Start by reading the required readings, consulting your lecture notes, and working through the weekly activities (including the suggested answers) for weeks one and two.

Ethics Case Study: Guidance sheet 

  1. Guidance for answering the assignment questions
  1. Start by reading the required readings, consulting your lecture notes, and working through the weekly activities (including the suggested answers) for weeks one and two.
  1. Pay attention to the mark allocation for each question in the assignment. This gives you an indication of how much depth is required in providing your answers.
  1. Read through the criteria sheet provided after the assignment task, so that you know what is expected at the different grade levels
  1. Utilitarianism
    • Include a brief introduction (one or two sentences) that describes the essential concepts of a utilitarian approach;
    • Most of your answer should apply these concepts to the issue described in the case. Make sure that you identify relevant stakeholders, identify and quantify the consequences for these stakeholders, and calculate the effect for net happiness;
    • Include a brief conclusion (one or two sentences) that shows your view on whether the action is moral, and is consistent with your analysis
  1. Kantian deontology
    • Include a brief introduction (one or two sentences) that describes the essential concepts of a deontological approach;
    • Most of your answer should apply these concepts to the issue described in the case. Make sure that you consider both formulations of the Categorical Imperative that are discussed in the learning material;
    • Include a brief conclusion (one or two sentences) that shows your view on whether the action is moral, and is consistent with your analysis
  1. Virtue ethics
    • Include a brief introduction (one or two sentences) that describes the essential concepts of virtue ethics;
    • Most of your answer should apply these concepts to the issue described in the case. Make sure that you consider all of the key aspects of virtue ethics that were covered in the learning material. Your answer should also clearly identify those virtues/excellence or vices that are most relevant to the case, with some explanation;
    • Note that you can use the virtues/excellences and vices identified by Aristotle, or those suggested by Stewart (at the end of the required reading), or the character strengths associated with positive psychology, or any other virtue (as a character trait or disposition);
    • Include a brief conclusion (one or two sentences) that is consistent with your application.

 

  1. Kohlbergs theory
    • Include a brief introduction (one or two sentences) that describes the essential concepts of Kohlberg’s theory of moral development;
    • Most of your answer should apply these concepts to the issue described in the case. Make sure that you clearly identify one or more stages that are relevant to the case, and provide some explanation and justification;
    • Include a brief conclusion (one or two sentences) that is consistent with your application.
  1. The criteria sheet and marking: You will be allocated a mark out of 40 based on your performance against the criteria sheet. Pay close attention to these criteria, as they detail what is required of you to obtain marks for each aspect of the assignment.
  1. Length: The word limit for the assignment is a maximum of 1250 words. This includes headings and the use of any tables or figures but does not include the reference list.

If you exceed 1250 words, we will not mark the portion of your ECS that has exceeded the 1250 word limit. Note that the portion exceeding the 1250 word limit may affect previous sections of your answer and may therefore affect your overall mark.

You must include a word count at the end of your Ethics Case Study.

  1. Format: You must present your ECS is a professional format. A professional format includes the use of word processing software in an easily readable font (12 point) with appropriate margins and professional layout. This includes using assignment headings but there is no need for an Executive Summary or Table of Contents.
  1. Style: Use plain English, as this will help you to be concise. You may use the personal pronoun “I” when stating your opinion. The use of slang, swear words and jargon is inappropriate in a business setting. The use of ‘SMS speak’ (for example, the letter ‘u’ instead of ‘you’) is particularly inappropriate for formal business communication. You need to use correct spelling and grammar as this forms part of the criteria for marking.
  1. Research and referencing: If you quote or paraphrase from any source, then it should be referenced. Follow the QUT APA reference style as detailed in QUT Cite/Write. The website for QUT Cite/Write is: https://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/ . A link can also be found under Assessment on the Unit’s Blackboard site.

The reference list is not included in the 1250 word limit.

  1. Individual work: You must compile your case study on an individual basis. This means that you are not permitted to compile or write it jointly with another student(s). You cannot read another student’s case study before submitting your own.  You are not permitted to allow another student to read your case study before she or he has submitted their own.

However, we acknowledge that business ethics is best learnt when students engage in debate and discussion on the matter.  Therefore, we encourage you to discuss and debate the topic and related issues raised in this assignment with your peers.  However, you must be very careful not to plagiarise or copy as your case study must be compiled on an individual basis.  If you are unsure whether you are allowed to do something, refer to the School’s policy on plagiarism which can be accessed from the Blackboard site.

In summary, you are free to talk about the issues raised in the case study, but you must write the assignment individually. Making ‘cosmetic’ changes to a few sentences of another student’s work does not mean that you have written it individually. This applies to portions of the assignment and the assignment as a whole.


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