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					LP341– Professional Ethics                                                                         Spring 2006
Instructor: Jerry Gravander

Office Hours:                                                        Office: Snell 305
        11-12 Tu & Th, and by appointment                            Phones:
        (please be sure to call ahead to make                              Office: 268-6411
        sure I am not in a meeting)                                        Home: 265-6139 (before 9 pm)

Web Site:                    E-Mail:

Text Material:
       Manuel G. Velasquez, Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases, Sixth Edition
       Case material, plus other handouts from time to time.
       Your own research on the topic of the group project.

Course Objectives:
       * To help you develop your ability to reason about moral issues, especially those faced by professionals
                – engineers, scientists, and managers – as they pursue their careers.
       * To familiarize you with the details of some notorious ethical cases that brought both managerial and
                technical staff to grief.
       * To increase your appreciation of the interrelationships and tradeoffs among the technical, managerial,
                and social aspects of “real world” problems and projects.

Course Structure:

Part #1--Introduction to professional ethics
         During this part we will look at selected ethical concepts and practice applying these to mini-cases.

Part #2--Case studies
         During this second part, we will discuss detailed cases that are more complex and require a more
         thorough and sophisticated application of ethical theory than the mini-cases in Part #1.

Part #3--Group project
        During this part of the course you will be divided into interdisciplinary groups and asked to analyze a
        specific ethical dilemma and/or decision. The differences between this project and the case studies of
        Part #2 are:
            1) you will have to do research into the details of the dilemma/decision for the project, whereas I
            will provide you with the cases in Part #2,
            2) you will go into more depth with the project, and
            3) more dimensions will be involved in your analysis in the project since the groups are
        During Part #3 class time will be used by the groups for working sessions. Groups will be small, and
        they will work with me as their consultant (this means progress reports).

Course Work:

Part #1--    1 In-class hour exam
             Written homework (equal to an hour exam)

Part #2--    1 Essay (equal to an hour exam)
             Written homework (equal to an hour exam)

Part #3--    1 Group presentation (oral presentation, group grade, equal to an hour exam)
             1 Individual “portfolio” (material representing each individual’s contribution to project, individual
             grade, equal to an hour exam)

That is, there are a total of six equally-weighted components of course work that count toward the course
grade, with each being worth 16.67%

Course Policies:

          1. Late and/or Missed Course Work. Hour Exam: I will give a make-up for the hour exam.
However, all who miss the exam will take the make-up the same day; the time when the make-up is given will
be one which is mutually agreeable to me and those taking the make-up. Essay: Essays will not be considered
late until the essays on the original set of topics have been returned, and essays will be accepted without penalty
until that time. After the graded essays have been returned, late essays will no longer be accepted on the
original set of topics; however, there will be a set of make-up essay topics. Homework: Homework should be
turned in either during or before the period it is due; late homework will be accepted, but there will be a grade
penalty. Group Project: The deadlines for both the group oral presentation and the individual portfolio for the
group project will be absolute and non-negotiable.

         2. I expect regular attendance, and your grade will be lowered for excessive absences. My rule on this
is that each successive unexcused absence after your 3rd will reduce your course average by 2 points. Two
notes: this includes the class periods devoted to the group oral presentations, and an absence cannot be excused
unless I know about it and have excused it.

         3. Three words about plagiarism: DON’T DO IT! Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s
work as your own. It can range from copying another essay word-for-word, to paraphrasing an article from
Cliff or Monarch notes, to “reading my roommate’s paper to get some ideas” and then repeating them in your
paper. I do not expect you to have thoughts no one else has had S if nothing else you will be drawing on class
discussion. I do expect you to give credit when you build on the ideas of others. When in doubt, credit your
source or inspiration. If I am in doubt about whether your work is your own, I will take it to the Academic
Integrity Committee. (See Clarkson’s Regulations for a description of this Committee.) Thou shalt not
plagiarize in this course--especially since it is an ethics course. CASES OF PLAGIARISM WILL BE

       4. Grades will be assigned according to 90-100 A, 86-89 B+, 80-85 B, 76-79 C+, 70-75 C, 66-69 D+,
60-65 D and below 60 F. I will NOT “curve” course grades.

        5. I will use your Clarkson e-mail addresses to send you information and updates about the course.
If you do not monitor your Clarkson e-mail account, you will miss these.

Syllabus (Subject to Change):

PART #1--INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL ETHICS – See the Web site for reading and HW assignments.
   Th 1/12     Introduction to Course & Start Velasquez Ch 1
   Tu 1/17     Complete Ch 1 & Mini-Cases from Ch 1
   Th 1/19     Ch 2 -- Ethical Principles in Business
   Tu 1/24     Ch 2, continued
   Th 1/26     Ch 2, continued
   Tu 1/31     Mini-Cases from Ch 2 & Michael Davis Handout
   Th 2/2      Ch 6 -- The Ethics of Consumer Production & Marketing & Mini-Cases from Ch 6
   Tu 2/7      Ch 5 -- Ethics and the Environment & Mini-Cases from Ch 5
   Th 2/9      Ch 7 -- The Ethics of Job Discrimination
   Tu 2/14     NO CLASS – WINTER BREAK
   Th 2/16     Mini-Cases from Ch 7
   Tu 2/21     Ch 8 -- The Individual in the Organization & Mini-Cases from Ch 8
   Th 2/23     PART #1 EXAM

PART #2--CASE STUDIES – See the Web site for details.
   Tu 2/28     Case Discussion & Organizational Meetings for Team Projects
   Th 3/2      Case Discussion
   Tu 3/7      Case Discussion
   Th 3/9      Case Discussion
   Tu 3/14     NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
   Th 3/16     NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
   Tu 3/21     Case Discussion
   Th 3/23     Case Discussion
   Tu 3/28     Case Discussion
   Th 3/30     Case Discussion

PART #3--GROUP PROJECTS – See the Web site for details.
   Tu 4/4     Work on Projects
   Th 4/6     Work on Projects
   Tu 4/11    Work on Projects                                               ESSAY FOR PART #2 DUE
   Th 4/13    Work on Projects
   Tu 4/18    Presentations for Part #3
   Th 4/20    Presentations for Part #3
   Tu 4/25    Presentations for Part #3
   Th 4/27    Presentations for Part #3


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