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

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hock Tan
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning is directed, supported and reinforced through a combination of lectures, discussion groups, directed and self-directed study. To gain a firm understanding of the subject area and the key issues (as outlined in the learning outcomes) students attend a two hour lecture and two hour tutorial per week. The classroom-based sessions will use lectures sessions to introduce students to seminal concepts, theories and ideas along with any contemporary ideas/experiences (Learning outcomes LO1 to LO6). Some sessions will include a guest lecture from industry. In addition to this classroom based learning, students will be required to engage with a series of discussion sessions requiring them to critically assess relevant materials (e.g. case studies and academic articles, film and audio resources, and personal work experiences) (Learning outcomes 4 - 6). These will also be designed to raise controversial issues in order to stimulate debate and argument both in and outside the class and to demonstrate the practical relevance of the subject. In order to allow the students to augment their knowledge and understanding of the subject they will be required to access and engage with a variety of online resources (videos, audio recordings, additional learning material provided in Moodle Virtual Learning Environment). Tutorials will be based on theoretical analysis illustrated by case studies drawn from practical situations. These will provide a framework for debating issues raised by the module in relation to practical experience that may be faced by students in their future employment.

Formative Assessment:
Multiple choice quizzes on fundamental principles of ethical decision making between weeks 4 and 6
Feedback on presentation drafts – week 4-10
Semi- formal debate or role play on current ethical / sustainability issues between weeks 2 and 5

Summative Assessment:
Group presentation – 30 minutes
Essay – 2000 words

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

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.

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