PH 308 Business Ethics
S1AA 2013 LC
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Lackland AFB, TX (Hallway outside of classroom)
15 - 30 minutes after class
14 January - 10 March 2013
4:45 - 10:10 PM
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Educational Philosophy: The degree of concentration, material covered and specific methodology to be utilized in each area will be determined by the amount of classroom time available. Methods used to achieve these learning objectives will include lecture, reports self-study, and most importantly, class discussion and student participation. All methods of teaching are designed to transfer new material by clarifying and emphasizing subject areas presented in the text. The lecture relies on the fact that you have read the assigned materials and have completed any assignmnents relating to them prior to class meetings.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
PH 308 Core Assessment Assignment
The main portion of the semester grade will derive from student presentations of the various issues in their complexity, and a derivative paper arguing an ethical position on one issue.
It is a truism that one learns by doing. This is certainly true in the application of ethical theory. To facilitate learning about ethics and its role and function in business issues, the major portion of the grade will derive from the handling of one specific ethical issue related to business.
In coordination with the instructor, students will present to the class a topic concerned with business ethics, with the expectation that they will teach the topic: review the text material; draw in current news and current debate, as appropriate; raise the questions which emerge from such news and debate; present the various prominent arguments, identify their proponents and highlight the most important points; critique the arguments, giving reasons for perceived weaknesses, and so on.
The text may be the beginning point, but it is expected that students will look further to discover more which might enhance the discussion. At minimum, the student will facilitate a class discussion of the questions raised by the chosen topic. The presentation will be strengthened, however, with the structuring of a debate, or a mock “battle of wits”, or some exercise for the class to experience the complexity and challenge of the topic.
Any materials generated for class dissemination or for display will strengthen the presentation. Any local resources the student discovers may be utilized in the presentation.
Finally, out of this experience, the student will write a 10-12 page paper which functions both as a research paper and a position piece. If the presentation is well prepared, the student will have the research portion accomplished and need only put it in written form. From there, the student is challenged to take a stand on the topic: What is your position? Why? On what do you base your position? What are the issues? Who is in the fray? Who stands to gain? Remember that while opinion certainly enters into any position, the essay is expected to be a carefully reasoned and clearly explained argument. The point is not whether or not the instructor agrees with the position, but whether it is clearly and solidly articulated utilizing the language and tools of business ethics.
Specific standards about style, research resources, formatting and such will be determined by the instructor.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
It is recommended but not mandatory to select a topic that will directly relate to the chapters we will be reviewing during the course. Research or other materials previously used for course credit cannot be used for this course. This effort must be original for this particular course. The subject of your paper must be chosen no later than week two of the semester to ensure time enough to complete the project as well as time to grade it. As stated above, the paper will be 10-12 pages in length, double-spaced, grammatically correct (not including cover sheet, references, or attachments). The American Psychological Association (APA) publication style is required. Your references should be noted at the end of the paper. Plastic report covers and separate folders will not be accepted. A single staple is the preferred method of binding. Please include a cover sheet with your written document. ALL PAPERS ARE DUE BY WEEK #7 (NO EXCEPTIONS). The final will be week #8 and I would like to return your papers for your review on that night. Students are encouraged to use the internet's search tools. The World Wide Web is a section of the internet that offers easy access to text, graphics and other multi-media resources. An Oral presentation of 5 to 10 minutes is required over the same topic as your written research paper. Half of the class will present their oral presentations on the date of the mid-term examination and the remainder will be presented on the date of the final.
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Classroom Rules of Conduct: Turn off all cell phones. Make arrangements to arrive on time so class can start on time. In order to succeed in this course, the student must first and foremost be in class for all meetings. The student must conscientiously prepare for class by reading the text prior to class. Taking notes on the reading assignments would also be to the student's benefit. The student must be prepared to answer questions and solve problems in class. The student must also satisfactorily complete all examinations and homework during the duration of the course.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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