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Business Ethics  

Course Code: MGT 503 Level: MBA Semester: Semester IV Credit Hours: 4  

Course Objective:  

To provide students with an understanding of the moral, social, and economic environments 

within which those problems occur; to introduce students to the ethical concepts that are  relevant

for resolving those problems; and to assist students in developing the necessaryreasoning and analytical skills for doing so. 

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Information on Course

Name of the Course: Business Ethics 

Course Code: MGT 503

Name(s) of Academic Staff: 

Rationale for the inclusion of the course/module in the programme:  

The course aims to introduce students to familiarize students with the important ethical  issues that arise in business context.

Semester/Year : 2nd Year 4th Semester 

Student Learning  Time (SLT) 

Face to Face 

Independent  

Learning Time 

Total Guided and  Independent  

Learning Time 

L=Lecture  

T=Tutorial  

P=Practical  

O=Others  

ILT= Individual  

Student Learning  Time 

54 

160 

64 

36 

Credit Value: 4 

Prerequisite: None 

Course Learning Outcomes:  

At the end of this course, student will be able to:  

Introduce students to moral philosophy and business by discussing the nature of  morality and present them the main theories of normative ethics.  

Develop a better understanding of the Organization and people.  

Equip students with clear knowledge of moral choices& job discrimination the  employees are facing.  

Identify, analyze, and understand value trends and shifts in bus and society that  affect the consumers and the environment.

10 

Transferable Skills:  

Communication skills  

Problem solving  

Social responsibility 

11 

Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy:  

Lectures 



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Interactive group work Lectures with many Examples  

Conferences given by Professors  

Syndicate working on Case studies  

Individual Assignments 

12 

Synopsis:  

Nature of morality  

Normative theories of ethics  

Organizations  

Challenges in the work places today  

Moral choices  

Job discrimination  

Consumers  

The Environment 

13 

Mode of Delivery:  

Lecture, tutorial 

14 

Assessment method and type:  

Assessment method Percentage  Assignment 1 10%  

Assignment 2 10%  

Quiz 10%  

Mid Examination 20%  

Final Examination 50% 

15 

Content outline of the course/module and the SLT per topic : Refer to Lecture Plan 

16 

Main references supporting the course :  

Ferrell, Fraedrich, Ferrell, ―Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases‖,  Biztantra, SixthEdition.  

Hartman, DesJardins, MacDonald, ―Business Ethics: Decision Making for Personal  Integrity & Social Responsibility‖, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 3rdEdition. 

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Other additional information: Nil


18. Course outline:

No. 

LESSON PLAN 

Lectur e 

Tutori al 


ILT Total 

1. 

Nature of morality:  

Business organization and ethics, Morality and etiquette  

Morality and law, Conscience, Moral principles and self interest 

 

2. 

Normative theories of ethics:  

Egoism, Misconception about Egoism,  

Psychological Egoism  

Utilitarianism, Six points about Utilitarianism  Utilitarianism in organizational context  

Moral decision making 

17 

3. 

Case base presentation & Assignment Activities 

4. 

Organizations:  

Civil liberties in the workplace  

Personnel policies and procedure  

Hiring, Promotions, Discipline and discharge  Wages &Unions 

17 

5. 

Challenges in the work places today:  

Organizational influence in private lives  

Legitimate& illegitimate influence  

Obtaining information-polygraph test, personality  test  

Monitoring employees on the job  

Working conditions- health and safety, management  styles, daycare maternity leave 

10 

20 

6.

Case base presentation & Assignment Activities 

7. 

Moral choices:  

Obligations to the firms-Loyalty to the company,  Conflicts and the interest  

Abuse of official position- Inside trading,  

proprietary data, Bribes and kickbacks  

Gifts and entertainments  

Obligations to third party 

19 

8. 

Job discrimination:  

Meaning of Job discrimination  

Affirmative action  

Sexual harassment 

15 

9. 

Case base presentation & Assignment Activities 



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10. 

Consumers:  

Product safety  

Protecting the public  

The responsibilities of business  

Other areas of business responsibilities-  

product quality, prices, labeling and packing  Deception and unfairness in advertising-  

Deceptive techniques 

10 

20 

11. 

The Environment:  

Business and Ecology  

The ethics of environmental protection  

Obligations to future generations  

Treatments to animals. 

17 

12. 

Final Presentation & Assignment Activities with report submission 


TOTAL 

64 

36 

54 

154 



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