Full Title:Business Ethics
Module Code:ETHC B8Z02
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to give students an insight into the moral and ethical challenges faced in business situations today.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Differentiate between moral and immoral behaviour in business.
  2. Identify alternative theoretical views in ethical dilemmas.
  3. Examine the challenges facing business decision makers in a competitive environment.
  4. Explore the various ethical issues in the workplace.
  5. To distinguish emerging ethical issues in business.
  6. Research and participate in the planning and management of a voluntary project.
  7. Carry out independent research on an ethical issue.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ethical Theory
An introduction to the normative theories.
Development Aid
The debate on the international aid
Business and society
Distributive justice and economic justice
Social responsibility of business
Corporate Social Responsibility
Governance and self regulation
The debate on Government intervention versus self regulation. Codes of ethics and practice.
Ethics in the workplace
Ethical issues facing an employee/ethical dilemmas
Whistle-blowing and loyalty
The ethics of whistleblowing
Companies and their customers
Marketing ethics/advertising ethics
Product safety
Business bluffing
Environmental ethics
Sustainable business
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Group Project Planning and management of a voluntary project 6 20.00 0 0 Week 9 0
Continuous Assessment Tutorial work - case discussions 1,2,3,4,7 10.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 70.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Delivery of core material in lecture. Invited guest lecturers. 30.00 Once per semester 2.00
Practical One tutorial hour per class group to faciliate case discussion. This time will also be used to organise the group project. 15.00 Once per semester 1.00
Directed Reading Key articles and case studies 60.00 Once per semester 4.00
Independent Study Independent research and reading 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Collins, Denis 2012, Business Ethics: How to design and manage ethical organisations, Wiley USA [ISBN: 0470639946]
  • DesJardins J & J McCall, Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics ISBN: 0534584640, Thomson, Wadsworth, 2005
  • Ferrell, Freadrich & Ferrell, Business Ethics, Ethical Decision Making and Cases Seventh Edition ISBN: 0618749349, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2008
  • Fisher C & A Lovell, Business Ethics and Values ISBN: 0273651943, Ft, Prentice Hall, 2003
  • Harvey, B 1994, Business Ethics, A European ApproachISBN:, Prentice Hall
  • Hoffman, Frederick & Schwartz 2001, Business Ethics, readings and cases in corporate moralityISBN: 0072297247, McGraw-Hill New York
  • Kotler, Philip and Lee, Nancy 2005, Corporate Social Responsibility, Wiley New Jersey, USA [ISBN: 0471476110]
  • McIntosh M, R Thomas, D Leipziger & G Coleman, Living Corporate Citizenship ISBN: 0273654330, FT Prentice Hall, 2003
  • Wolff, J 1996, Robert Nozick, Property, Justice and the Minimal StateISBN: 0745606032, Polity Press,
  • P Singer, A companion to Ethics ISBN: 0631187855, Blackwell Publishers, 1991
  • Shaw W H & V Barry, Moral Issues in Business ISBN: 0534167047, Wadsworth Publishing, 5th Edition, 1992
  • Thorne, Ferrell & Ferrell, Business and Society, A strategic Approach to Social Responsibility Third Edition ISBN: 0618823360, Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 2008
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • Seminal articles on core topics: Keynote articles on topics
  • Electronic resources: Business ethics journals available through DKIT library website.
  • Online resources: Company websites
  • Online resources: Business ethics resources on the Internet including The Institute of Business Ethics

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_BGLOM_8. BA (Hons) in Global Marketing 2 Elective
DK_BAHPR_8 BA (Hons) in Public Relations 2 Elective
DK_BPROC_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Public Relations and Online Communication 8 Mandatory
DK_BBUST_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) 6 Mandatory
DK_BMRKT_8 Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Marketing 8 Mandatory
DK_BBBST_B Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) 2 Mandatory
DK_BSMKM_8 Higher Diploma in Business in Business and Marketing 2 Elective