Business Ethics

Course Details

Course Number: 3323  Section Number: 102

Fall 2010

Location: Dillard College of Business Administration

Classroom Number: 328

Days & Times:

MW 12:30-1:50pm

Course Attachments

Syllabus  syl-308952MWS-2010-Fall-BUAD3323-20100826-150135.doc


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Bob Harmel   
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Course Objectives

General Learning Goal

Ethical reasoning skills.  Students will demonstrate ethical reasoning skills within a business environment as they analyze and discuss comprehensive business ethics cases.  Readings, lectures, videos, and discussions will provide a sense of the ethical aspects of business situations, awareness of ethical dilemmas, comprehension of different alternatives, and working knowledge of ethical principles that can help in making better, more ethical decisions.

Course Expectations

Course Specific Learning Goals.  After completing this course, students should:                    

Be aware of the ethical aspects of business decisions, stakeholder perspectives, and the importance of triple bottom line sustainability.

Understand the essential roles of honesty, integrity, objectivity, and other core values in making ethical decisions.

Be able to utilize principles and models in making ethical decisions.

Recognize ethical issues and alternative approaches for resolution.

Be able to apply basic ethical reasoning skills to dilemmas and cases.

Comprehend pressures for, and the consequences of, ethical lapses.

Associate ethical management practices with building and sustaining strong, ethical corporate cultures.

Understand the role and impact of ethical leaders in making ethics an integral component of business strategy.

Grading Standards

• Three (3) Exams @ 100 points each 300 points
• Final Exam @ 200 points (Sect. 4 + Comprehensive) 200 points
• Class Participation, attendance, exercises, cases/dilemmas 200 points

o Total Possible Points 700 points

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance & Participation Policy:  Attendance and participation are expected.  You should be seated and prepared to participate/interact at the designated start time and are expected to remain in class until dismissed.   Attentive, punctual, and active attendance is part of your grade (200 total points) and is an important indicator of your commitment to learning.   A student with four (5) or more absences may be dropped from the course by the instructor.  See the MSU Student Handbook for University Class Attendance Policy.  Assigned materials should be read and studied before each class meeting.

Other Policies

Missed Exam Policy:  If, because of a truly unavoidable situation, you will be unable to take an exam at the scheduled time, it is your responsibility to talk to me in advance to ask to take the exam early.  If a legitimate, last minute emergency occurs, it is your responsibility to contact me before the exam begins. 


Academic Integrity:  With regard to academic honesty, students are referred to the “Student Honor Creed” in the MWSU Undergraduate Catalog.   Academic dishonesty (cheating, collusion, and plagiarism) will not be tolerated.  Ethical students become ethical leaders! You will be held accountable for your actions!


Americans With Disabilities Act:  This class follows the guidelines suggested by the Center for Counseling and Disabilities Services for those students who qualify for disability services.  See the MSU Undergraduate Catalog for information and contact your professor.


Syllabus Change Policy:  This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change.



Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.