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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Business and Professional Ethics
Module Code AC402
School DCUBS

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorMs Brid MurphyOffice NumberQ155
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Students participating in this module will develop an understanding of the role that ethics has in business and professional work. The students will be exposed to the skills necessary to critically analyse the impact of ethics in the current business environment.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the relevance and practical application of business and professional ethics in the working world;
2. Describe the ethical issues that arise when examining both corporate social responsibility and corporate governance;
3. Identify the main ethical issues that relate to both the natural environment and information technology;
4. Recognise the role business and professional ethics has in financial reporting;
5. Illustrate an awareness of the ethical issues arising in international business;
6. Appraise ethical issues and propose solutions to these issues.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Group work30Review, discussion and preparation of group continuous assessment
Assignment Completion30Independent study, learning and research for individual assignment
Independent Study41No Description
Total Workload: 125

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

The theoretical foundation that supports ethical decision making

Current issues in business ethics

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 and corporate culture

Ethical issues in financial reporting

Ethical issues in international business

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Stanwick, P. and Stanwick, S.: 2009, Understanding Business Ethics, Prentice Hall,
  • Fraedrich, J., Ferrell, O.C. and Ferrell, L.: 2010, Ethical Decision-making for businesses, 8th Edition, Cengage, ISBN-10:0-538-45128-10
  • Fisher, C. and Lovell, A.: 2008, Business Ethics and Values, 3rd, Pearson, 13: 9780273716167
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