FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Department of Business Administration

BA 318 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Business Ethics
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
BA 318
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives Ethics is the general guidelines governing living, behaving and doing right. In this course, the aim is to help students become aware of the necessity of having, using and following the rules of ethics, what these rules are, how they came to be formed, and how business behavior may be impacted in the light of these rules. Thus, business behavior will be altered so that there will be business managers and administrators who want to make right all behavior, in compliance with these principles in all walks of business life, and business decisions, while impacting the environment as well. The ultimate objective is to train a generation so that they will be equipped with self-scrutiny but also with a view towards enhancing ethical business behavior.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Understand and talk about the major philosophies, theories, concepts and applications of ethical thought,
  • Analyze ethical problems, and defend their views in both spoken and written form,
  • Develop critical thinking related to a variety of ethical vistas,
  • Apply principles learned and self-developed, with an eye towards applicability through case studies,
  • Project ethical thinking flexibly towards applicability in a variety of vistas including moral thinking and behavior,
  • Think about, formulate, express and apply "good" principles and behavior in a variety of fields through a large selection of case studies,
  • Write their own case studies.
Course Description Business Ethics has been designed as an amply detailed course aiming to alter/improve students' thinking, understanding and application behavior regarding ethics, its impact on a variety of aspects of human individual and social behavior, including indirect effects on humanity and other living beings through manipulation of the environment. To recap, the main aim of the course is to pass on to students the major tracks of ethical thinking, concepts and applications of ethics and what should/could be done to preserve "good" behavior towards fellow human beings and indirectly, through preservation of the environment, towards all living beings.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
X
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course: Objectives and Ground Rules General lecture
2 Introduction to the course: General Principles (1) Read "Business Ethics and Social Responsibility" (lecture notes)
3 Introduction to the course: General Principles (2) Read "Business Ethics and Social Responsibility" (lecture notes)
4 Business Ethics in Communication Read "A Compilation on Ethics in Communication" (from "Business Communication Today") (lecture notes)
5 Ethics, Governance and Accountability Read "An Ethics Framework, Understanding Ethics and Moral Judgment" (lecture notes)
6 Ethics, Governance and Accountability Read "Professional Ethics and Self Regulation Ethical Decision Making" (lecture notes)
7 When Ethics Dies and Corruption Is Born ENRON
8 Ethics and Morality (1) Read "Looking at Ethics and Morality Right and Wrong Looking at Business Practices" (lecture notes)
9 Ethics and Morality (2) Read "Key Ethical Theories, Utilitarianism – Consequentialism Doing Your Duty " (lecture notes)
10 MIDTERM I 18:00 – 20:00
11 Ethics in Engineering (1) Read "Is Ethics Relative? Exploring Different Dimensions of Ethics" (lecture notes
12 Ethics in Engineering (2) Read "Ethics in Institutions Honesty, Responsibility" (lecture notes)
13 Business Ethics and the Natural Environment (1) Read "Ethics, From Ethics to Business Ethics, From Ethics to Environmental Ethics" (lecture notes)
14 Business Ethics and the Natural Environment (2) Read "Globalizing: Environmental Problems Sustainability" (lecture notes)
15 Midterm 2 (Practice Session)
16 Review of the Semester

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

*Ferrell O.C.; Hirt, Geoffrey; Ferrell, Linda; BUSINESS – A Changing World, Ninth Edition, 2014, McGraw-Hill (Irwin)

*Bovée, Courtland L.; Thill, John V.; BUSINESS COMMUNICATION TODAY, Eleventh Edition, 2012, Pearson

*Dellaportas, S.; Gibson, K.; Alagiah, R.; Hutchinson, M.; Leung, P.; Van Homrigh, D.; ETHICS, GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY, 2005, Wiley

*Cohen, M.; PHILOSOPHY FOR DUMMIES, UK Edition, 2011, Wiley

 
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
10
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
9
40
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
2
35
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
13
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
15
2
30
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
1
3
3
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
9
3
27
Presentation / Jury
0
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
2
30
60
Final Exam
0
    Total
168

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to solve problems with an analytical and holistic viewpoint in the field of business administration.

2

To be able to present the findings and solutions to the business problems in written and oral formats.

3

To be able to interpret the application of business and economic concepts, and philosophies at the national and international levels.

4

To be able to use innovative and creative approach for real-life business situations.

X
5

To be able to demonstrate leadership skills in different business situations.

6

To be able to interpret the reflections of new technologies and softwares to business dynamics.   

7

To be able to integrate knowledge gained in the five areas of business administration (marketing, production, management, accounting, and finance) through a strategic perspective.

8

To be able to act in accordance with the scientific and ethical values in studies related to business administration.

X
9

To be able to work efficiently and effectively as a team member.

10

To be able to have an ethical perspective and social responsiveness when making and evaluating business decisions.

X
11

To be able to collect data in the area of business administration and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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