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: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Lucy Newton

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

Summary module description:

This module aims to develop students’ awareness and understanding of the ethical issues arising in a business and management environment.  In particular, the ethical issues facing multinationals and global companies will be examined.  Businesses do not operate in a vacuum and it is important to consider non-economic issues, such as ethics, to set the management of companies in a broader context. Using a combination of ethical theory and case study analysis, the module aims to enable students to analyse ethical issues that corporate decision-makers face in developing policies concerning a variety of stakeholders.


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 a written evaluation of key ethical issues.


Additional outcomes:

By undertaking assessment of this module students will enhance their information gathering, writing synthesis and IT skills during this module.


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 one hour seminars. The basic material will be covered in lectures in which class discussion will also take place. Discussions take place in the seminars


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22 1 1
Seminars 3
Guided independent study 173
       
Total hours by term 198.00 1.00 1.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Written assignment including essay 30

Other information on summative assessment:

The module is assessed 30% on an individual essay and 70% on a two and a half hour written examination


Formative assessment methods:

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:

    Two and a half hours


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

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By re-sit

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Required text books: 


    Last updated: 18 April 2017

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