MMM 343 – Business Ethics

MMM 343 – Business Ethics – Trimester 3 2020
Assessment Task 1 – Media Articles Folio– Individual Assignment
DUE DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, January 12th 2021, by 8:00pm (AEST)
PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE: 50%
WORD COUNT: 3000 words (1500 words x 2 articles)
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Description and Specific Requirements
In this assignment you will present a folio of two (2) media articles that you have read and reviewed during the first half of the trimester. The media article needs to be published after June 1, 2020, nevertheless, the business ethics issues covered can predate June 1, 2020.
Each article must be from the media source (for example, newspaper such as The Age, New York Times article, magazine article, internet article). The media articles that you select must have at least 200 words of text. Please note that academic journal articles are not regarded as media source for the purpose of this assignment and if used you will be given a zero for that article.
The articles must be concerned with issues of a business ethics nature. If you are not sure of the article’s applicability please think through the situation before using it, perhaps choose another one that you are sure fits what is required. The unit team cannot give you an assessment of the article’s applicability. As this is a third-year unit, we expect students to take responsibility for their own learning decisions, therefore deciding on the articles that you choose is a part of the assessment process. A reminder that identifying and discussing the media articles discussion is part of the assessment evaluation process.
Please ensure that your articles are business ethics related and do not cover social, cultural or political issues. Sometimes there is a fine line and if you are not sure, then choose another article which clearly outlines a business ethics issue(s).
You must have:
• 2 media articles dated – after June 1, 2020.
The discussion of each article must contain:
• the title of the media article.
• the media from which it was obtained: i.e. newspaper or magazine name, internet site location.
• the date of the article (it must be dated after June 1, 2020; if not that article discussion will score 0/25).
• an overview of the essence of the media article with a brief discussion of the identified ethical issue(s).
• a more in-depth discussion of the business ethical issues [starting point chapters 3, 6, 10, 12]. How is each issue defined and in what way do these issues present themselves in the article? Specifically report on what happened; why it happened, factors which contributed, and consequences
• who are the stakeholders being impacted (now and in the future) by the issue and how? Briefly discuss impact (positive and/or negative) on each stakeholder [starting point chapter 2].
• a discussion that links the essence of the article and ethical issues(s) to the theory or framework [starting point chapters 2, 5, 6, 7] (referenced theory to support your ideas is expected and will be deemed as essential)*.
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• your recommendations (that are realistic and practical) as a manager to resolve the issues identified in the article. If no resolution has been mentioned in the article, you can give your suggestions of how to resolve the issues here. If a resolution has been mentioned, discuss whether you would had resolved the issue in the same manner or other ways, and why/not.
• a conclusion in which you proffer an opinion on the article’s ethical issue(s).
• an academic reference list that is constructed correctly (using Harvard or APA format).
• a scanned copy of each article (not URLs). [Note: If you cannot attach a scanned copy of your article then you can copy and paste the text of your article in the word document. If undertaking this step, ensure that you have included full article along with details such as article date/ article source/ article author(s)/ and url]
*as this unit is at 3rd year level, you can use any theory that relates to business ethics regardless of having already formally studied it in the unit schedule: i.e. you can read ahead and use ideas and theories from weeks outside of 1-6.
You must include a scanned copy of the article with your assignment, else your assignment will NOT be marked until after the exams. In these circumstances, you will receive a maximum of 25/50. [Note: If you cannot attach a scanned copy of your article then you can copy and paste the text of your article in the word document. If undertaking this step, ensure that you have included full article along with details such as article date/ article source/ article author(s)/ and url]
You are to write 1500 words per article (No additional words above the 1500 words for each article in the assignment will be marked, excluding the in-text references for each article).
The reference list incorporating in-text references from both the media articles should be included at the end of the last article following either Harvard or APA format.
Learning Outcomes
Unit Learning Outcome (ULO)
Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 1: Demonstrate an awareness of the role that ethical issues play in business life; in particular business policy/procedure formulation and its implementation.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
ULO 2: Articulate and discuss the principles of business ethics.
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO3: Problem solving
ULO 3: Articulate an understanding of the contextual issues surrounding business ethics in different societies nationally and internationally.
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
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GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO3: Problem solving
ULO 4: Rationalise and argue for their perceptions of each concept in a manner that highlights an objective understanding of the issues concerned.
GLO2: Communication
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO3: Problem solving
Submission
You are to submit your assignment in the individual Assignment Dropbox in the MMM 343 CloudDeakin unit site on or before the due date.
When uploading your assignment, name your document using the following syntax: <your surname_your first name_your Deakin student ID number_[unitcode].doc (or ‘.docx’). For example, ‘Jones_Barry_123456789_ABC123.doc’.
Submitting a hard copy of this assignment is not required.
You must keep a backup copy of every assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced, you will need to submit your backup copy.
Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.
When you submit an assignment through your CloudDeakin unit site, you will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assignment in the Submissions view of the Assignment Dropbox folder after upload, and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.
Marking and feedback
The marking rubric for this task is at the end of this document and also available in the MMM 343 CloudDeakin unit site – in the Assessment folder (under Assessment Resources).
It is always a useful exercise to familiarise yourself with the criteria before completing any assessment task. Criteria act as a boundary around the task and help identify what assessors are looking for specifically in your submission. The criteria are drawn from the unit’s learning outcomes ensuring they align with appropriate graduate attribute/s.
Identifying the standard you aim to achieve is also a useful strategy for success and to that end, familiarising yourself with the descriptor for that standard is highly recommended.
Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin 15 working days after the submission date. Assignments submitted after the due date and time (either due to late submission within 5 days limit, or because of extension) will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin 15 working days after their respective submission date.
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Extensions
Extensions will only be granted for exceptional and/or unavoidable circumstances outside the student’s control.
Students seeking an extension for an assignment prior to the due date should apply directly to the Unit Chair by completing the Assignment and Online Test Extension Application Form. Requests for extensions will not be considered after 12 noon, January 12th 2021. Applications for special consideration after the due date must be submitted via StudentConnect.
Note that work that is submitted late without an approved extension will be subject to a marking penalty, or may not be marked at all. In these circumstances, the submitted assignment will NOT be marked until after the exams and you will receive a maximum of 25/50.
Late submission
The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked and will receive 0% for the task.
‘Day’ means working day for paper submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date.
Calculation of the late penalty is as follows: this is based on the assignment being due on a Thursday at 8:00pm
• 1 day late: submitted after Tuesday 11:59pm and before Wednesday 11:59pm– 5% penalty.
• 2 days late: submitted after Wednesday 11:59pm and before Thursday 11:59pm – 10% penalty.
• 3 days late: submitted after Thursday 11:59pm and before Friday 11:59pm – 15% penalty.
• 4 days late: submitted after Friday 11:59pm and before Saturday 11:59pm – 20% penalty.
• 5 days late: submitted after Saturday 11:59pm and before Sunday 11:59pm – 25% penalty.
To illustrate the above with example for the MMM343 assignment that is worth 50%.
5% penalty for each day that the assignment is late, without an extension:
• minus 2.5 marks for 1 day late (5% penalty),
• minus 5 marks for 2 days (10% penalty),
• minus 7.5 for 3 days (15% penalty),
• minus 10 marks for 4 days (20% penalty), and
• minus 12.5 marks for 5 days (25% penalty).
For example, if student A submitted assignment 3 days late and received 20/50 as their mark, the revised mark would be 12.5/50 (20 marks – 7.5)
If student B submitted assignment 5 days late and received 32/50 then their revised mark would be 19.5/50 (32 marks – 12.5)
If student C submitted assignment 1 day late and received 42 then their revised mark would be 39.5/50 (42 marks – 2.5)
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Support
The Division of Student Life (see link below) provides all students with editing assistance. Students who wish to take advantage of this service must be organized and plan ahead and contact the Division of Student Life in order to schedule a booking, well in advance of the due date of this assignment. http://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/administrative-divisions/student-life
Referencing
Any material used in this assignment that is not your original work must be acknowledged as such and appropriately referenced. You can find information about plagiarism and other study support resources at the following website: http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support
Academic misconduct
For information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide in the Resources area of the CloudDeakin unit site.
Formatting Requirements
You also need to ensure that in your assignment you:
• Have double line spacing.
• Have 12 point font.
• Have Times New Roman or Arial style font.
• Have numbered the pages of your assignment.
• Don’t write very long sentences (over 4 lines is usually too long).
• Write short paragraphs as they increase readability. Paragraphs should not be one page or more long. Use your judgment to ensure that each paragraph talks about a new idea.
• Use correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
Appeal of marks and Remarking
If you wish to appeal your marks, in the first instance you need to talk to the assessor/marker of your assignment, which may be any member of the unit team. If you are still dissatisfied with their explanation, you can have a conversation with the unit chair.
Please note that if you want the assignment to be re-marked you will need to make the request in writing to the unit chair and provide all of your details (eg., full name, student ID).
Once your request for re-marking has been approved, a clean copy of the assignment will be marked by another team member (not the original assessor) and fresh marks and comments will be provided to you. It is important to note that in such instances you will be required to accept the new marks – whether they go up, down or remain the same.
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Assignment: Frequently Asked Queries
Hello Everyone,
With this assignment we always have some inquiries. In this document, we are responding to some of the commonly asked queries and highly recommend that you read this document before commencing on the assignment.
1. What should be the focus of business ethics?
The articles must be concerned with issues of a business ethics nature. For example, drinking is a social issue, but drinking in the workplace/ on the job is a business ethics issue as it can have an impact on your performance. Business ethics issues are those issues that have a direct bearing on the business operations of an organisation. The issues can be in either the corporate sector or the public sector, as long as you can demonstrate a business implication.
2. Advice regarding suitability of an article.
If you are not sure of the article’s applicability please think through before you use it; perhaps choose another one that you are sure fits with what is required. The unit team cannot give you an assessment of the article’s applicability. As a third year unit, we expect students to take responsibility for their own learning decisions, therefore deciding on the articles that you choose is a part of the assessment process.
We cannot comment on the suitability of your media article choice. Your choice is a part of the evaluation process and a demonstration to us of your understanding of the unit content.
3. We would accept issues that have gone from business ethics issues to legal issues.
By this statement, we mean that often behaviour begins as unethical and over time may become illegal. Often people convicted of criminal intent continue to appeal and protest their innocence and still cannot see that they have done anything wrong. Nonetheless, you should still be able to clearly identify and discuss an ethical issue and differentiate it from legal aspects.
4. Topics that you can use in your theory or framework discussion. Should you confine it just to Topics 1-7?
As this unit is at third year level, you can use any theory that relates to business ethics regardless of having already formally studied it in the unit schedule: i.e. you can read ahead and use ideas and theories from weeks outside of 1-7, or use another textbook or source.
5. The articles used must be dated after June 1, 2020.
The articles that you use must have appeared in the media source at earliest June 2, 2019 (so after June 1, 2019). The media articles can be about events that occurred pre-1 June 2019. If the article header is dated on- or prior to June 1, 2020, it will receive 0 marks regardless of the quality of content discussion.
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6. Journal articles: are they print media?
Each article must be from the print media (newspaper article, magazine article, internet newspaper or internet magazine article). The articles that you select must have at least 200 words of text.
Please note that academic journal articles are not regarded as print media for the purpose of this assignment.
7. Can I use one source (e.g., same Newspaper) for all of the articles?
Yes, you can, use the same source (eg., The Age website) for both the articles. Nonetheless, do note the articles should be about 2 different organisations and 2 different business ethics issues.
8. Do I need to use sources other than the textbook and the articles themselves?
This is not necessary but it could be helpful for your discussion, especially if your media articles are on the shorter side and others have written about the issues presented in your articles.
8. Are overseas newspapers and websites acceptable?
Yes, they are – the only requirement is that they be printed or translated in English.
9. Does the ethical issue have to occur in Australia or need to involve an Australian organisation?
You can cover ethical issues that involve any organisation in any industry, anywhere in the world.
10. Can I use Wikipedia for my assignment?
Use of Wikipedia is NOT allowed as one of the references for this assignment. You need to search information about the various theories and business ethics issues from various textbooks, journal articles and other sources as opposed to gaining potential inaccurate information from Wikipedia.
11. Can I use blogs for my assignment?
Whilst blogs can be part of the media source, we recommend not to use them as we are looking for your views on various business ethics issues more so than personal commentary.
12. Is there a minimum or maximum number of references for the assignment?
There is no minimum or maximum number of requirements for this assignment task. Nonetheless, you need to ensure that all the assignment content is properly acknowledged and referenced.
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13. Can I have a common introduction and conclusion?
You need to treat each media article as an individual piece of assessment with respective marks (so 2 articles x 25 marks). Accordingly, there should be no common introduction and conclusion sections.
14. Is executive summary required?
There is NO need to include executive summary at the start of the document.
15. Should I choose generic versus specific business ethics issues?
Selection of business ethics issues and articles is your choice, and part of the evaluation process. Nonetheless, in the unit team experience it is easier to have a robust discussion with a specific (eg., environmental damage caused by company X) than a generic (eg., climate change) issue.
16. Where does the reference list go?
Place the combined reference list in alphabetical order after the discussion of the 2 media articles, in other words, at the end of the document.
17. Is the final reference list part of the word limit?
The final reference list is not included in the word limit of the assignment nor are the in-text references.
18. Word limits for the assignment
1500 words for each article (No additional words above the 1500 words for each article in the assignment will be marked, excluding the in-text references for each article).
MMM343 ASSIGNMENT – 3000 WORDS: 50%
Selection of news article within specified time frame.
(Yes/ No. If no, Respective article discussion will receive zero marks)
Needs Improvement
Needs Improvement
Acceptable (Pass)
Good (Credit)
Very Good (Distinction)
Excellent (High Distinction)
An overview of the content of the article. The overview does (not) contains the (1) title of the article, (2) date published, (3) the media source, (4) a scanned copy of the article, (5) authors, and (6) word count.
(Max 3 marks)
ULO1, GLO1, GLO3
Failure to select appropriate news article.
Overview of the news article fails to provide an adequate summary of the story that it contains.
The overview of the news article summarizes the issues adequately.
The overview of the news article summarizes the issues well.
The overview of the news article summarizes the issues very well.
The overview of the news article summarizes the issues comprehensively.
Identification of ethical issues and stakeholders
(Max 8 marks)
ULO2, ULO3, GLO1
Ethical issues and/or stakeholders not identified.
Ethical issues and/or stakeholders not identified adequately.
For example: key ethical issues missed; issues that were identified were done so poorly; key stakeholders not identified or done so poorly.
Ethical issues and stakeholders identified adequately.
The major ethical issues and the main stakeholders have been identified.
Ethical issues and stakeholders identified well.
The major ethical issues and the main stakeholders have been identified. There is evidence of understanding of the issues and affected stakeholders.
Ethical issues and stakeholders identified very well.
The major ethical issues and the main stakeholders have been identified. There is evidence of in-depth understanding of the issues and affected stakeholders.
Ethical issues and stakeholders identified comprehensively.
The major ethical issues and the main stakeholders have been identified. There is evidence of comprehensive understanding of the issues and affected stakeholders.
Discussion of the ethical issues raised in the news article is linked to referenced theory
No discussion of ethical issues link to referenced theory.
Unsatisfactory discussion of ethical issues link to referenced theory.
Satisfactory discussion of ethical issues link to referenced theory.
Satisfactory discussion of ethical issues link to referenced theory.
Satisfactory discussion of ethical issues link to referenced theory.
Satisfactory discussion of ethical issues link to referenced theory.
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(Max 6 marks)
ULO3, ULO 4, GLO1, GLO3
For example, when discussing media article: a poor discussion that fails to engage with the relevant issues; very limited or non-existent use of appropriate referenced theory to inform and substantiate the discussion.
For example, mention of appropriate referenced theory to inform and substantiate the discussion.
For example, the discussion draws out some more subtle implications and issues or that demonstrates a good use of referenced theory to inform and substantiate the discussion.
For example, the discussion
draws out and shows clear links between more subtle implications and issues or that demonstrates a good use of referenced theory to inform and substantiate the discussion.
For example, the discussion
raises the work above the level of a distinction by drawing out in-depth implications and issues and demonstrates a good use of referenced theory to inform and substantiate the discussion.
Recommendations to address the ethical issues raised
(Max 6 marks)
ULO3, ULO4, GLO5
No recommendations provided to address issues raised by the news article
Recommendations merely stated; and/ or recommendations poorly relate to the issues raised; recommendations illogical or unrealistic
Recommendations not argued for but merely stated. No clear link demonstrated between the issues from the article and discussion of the recommendations.
Recommendations are reasonable and are argued adequately. There is evidence of clear link between issues from the article and discussion of the recommendations.
Recommendations provided demonstrates grasp of context and provides a well-argued rationale. A clear link between issues from the article and discussion of the recommendations is presented.
Recommendations (from secondary sources and/or own opinion) provided demonstrates a comprehensive rationale for the recommendation. The link between the issues from the article and discussion of the recommendations is presented.
Academic English, structure and the presentation of the text.
Referencing and acknowledging your sources of information.
(max. 2 marks)
GLO2
Evidence of poor academic English, structure or presentation of the writing:
For example one or more of the following may be in evidence: extensive spelling and/or grammatical errors; significant confusion over the meaning of words and phrases; numerous sentences which do not convey meaning well; confusing structure for
Evidence of poor academic English, structure or presentation of the writing:
For example one or more of the following may be in evidence: extensive spelling and/or grammatical errors; significant confusion over the meaning of words and phrases; numerous sentences which do
Evidence of reasonable academic English, structure and presentation of the writing.
Some spelling and/or grammatical errors. Words and phrases generally used appropriately. Sentences generally convey meaning well. The structure
Evidence of sound academic English, clear structure and good presentation of the writing.
Few spelling and/or grammatical errors. Words and phrases used appropriately. Sentences convey meaning well. Structure and presentation of the work make the work easy to read and understand.
Evidence of very good academic English, clear structure and good presentation of the writing.
Very few spelling and/or grammatical errors. Words and phrases used appropriately and evidence of a more sophisticated vocabulary. Sentences convey meaning very well. Structure and
Evidence of excellent academic English, clear structure and good presentation of the writing.
No spelling and/or grammatical errors. Words and phrases are used appropriately even when engaging with complex ideas and concepts. Sentences are clear, succinct and convey meaning
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the work; writing presented in a manner that significantly reduces readability.
There are few or no references used within the body of the discussion, or the references used are mostly inaccurate or the references do not support the points being made.
There is little evidence of an attempt to use the APA or author-date referencing method.
There is no reference list at the end, or the list is largely inaccurate in style and/or content.
not convey meaning well; confusing structure for the work; writing presented in a manner that significantly reduces readability.
There are few or no references used within the body of the discussion, or the references used are mostly inaccurate or the references do not support the points being made.
There is little evidence of an attempt to use the APA or author-date referencing method.
There is no reference list at the end, or the list is largely inaccurate in style and/or content.
and style of the writing make the work quite accessible to the reader.
References are used within the body of the discussion adequately.
The APA or author-date referencing method is used, but there may be some errors.
There is a reference list at the end and it is generally accurate in both style and content.
References are used within the body of the discussion well and are in most cases accurate and in the correct format.
The APA or author-date referencing method is used, with only minor errors.
There is a reference list at the end and it is largely accurate in both style and content.
presentation of the work make it easy to read and understand despite the complexity of some of the issues discussed.
References are used within the body of the discussion very well to support the points made and in almost all cases are accurate and in the correct format.
The APA or author-date referencing method is used, with very few errors.
There is a reference list at the end and it is accurate in style and content.
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very well. Structure and presentation of the work make it easy to read and understand despite the complexity of the issues discussed.
References are used within the body of the discussion very well to support the points made and in all cases are accurate and in the correct format.
The APA or author-date referencing method is used, with no errors.
There is a reference list at the end and it is accurate in style and content.
Total
Marks for this article: 25
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