Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 1 of 10 Argosy University Schaumburg Campus College of Business COURSE SYLLABUS B6003 Ethics in Business Fall 09 Term II (10/29-12/19/09), Thursday 6-10 p.m. Online access: http://www.myeclassonline.com Students are responsi ble for checking their email, including Argosy email, and voice messages prior to cl ass for any last mi nute changes to the class. It is recommended that students check their messages three times per week during the term to get updates and other i nformation. To find out if the campus has closed due to inclement weather, call the main telephone number to listen to any announcement 847-969-4900, and check the Emergency Closing Center at www.EmergencyCl osings.com. 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 2 of 10 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 action. 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 problems. 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, 4.1) 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.) Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 3 of 10 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 Implementation 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 public. 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? Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 4 of 10 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 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 below. 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? Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 5 of 10 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 Utilitarianism Deontological theories The 10 Commandments Film/Video presentation: To be announced 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? Lenders? 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 11/12 Week Ethics in marketing Read Chapter 6, Hot Button Topic #2 #4 pp.514-532 Does marketing p lay a ro le in 11/19 the financial meltdown fro m an ethical perspective? 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 #6 12/3 Implications of Money: A Financial History of the Money World,”( 2008). Excerpts to be provided. Challenges & Guest S peaker: to be announced Week #7 Opportunities: Economic 12/10 Recovery & The Outlook Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 6 of 10 for Business Ethics Wrap-up Week FINAL CLASS Team Presentations #8 12/17 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 60 167–158 Total Points Possible 210 C+ 157-147 C- 157–147 137-127 D F 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. Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 7 of 10 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 http://auschaumburg.net 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 meeting. 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. Attendance 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 family. Participation online is expected. Emergencies should be communicated and documented to the instructor in a timely fashion. Assignments: 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. Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 8 of 10 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 http://library.argosy.edu. Detailed descriptions of online resources are located at http://library.argosy.edu/misc/onlinedblist.html. 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 http://library.argosy.edu/infolit/ 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®,” (www.turnitin.co 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. Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 9 of 10 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 manner. 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. Fall 09 Term II V. Varnado B6003 Ethics in Business Page 10 of 10 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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