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MBA 527 Iss in Ethics/Social Responsibil
Holtsclaw, Charice 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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Course

MBA 527 Iss in Ethics/Social Responsibil

Semester

S1P 2013 DL

Faculty

Holtsclaw, Charice L.

Title

Associate Professor, Attorney

Degrees/Certificates

JD - Washburn School of Law
MBA - Park University
B.S. Bus Mgmt - Northwest Missouri State University

Office Hours

As needed by appointment

Daytime Phone

816-842-6700 (prefer email)

E-Mail

charice.holtsclaw@park.edu

Semester Dates

Jan 14 - Mar 10

Class Days

Monday - Sunday

Class Time

CST

Prerequisites

MG620 or equivalent approved by Program Director.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required Textbooks

Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, 9th ed
Author: Ferrell, Fraedrich & Ferrell
Publisher: South-Western, Cengage Learning, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-111-82516-4

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

UNM: Daniels Fund Initiative Website
http://danielsethics.mgt.unm.edu/default.asp
 
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Course Description:
MBA 527 Corporate Ethicsa & 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 value- 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, cases, debate, and discussion because the best way to learn the topic is through application.  Lectures and outside resources will supplement the readings to highlight important concepts, and are to be incorproated into class discussions and homework questions to allows the concepts to sink in so that you will be able to apply them in a business setting.  

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:

This course provides an opportunity to explore new insights into key ethics issues in business. The class requires student participation and attendance for success. You will be given the opportunity to develop business ethics projects. You will have a textbook chapter or case for background frameworks, but will need to apply this framework to business ethics issues. The class will consist of mini-lectures, student presentations, discussion, debates, cases, and videos .

Discussion Questions (30 points)

There will be discussion questions in weeks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8.  Initial posts are due on Thursday before midnight CT (Central Time).  After posting your answers, begin making 2 or more replies to other students' posts. Note: Week 8 discussion is required, but has no points.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Posting initial response that adequately responds to topic by deadline 15
Posting thoughtful and interactive responses to minimum of 2 other students under each topic by Sunday midnight. 15
Total 30

 Homework/Case Analysis (30 points)

In weeks 1-3, 5-7 there is a homework/case analysis assignment due to the Instructor via the Dropbox by Sunday midnight CT (Central Time). When citing information use APA format.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Answering each of the correct questions and submitting by midnight on Sunday. 15
Effort, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness of the responses, including application to weekly subject matter.  Spelling, grammar, composition and citations. 15
Total 30

Team Case Presentation (30 points)

In Week 3 each team will be required to present a case in your textbook. Your responsibility will be a 20 page PowerPoint presentation on the case, and a 1 page overview of your presentation attached to the presentation in Word. The class and professor will ask questions and discuss the case. You should conduct outside research in order to integrate marketing issues, frameworks, and examples into the case that is assigned to your team. Your case must address some of the assigned reading in your textbook.  Discuss and provide constructive feedback on at least 2 other teams’ presentations.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Content of team work, including presentation, grammar, application to course concepts 10
Individual contribution based on peer reviews; Submission of peer review 10
Discussion of other groups’ presentations 10
Total 30

Exams (200 points each)

This course will have two exams, a mid-term and a final. The mid-term will go over Chapters 1-5 of the book and will be taken online (no proctor needed) in Week 4. The final will cover Chapters 6-10 and the Appendix and will be taken in Week 8.  Exam questions may be multiple-choice, essay, case analysis, or other formats. Multiple choice questions will be auto-graded by eCollege and essay questions will be graded by your instructor.

Business Ethics Project (100 points)

In week 7, there is a team presentation of a case. You will be developing this paper virtually within a team of 3-5 other students. As a member of a team, you will make write a case to understand a dilemma facing an organization related to business ethics. Your project must be approved and finalized by Week 5. You can use the cases on the Daniels website as examples for your own cases.  Make a powerpoint presentation or video to present your case. The presentation is due in Week 7 by Thursday midnight CT.

Grading Rubric

Criteria Points
Content of team work, including presentation, grammar, application to course concepts 50
Individual contribution based on peer reviews; Submission of peer review 25
Discussion of other groups’ presentations 25
Total 100

 

Grading:
Point Distribution and Grading Scale

Activity Points Percent
Discussion Questions (Weeks 1-2, 4-6 at 30 points each) 150 17
Homework (Weeks 1-3, 5-7 at 30 points each) 180 21
Team Case Presentation and Discussion (Week 3) 30 3
Business Ethics Project (Week 7) 100 12
Exams (Midterm Week 4, Final Exam week 8 at 200 points each) 400 47
Total 860 100%

 Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent Points
A 90-100% 774-860
B 80-89% 688-773
C 70-79% 602-687
D 60-69% 516-601
F Below 60% Below 516

Late Submission of Course Materials:

As a general rule late assignments are not accepted. At instructor's discretion late assignments other than discussion may be accepted if you contact the instructor prior to the due date and request permission to turn in late. Instructor will determine an applicable point deduction for lateness.  Discussion cannot be made up.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All your Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an Online course. What you put into an Online course reflects on 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. http://www.albion.com/netiquette/.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1

Readings

Chapter 1: The Importance of Business Ethics
Chapter 2: Stakeholder Relationships, Social Responsibility, and Corporate Governance

Chapter PowerPoint Presentations

Case 1: Monsanto Attemps to Balance Stakeholder Interests

View Assigned Videos

Assignments

Discussion Questions: First post due midnight Thursday, CT. Responsd to two more classmates by midnight Sunday CT.

Homework: Submit answers to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday CT.


Week 2

Readings

Chapter 3: Emerging Business Ethics Issues

Chapter PowerPoint Presentation

Case 9: Enron: Questionable Accounting Leads to Collapse

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Assignments

Discussion Questions: First post due midnight Thursday, CT. Responsd to two more classmates by midnight Sunday CT.

Homework: Submit answers to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday CT.


Week 3

Readings

Chapter 4: The Institutionalization of Business Ethics

Chapter PowerPoint Presentation

Case 8: Countrywide Financial: The Subprime Meltdown

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Assignments

Team Case Presentation and Discussion: Presentation due by midnight Thursday CT. Responsd to two or more other teams by midnight Sunday CT.

Homework: Submit answers to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday CT.


Week 4

Readings

Chapter 5: Ethical Decision Making and Ethical Leadership

Chapter PowerPoint Presentation

Case 7: Microsoft Manages Legal and Ethical Issues

Assignments

Discussion Questions: First post due midnight Thursday, CT. Responsd to two more classmates by midnight Sunday CT.

Midterm: Complete the exam by midnight Sunday CT.


Week 5

Readings

Chapter 6: Individual Factors: Moral Philosophies and Values
Chapter 7: Organizational Factors: The Role of Ethical Culture and Relationships

Chapter PowerPoint Presentations

Case 12: Insider Trading at the Galleon Group
Case 5: New Belgium Brewing: Ethical and Environmental Responsibility

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Assignments

Discussion Questions: First post due midnight Thursday, CT. Responsd to two more classmates by midnight Sunday CT.

Homework: Submit answers to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday CT.

Team Ethics Project Approval: Project must be aproved by the instructor. Email instructor by one member of the team by midnight Sunday, CT.


Week 6

Readings

Chapter 8: Developing an Effective Ethics Program
Chapter 9: Managing and Controlling Ethics Programs

Chapter PowerPoint Presentations

Case 14: Hospital Corporation of America: Learning from Past Mistakes?
Case 3: Walmart: The Future is Sustainability

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Assignments

Discussion Questions: First post due midnight Thursday, CT. Responsd to two more classmates by midnight Sunday CT.

Homework: Submit answers to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday CT.


Week 7

Readings

Chapter 10: Globalization of Ethical Decision-Making

Chapter PowerPoint Presentations

Case 4: BP Struggles to Resolve Sustainability Disaster

Assignments

Team Ethics Project Presentation: Presentation due by midnight Thursday CT. Responsd to two or more other teams by midnight Sunday CT.

Homework: Submit answers to the Dropbox by midnight Sunday CT.


Week 8

Readings

There are no readings this week

Assignments

Discussion Questions: First post due midnight Thursday, CT. Responsd to two more classmates by midnight Sunday CT.

Final Exam: Complete the exam by midnight Sunday CT.

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 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 21-22

Plagiarism:

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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools. Park University 2012-2013 Graduate Catalog Page 26

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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