Core Module Information
Module title: Introduction to Business Ethics and Sustainability

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SOE08106
Module leader: Hock Tan
School The Business School
Subject area group: Management

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

The module covers business approaches to ethical behaviour, reconciling environmental constraints and social expectations under the business paradigm. It focuses on the way in which businesses have approached the diverse and increasingly complex agenda of business ethics and corporate sustainability management. This module will help provide some of the frameworks for evaluating the degree of influence these issues have on business activities and asking complex questions on the motives, design and efficacy of such initiatives. It offers a good grounding in business ethics and sustainability management issues including major Western ethical thoughts, Utilitarianism, Kantianism, ethics and cultural diversity, sustainable capitalism, Gaia theory, business and the community, accountability, risk management and social enterprise. Given appropriate tools and an exposure to international and local environmental and ethical issues, students will use case study based on business industry situations to formulate ethical and sustainability management policy. This level 8 module, aims to provide a broad introduction to business ethics and sustainability, which students can utilise to build on at level 10 by taking Business Strategy and Sustainable Development. The latter module explores the issues involved in “sustainable development” and examines how businesses can engage with the concept to gain competitive advantage.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behaviour and sustainable development in business on a global basis using real life cases.
LO2: Demonstrate a broad understanding of management tools and techniques that can support ethical, sustainable and socially responsible business conduct.
LO3: To apply different theoretical perspectives in order to evaluate alternative resolutions to ethical dilemmas and sustainable development in business decision-making.
LO4: Design strategies to address ethically problematic situations and sustainability challenges in business practice.
LO5: To assess how businesses can integrate ethical behaviour and sustainable development as sources of competitive advantage.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hock Tan
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1-4 7 HOURS= 0.30, WORDS= 0
Essay 70 2-5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Business as a Force for Good