MBA527 Iss in Ethics/Social Responsibil

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MBA 527 Iss in Ethics & Social Responsib


F1P 2011 MB


Walker, Stephanie L.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Park University
B.S. - Park University

Office Hours

Available as needed by appointment


Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM


MG620 or equivalent approved by Program Director

Credit Hours



Gibson, Kevin. (2005). Business Ethics: People, Profits and the Planet. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Product Details
ISBN: 0072998725
ISBN-13: 9780072998726
Format: Textbook Hardcover, 696pp 
Pub. Date: August 2005
Edition Number: 1

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Course Description:

MBA 527 Issues in Ethics and Social Responsibility: This course explains the importance and rationale of ethical decision making in business environment as well as the skills and analysis necessary to succeed in professional careers. Ethical standard such as competency, integrity, objectivity, confidentiality and professionalism will be addressed from a valued oriented business approach with a better understanding of legal implications. Prerequisite: MG 260 or equivalent approved by Program Director. (Formerly MG 527)

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy centers around readings, case studies, and discussion questions. Lectures and outside resources will supplement the readings to highlight important concepts.  Class discussion and group interaction will be the main method of learning in order to allow the students to learn to apply concepts in a practical business setting. The most effective way to learn the topic is through application.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the importance and rationale of ethical decision making in business environment.
  2. Recognize the importance developing high ethical standards of personal conduct and recognize the consequences that result from meeting and/or exceeding the minimum ethical standard required by the business profession.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to high levels of integrity and ethics in professional relationships with all stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrate highly of competency, objectivity and confidentiality in the working environment.
  5. Demonstrate a valued oriented business approach with a better understanding of legal implications.
  6. Analyze current business ethical issues, such as tobacco marketing, advertising and children, child and slave labor, and corporate justice.
  7. Demonstrate, through discussion and written responses to case study assignments, an awareness of sound ethical values and principles.

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Weekly Assignments
  • Points for assignment accuracy, thoroughness and thoughtfulness, relevancy to course, article relevancy to assignment,  appropriate citation, and proper spelling and grammar
    Article Reviews
    • Points for article relevancy to course, article relevancy to assignment, accuracy of content, thoroughness and thoughtfulness, appropriate research and supporting citation, and proper spelling and grammar

      Team Written Project/Group Presentation

      •  Points for project relevancy to assignment, accuracy of content, thoroughness, appropriate research and supporting citation, professional written and group presentation, and proper spelling and grammar

        Weekly Participation/Discussion

        •  Class discussion and group interaction will be the main method of learning in this course. Students are expected to participate in weekly class discussions and group break-out sessions. Points will be given weekly for participation.  Weekly participation points can not be made-up
        Peer Review
           Students will assess their teammates project contribution to the team project. 


          Points Schedule:

          Weekly Assignments
          7@ 25  pts 175 pts
          Article Reviews 2@ 35 pts 70 pts
          Weekly Participation Discussion 7@ 15 pts 105 pts
          Team Project/Group Presentation 1 @ 225 pts 225 pts
          Peer Review 1 @ 25 pts 25 pts
          Total Course 600 pts 600 pts


          Grade Range:

           90%-100% A
          80%-89% B
          70%-79% C
          60-69% D
          50-59% F

          Late Submission of Course Materials:

          Coursework is considered late if not submitted in the Park online classroom dropbox by 5:30 p.m. CST on the date it is due.  Late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval from the Instructor.  The acceptance of late work and applicable point deduction will be determined by the Instructor on a case by case basis.  Work must be submitted in Microsoft Word format, with student name and ID at the top of the page.

          Classroom Rules of Conduct:

          Students are required to participate and be active in all classroom discussions.  Texting, cell phone, and/or other mobile device use is not permitted during class.

          Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

          Academic Honesty:
          As a learning community, the University upholds the highest standards of academic integrity in all its academic activities, by faculty, staff, administrators and students. Academic integrity involves much more than respecting intellectual property rights. It lies at the heart of learning, creativity, and the core values of the University. Those who learn, teach, write, publish, present, or exhibit creative works are advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of academic integrity and make every effort to avoid possible offenses against it, knowingly or unknowingly. Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21


          Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct.  Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

          Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

          Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 21

          Attendance Policy:

          Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.Park University 2011-2012 Graduate Catalog Page 25

          Disability Guidelines:
          Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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