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MBA 527 Iss in Ethics/Social Responsibil
Walker, Stephanie L.

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.

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MBA 527 Corporate Ethics & Social Responsibilities


S1P 2012 DLB


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. 

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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, Discussion, Article & Movie Review, Team Projects and Final Exam.

Grading Rubrics

Discussion (weekly points possible: 40)



Post initial response by Thursday midnight


Post thoughtful and interactive responses to other students by Sunday midnight


Homework (weekly points possible: 50)



Answering each of the correct questions and submitting by midnight on Sunday.


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


Team Project (points possible: 40 each)



Content of team work, including composition, grammar, application to course concepts


Individual contribution based on peer reviews


Final Exam - Case Analysis (possible points 150)



 Analysis and application of conditions for rationale 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 (40 points each week) Weeks 1, 3, 5 - 7


Article Review - Week 1


Movie Review - Week 7


Team Projects (40 points each) Weeks 2 and 4


Final Project - Week 8





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. Spelling and grammar is very important in an online course. What you put into an oline course reflects your level of professionalism. Netiquette is a set of guidelines for how individuals communicate over the Internet. The important concept here is that students respect one another.

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
  • Discussion Questions (40 points) - answers due by midnight Thursday; Responses due by midnight Sunday
  • Article Review (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday

Week 2 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 2 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Homework (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday
  • Team Project – Case presentation (25 points)
  • Peer Review of Team Project (15 points)

Week 3 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 3 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Discussion Questions (40 points) - answers due by midnight Thursday; Responses due by midnight Sunday
  • Homework (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday

Week 4 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 4 of the textbook;
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Homework (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday
  • Team Project (25 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday
  • Peer Review of Team Project (15 points)

Week 5 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 5 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Discussion Questions (40 points) - answers due by midnight Thursday; Responses due by midnight Sunday
  • Homework (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday

Week 6 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 6 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Discussion Questions (40 points) - answers due by midnight Thursday; Responses due by midnight Sunday
  • Homework (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday

Week 7 Assignments:

  • Read Chapter 7 of the textbook
  • Review the Lecture presentation
  • Discussion Questions (40 points) - answers due by midnight Thursday; Responses due by midnight Sunday
  • Movie Review (50 points) - due in dropbox by midnight Sunday 

Week 8 Assignments:

  • Final exam due by midnight on Wednesday (150 points)

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 Online 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:
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