MBA527 Iss in Ethics/Social Responsibil

for S1P 2012

Printer Friendly

Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.


MBA 527 Corporate Ethics & Social Responsibilities


S1P 2012 MBD


Walker, Stephanie L.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Park University
B.S. - Park University

Office Hours

Available as needed by appointment


Semester Dates

Jan. 16-Mar 11

Class Days


Class Time



MG620 or equivalent approved by Program Director

Credit Hours



Required Textbooks 

Business Ethics As Rational Choice by John Hooker
Publisher:  Prentice Hall
Copyright:  2011
Format:  Paper; 120 pp

ISBN: 978-0-13-6118671 print
ISBN-13 978-0-13-611868-8 etext

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

 All course submissions must be compliant with APA format. 

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:

MBA 527 Corporate Ethics & Social Responsibility: This course explains the importance and rationale of ethical decision making in the 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:

Homework, Class Participation, Article & Movie Review, Team Projects and Final Exam.
Class Participation (weekly points possible: 20)


Thoughtful interaction and discussion during class lectures, case studies, and group break-out sessions

Homework (weekly points possible: 50)


Answering each of the correct questions and submitting by 5:30 p.m. on the due date

Spelling, grammar, citations, and composition

Effort, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness of the responses, including application to weekly subject matter

Article Review/Movie Review (possible points: 50 for each review)


Selection of relevant article/movie and summary

Spelling, grammar, composition, and citations

Analysis and application to course concepts

Team Project (points possible: 40 each)


Analysis and application to course concepts

Spelling, grammar, composition, and citations

Individual contribution based on peer reviews

Final Exam - Case Analysis (possible points 150)


 Analysis and application of conditions for rational choice

 Grammar, spelling, composition, and sentence structure

 Use of proper citations


Point Distribution



Weekly Homework assignments (50 points each week)  Weeks 2-6


Weekly Discussion Activities (20 points each week) Weeks 1-7


Article Review (50 pts) Week 1


Movie Review (50 pts) Week 5


Team Projects (40 points each) Weeks 2 and 6


Final Project (150 pts) Week 8




Letter Grades

Grade Points Percent
A 702-780 90-100%
B 624-701 80-89%
C 546-623 70-79%
D 468-545 60-69%
F Less than 468 Less than 60%


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Coursework is considered late if not submitted in the Park online classroom dropbox by the posted deadline.  As a general rule, late submissions will not be accepted without prior approval from the Instructor.  At the Instructor's descretion, 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:

All classroom communication needs to be composed with professionalism, fairness, honesty, and tact. Special attention should be paid to proper citations and referencing sources in all classroom activities.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

  Week 1 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 1 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Class Participation (20 points)
  • Article Review (50 points)

Week 2 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 2 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Class Participation (20 points)
  • Team Project (25 points)
  • Peer Review from Team Project (15 points)
  • Homework (50 points) 

Week 3 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 3 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation  
  • Class Participation (20 points)
  • Oral Case Presentation/Discussion of 1st Team Project
  • Homework (50 points) 

Week 4 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 4 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Class Participation (20 points)
  • Homework (50 points)

Week 5 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 5 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation  
  • Class Participation (20 points)
  • Homework (50 points)
  • Movie Review (50 points)

  Week 6 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 6 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Class Participation (20 points)
  • Homework (50 points)
  • Team Project (25 points)
  • Peer Review from Team Project (15 points)

Week 7 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 7 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Class Participation (20 points)

Week 8 Assignments

  • Final Exam - Case Study Analysis - due by 5:30 p.m. on Wed. of Week 8 (150 points) 
  • Oral Case Presentation/Discussion of 2nd Team Project - during last class session (Week 8)

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

Citations and references should be provided in all  Classroom activities

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: .

Additional Information:




This material is protected by copyright
                               and can not be reused without author permission.

Last Updated:1/14/2012 11:42:19 AM