Business Ethics, Governance and Social Responsibility –

: Business Ethics, Governance and Social Responsibility
ASSESSORS: M. Appleyard; S.Robinson; M. Kerr; M. Taylor;
Assessment Rationale
Link Module Objectives / Learning Outcomes and demonstrate how the proposed assessment(s) meet these objectives.
Students will be expected to:
• Critically assess and develop theories relating to business ethics, social responsibility, leadership and governance
• Critically assess and develop method and practice in relation to business ethics, social responsibility and governance
• Examine and connect theory and practice of these areas in business decision-making, in response to an awareness of the context of the organisation.
• Demonstrate that business ethics thinking can be constructive and supportive to business.
This module is designed to develop the students understanding of growing public concerns about the role of business in society and major ethical issues involved in business decision-making/operations. Particularly it is aimed to enable students to recognise and evaluate the contemporary value shifts in business environments and the subsequent implications in successful business management. In so doing, students will be able to put forward constructive proposals for improving conduct on all sides of business.
The assessment links with the learning outcomes by offering students the opportunity to demonstrate a broad understanding of issues regarding organisational ethics, governance and social responsibility within the modern business environment.
The student will develop an understanding of the learning outcomes by holistically appreciating ethical and social issues. This will be tested through a single written assessment, comprising of three individual components, which will require a student to develop an enhanced understanding of business ethics and the social responsibility of organisations operating within the contemporary business environment.
The marker will be looking for:
• Good academic practice (including but not limited to proper referencing)
• Effective capacity to provide a reasoned analysis and argument
• Understanding of the specific ethical issues
• Knowledge of the subject area
• Evidence of good research
• Ability to critically analyse – not just describe
• Inclusion of relevant theory/concepts
• Correct application of relevant theory/concepts
• Critical and analytical discussion
• Clear and analytical arguments and conclusions
• Realistic and persuasive arguments
• Clarity of arguments through good grammar
• Strength of arguments
In order to support academic rigour 10% of the overall marks will be awarded for good academic practice, effective writing, presentation and referencing
Marking Scheme
Element Score – %
Suitable choice of organisation – The student should show a suitably analytical perspective in choosing an appropriate organisation based on the requirements of the assignment brief. The organisation in question should allow the student to satisfy the remaining criteria effectively. 10
Identify current issues and critically evaluate performance in terms of ethical business practices and corporate social responsibility
The student should be capable of analysing and organisation in terms of its ethical practice and policy. Within the context of their chosen organisation, the student should be capable of outlining its attitude towards corporate social responsibility. The student should consider the following topics when undertaking their analysis;
• Traditional & Contemporary Ethical Theories
Corporate Social Responsibility &
• Corporate Citizenship
• Governance and leadership
• Sustainability
• Stakeholder theory & practices
• Stakeholder Management
• Managing Business Ethics
• The Impact of Changing Business Environments on CSR & Ethics 60
Suggest ways of improving its future business performance by enhancing its social and ethical performances
Based upon their analysis and discussion the student should offer a critical discussion of how the organisation may develop its ethical performance. The student should consider external environmental factors that may impact the organisation in order to offer a critical voice. Recommendations must be realistic, persuasive and researched and appropriate. 20
Marks awarded for Good practice including format, bibliography, references and presentation
Assessment Criteria
<39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+ Suitable choice of organisation (10%) Organisation is unsuitable, poorly described and shows no insight Suitable choice. Basic description. Appropriate choice of organisation. Reasonable discussion and evidence of understanding and discussion Good choice of organisation with a high level of understanding and discussion Excellent choice of organisation. Excellent knowledge, understanding and thorough discussion Critically evaluate the ethical performance of the chosen organisation (60%) Little or no attempt to evaluate performance in any of the methods appropriate to the module. No consideration of business performance A descriptive discussion offering little/no identification of issues facing the organisation. Poor analysis. Little consideration of business performance Moderate and suitable identification of issues with a reasonably analytical evaluation of performance Using appropriate conceptual tools. Basic consideration of business performance Advanced and thorough identification of issues, robust evaluation of performance. Critical discussion of business performance with use of conceptual tools. Excellent and thorough identification of issues. Robust and confident critical evaluation of performance and comprehensive awareness Suggest ways of improving its future business performance by enhancing its social and ethical performances (20%) Little or no identification of future improvements Improvements listed only with basic attempts at contextualising theory and practice. Little conviction in recommendations Basic identification of improvements with some attempt to rationalise them in context with theory. Somewhat convincing recommendations Advanced identification of improvements with critical discussion and good use of theory. Recommendations are convincing, well researched and robust Excellent identification of issues. Comprehensive rationalisation and contextualisation with critical use of theory. Excellent, convincing, plausible recommendations Good Practice & Academic Rigour (10%) Little/no effort in presentation/formatting Many spelling/grammatical errors Little or no evidence of further reading Work inappropriately referenced Difficult to read/Follow but offers a basic understanding of course elements Overall poor spelling/grammar Limited/Poor referencing Reasonable presentation throughout Few spelling or grammatical mistakes Reasonable referencing and bibliography Overall well presented No mistakes in spelling or grammar Evidence of significant further reading Well referenced Well Presented Easy to Follow/Understand Clearly formatted and structured Substantial further reading is apparent with a strong and accurate bibliography

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