University of the West of Scotland

Module Descriptor

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 31/03/2022 17:08:37

Title of Module: Ethical Organisation Management

Code: BUSN10072 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Kae  Reynolds

Summary of Module

The modern business landscape has changed and keeps changing significantly; whereas the study of ethics normally concentrates on the actions of the individual, and such individuals work in organisations, the study of ethics becomes by extension an organisational one. This module provides an introduction to organisational ethics and embeds it firmly in a global context.  Module content will span a range of subjects such as philosophical foundations and business realities, essential theories of ethics and their application in marketing, HRM, corporate social responsibility and international business culture.

The module differentiates between 'ethical' and 'moral', by exploring the codes of behaviour or set of values that define what is right or wrong. It will introduce students to the various ways of addressing how ethics and ethical codes are applied at an organisational level,. It examines the ethical status of the individual and his/her standing in the community , the organisation, and society. It examines the ethical behaviour of organisations and individuals in a number of past interactions, in attempting to concentrate on the ethical importance of organisational procedure or process.

  • To appreciate ethical issues among an organisation’s main stakeholders
  • To analyse ethical issues in the international 
  • To understand intercultural encounters in a multinational  
  • To become critically aware of implementation constraints
  • Explain an organisation's main stakeholders and appreciate ethical issues among them

  • Critically analyse the ethical issues in an international context

  • Demonstrate a detail understanding of intercultural encounters in a multinational organisation `

  • Critically evaluate, apply and communicate research relating to ethical organisational or individual problems and the benefits of ethical values to an organisation

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Explain an organisation's main stakeholders and appreciate ethical issues among them.

L2. Critically analyse the ethical issues in an international context.

L3. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of intercultural encounters in a multinational organisation.

L4. Critically evaluate, apply and communicate research relating to ethical organisational or individual problems and the benefits of ethical values to an organisation.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

In depth understanding of issues of social injustice pertaining to the business community
Knowledge of self, organisation and global community

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Critically reflect on global power dynamics and social injustice
Contribute in a meaningful way to organisational or community transformation
Problem solving - application of a systematic and critical assessment of complex problems and issues

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Critical thinking
Inquiry, analysis, synthesis of knowledge
personal and professional judgement

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Data collection,
ICT including word processing.
Effective communication

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Team and group working
Nurturing a reflective awareness of ethical dimensions, and responsibilities to others, in work and everyday life
Social accountability of own actions and those of others

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Learning and Teaching
This module is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. Lectures involve the delivery and exposition of the material forming the basis of the module. Though this is structured and led by the lecturer, it is also intended that there will be a reasonable degree of student participation. Tutorials and workshops however, make quite specific demands upon students in relation to preparation and participation. Tutorial questions and case studies will be available on VLE at the beginning of the trimester, allowing students to prepare appropriately.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Asynchronous Class Activity0
Practice Based Learning0
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Johnson, C. E. (2018). Organizational ethics: A practical approach (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle. Care will be taken to study contemporary issues whenever possible, if and when they appear in the news.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Supplemental Information

Programme BoardManagement, Organisations & People
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelManagement: Organisations & People
ModeratorDr Bobby Mackie
External Examiner Peri Papadimitriou
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Group assessment: presentation of a research topic provided by the Module Coordinator. 30% of the module grade.
An individual written assignment of 1500 words on a topic of ethical research, contributing 70% to the overall mark
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Presentationcheck markcheck mark  300

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essay  check markcheck mark700
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)