QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

QUT Business School School of Accountancy

BSB111 Business Law and Ethics

Semester 1, 2019

ETHICS CASE STUDY INDIVIDUAL REPORT

(Weighting Total – 25%)

Due: 1 April 2019

Time: 11:59 pm (23:59)

Submission: via Turnitin through Blackboard by 11:59 PM on Monday 1 APRIL 2019.

1. It is each student’s responsibility to check online submissions have been uploaded correctly (i.e. you should open the file from Turnitin to check this, once your files have been uploaded – ALLOW ADDITIONAL TIME FOR THIS ). Files are best uploaded as Pdf documents to avoid formatting errors.

2. Each student should check for a digital receipt from Turnitin at their QUT email address as proof of submission. This email should be retained until marks are received. No marks will be given for submissions where the file is corrupt and unreadable – it is the student’s responsibility to check submissions open correctly and are readable.

3. Should Blackboard/ Turnitin be unavailable directly before submission (i.e. on the day of submission) keep checking back periodically AND check your QUT email for further instructions.

Type: Individual Assessment

Length: Maximum of 1250 words (+ 10% maximum)

This assessment item assesses the following unit objectives and learning outcomes:

Professional Communication (PC) 3.1 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in written forms and using media appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts.

Social, Ethical and Global Understanding (SE) 5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and practices in analysing and responding to business issues

The purpose of this assignment is to encourage you to explore some of the fundamental concepts and theories in business ethics, consider how these can be applied to real world business issues and communicate this knowledge effectively. The word limit reflects writing in a business context – be direct and to the point.

Your task is to:

Identify a real, current ethical dilemma in business. You are to prepare a paper on this ethical dilemma (your chosen scenario/problem) and are asked to:

· Identify and describe the ethical dilemma. Please select a real-life ethical dilemma that has received media attention during the past year or so. Make sure you clearly explain why it is a dilemma.

· Analyse the dilemma using three (3) ethical frameworks from more than one week in the course. To do this well, you will need to ensure your analysis clearly communicates your understanding of the tool/framework. Make sure you read the CRA as it will point to the frameworks which might fit your grade aspirations better.

· Propose a solution or recommendation. Based on your analysis, you then need to provide a clear conclusion on what is the ethical thing to do. This should include solution or recommendations for the manager/actor to consider. The conclusion (and recommendations) needs to be justified and linked to your analysis.

Note that there is no one “correct” or “model” answer – it is about justifying your arguments, working through the dilemma and forming a view on the most ethical outcome or action.

You are to limit the paper to a maximum of 1,250 words (+ 10%). It is expected to conform to standard QUT plagiarism requirements.

To meet the standard in the CRA, you need make sure your assessment piece satisfies ALL the dot point below the relevant criterion/grade combination. Marking does not work by “adding” across subpoints in any single criterion. Your grade is most often determined by the lowest subpoint in any single criterion because if you do not meet a sub-point, you do not meet the grade for the criterion in question.

For clarity, we have listed each criterion on a separate page (there are 5 criteria). There is also a more detailed CRA sheet that outlines examples of the differences for each grade/criteria combination.

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Criterion 1 – Ethical dilemma (SE5.1)· Demonstrate you can identify an ethical dilemma and the ethical values and principles involved. You also need to demonstrate you can explain why the situation is an ‘ethical’ dilemma and how ethical frameworks (i.e. not feelings and opinions) are used to understand and respond to ethical dilemmas.
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· Demonstrates an insightful understanding of how conflicting principles or values contribute to a challenging ethical dilemma. Identifies and explains nuances such as making ethical choices can involve a trade-off between ethical standards.· Explains clearly and correctly why the chosen scenario is an ethical dilemma; and· The explanation is complete; and· Demonstrates an understanding of the ethical principles or values in conflict.· Explains to some extent why the chosen scenario is an ‘ethical’ problem; and/or· Identifies the key ethical principles or values involved.· Identifies an ethical dilemma; and· Describes the dilemma..· (3) Identifies an ethical dilemma.· (2) Identifies a dilemma or problem.

This criterion is worth 5 marks.

Criterion 2 – Application of Ethical Framework 1 (SE5.1)Demonstrate you can identify and apply an ethical framework (F1) to analyze an ethical dilemma and determine how to respond to that ethical dilemma.
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· Demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the ethical framework and challenges associated with applying it to the ethical dilemma.· Demonstrates a complete and correct understanding of the key concepts and principles applicable to an ethical framework covered in the unit.· Demonstrates a complete and correct understanding of the process or procedure for applying the framework to the ethical dilemma.· Identifies and explains the key concepts and principles applicable to an ethical framework covered in the unit; and· Explains how the framework’s process and procedures can be applied to an ethical dilemma.· Identifies and describes the ethical framework to be applied to the ethical dilemma.· May included an explanation of the framework’s process or procedures· (3) Describes the framework.· (2) Identifies (names) a framework from the unit.· All frameworks are from a single week (the lowest grading framework will receive, at best, a 3)
· Present a systematic, thorough, coherent, and correct application of the ethical framework to the ethical dilemma with no errors.· Presents a correct application of the ethical framework that conforms to the framework’s process and procedures.· Presents a generally correct application of the ethical framework that is systematic in its approach.· Presents a generally coherent application of the ethical framework.· (3) to (2) The framework has been applied to the dilemma.
· Includes an insightful conclusion and recommendation that captures the nuances of the framework and/or analysis and/or dilemma.· Includes a clear, coherent and justified conclusion and recommendation for responding to the dilemma.· Incudes a reasonable conclusion and recommendation.· Includes a coherent conclusion or recommendation.· (3) to (2) Includes a conclusion or recommendation.
· The conclusion and recommendations are compelling and free of errors and omissions.· The conclusion and recommendation are clearly supported by, consistent with, and connected to the preceding analysis.· The conclusion and/or recommendation are generally supported and consistent with the preceding analysis.· The conclusion and/or recommendation are weakly supported by the preceding analysis.· May include a conclusion and/or recommendation.

This criterion is worth 4 marks.

Criterion 3 – Application of Ethical Framework 2 (SE5.1)Demonstrate you can identify and apply an ethical framework (F21) to analyze an ethical dilemma and determine how to respond to that ethical dilemma.
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· Demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the ethical framework and challenges associated with applying it to the ethical dilemma.· Demonstrates a complete and correct understanding of the key concepts and principles applicable to an ethical framework covered in the unit.· Demonstrates a complete and correct understanding of the process or procedure for applying the framework to the ethical dilemma.· Identifies and explains the key concepts and principles applicable to an ethical framework covered in the unit; and· Explains how the framework’s process and procedures can be applied to an ethical dilemma.· Identifies and describes the ethical framework to be applied to the ethical dilemma.· May included an explanation of the framework’s process or procedures· (3) Describes the framework.· (2) Identifies (names) a framework from the unit.· All frameworks are from a single week (the lowest grading framework will receive, at best, a 3)
· Present a systematic, thorough, coherent, and correct application of the ethical framework to the ethical dilemma with no errors.· Presents a correct application of the ethical framework that conforms to the framework’s process and procedures.· Presents a generally correct application of the ethical framework that is systematic in its approach.· Presents a generally coherent application of the ethical framework.· (3) to (2) The framework has been applied to the dilemma.
· Includes an insightful conclusion and recommendation that captures the nuances of the framework and/or analysis and/or dilemma.· Includes a clear, coherent and justified conclusion and recommendation for responding to the dilemma.· Incudes a reasonable conclusion and recommendation.· Includes a coherent conclusion or recommendation.· (3) to (2) Includes a conclusion or recommendation.
· The conclusion and recommendations are compelling and free of errors and omissions.· The conclusion and recommendation are clearly supported by, consistent with and connected to the preceding analysis.· The conclusion and/or recommendation are generally supported and consistent with the preceding analysis.· The conclusion and/or recommendation are weakly supported by the preceding analysis.· May include a conclusion and/or recommendation.

This criterion is worth 4 marks.

Criterion 4 – Application of Ethical Framework 3 (SE5.1)Demonstrate you can identify and apply an ethical framework (F3) to analyze an ethical dilemma and determine how to respond to that ethical dilemma.
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· Demonstrates a nuanced understanding of the ethical framework and challenges associated with applying it to the ethical dilemma.· Demonstrates a complete and correct understanding of the key concepts and principles applicable to an ethical framework covered in the unit.· Demonstrates a complete and correct understanding of the process or procedure for applying the framework to the ethical dilemma.· Identifies and explains the key concepts and principles applicable to an ethical framework covered in the unit; and· Explains how the framework’s process and procedures can be applied to an ethical dilemma.· Identifies and describes the ethical framework to be applied to the ethical dilemma.· May included an explanation of the framework’s process or procedures· (3) Describes the framework.· (2) Identifies (names) a framework from the unit.· All frameworks are from a single week (the lowest grading framework will receive, at best, a 3)
· Present a systematic, thorough, coherent and correct application of the ethical framework to the ethical dilemma with no errors.· Presents a correct application of the ethical framework that conforms to the framework’s process and procedures.· Presents a generally correct application of the ethical framework that is systematic in its approach.· Presents a generally coherent application of the ethical framework.· (3) to (2) The framework has been applied to the dilemma.
· Includes an insightful conclusion and recommendation that captures the nuances of the framework and/or analysis and/or dilemma.· Includes a clear, coherent and justified conclusion and recommendation for responding to the dilemma.· Incudes a reasonable conclusion and recommendation.· Includes a coherent conclusion or recommendation.· (3) to (2) Includes a conclusion or recommendation.
· The conclusion and recommendations are compelling and free of errors and omissions.· The conclusion and recommendation are clearly supported by, consistent with and connected to the preceding analysis.· The conclusion and/or recommendation are generally supported and consistent with the preceding analysis.· The conclusion and/or recommendation are weakly supported by the preceding analysis.· May include a conclusion and/or recommendation.

This criterion is worth 4 marks.

Criteria – Communication (PC 3.1)· Communicate ideas clearly, logically and consistently in a professional business style with correct grammar, punctuation, spelling and use of headings and other signposts to direct the reader’s attention.
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· The response is very well written and· The response contains very few to no errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, formatting and expression.· The response is well written; and· The response is characterised by good standards of spelling, punctuation, grammar, formatting and expression.· The response is clear; and· The response is characterised by basic standards of spelling, punctuation, grammar, formatting and expression.· The response is coherent.· (3) The response is mostly coherent.· (2) The response is mostly incoherent.· (1) The response is written in English text.
· Communication flow enhances the argument or case presented.· Communication flow is functional, clear, and coherent allowing the reader to draw meaning from the text in a single reading.· Communication flow is sufficient to draw meaning from the text in a single reading.· The Communication flow is sufficient for communicating ideas.· (3) The communication flow is mostly evident in the response.· (2) to (1) The communication flow is mostly lacking in the response.
· The logic of the ethical reasoning presented is clear and persuasive.· Logic of the ethical reasoning presented is clear and generally persuasive· The logic of the ethical reasoning presented is coherent and consistent.· Logic of the ethical reasoning presented is coherent and generally consistent.· Logical reasoning is identifiable; and· In some instances, it is coherent.
· Links between sentences and/or paragraphs are clear, complete and support the communication flow and ethical reasoning.· Links between sentences and/or paragraphs are clear, complete and support the communication flow and ethical reasoning.· Links between sentences and/or paragraphs are generally correct.· Links between sentences and/or paragraphs are present and mostly appropriate.· Links between sentences or paragraphs are generally identifiable.
· Formatting is appropriate for business communication purposes.· Formatting is appropriate for business communication purposes.· Formatting is sufficient for business communication purposes.· Formatting is sufficient for business communication purposes.· (3) and (2) Formatting is applied but insufficient.
· Referencing fully conforms to QUT standards for academic referencing.· Referencing is appropriate.· Referencing is sufficient and accurate.· Referencing is sufficient.· (3) to (2) Referencing is included.
· Have complied with word limits.· Have complied with word limits.· Have complied with word limits.· Have complied with word limits.

This criterion is worth 8 marks.