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UNIT CODE: MGT303

ETHICS AND DECISION MAKING

UNIT DESCRIPTION

For generations, managers and leaders have wondered about what they might do when confronted by a particularly troublesome ethical dilemma in their organisation. In this unit, students will learn the nature of these dilemmas, ethical leadership and socially responsible organisations, looking at the ethical and moral frameworks that guide ethical decision-making in the corporate sphere. The unit explores how ethical decision-making impacts on organisational processes and work practices and how leadership at all levels in organisations is critical for creating an ethical, socially responsible organisational culture. Effective leaders and organisations understand that ethics and social responsibility are integral components of a sustainable business. The delivery of the unit will incorporate a range of teaching and learning strategies including: lectures, tutorials, workshops, class discussions, collaborative group activities, student presentations, independent student research and readings.

STUDENT WORKLOAD + DELIVERY MODE

TIMETABLED HOURS

RECOMMENDED PERSONAL HOURS

TOTAL WORKLOAD HOURS

STUDY LOAD

3 Hours per week

5 Hours per week

8 Hours per week

Full time 

MODE OF DELIVERY

This unit will be offered to students in the following mode/s:

+ Face-to-face (Domestic and International) 

+ Online (Domestic)

OVERVIEW

Award Course

Bachelor of Business

Area

Management

Unit Duration

12 Weeks

Weekly Attendance Pattern

1 Hour Lecture + 

2 Hour Tutorial

Unit Level

300

Unit Weighting

6 Credit Points

Unit Type

Core

Pre-Requisites

8 100 level UoC + 8 200 level UoC as part of the program progression (or equivalent)

Co-Requisites

N/A

Work Integrated Learning

No

UNIT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Explain how well the concept of corporate social responsibility is applied in the business world

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of 'triple bottom line' accounting

  • Explain how the concepts of ethics, morals, values, and good corporate citizenship should be applied to the business setting 

  • Identify and critically assess the strategic implications of organisations adopting good corporate citizenship and business ethics

  • Discuss how awareness of business ethics can assist decision making 

  • Recommend solutions to ethical dilemmas in business decision making

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE

ASSESSMENT TASK

  • Assessment 1: Report - Critical Thinking Case Study (Individual) 

  • Assessment 2: Essay - Ethics & Corporate Responsibility Projects (Individual) 

  • Assessment 3: Presentation - Class Debate (Group) 

  • Assessment 4: Engagement with the Process (Individual) 

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