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									Fall 09 Term II                                                                                               V. Varnado
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                                     Argosy University
                                   Schaumburg Campus
                                    College of Business
                                   COURSE SYLLABUS
                                  Ethics in Business
                Fall 09 Term II (10/29-12/19/09), Thursday 6-10 p.m.
                  Online access:

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to cl ass for any last mi nute changes to the class. It is recommended that students check their
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If there is a discrepancy between the textbook(s) on this syllabus and the MBS website, purchase the
textbook on this syllabus.

Faculty Informati on
          Faculty Name: Vashti Varnado, JD, MA
          Campus: Schaumburg
          Contact Informati on:
                   Phone: 708/763-8405 (H)
                   Email :
          Office Hours: By Appoi ntment
          Faculty Bi o:
Ms. Varnado is a lawyer by training, a member of the Arkansas bar, and a graduate of the University of
Arkansas, School of Law. Her experience has extended from private law practice to governmental and
public interest legal practice. She holds a masters degree in Healthcare Ethics fro m Rush University, works
as a licensed practical nurse, and serves on the Institutional Review Board of Advocate Healthcare,
Chicago, overseeing ethical aspects of medical research on human subjects.

Course Descripti on:
This course addresses the ethical dimensions of management with a special focus on the processes
managers may use to raise and resolve ethical dilemmas and conflicts in organizat ional settings. Policies
pertaining to treatment of those raising ethical issues will be considered. The legal and regulatory
requirements of ethical conduct will be examined. Policies and codes of conduct established by various
organizations and industry groups will be critically examined. The course will feature case studies
involving alleged breaches of ethical conduct among publicly held corporations.

Course Pre-requisites: None

Required Textbook:
Hart man, L. P. (2005). Perspectives in Business Ethics (3rd ed.). Irwin/McGraw Hill. ISBN: 0-07-288146-1

Course Length: 7.5 Weeks
Contact Hours: 45 Hours
Credit Value: 3.0
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Program Outcomes
1. Co mmunicat ion
    1.1. Oral/Written – Present business information orally and in writ ing using appropriate technology
         that is concise, clear, organized, supported, and persuasive in a professional manner appropriate
         to the business context.
2. Critical Th inking/Problem Solv ing
    2.1. Critical Th inking – Incorporate and synthesize informat ion, theory, and practice in order to
         implement appropriate business actions.
    2.2. Problem Solv ing/Decision Making – Given a business situation, diagnose the underlying causes
         of the situation, evaluate possible solutions, and determine and defend appropriate course of
    2.3. Information Literacy – Access informat ion fro m a variety of sources, evaluate the credibility of
         the sources, and apply that information to solve business problems.
3. Team
    3.1. Leadership – Describe the requirements of team members and leaders to work effectively and
         creatively in achieving team goals.
    3.2. Collaboration – Collect, categorize, and consider the views of all stakeholders.
4. Ethics
    4.1. Ethics – Identify the ethical principles related to personal and corporate behavior in specific
         business situations and exp lain the potential consequences.
5. Diversity
    5.1. Diversity – Identify the impact of both cultural and economic factors on the modern enterprise
         and exp lain the potential consequences.
6. Analysis/Application
    6.1. Applied Technology – Select and defend business technology solutions to typical business
    6.2. Integration – Describe the interrelationship of the functional business areas of statistics,
         accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and strategy within the context of specific
         organizational goals.

Course Objecti ves
1. Co mpare and contrast the various ethical theories and framewo rks. (Program Outco mes: 1.1, 2.1,4.1)
2. Evaluate the nature and value of business ethics in profit and non -profit organizat ions. (Program
   Outcomes: 1.1, 2.1,4.1,5.1,6.2)
3. Fro m a management perspective, explore, appraise and apply various alternatives and responses when
   observing non-ethical practices in the workplace. (Program Outcomes: 1.1, 2.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.2)
4. Assess and evaluate the role of leadership, structure, and corporate culture as mechanisms to develop
   and maintain a business code of ethics. (Program Outcomes: 1.1, 4.1, 5.1, 6.2)
5. Examine and appraise the role of ethics in hu man resources management, sales and marketing, finance
   and accounting, as well as, the technology field. (Program Outcomes: 1.1, 2.1, 4.1, 6.2)
6. Examine current legal and regulatory requirements of ethical conduct. (Program Outco mes: 1.1, 2.1,
7. Examine case studies related to ethics in business and write in-depth analyses using APA format.
   (Program Outco mes: 1.1,2.1, 3.1,4.1,5.1,6.2)

Course Design & Requirements
          Course format: Lectures, discussion, assigned readings, case studies, videos, periodical rev iew,
and examination. Classroom interaction through dialogue, written assignments, teamwork, and simu lation
exercises will be stressed.
          The course will involve both offline classroom activ ities as well as online. Teaching and learn ing
online will take p lace via Argosy University’s online learning program, wh ich will include up to three
online classes. (See schedule below.)
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NOTE: This course calendar and the material to be covered may be changed depending on the class size
and progress. In the event such changes are made, the instructor will attempt to do so in consultation with
the students expressed needs and interests.

Online Partici pation -50 points total
Research & writing, posting & discussion board assignments
25 points per week X 2weeks

Research & Writing ( 50 poi nts)
          Team Case Study Project: Business Ethics in Post- Financi al Crisis America
          Working in 2-person teams, students will select a co mpany or business situation fro m the ongoing
financial crisis affect ing Wall Street and the international business community, and develop a case study
fro m the standpoint of business ethics. Teams will present their final paper to the class, in a 20-minute
presentation, follo wed by a 10-15 minute question & answer period.
          General outline of Case Study:
          Title page
          Table of Contents
          Executive Su mmary
          Problem Identification
          Statement of major problems
          Solution Alternatives
          Final Reco mmendations
Length: 7-10 pages, double-spaced, 1-inch margins left & right;
          Note: 7-10 pages do not include preliminary pages, references, & appendix. (Appendix optional)
APA Format
Due Date: 12/17, Papers presented & turned into instructor at end of class.

Critical Thinking: Hot Button Topics in Ame rica’s Economic Recovery
40 points (2 @ 20 points each)
Presentation: This assignment requires students to engage in critical thinking concerning
controversial issues that are before the American public. During the term each student
will be assigned an opportunity to present at least one of their papers, and will be
expected to facilitate the class in constructive dialogue, and exploration of issues which
are the subject of hot & emotional disagreement amongst members of the American
        Two papers, 3-5 pages each, (excluding cover page & list of references), double-
spaced, APA format
        A minimum of 3-references required each paper, no more than one from the
textbook. (Hard copies required for at least three references.)
        Topics: to be assigned by instructor.
         Due Dates: See class calendar below.
         Evaluation: The primary criteria in evaluating this assignment is whether or not
your analysis and presentation demonstrates that you are engaging in critical thinking in
line with the aims of this course. I want to stress that this means that students will not be
evaluated on the specifics of what they believe, and should have no fear of penalty or
reward when it comes to expressing their opinions & beliefs. The following
considerations are important and relevant:
                SELF-AWARE- Does your analysis show that you are aware of any
        personal biases & influences?
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                 OBJECTIVITY- To what extent are judgments & conclusions based on
        evidence fairly presented, avoiding ad hominem arguments.
                 FAIR & INTELLECTUALLY HONEST- Analysis avoids
        misrepresenting the ideas of others or misrepresenting data and research in order
        to fit student’s preferred position.
                 SENSITIVE TO LANGUAGE- Avoids biased & emotionally charged
        language, ambiguities, name-calling. Defines terms.
                 OPEN-MINDED: Willing to look at issues from all sides, acknowledging
        strengths & weaknesses on both sides.

Business Writing Scholarly Criti ques (Point Val ue: 3 essays @ 20 points each)
     Choose 3 essays from the text book relating to your area of experience and expertise (Finance,
         Accounting, H.R, Technology, etc.), and for each essay, submit a 2-3 page, paper in APA format
         analysis and critique of your chosen readings. Students will present essays in class, in the
         online. Details will follows depending on the size of class.
         Your paper should include the following:
              o A synopsis of the major ideas and themes in each essay.
              o Next conduct an in-depth critique of the essays by comparing and contrasting the
                  essential points discussed in each work.
              o Finally in the conclusion phase of your paper, provide the reader with a reflect ive
                  assessment of what lessons one can learn fro m the points brought up in the essays and
                  how they can effectively be imp le mented in a typical business setting.
The following is a checklist that you can use in analyzing/ critiquing your chosen essays:
Each piece of writing is different; but, in most cases, the majority of these questions are
applicable. Use these questions as a point of reference for your critique. Students may
also cover other relevant aspects of an essay, not addressed by the critique question list
   Is the essay’s title a clear depiction of its content? Why or Why not?
   How is the author qualified to write about the subject matter?
   What is the purpose of the essay? Is it stated clearly?
   Identify the problem statement in the essay. Does the introduction and conclusion focus clearly on the
    problem statement?
   Are statement of facts (beyond common street facts) supported by appropriate citations in the text
    and/or references?
   Which ideas in the essay need further development?
   What ideas in the essay are practical enough to be implemented in a business setting? Which ones are
    rather imp ractical? Why?
   Does the essay contain discursive or irrelevant sections? What are they?
   Is the work b iased in any way? Examine the author’s biases.
   Is there an idea that is common to all essays?
   How is the essay different fro m the other one(s) you are also critiquing?
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Assignment Table

        Topics                     Readi ngs                 Learning Acti vities & Assignments
        Ethical theories &         PART 1, pp 1-3;         Introductions & Overview of course
Week                               pp 5-10;                   Personal introductions
 #1     framework and its
                                   pp. 18-24 & pp. 30-33      Review Textbook & Syllabus
        applications to business
10/29   decisions.                                            Case study method
                                                           Discussion Issues
                                                           Define Ethics
                                                           QUIZ YOURSELF ON BUSINESS
                                                           ETHICS, p. 165
                                                           Theories of ethics
                                                            The financial meltdown and
                                                           Deontological theories
                                                           The 10 Commandments

                                                           Film/Video presentation: To be
Week    Corporate ethical          Chap 2, pp. 157-164;    Issues for Discussion:
 #2                                Chap 3, pp.183-191
11/5    leadership, social                                  & Reflection:
        responsibility and                                 What are the ethical implications of
        reporting                                          Sub-prime Financing in light of
                                                           Carr’s arguments? Borrowers?

                                                           What does the Financial Meltdown
                                                           tell us concerning enforcement
                                                           activity & corporate culture &
                                                           leadership? Recommendations for
                                                           the future?

                                                           Video/Film: To be announced

                                                           Hot Button Topic Presentation #1
Week    Ethical analysis &         Read Chapter 2, pp.     ONLINE: To Be Announced
 #3     applications               87-99
Week    Ethics in marketing        Read Chapter 6,                  Hot Button Topic #2
 #4                                pp.514-532                       Does marketing p lay a ro le in
                                                           the financial meltdown fro m an ethical
Week    Ethics & Finance &         Read Chapter 7, pp.     ONLINE. ( Details to follow)
 #5     Accounting                 619-636
11/26                                                      Thanksgiving Holi day
Week    Ethical                    Read pp.287-294         See also: Niall Ferguson, “The Ascent of
        Implications of                                    Money: A Financial History of the
        Money                                              World,”( 2008). Excerpts to be provided.
        Challenges &                                       Guest S peaker: to be announced
        Opportunities: Economic
12/10   Recovery & The Outlook
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        for Business Ethics
Week    FINAL CLASS                           Team Presentations

Gradi ng Criteria

         Grading Scale                      Grading Requirements

        A                 210–199        Attendance/participation      10 Max
                                         Hot Button Papers             40
        A-                 198-189
                                         Final paper                   50
        B+                 188-179
                                         Online                        50
        B                 178–168        Scholarly Journal Critiques   60
                                         Total Points Possible         210
        C+                157-147

        C-                157–147

         Grading Breakdown

    A         surpasses expectations
    B         exceeds expectations
    C         meets expectations
    D         misses expectations
    E         requirements not met

             Your Professor reserves the right to make changes.
                 Retain this syllabus for future reference.
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Instructional Methods
The Argosy University Library and the EBSCO Database may be used to assist students in
finding additional reading material. Access the library by visiting
and click on Library.

Class Policies
       A. Students are expected to be punctual for class meetings and are expected to be
            present for the duration of the class. Students are required to contact the instructor
            prior to the class meeting if they expect be late or unable to attend the class
       B. Students are expected to complete all original work within the specified time.
       C. Students are expected to respect and uphold standards of honesty in submitting
            written work to instructors. Though occurring in many forms, plagiarism in
            essence involves the presentation of another person’s work as if it were the work
            of the presenter.

Graduate Attendance
Students are expected to be punctual to all classes. Absences should only occur for such
urgent reasons as ill health or critical emergency. Whenever possible, students should notify
the faculty of these absences in advance. Excessive late arrivals or absences, regardless of
the reason, may jeopardize the student’s academic standing and or class grade at the
discretion of the instructor.

A student who does not participate in an online or blended course within the first five days
(including weekend days) of a 7.5 week session or within the first ten days (including
weekend days) of a 15-week semester, and has not submitted an official Add/Drop form, will
be dropped from the course automatically and receive a refund based on Argosy University
Refund Policy.

Except as otherwise required, 33% absenteeism in a course will result, at the instructor’s
discretion, in attendance failure. This is equal to three classes in a 7.5-week course or five
classes in a 15-week course. Students with 33% or greater absenteeism in a course will
receive an automatic “F” grade, at the instructor’s discretion. Individual courses may have
more restrictive policies in place and students will be held to the more restrictive policy.

Absences, both in-class and online should be strictly avoided, unless required by a medical
emergency involving your personal health or the health of a member of you immediate

Participation online is expected.
Emergencies should be communicated and documented to the instructor in a timely fashion.

Late assignments will be penalized with 5 (five) points deducted from score.

No late assignments accepted after 12/15/09. @12:00 noon.

There will be no opportunity for makeup exams.
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Mission Statement
Argosy Uni versity Academic Catalog 2008-2009
At Argosy University, our passion is teaching and learning. We develop professional competence, provide
opportunity for personal growth, and foster interpersonal effectiveness. Students succeed because our
university community engages and supports them.

Li brary
All resources in Argosy University’s online collect ion are available through the Internet. The campus
lib rarian will provide students with lin ks, user IDs, and passwords.

Library Resources: Argosy University’s core online collect ion features nearly 21,000 full -text journals and
23,000 electronic books and other content covering all academic subject areas including Business &
Economics, Career & General Education, Co mputers, Engineering & Applied Science, Hu man ities,
Science, Medicine & Allied Health, and Social & Behavior Sciences. Many titles are directly accessible
through the Online Public Access Catalog at Detailed descriptions of online
resources are located at

In addition to online resources, Argosy University’s onsite collections contain a wealth of subject -specific
research materials searchable in the Online Public Access Catalog. Catalog searching is easily limited to
individual campus collections. Alternatively, students can search combined collect ions of all Argosy
University Libraries. Students are encouraged to seek research and reference assistance from campus
lib rarians.

Information Literacy: Argosy University’s Informat ion Literacy Tutorial was developed to teach students
fundamental and transferable research skills. The tutorial consists of five modules where students learn to
select sources appropriate for academic -level research, search periodical indexes and search engines,
and evaluate and cite information. In the tutorial, students study concepts and practice them
through interactions. At the conclusion of each module, they can test their comprehension and
receive immediate feedback. Each module takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Please view
the tutorial at

Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism: In an effort to foster a spirit of honesty and integrity during the learning
process, Argosy University requires that the submission of all course assignments represent the original
work produced by that student. All sources must be documented through normal scholarly
references/citations and all work must be submitted using the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association, 5 th Edition (2001). Washington DC: A merican Psychological Association
(APA) format. Please refer to Appendix A in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological
Association, 5 th Edition for thesis and paper format. Students are encouraged to purchase this manual
(required in some courses) and become familiar with its content as well as consult the Argosy University
catalog for further information regarding academic dishonesty and plagiarism.

Scholarly writ ing: The faculty at Argosy University is dedicated to providing a learning environ ment that
supports scholarly and ethical writing, free fro m academic d ishonesty and plagiaris m. This includes the
proper and appropriate referencing of all sources. You may be asked to submit your course assignments
through “Turnitin®,” ( m), an online resource established to help educators develop
writing/research skills and detect potential cases of academic dishon esty. Turnitin® co mpares submitted
papers to billions of pages of content and provides a comparison report to your instructor. This co mparison
detects papers that share common information and duplicative language.

Americans with Disabilities Act Policy
It is the policy of A rgosy University to make reasonable accommodations for qualified students with
disabilit ies, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If a student with disabilities
needs accommodations, the student must notify the Director of Student Services. Procedures for
documenting student disability and the development of reasonable accommodations will be provided to the
student upon request.
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Students will be notified by the Director of Student Services when each request for accommodation is
approved or denied in writing via a designated form. To receive acco mmodation in class, it is the student’s
responsibility to present the form (at his or her discretion) to the instructor. In an effort to protect student
privacy, the Depart ment of Student Services will not discuss the accommodation needs of any student with
instructors. Faculty may not make acco mmodations for individuals who have not been approved in this

The Argosy Uni versity Statement Regardi ng Di versity
The Argosy University provides equitable access through its services and programs to students of any
social, geographic and cultural background, regardless of gender, and strives to prepare all candidates to
work with and provide services to diverse populations. Argosy demonstrates its commit ment to diversity
through the development and support of a diverse educational community.
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                   Acknowledgement of Syllabus Content

I                                                            have read and understand the course

syllabus for B6003 at Argosy University Schaumburg Campus, which is being taught by Professor

Vashti Varnado, hereby agree to the terms stated in this syllabus.

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