Syllabus Spring 2015

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 business-people 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 “Learning Area” area in the “Modules” part of Canvas. This will take you to a webpage with all of your module commentary and readings. This 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 of Canvas and on the assignments themselves.



Your grade is this course is out of 200 points, so your current grade in the course at any time is equal to the number of points you currently have. However, there are 210 points available in the course. This means that there are 10 points you do not need to earn in order to receive a perfect grade. In other words, there are 10 points of extra credit. The 210 possible points are earned in the following three ways:

  1. Case responses (70 points): For each module, you will be required to complete a case response assignment, in which you will answer specific questions about that module. Responses will be worth 10 points each and will be available to complete for two weeks.
  2. Quizzes (70 points): For each module, you will be required to complete a quiz. The quiz will have 10 questions and be worth 10 points. It will include multiple choice, true/false, and short answer questions. It will be available to complete for two weeks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 “Modules” area of Canvas.


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+ 194-200
A 188-193
A- 180-187
B+ 174-179
B 168-173
B- 160-167
C+ 154-159
C 148-153
C- 140-147
D+ 134-139
D 128-133
D- 120-127
F 0-119

Course Schedule


The Calendar in Canvas will always be the best way to tell when your assignments are due. If the calendar must be altered, for any reason, that alteration will be reflected there.

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 (aside from exams) will be accepted late or be made up under any circumstances. If you save, but fail to submit a quiz or case 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 case response ​for any reason, including technical problems, you will receive a zero for that assignment. There will never be any exceptions to this policy. Exams will be granted a make-up period of 24 hours. There will be an automatic penalty of 5 points for made-up exams. If you do not submit your exam before the end of the make-up period, I will submit it for you.

Technical Problems

If you experience any technical problems with Canvas, especially during an exam, you must call 6-TECH immediately. Do not email me about technical problems in Canvas. I cannot help you with problems in Canvas. 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 “Help” area of Canvas.

Written assignments must be submitted through Canvas 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 Canvas, 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 (including Spring Break). Failure to complete assignments because of holiday plans will obviously not be accepted as an excuse for missed work. Make note of your due dates, and plan accordingly.

Extra Credit

There are 10 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 case 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 announce the change in Canvas. The current, and official version will always be available online at this URL.