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HC2121 Comparative Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
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HC2121 Comparative Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
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At Holmes Institute, the degree programs offer domestic and international students the opportunity to study a set of contemporary units in the field of business, creativity and ICT. These units prepare students for the challenges in business environments of the 21st century. These programs emphasise the global and crosscultural dimensions of business. Teaching utilises a combination of delivery methods and includes critical analysis and case study methods. A combination of exams, case studies and company analysis are used in assessment.
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• Critical and Creative Thinking
• Communication
• Cooperation and Teamwork
• Digital Literacy
• International Perspective
• Knowledge and Lifelong Learning
• Social Responsibility and Community Engagement
Welcome from the Unit Coordinator, Dr Maree Fitzpatrick
HC2121 – Ethical decision-making is a fundamental aspect of our daily lives, both personally and professionally. Comparative Business Ethics and Social Responsibility is designed to immerse you in organisational ethical decision-making processes, issues, organisational control mechanisms, and benefits of developing comprehensive and due diligence ethics programs. Most of the activities of business people, both inside and outside the organisation, have ethical dimensions. Particularly many business functions represent boundary spanning roles between the organisation’s internal and external stakeholders, and, as such present individual and leadership challenges in the areas of: honesty and fairness, advertising and branding, price fixing and restrictive trade practices, product disclosure and corporate social responsibility. This subject provides students with an understanding of how national and organisational culture shapes thinking about ethics, morals, and social responsibility. Issues related to decision making in relation to ethics, corporate governance social responsibility are discussed and applied to the analysis of social, political, and economic contexts, using a variety of case studies and contemporary issues raised by the media.
On completing this subject the students will;
1 Distinguish the difference between personal and business ethics in organisations
2 Compare and contrast diverse approaches to ethical decision making
3 Evaluate the implications of the legal pressure for ethical behaviour in organisations
4 Recognise the key ethical issues related to workplace relations, decision making, product, pricing, promotion, and distribution
5 Apply and enhance problem-solving skills in solving and managing ethical dilemmas within an organisation.
Awards Duration Core/Elective Unit weight
BBus, BPA, BIS 1 semester Core 3 credit points
Mode of delivery On campus
Prerequisites HC1021, HC1031
Workload Students are expected to attend all classes
Delivery 2 hrs of lectures and 2 hr tutorial or equivalent
Independent study 5 Hours
Students please note:
Holmes Institute provides each student with a Holmes webmail. Faculty and Administrative staff can only communicate with you using your Holmes Institute mail address. Emails from private and/or business email accounts cannot be used and may not be answered.
Online Self Paced Assessment
(On-line test based on weekly learnings) Weeks 2-11 10% n/a 1,2 & 3
Individual Assignment (Reflection Essay) Week 10 30% 1,500 – 2,000 words 1,2, 3, 4 & 5
Final Examination Exam Week 60% 2 Hours 10 minutes 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Business Presentations
You are expected to arrive for any presentation ahead of time. If you are late for your presentation, you may not be eligible to present and may not receive any marks. Where a business presentation involves a group, it is expected that all group members are present. Unless your lecturer advises otherwise, students are expected to dress in business attire.
Class Tests
For units for which a class test is part of the assessments, you need to follow the instructions by your lecturer to confirm any material allowed in the class test. You also need to follow any relevant announcement on Blackboard that confirm the date/time and venue of the class test. Please note that for some units the test may be held online. Where applicable, your lecturer will provide you with further details.
Final Examinations
Each trimester concludes with the final examinations that are held during a designated examination period. You are expected to be present for the final examinations, which are held during Examination Week, the exact dates/times and venues are announced via your Blackboard. For each unit you will be allocated a designated seat in one of the examination venues. Your examination venue and seat will be confirmed by the end the teaching period of each trimester via your Blackboard.
Online Self-Paced Assessment
A multiple-choice weekly online test. Students will be able to complete this at their own pace and in their own time, after having viewed the associated weekly online materials and attended the weekly lecture and tutorial. Weeks 2-10 10% n/a
Individual Assignment
(Reflection Essay)
Students will have the opportunity to select a contemporary business ethics case that has been raised in the media within the past three months. Areas covered may include (but not limited to: business fraud, corporate social responsibility, leadership misconduct). Students must (after consultation with the lecturer and after a short presentation to the class provide the details of their case). Student’s must incorporate individual research to Week 10 30% 1,500 – 2,000 words
support their argument e.g a summary of the company’s code of conduct and or corporate social responsibility policy.
Time will be dedicated during the tutorials for students to develop their essay.
Final Examinations
Information on the final exam will be provided by the lecturer on blackboard and during the exam revision session. The exam will consist of a combination of: short answer questions related to key definitions and terminology used within the field; open ended questions and case study analysis.
Exam Week 60% 2 Hours 10 minutes
Prescribed Textbook:
Ferrell, O., Fraedrich, J. and Ferrell, L (2016), Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making and Cases, 11th ed, Southwestern, Cengage Learning.
All students will need access to a copy of the text to discuss the weekly cases
Recommended Readings:
Caroll, Archie B. and Ann K. Bucholtz (2012) Business and Society. Ethics and Stakeholder Management, 8 edn., Cengage Learning
Recommended Website Link
Business for Social Responsibility
Resources to help companies implement ethics and social responsibility initiatives
Corporate Watch
An online magazine and resource centre that monitors corporate activity and works to expose corporate wrongdoing CSR Europe
Supports member companies in integrating corporate social responsibility into the way they do business, every day
A Canadian consulting, corporate responsibility research house, and educational resource centre
Ethics and Compliance Officer Association
Professional association for ethics officers and managers of ethics and compliance programs European Business Ethics Network
Promotes values-based and ethical aware management to stimulate and facilitate discussion and debate on common ethical problems and dilemmas
Institute for Business Ethics
European organization created to encourage high standards of business behavior based on ethical values
Green America
Provides resources for green consumers and businesses, including Green Pages, an online directory of thousands of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, products, and services
International Association for Business and Society
An organization comprised of scholars and practitioners who are interested in the field of business and societal relationships
International Business Ethics Institute
Helps organizations and industries implement international ethics programs
Net Impact
Association of students and professions who are interested in using the power of business to create a better world
Redefining the Corporation
Provides direction for implementing balanced perspectives of stakeholder management based on the work of hundreds of researchers Social Venture Network
An organization dedicated to supporting socially conscious entrepreneurs and changing global business practices
Society for Business Ethics
An international organization of scholars and others interested in business ethics
Transparency International
An organization dedicated to increasing government accountability and curbing bribery and corruption worldwide
World Business Council for Sustainable Development doOpen=1&ClickMenu=LeftMenu
A CEO-led, global association of over 200 companies dealing with business and sustainable development.
2. Codes of Conduct
• Creating a Code of Ethics for Your Organization by Chris MacDonald, Ph.D.
• Bell South Code of Conduct
• Boeing Code of Conduct
• Buckman Laboratories Code of Ethics
• Nortel Supplier Code of Ethics
• Texas Instruments Code of Conduct
• Texas Instruments Code of Ethics for CEO and Financial Officers
• Tom's of Maine Statement of Beliefs
• AT&T/BellSouth Cisco
• ConocoPhillips
• Sony
• Texas Instruments
• Business for Social Responsibility
• Centre for Ethical Business Cultures
• Ethics Resource Centre
• Institute for Global Ethics
• International Business Ethics Institute
• International Society of Business, Economics and Ethics
• The Online Ethics Centre for Engineering and Research
5. PUBLICATIONS (Journal & Magazines)
• Business Ethics (Online Magazine)
• Business Ethics Quarterly
• Ethikos
• Journal of Business Ethics
• Journal of Macromarketing
• Teaching Business Ethics
Week Topics Scheduled Assessment Tutorial Activities Chapters
1 Syllabus review, Class
Introductions, Assessment
The meaning and origins of Ethics. No Tutorial
Class discussion and visit
recommended websites.
2 The Importance of Business Ethics Academic Skills
Sourcing your media article
– Business Ethics Case 1
3 Stakeholder Relationships,
Responsibility, and Corporate Governance
Chapter 2:An Ethical
(resolving Ethical Business
challenges) Q1-Q3:p.54 2
4 Emerging Business Ethics
Chapter 3: An Ethical
Q1-Q3:p.87 3
5 The Institutionalization of
Business Ethics
Case 2: Starbuck’s Mission: Social Responsibility and Brand StrengthQ1-Q3:pp. 396-404 4
6 Ethical Decision Making And Leadership Chapter 5:An Ethical
(resolving Ethical Business challenges) Q1-Q3:p.128 5
7 Individual Factors: Moral
Philosophies and Values
Chapter 6:An Ethical
(resolving Ethical Business challenges) Q1-Q3:p.178 6
8 Organizational Factors: The Role of Ethical
Culture and Relationships Case 7: Google: The Quest to Balance Privacy with Profit Q1-Q3:pp. 461-477 7
9 Developing an Effective Ethics Program Chapter 8:An Ethical
(resolving Ethical Business
challenges) Q1-Q3:p.237 8
10 Implementing and
Auditing Ethics Programs Chapter 9:An Ethical
(resolving Ethical Business
challenges) Q1-Q3:p.269 9
11 Business Ethics in a Global
Economy Chapter 10:An Ethical
(resolving Ethical Business
challenges) Q1-Q3:p.305 10
Exam Revision Exam Revision Session All
Exam week*
To be eligible to pass this unit, you must complete all forms of assessment and demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. All assignments must be submitted electronically ONLY using a word processor, uploaded to Blackboard via the Final Check and Submission of SafeAssign.
Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and a late submission incurs penalties of 5 (five) % of the assessment value per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the lecturer prior to the assessment deadline. Unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted, no assessments are accepted after 14 calendar days of the due date, or the end of the trimester for assessments due later in a trimester. Students need to allow up to 24 hours for the Final Check of their assignment submission to SafeAssign to be available.
Results, including the final grade, can be viewed via the Grade Centre on Blackboard. Results for all assessments are usually published within two weeks of the due date of the assessment, and the final examination respectively. Students who wish to appeal their mark for any assessment are advised to do so within 14 days of the publication of results (please follow the procedures outlined in the Student Handbook).
Please note that students are eligible to view any of their assessments. For continuous assessments during the teaching period, students need to contact their lecturer immediately after the publication of results. For viewing of the final examination script, students need to complete the respective form (available on your Blackboard) and pay the applicable administrative fee. The form needs to be submitted within 14 days of the publication of the final/overall results. Please note that there is no review/remark option available for any student assessments.
Holmes Institute views any forms of academic misconduct as most serious offences. Academic misconduct in any form, including plagiarism, contract cheating and cheating in a class test or examination, is not tolerated and will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures set out in the Holmes Institute Student Handbook.
Plagiarism occurs when one uses another person’s ideas or manner of expressing them and passes them off as one’s own work by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement (that is, referencing the source). It is important that student reference their work appropriately. The Faculty of Higher Education at Holmes Institute uses the Harvard style of referencing. A detailed guide to referencing can be found in the Student Handbook and Resource Centres. It is expected that you will be familiar with the Harvard style of referencing.
High Distinction HD 80% and above
Distinction D 70 – 79%
Credit CR 60 – 69%
Pass P 50 – 59%
Fail NN 0-45% (did not meet the standard required according to the learning outcomes in the Unit Guide )
Faculty Pass* FP Awarded by Board of Examiners in exceptional circumstances
Supplementary Exam Granted (a temporary grade) NS Supplementary examination granted
Deferred Exam (a temporary grade) ND Officially Deferred examination
Fail NA Student did not submit any work according to the schedule in the Unit Guide
No results NR Student did not submit any assessments
Fail NX Student did not attempt supplementary assessment
Result Withheld RW Additional assessment and/or work required
Result Withheld WH Outstanding fees or non-return of Holmes Institute materials
* This grade is sometimes referred to as a conceded pass at other institutions
Explanation of Letter Grade
HD Outstanding work which exhibits sophisticated understanding and critical synthesis, analysis and evaluation of the unit matter. While the work utilizes opinions of others, judgements about the value of the unit matter are made and drawn together in an organized whole. Gaps in the unit matter might also be identified and the implications discussed.
D Substantial work of high quality, which demonstrates a clear understanding of the unit matter, in which the relationship between the constituent elements are identified clearly and discussed with some level of critical analysis. The work also applies abstract ideas in concrete situations.
CR Sound and competent work, which demonstrates a reasonable but not complete grasp of the unit matter. The work utilizes recall and paraphrases the work of others concerning the unit matter. Some basic level of critical analysis is evident. Originality in the work is rarely evident.
P Work that demonstrates a satisfactory engagement with the unit matter such that the student is said to have a general understanding of the field. Provides an adequate basis for further study.
NN Did not meet the learning objective of the unit
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Holmes Institute offers regular Academic and Study Skills Workshops throughout the semester, which are useful addressing important academic skills and are free for any student to attend. Students with insufficient academic progress may be required to attend these workshops and sessions with the Academic Progress Team.
Academic and Study Skills Workshops are offered throughout the trimester for essay writing, doing research using ProQuest, giving business presentations, referencing and examination preparations. Announcements are made on your Blackboard and on noticeboards on campus.
Do I need to obtain 50% in each assessment to pass a unit?
NO, in order to pass any unit, you need to meet two requirements, namely achieve an overall mark of 50 or more AND obtain at least 40% of possible marks in the final examination or a major assessment (hurdle or threshold requirement).
I missed an assessment for a unit, do I now fail the unit?
Whilst Holmes Institute requires that you attempt all pieces of assessments prescribed for any unit, there may be circumstances, where you can still pass a unit even if you have missed an assessment. When you miss a class test due to medical reasons and you submit a Special Consideration Form within three working days, for example, you may be eligible to have the weight of the class test added to the final examination. Please see the Student Handbook for details.
Can I view my assessments?
As a student, you are entitled to view any of your assessments, that is any assignment but also the class test for any unit, and upon request/application also the final examination script. Please see the Student Handbook for details.
Where can I see my marks and grades?
The results for your assessments other than the final examination will be available via the Grade Centre on your Blackboard. The final examination and overall result with be available via LUNA. Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the letter grades, especially for the temporary grades of NS (supplementary examination awarded) and ND (deferred examination), which can be found earlier in this unit outline.
I got a final result of 52/NS. Have I passed the unit?
NO, as the letter grade NS (supplementary examination awarded) indicates, you have not passed the unit, but you have been awarded the opportunity to pass the unit if you successfully pass the supplementary examination. Please familiarize yourself with the Supplementary Examination Policy in the Student Handbook.
When do I need to attempt a NS/supplementary or ND/deferred examination?
If you have been awarded a supplementary (NS) or deferred (ND) examination, you are required to sit the examination during the next examination period for these examinations, which is usually different from the final examination period at the end of the teaching period each trimester.
I missed to sit for a NS/supplementary or ND/deferred examination, do I have to repeat the unit?
YES, if you do not attempt any supplementary or deferred examination during the designated examination period, you will receive a Fail/NN or NX grade and you have to repeat the unit.
I have a question about the unit material and/or assessments, who do I contact?
For any questions related to any unit you study, the first point of contact is always your lecturer. The information on your lecturer can be found in the unit information section on your Blackboard. Please ensure that you use your Holmes Webmail for any email correspondence with your lecturer.
I did not submit my assignment by the due date, can I still submit and receive marks?
If you submit your assignment after the due date, penalties of 5% of the weight of the assignment apply per day that you submit late. A maximum penalty of 50% applies. Your lecturer may not accept your assignment if you submit later than 14 days after the due date though and we advise that you need to contact your lecturer.
I am not a member of a group for my group assignment. What do I do, can I submit individually?
If you work submit a group assignment individually, you may be penalized and only receive 50% of the mark of your assignment. If you don’t have a group to work with, please urgently consult your lecturer.
I have problems with members in my group. What can I do, who do I contact?
Each group is required to manage its members and contributions. In exceptional circumstances, however, and where initial negotiation attempts of the group members were unsuccessful, you should contact your lecturer.
What is a prerequisite?
If a unit has a prescribed 'prerequisite unit/s', this means that you must have successfully completed that prerequisite unit/s before you study in the unit with the prerequisite. Please see the Handbook for details.
FAQ for Studying in Block Mode (BM)
What does ‘Studying in Block Mode’ mean to you as a student?
Units offered in Block Mode (BM) means that these units are delivered over a ‘compressed’ period of time; that is six instead of twelve weeks. BM units have the same 36 hours of face to face contact (lectures and tutorials) as units offered in normal mode, however, for these units students study six hours per week instead of three hours.
When are the classes for Block Mode (BM) units?
Units offered in Block Mode (BM) are delivered over two periods of time, as following:
1) Week 1 to Week 5 inclusive + Week 12
2) Week 6 to Week 11 inclusive
Please refer to the timetable for your campus and degree course that specifies which weeks the respective unit in Block Mode will be delivered. Please also note that your timetable will specify the actual days and dates of class for all BM units.
Are the assessments for units in Block Mode (BM) different?
No, units delivered in Block Mode (BM) are assessed in the same way as all other units; that is through a mixture of class tests, assessments, presentations, assignments and so on. Please note all BM units have a final exam that is held during final examination week. For grading and assessment weightings please refer to the unit outline for the respective unit.
Is it important to attend lectures when studying in Block Mode?
YES, absolutely. We recommend that you attend all classes for the unit delivered in Block Mode (BM). Please remember that for units in this delivery mode there are six hours of class scheduled over two days per week!
Is there a Census Date for a Block Mode class unit?
YES, Census Date – as the last day for students to enrol and change an existing enrolment – also applies to units offered in Block Mode.
When is my class test and final exam for my Block Mode unit?
As Block Mode units are delivered over a compressed period of time, please refer to your lecturer to confirm when your class tests will be. Final exams for all units, including block mode units, will be held in the final week of the tri mester.
Studying at degree level, you may experience a number of difficulties and/or challenges. These might involve academic, personal and/or professional issues. At Holmes Institute, we have a range of people who can help you with various challenges. The following table identifies contact points should you require any support.
Although we may be able to help on the spot, please note that we can help best if you make an appointment. Please use your Holmes webmail to communicate with staff at the institute at all times.
Information for Current Students Holmes Institute Student Handbook
Academic Probation / Mentoring Academic Mentors, Dean
Accommodation Holmes Institute Home Stay
Computers, Blackboard, Email IT and Blackboard Help Desk emails:;
Disability Needs Holmes Institute Campus Directors
Employment and Careers Career Development Team
Enrolment Higher Education Coordinator on Campus
Exams Higher Education Coordinator on Campus
Financial Issues Holmes Institute Campus Directors
Personal Issues Dean, Student Engagement and Support Team, Campus Director
Proquest Database Librarian on Campus
Study Skills Student Engagement and Support Team
Visa Issues, COEs etc. Higher Education Coordinator on Campus
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Analyse Show the nature of something identifying the essential elements and how they are related.
Argue Present the case for and/or against a particular proposition.
Compare Identify the characteristics/qualities that resemble each other. Look for similarities but also differences.
Contrast Emphasize differences between things, events, problems or qualities.
Criticise Express your judgement about the truth of factors or views mentioned. Come to conclusions and discuss the positive points as well as possible limitations.
Define Give clear and concise meanings of an item. Do not provide a detailed explanation but include limits of the definition and how the item defined differs from other items.
Describe Recount, characterise, outline and relate in sequence.
Discuss Examine, analyse and give reasons for and against. Be comprehensive in your answer and give details, usually to assess how satisfactory something is.
Evaluate Carefully appraise in relation to some standard including advantages, limitations, the costs and benefits as appropriate; attempt to make a judgement.
Examine Investigate critically, appraise a unit or matter in detail.
Explain Clarify, interpret and elaborate on the material presented. Give reasons for differences of opinion or results, and try to analyse reasons behind it.
Illustrate Use a concrete example, diagram or figure to explain or clarify a problem or issue.
Indicate Identify and then focus attention so as to clarify.
Justify Prove or give reasons for particular conclusions or decisions.
Outline Present the main features or aspects showing main points and subordinate points. Do not include minor details and emphasize the classification of things.
Review Examine a unit critically, analysing and commenting on important or controversial statements.
State Present the main points in a brief and clear sequence. Do not give specific details or examples.
Summarise Give the main points or facts in a condensed, concise form.
(Source: Adapted from Monash University,, accessed 14
February 2013)
Academic Calendar 2018
2018 Trimester 1
12 – 16 Mar 2018 Orientation Week (New Students only)
02 Mar 2018 Last date for fees payment (continuing students only)
19 Mar 2018 Trimester 1 Lectures begin
09 Apr 2018 Census Date*
09 June 2018 Trimester 1 Lectures end
10 – 14 June 2018 Study Week
15 – 24 June 2018 Examinations Week (exams may be held on all days of the weekend)
24 June 2018 Trimester 1 ends
09 July 2018 Publication of results
24 June – 16 July 2018 Holidays
2018 Trimester 2
16 – 20 July 2018 Orientation Week (New Students only)
06 July 2018 Last date for fees payment (continuing students only)
23 July 2018 Trimester 2 Lectures begin
13 Aug 2018 Census Date*
13 Oct 2018 Trimester 2 Lectures end
14 – 18 Oct 2018 Study Week
19 – 28 Oct 2018 Examinations Week (exams may be held on all days of the weekend)
28 Oct 2018 Trimester 2 ends
12 Nov 2018 Publication of results
28 Oct – 12 Nov 2018 Holidays
2018/9 Trimester 3
02 Nov 2018 Last date for fees payment (continuing students only)
12 Nov 2018 Trimester 3 Lectures begin
05 Dec 2018 Census Date*
23 Dec 2018 – 4 Jan 2019 Lecture Recess
07 Jan 2019 Trimester 3 resumes
16 Feb 2019 Trimester 3 Lectures end
17 –22 Feb 2019 Study Week
23 Feb – 03 Mar 2019 Examinations Week (exams may be held on all days of the weekend)
18 Mar 2019 Publication of results
* Census Date is the last date for a student to change their enrolment, i.e. add or withdraw from units.

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