Module Details

Module Code: BUSS B8Z04
Full Title: Business Ethics and Corporate Citizenship
Valid From:: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Language of Instruction: 
Duration: 1 Semester
Credits:: 5
Module Owner:: Maeve McArdle
Departments: Unknown
Module Description: This module aims to give students an insight into the moral and ethical challenges faced in business situations today.
Module Learning Outcome
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
# Module Learning Outcome Description
MLO1 Evaluate alternative theoretical views in ethical dilemmas.
MLO2 Debate the various ethical issues in the workplace.
MLO3 Discover emerging ethical issues facing business organisations
MLO4 Research and participate in the planning and management of a voluntary project.
MLO5 Carry out independent research on an ethical issue.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named DkIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Module Indicative Content
Ethical Theory
An introduction to the normative theories, ethical decision making
Business and society
Distributive justice and economic justice
Development Aid
The debate on the international aid
Ethics in the workplace
Ethical issues facing an employee/ethical dilemmas
Companies and their customers
Marketing ethics,advertising ethics
Product safety/ data management
Business bluffing. Management of data and privacy issues
Whistle-blowing and loyalty
The ethics of whistle blowing and employee loyalty
Social responsibility of business
Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate citizenship.
Governance and self regulation
The debate on Government intervention versus self regulation. Codes of ethics and practice.
Environmental ethics
Sustainable business and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Module Assessment
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
Final Examination60.00%
Module Special Regulation


Full Time On Campus

Course Work
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Week 9 Learning Outcome 4
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Planning and management of a voluntary project
Assessment Type Continuous Assessment % of Total Mark 20
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing Every Week Learning Outcome 2,3,5
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
Students must attend and participate in tutorial case study discussions. Each student must prepare an e-portfolio containing all research and work pertaining to the tutorial classes.
No Project
No Practical
Final Examination
Assessment Type Formal Exam % of Total Mark 60
Marks Out Of 0 Pass Mark 0
Timing End-of-Semester Learning Outcome 1,3
Duration in minutes 0
Assessment Description
End-of-Semester Final Examination
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.
Reassessment Description
The group project requires 100% commitment and there will not be an opportunity to repeat this element in the current semester. In case of unavoidable absence, an alternative assessment will be offered.

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


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Delivery of core material in lecture. Invited guest lecturers. Once per semester 2.00 30
Practical Contact One tutorial hour per class group to faciliate case discussion. This time will also be used to organise the group project. Once per semester 1.00 15
Directed Reading Non Contact Key articles and case studies Once per semester 4.00 60
Independent Study Non Contact Independent research and reading Every Week 2.00 2
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time On Campus
Workload Type Contact Type Workload Description Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload Hours
Lecture Contact Part time delivery/lecture Every Week 2.00 2
Directed Reading Non Contact Part time delivery/directed reading Every Week 7.00 7
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
Module Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • DkIT. (2019), Business ethics course schedule, annual. DKIT college shop.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Hoffman, Frederick & Schwartz. (2014), Business Ethics: readings and cases in corporate morality, 5th Edition. Wiley & Sons, New York, [ISBN: 9781118336687].
  • Ferrell, Freadrich & Ferrell. (2018), Business Ethics, Ethical Decision Making and Cases, 12th edition. Cengage Learning Custom Publishing, [ISBN: 1337614432].
  • Shaw W H & V Barry. (2015), Moral Issues in Business, 13th edition. Wadsworth publishing, [ISBN: 1285874323].
  • Wolff, J. (1996), Robert Nozick, Property, Justice and the Minimal State, Polity Press,, [ISBN: 0745606032].
  • P Singer. (1991), A companion to Ethics, Blackwell Publishers, [ISBN: 0631187].
  • DesJardins J. (2013), An Introduction to business ethics, 5th edition. McGrawHill Education, [ISBN: 9781259010637].
  • Kotler, Philip and Lee, Nancy. (2005), Corporate Social Responsibility, Wiley, New Jersey, USA, [ISBN: 0471476110].
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.