a journal for self-reflection

This is a journal for self-reflection. Take a minute think about the things you learned in this course; things that may have impacted you in some way.

  1. How has this course impacted your view of the world? (Maximum 250 words.)
  2. Has this course change your understanding of business ethics? (Maximum 250 words.)

Course Competencies

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Competency 1:

Demonstrate knowledge of the application of ethics in business by:

  • Categorizing business practices into ethically desirable or ethically undesirable.
  • Evaluating ethical and unethical business practices and the consequences of ethical and unethical business practices.
  • Understanding how including ethics as a part of business decision making at all levels of work and management makes a difference.
  • Learning how to develop and implement a Code of Ethics by including desirable variables.
  • Understanding the different ethical theories, solving ethical dilemmas, utilizing ethical reasoning

Chapter 1,2,3,5 & 6

Competency 2:

Analyze and differentiate the effect between honest and transparent versus deceptive or misleading business practices by:

  • Identifying issues, areas of risk, and approaches to making ethical choices in an organizational environment.
  • Analyzing the reasons why businesses do not tell the truth.
  • Measuring the costs, both financial and reputational, of unethical behaviors.
  • Considering factors and influences that lead to unethical behaviors.
  • Understanding how to solve ethical dilemmas through choices that lead to legal, responsible and ethical decisions such that the companies do “the right thing”.

Chapter 3,4,& 7

Competency 3:

The student will distinguish between impetus and imperative actions by:

  • Defining and analyzing impetus and its ethical consequences.
  • Examining ethical imperative decisions.
  • Evaluating different scenarios of business practices that elicit impetus versus imperative actions.
  • Applying ethical reasoning to specific ethical dilemmas in the business environment and learning corporate social responsibility.

Chapter 5 & 12

Competency 4:

The student will acquire the ability to incorporate ethical behaviors in supervision and management capacities by:

  • Assessing the role ethics plays in supervisory and management activities.
  • Interpreting and evaluating ethical dilemmas such as bribery, conflicts of interest, and nepotism.
  • Analyzing how personal values, cultural influences, and political considerations could influence a supervisor or manager to act ethically or unethically.
  • Understanding how organizational values and corporate cultural values could influence a supervisor or manager to act ethically.

Chapter 8, 9,& 11

Competency 5:

The student will be capable of analyzing and formulating a solution to an ethical dilemma in a sample case by:

  • Recognizing unethical behavior and situations that lead to potentially unethical behaviors.
  • Distinguishing the difference between legal and illegal behaviors.
  • Distinguishing the difference between responsible and irresponsible behavior.
  • Reformulating popular wisdom views by adjusting his or her values to act responsibly, legally, and learning how to “think outside the box” and do “the right thing”.
  • Understanding how to represent and behave as an ethical role model by studying ethical role models in the business world.


Competency 6:

The student will explore the ethical complexities facing businesses that operate internationally by:

  • Acquiring the knowledge to transition the application of ethics from one culture or country to other cultures and countries in the global arena while also analyzing the issue of bribery, conflicts of interest and nepotism.
  • Understanding that global entities exist that do not necessarily conform to the norms of the home country.
  • Understanding the complexities of conducting international business and its possible conflicts with established ethical standards.
  • Identifying and evaluating the impact of Hofstede’s four cultural dimensions of the global business environment.
  • Analyzing the roles of ethical corporate governance, the role of government and the ethics of globalization.

Chapter 10

Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making & Cases, 12th Edition with access to CENGAGE MindLinks

O. C. Ferrell, University of New Mexico
John Fraedrich Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Linda Ferrell University of New Mexico
ISBN-13: 9780357040928
(Custom Text for MDC)

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