Syllabus for PHI-384
ETHICS AND THE BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL
Ethics and the Business Professional prepares students to meet the ethical demands facing employees in modern business and nonprofit organizations. Addresses ethical issues surrounding personal moral development, interpersonal communication and relationships on the job, influence, groups and teams, leaders, followers, organizational climate and culture, and the organization's role in a global society. The course places particular emphasis on equipping participants with the concepts, strategies, and skills needed to improve individual and collective ethical performance. Students will assess and develop their abilities as ethical decision makers and actors.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Ethics and the Business Professional is a three-credit online course. It consists of five study modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in graded online discussions and an ungraded "Introductions" forum, which occurs during the first week of the semester. Additionally, there are five quizzes, three application projects, two contemporary case studies, and five self-assessments. You will also be required to complete an ethical culture analysis of an organization of your choice. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
In addition to an ungraded "Introductions" forum in Module 1, Ethics and the Business Professional requires you to participate in twelve graded class discussions.
Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted question (discussion thread) and subsequent comments on classmates' responses.
You will be evaluated both on the quality of your responses (i.e., your understanding of readings, and concepts as demonstrated by well-articulated, critical thinking) and quantity of your participation (i.e., the number of times you participate meaningfully in the assigned forums). Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
Meaningful participation in online discussions is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement.
Deadlines for posting responses to the discussion questions are given in the Course Calendar.
You are required to complete ten written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course’s modules.
Ethics and the Business Professional has several types of written assignments. Each of these is described more fully in the course modules as well as in the Evaluation Rubrics area of the course site. However, they can be grouped into into the following categories:
For the assignment topics and questions, see the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site. Due dates for each assignment are listed in the Course Calendar.
Your answers to the assignment questions should be well developed and convey your understanding of the readings and concepts. They should also adequately answer the questions posed. If you need help in writing, take a look at The Writing Center: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Also, formulate responses in your own words. Do not merely copy answers from your reading materials. When quoting or paraphrasing from the text or other sources, be sure to cite the source of information properly according to APA guidelines (see also Basic Documentation Rules). If you have further questions, your mentor will guide you in accordance with the correct style of documentation.
Prepare your written assignments using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.
Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.
At the conclusion of each of the five modules in Ethics and the Business Professional is an open book online quiz consisting of multiple choice questions. You may take each quiz multiple times if you wish, just be aware that the grade of your most recent attempt will be the one entered into the gradebook.
Together these five quizzes are worth 10 percent of your grade.
There is no exam in this course. Instead, in addition to the modular assignments just described, you will write an in-depth analysis of the ethical culture and performance of an organization you have chosen. This ethical culture analysis will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a real-world situation.
The rubric that will be used to grade this project is available within the course website.
You are required to submit the ethical culture analysis in this course to Turnitin.com, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the analysis within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the analysis, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report) for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.
Read carefully the information found at the following link, as it will provide instructions for this requirement:
Turnitin FAQ Web Page
Details on accessing and using Turnitin may be found at the following link: Turnitin Details
This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.
Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Turnitin.com. Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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