Syllabus Spring 2013

Course description


This course will examine ethical issues in business from a global perspective. It will begin by establishing the relevance and necessity of ethics in business, and then it will compare the various theoretical approaches to answering ethical questions. Once that’s done, the rest of the course will be dedicated to considering the various ethical responsibilities that businesses and businesspeople have to their colleagues, employees, governments, communities, and the environment. Because many businesses operate on a global scale, this course will often investigate specific scenarios in which businesses have an ethical dilemma that involves dealing with international employees, business associates, or cultures.


This course is divided into 7 topical units, called “modules” There is no textbook for this course. All readings are contained in the “Readings” area in Blackboard, which is sort of like an online textbook itself. Each module is like a chapter and includes several pages.

You should complete all readings and watch any videos in a module before you begin any assignments for that module. Deadlines for the assignments are in the course schedule below.



Your grade is this course is out of 100 points, so your current grade in the course at any time is equal to the number of points you currently have. However, there are 105 points available in the course. This means that there are 5 points you do not need to earn in order to receive a perfect grade. In other words, there are 5 points of extra credit. The 105 possible points are earned in the following three ways:

  1. Reading responses (35 points): For each module, you will be required to complete a reading response assignment, in which you will answer specific questions about that module. Responses will be worth 5 points each and will be available to complete for two weeks.
  2. Mid-term (30 points): The mid-term will have 30 questions and be worth 30 points. It will cover modules 1-3. It will include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. It will be available for five days.
  3. Final (40 points): The final will have 40 questions and be worth 40 points. It will cover modules 4-7. Like the mid term, it will also include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions; and it will be available for five days.

All of the above items will be found in the “Assignments” area of Blackboard. There are also optional, ungraded self-tests for each module, which you can use to test your understanding of the module before you attempt any graded assignments covering that module.


Your grade at any time depends only on the total number of points you have. You can find the letter grade that corresponds to your point total by consulting the table below. Additionally, you can calculate your current grade automatically by entering your current total points in the grade calculator below. Please note that the grade calculator includes points from all available assignments (even if they are not yet due or not yet graded) in “possible points”.

letter range
A+ 97 – 100
A 94 – 96
A- 90 – 93
B+ 87 – 89
B 84 – 86
B- 80 – 83
C+ 77 – 79
C 74 – 76
C- 70 – 73
D+ 67 – 69
D 64 – 66
D- 60 – 63
F 0 – 59

Course Schedule


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Mod 1

Monday Jan. 14 to
Friday Jan. 25

Mod 2

Monday Jan. 28 to
Friday Feb. 8


Mod 3

Monday Feb. 11 to
Friday Feb. 22


Open Monday Feb. 25
Due Friday March 1


Mod 4

Monday March 4 to
Friday March 15

Mod 5

Monday March 18 to
Friday March 29


Mod 6

Monday April 1 to
Friday April 12

Mod 7

Monday April 15 to
Friday April 26


Open Monday April 29
Due Friday May 3


Course policies


No assignments are timed, and you can save and resume any assignment in progress, but it must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the day it is due. No assignments will be accepted late or be made up under any circumstances. If you save, but fail to submit an exam or reading response by its deadline, it will be graded as-is and any unsaved progress will be lost. If you do not save and do not submit an exam or reading response ​for any reason, including technical problems, you will receive a zero for that assignment. There will never be any exceptions to this policy.

Technical Problems

If you experience any technical problems with Blackboard, especially during an exam, you must call 6-TECH immediately. Do not email me about technical problems in Blackboard. I cannot help you with problems in Blackboard. It is ​your responsibility​ to resolve any technical problems that you encounter with the help of the UNCG tech support staff. You can find links and contact information in the “Tech Support” area of Blackboard.

Written assignments must be submitted through Blackboard and will not be accepted as documents sent via email.

If you wait until after 6-TECH is closed on Friday nights to submit your assignments, you do so ​at your own risk​. No one will be available to help you with technical problems, and I will ​not​ accept this as an excuse for missing assignments or exams. You will still be responsible for your work, and you will receive a zero if your work is not submitted by its deadline.

When taking any assessment in Blackboard, always click on empty space before using your mouse/touchpad/scroll wheel to scroll up or down. When option buttons are highlighted (like after you have just clicked one) your scroll wheel can change the selection. Always make sure that all the answers you intended to select are selected before you submit any quiz or exam.


Because this is an online course, it does not stop for holidays, reading days, or any other university vacation days. Failure to complete assignments because of holiday plans will obviously not be accepted as an excuse for missed work.

Extra Credit

There are 5 points of extra credit already included in the course (that’s half a letter-grade worth of points). No other extra credit will be available, and no one will ever be given extra credit opportunities on request.

Academic Honesty

You may use any resources except for other students on any assignment. Discussing exam questions with other students is considered a violation of academic integrity. Discussing readings is okay, but plagiarizing the ideas of other students by duplicating their work in your reading responses is not.

You are expected to adhere to all of the University’s policies and procedures regarding academic honesty ( All submitted assignments should reflect your own work, and no one else’s. Working on any assignment or quiz or exam with another student or searching the internet for answers constitutes cheating. Plagiarism, or the use of any content without attributing it to its author, including the work of classmates, is considered cheating.

Students With Disabilities

Any student with a documented learning-related disability must contact UNCG’s disability office within the first week of class. Only students who have been approved by the UNCG disability office will be allowed accommodations for their learning-related disability.

Final Word

Some of these policies seem harsh and inflexible, but that is not because I am a mean, crotchety professor with a chip on my shoulder. It is because I trust you as an adult to do your work and be responsible for yourself. I believe that you can solve problems on your own, and I respect you enough not to treat you like a child.

Lastly, this syllabus may be revised at any time, if I need to correct or clarify something. If I change this document in any way, I will announced the change in Blackboard. The current, and official version will always be available online at this URL.