Phil 303  BUSINESS ETHICS   Fall 2020


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Description:  the study of general moral principles and their applications to ethical issues relating to business activities in contemporary society.

Text: BUSINESS  ETHICS – William Shaw  9th ed.

Objectives and Competencies:

Upon completion the student should be able to:

Understand and apply major ethical concepts and theories.

Demonstrate varied approaches in resolving ethical problems within the business environment.

Understand controversial moral issues in the practice of business.

Demonstrate an ability to assess the philosophical arguments of others.

Articulate a reasoned philosophical opinion of his/her own.



Grades:  3 Tests75%   Paper 25% +Discussion Boardpoints


Tests: These are multiple choice questions. All tests will be available immediately. All tests are open book. You may work on them at your own pace BUT be sure to complete them by due date.


 Paper:  A philosophical paper on any issue related to business ethics.  Why write?  Good writing is imperative for a successful career especially in this digital age. If you cannot communicate well in writing you cannot succeed. Moreover, writing sharpens you critical thinking skills. Submit your paper at Assignments.PaperDetails on page 3.


Discussion Board(Extra credit) You may earn up to 3 points of extra credit for each Discussion Board you do.  Each Discussion Board requires 300-500 words. There will be 3 opportunities. Thus you may earn a total of 9 points extra credit which will be added to your lowest test grade. This is optional. Again be sure to meet all due dates.



 ACADEMIC HONESTY; any form of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will result in an automatic F. All papers must include the words HONOR PLEDGE and your signature. Be sure to read plagiarism handout carefully.


Accommodations:Students are encouraged to self-disclose disabilities that have been verified by the Office of Educational Accessibility by providing Accommodation Letters to their instructors early in the semester in order to start receiving accommodations. Accommodations will not be made until the Accommodation Letters are provided to instructors each semester.








Assignments for Readings, Tests, Discussion Board   Phil 303

Week 1       Chapter 1

Week 2       Chapter 2

Week 3       Chapter 3   Discussion Board 1 due 9/17 by 11pm

Week 4       Chapter 4

Week 5       Test 1  due10/1 by 11pm   covers Chapters 1-2-3-4   


Week 6       Chapter 5   Discussion Board 2 due 10/8 by 11pm

Week 7      Chapter 6

Week 8       Chapter 7   Discussion Board 3 due by 10/22 by 11pm

Week 9       Chapter 8

Week 10 Test 2due 11/5 by 11pm covers Chapters 5-6-7-8


Week 11     Chapter 9

Week 12     Chapter 10Paper due by 11/12 by 11pm

Week 13     Chapter 11

Week 14     Test 3   12/3 due by 11pm covers Chapters 9-10-11



The professor reserves the right to alter the syllabus if needed.

No makeup work will be will be accepted after last class.



A       95-100

A-      90-94

B+     89-87

B       86-84

B-      83-80

C+     77-79

C       74-76

C-      73-70

D+     69-67

D       66-64

D-      63-60

F       59 AND BELOW




Paper  Details


  1. Select any Business Ethics topic that interests you. Decide if the topic /issue upholds or violates any 2 of these theories: Utilitarianism, Kantian Ethics, Prima Facie Ethics or Capitalism.


Once you begin:


  1. Summarize the topic/ issue clearly.


  1. Define Theories and demonstrate how they relate to the issue.


3.Paper should be 6-8pages.  Cover page and Works Cited page do not count.


4.NO quotes.Use your own words.


  1. Plagiarism results in F for paper and a hearing at the Honor Council.


Paper Format Guidelines:


  1. Use MLA format, 12 font, New Times Roman, double space.


  1. Be sure your cover sheet includes: your name, date, your topic, your 2 theories to be used and Honor Pledge.


  1. Make sure you include a Works Cited Page to include any source of information. You should have at least 3 sources.


  1. Failure to comply with guidelines will result in your paper not being accepted.


Latepapers will NOT be accepted.



About Plagiarism: A Guide/or College of Arts and Letters Students

What is plagiarism?

The ODU Catalog defines plagiarism as follows: “A student will have committed plagiarism if he
or she reproduces someone else’s work without acknowledging its source; or if a source is cited
which the student has not cited or used. Examples of plagiarism include: submitting a research
paper obtained from a commercial research service, the Internet, or from another student as if it
were original work; making simple changes to borrowed materials while leaving the organization,
content, or phraseology intact; or copying material from a source, supplying proper
documentation, but leaving out quotation marks. Plagiarism also occurs in a group project if one
or more of the members of the group does none of the group’s work and participates in none of
the group’s activities, but attempts to take credit for the work of the group.”

Hints for A voiding Plagiarism:

* More than three words copied in sequence is plagiarism. This is ordinarily a good yardstick to
use when wondering whether or not quotes are appropriate; they are, if you are copying more
than three words in sequence that are not part of a common phrase (e.g. “up-to-date”).

* One source is not “common knowledge.” Common knowledge does not require citation. But
something is not common knowledge if you have found just one source for the information.

* When in doubt, cite! If you have any doubt about whether or not to cite a source, err on the side
of making the attribution.

* lfyour co-author sounds surprisingly eloquent, make sure the contribution is his/her own. We
often work in groups and co-author papers and projects. You should ask the question of your co-
author if you doubt the work is his or her own. In group work, you are responsible for the
project/paper in its entirety.

* Look away. When you are writing, do not have open books or papers in front of you as you
type. Read your sources, and then put what you have read into your own words.

* Writing is hard work. Paraphrasing is relatively easy, writing is hard. Learning to be a good
writer is part of what your college education is about. Staring at an empty screen does become
less daunting over time!

* Just because its on the Internet, doesn’t mean it’s yours. The Internet is a fantastic resource
and search engines are terrific research tools. But what you find on the Internet was written by
someone. You must cite Internet web sites, and if you use a quote, use appropriate quotation

* Paraphrasing is more than changing a verb tense or reordering a list. Essentially, paraphrasing
is used to summarize another author’s text. A paraphrased passage must be cited.

* Use a Style Guide. Purchase a style guide and refer to it. Your instructor may suggest one that is
specific to an academic discipline. You may also ask a reference librarian for recommendations.

The High Cost of Plagiarism

Plagiarism can ruin your reputation and cost you your professional career, along with the respect
of your peers and family. Plagiarism at Old Dominion University is an act of academic dishonesty
that has serious consequences. Note that plagiarism is specifically covered in the ODU Honor
Pledge. Refer to your course syllabus and the Student Handbook and the Office of Student Affairs

for details about sanctions and penalties for this behavior.




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