Syllabus for ETM-750

ETHICS FOR MANAGERS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Successful business practice is firmly grounded in ethics. This eight-week course introduces students to foundational principles in ethics for business and life. Students will explore ethics from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Ethics for Managers provides the opportunity for students to critically analyze and evaluate their own views, as well as those of others, in order to develop solid approaches to challenging dilemmas. Significant debates and methodologies in business will be explored.

COURSE TOPICS

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

CO1    Examine personal ethics and their relationship with ethical dilemmas in business.

CO2    Analyze the core premise(s) of ethics and relate ethical reasoning and ethical relativism to

individual and organizational conduct.  

CO3    Evaluate key ethical theories as well as historical perspectives on morality and human nature as they relate to business operations.

CO4    Hypothesize solutions to economic, corporate, and professional ethical dilemmas.

CO5    Appraise ethical challenges that affect business in a domestic, international, and global context.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • Mackinnon, B. (2013). Ethics: Theory and contemporary issues, concise edition (2nd ed.) Wadsworth-Cengage Learning.

ISBN-13: 978-1133049746

Film

Ellwood, A., Gibney, A. & Kliot, J. (Producers), Gibney, A. (Director). (2005). Enron: The smartest guys in the room [Motion picture]. United States: Jigsaw Productions.

This film is widely available. You may want to explore services such as:

Can I Stream It?

(Web address: http://www.canistream.it/) This is a free service that allows you to search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie or television show is available The service will also tell you if it is available through subscription services.

This film may also be available at no charge from a public library.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Ethics for Managers is a three-credit, eight-week online course consisting of four modules. Modules include an overview, topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments and attend one synchronous event. See below for details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in six graded discussion forums.  Discussion forums are on a variety of

topics associated with the courses modules. There is also an ungraded but required Introductions Forum in Module 1.

Synchronous Event

One synchronous event will be held during the first three weeks of the semester in Edison Live!, our virtual meeting space. (See the Course Calendar.) You will prepare to discuss the topic given for that event. To access the event, click the Collaboration Space link in the Edison Live! section of the course site a few minutes before the designated time. Use the following link for directions and helpful videos about how to use the Edison Live! tool in Moodle. Your mentor will work with the class to propose a time that works best and accommodates the majority.  

Written Assignments

You are required to complete four written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

Final Project

This project is intended to allow you the opportunity to analyze an ethical dilemma, evaluate ethical approaches, and create a strategy to address real-world circumstances.

You will evaluate the ethics of any legal or ethical issue in the news. Analyze the dilemma or issue. Thoroughly evaluate the appropriateness of applying at least two ethical frameworks reviewed in the course, and suggest an approach that might help to avoid such dilemmas/issues in the future.

Consult your Course Calendar for due dates.

See the Student Handbook for additional help regarding preparing and submitting assignments located within the General Information section of the course website.

TURNITIN REQUIREMENT

You are required to submit four of your written assignments as well as the final project in this course to turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the project within your course space.

 

 

You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

 

Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin FAQ Web Page.

 

Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details

 

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

 

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

B

=

83–87

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–82

B+

=

88–89

F

=

Below 73

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., assignments, discussion postings, projects, etc.). Graduate students must maintain a B average overall to remain in good academic standing.

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Thomas Edison State University is committed to maintaining academic quality, excellence, and honesty. The University expects all members of its community to share the commitment to academic integrity, an essential component of a quality academic experience.

Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at www.tesu.edu.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Plagiarism

Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include: