CCOG for BA 277 Spring 2024

Course Number:
BA 277
Course Title:
Professional Ethics in Business
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Course Description

Introduces ethics as an ongoing conversation about human relationships in business. Integrates ethics across all parts of business, including finance, accounting, and organizational behavior. Explores understanding how choices and actions affect themselves and others in business settings. Provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and resolving ethical dilemmas encountered throughout working life. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement; and BA 101. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply contemporary ethical standards in relation to corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line to make effective and ethical on-the-job decisions.
  • Use the stakeholder model in decision making for approaching ethical issues in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the codes of conduct and statements of values found in a profession and/or business setting.
  • Recognize and evaluate the ethical demands encountered by management in a global business environment and distinguish between multicultural ethics, etiquette, and behavior.
  • Apply analytical thinking to business ethics problem solving.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following tools: Examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, journaling, interview, case studies, oral presentations (individual or group), small group problem solving of questions arising from application of course concepts and concerns to actual experience.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:
   A. Business and Society
   B. Corporate Social Responsibility
   C. Stakeholder Approach to Business
   D. Strategic consumer interface impacting the triple bottom line
   E. The science of strategic philanthropy
   F. International business theory and practice
   G. Codes of Business Ethics and/or conduct
Competencies and Skills:
   A. Differentiate among the various stakeholder views of the business.
   B. Understand appropriate business responses and management and/or supervisory approaches for dealing with social, political, environmental,    technological and global issues and stakeholders.
   C. Develop and apply decision-making skills to ethical dilemmas, cases and discussions.
   D. Develop awareness for the complexities of operating a business and the contemporary business model.
   E. Present and defend opinions on problematic questions in group and classroom discussions.
   F. Evaluate judgments based on given criteria.
   G. Participate in classroom discussions and work with teams on group project.
   H. Use critical thinking skills and problem solving skills to analyze case studies.