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PHIL2010 – Ethics, Business and Work

2021 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

Notice

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor and lecturer
Jane Johnson
Lecturer
Nicholas Smith
Lecturer
Jean-Philippe Deranty
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 skills in clarity of thought and communication.

General Assessment Information

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
2 short quizzes 20% No Quiz 1 Wednesday 17th March, Quiz 2 Friday 14th May
Reading Assignment 30% No Friday Week 6 (2nd April)
Final Test 35% No Friday Week 13 (4th June)
Participation 15% No Ongoing

2 short quizzes

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Quiz 1 Wednesday 17th March, Quiz 2 Friday 14th May
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: Friday Week 6 (2nd April)
Weighting: 30%

 

Answering a few questions on a text relevant to the issues studied in the weeks prior to the test.

 


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 skills in clarity of thought and communication.

Final Test

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 20 hours
Due: Friday Week 13 (4th June)
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 tutorial and 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 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 Learning Skills Unit 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.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

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

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

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

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