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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Implementing an Effective Ethics Culture
Module Code AC583
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Brid Murphy
Semester 2: Brid Murphy
Autumn: Brid Murphy
Module TeachersPatricia Barker
Brid Murphy
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides a self-reflective and systematic approach to the design and implementation of an effective ethics corporate culture, underpinned by appropriate codes, procedures, training and review. Participants will analyse their own specific contribution, as business leaders, and will consider the building of an ethics culture where there may be integral tensions among the leadership team, leading to a range of outcomes from cognitive dissonance to successful implementation. Specific cases will be reviewed. Stakeholder Theory, Shareholder Concept and Agency Theory will be examined and the role of the business professions and of whistleblowing will inform the discourse.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the principles that sustain the building of a sound corporate ethics culture, underpinned by tailored policies and procedures.
2. Understand the specific issues to be considered in a global market and/or in dealing with a multi-cultural workforce.
3. Apply the knowledge and competencies acquired in previous and co-terminous modules in developing an understanding of the tension between moral agency and externally generated codes and regulations.
4. Understand the issues surrounding corporate whistleblowing.
5. Apply reflective learning to an understanding of the learner’s own contribution to the building and implementation of good corporate ethical culture.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study113No Description
Assignment Completion113No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to the Module

Construction of an ethical culture – fundamental foundations

Understanding of the learner’s own framework
philosophical background, corporate culture, significant influencers, influence of culture, empathy, dissonance.

Regulation v. Behaviour – ethics integrative to Corporate Governance

Stakeholder v. Shareholder

Dealing in global business

Professionals in business – a different ethic?

Psychopathic behaviour


Specific ethics guidelines available

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
ParticipationParticipation in class discussion15%n/a
PresentationUnderstanding of influence of culture on corporate ethical decision making20%n/a
ProjectConstruction of Ethics Policy for learner’s own employing organisation – either ab initio or as modification of existing programme25%n/a
EssayAnalysis of ethical dilemma experienced by learner in the workplace40%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • T. Donaldson, P. Werhane and M. Cording: 2002, Ethical Issues in Business. A Philosophical Approach, Prentice Hall,
  • Freeman, R.E., J.S. Harrison, A.C. Wicks, B.L. Parmar and S. de Colle: 2010, Stakeholder Theory: The State of the Art,, Cambridge University Press,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SMPBSingle Module Programme (Business)

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