trade and ethical sourcing
• Consumers and business ethics
• Multinational corporations and ethics
• Finance and ethics

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two-hour lectures combined with two-hour seminars.
The basic material will be covered in lectures in which class discussion will also take place.
Presentations and discussion take place in the seminars

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 26
Seminars 3
Guided independent study 171
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Other information on summative assessment:
The module is assessed 100% on coursework divided into the following: 60% Essay (individual), 25% Oral presentation (group), 15% Written assignment (group work).

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A weighted average of at least 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-sit

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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