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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2008 - 2009

Module Title Business and Professional Ethics
Module Code AC402
School DCUBS

Online Module Resources

Level 4 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the role that business and professional ethics have in our current environment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Appreciate the relevance and practical application of business and professional ethics in the working world;
  • Explain how corporate social responsibility and corporate governance relate to ethics;
  • Highlight the main ethical issues relating to the natural environment and information technology.
  • Convey an enhanced awareness of the role of business and professional ethics in financial reporting;
  • Recognise ethical issues and propose solutions to these issues.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Seminars 51
Independent Learning Time 0

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
  • The theoretical foundation that supports ethical decision making.
  • Current issues that are related to business and professional ethics.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Corporate Governance.
  • The ethical challenges of addressing natural environmental issues.
  • Ethical issues that relate to information technology.
  • The role of ethics in strategic planning.Ethical issues that are related to financial reporting.
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List


Stanwick, P. and Stanwick, S., Understanding Business Ethics, Prentice Hall, 2009


Additional reading material may be recommended.

Programme or List of Programmes
AFBA in Accounting & Finance
BSBachelor of Business Studies
EBFBA in European Business (French)
EBGBA in European Business (German)
EBSBA in European Business (Spanish)
EBTBA in European Business (Trans.Studies)