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PHIX2010 – Ethics, Business and Work

2021 – Session 3, Fully online/virtual

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor and tutor
James Dorahy
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
40cp at 1000 level or above
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit investigates some of main ethical issues that arise in professional life and from the activities of businesses and corporations. The unit explores the nature and value of work as well as its role in personal identity and social organisation. We also consider the obligations and responsibilities that come with professional work and the management of businesses. We examine the nature of corporations and their responsibilities to individual workers and consumers, stakeholders, groups such as women and minorities, and the environment.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: demonstrate good general knowledge of the major issues in contemporary business and professional ethics.
  • ULO2: understand the major ethical concepts and theories that inform the business and professional ethics literature.
  • ULO3: analyse and critically evaluate theories and arguments in the relevant literature.
  • ULO4: relate ethical concepts and theories to relevant case studies and current events.
  • ULO5: develop your own perspective, through analysis of the views and arguments presented in the unit.
  • ULO6: demonstrate improved skills in clarity of thought and communication.

General Assessment Information

Late Assessment Submission Penalty:

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – 10 marks out of 100 credit will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted seven days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
2 short quizzes 20% No 23:59 12/12/21 and 23:59 09/01/22
Reading assignment 30% No 23:59 19/12/21
Final Test 35% No 23:59 16/01/22
Participation 15% No Ongoing

2 short quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: 23:59 12/12/21 and 23:59 09/01/22
Weighting: 20%

A series of questions that assess your knowledge and understanding of key concepts and arguments in business ethics.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate good general knowledge of the major issues in contemporary business and professional ethics.
  • understand the major ethical concepts and theories that inform the business and professional ethics literature.

Reading assignment

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 23:59 19/12/21
Weighting: 30%

Answering a few questions on a text relating to the issues studied in the weeks prior to the assignment.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate good general knowledge of the major issues in contemporary business and professional ethics.
  • understand the major ethical concepts and theories that inform the business and professional ethics literature.
  • analyse and critically evaluate theories and arguments in the relevant literature.
  • develop your own perspective, through analysis of the views and arguments presented in the unit.
  • demonstrate improved skills in clarity of thought and communication.

Final Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: 23:59 16/01/22
Weighting: 35%

A series of questions that assess your knowledge and understanding of concepts, methods and arguments in business ethics covering the whole course.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate good general knowledge of the major issues in contemporary business and professional ethics.
  • understand the major ethical concepts and theories that inform the business and professional ethics literature.
  • analyse and critically evaluate theories and arguments in the relevant literature.

Participation

Assessment Type 1: Participatory task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Ongoing
Weighting: 15%

Contributing to online discussions through engaging constructively with peers and tutor.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • demonstrate good general knowledge of the major issues in contemporary business and professional ethics.
  • understand the major ethical concepts and theories that inform the business and professional ethics literature.
  • analyse and critically evaluate theories and arguments in the relevant literature.
  • relate ethical concepts and theories to relevant case studies and current events.
  • develop your own perspective, through analysis of the views and arguments presented in the unit.
  • demonstrate improved skills in clarity of thought and communication.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

Required and recommended texts and/or materials

All weekly readings for the unit will be made available through the Leganto link in iLearn.

Unit Schedule

Please Note:

This is an intensive (accelerated) unit, and the course load is identical to the standard 13-week session in which one topic is studied per week. There is no difference in the requirements between an ordinary unit and an intensive unit, except for the shortened time frame.

Policies and Procedures

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit Student Policies (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/policies). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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