Business Ethics : NCAA Ethics and Compliance Program
Case Analysis Final Project
Assesses all learning outcomes
1. Examine how ethical concepts can be used in the business context to resolve ethical dilemmas and improve ethical decision making
2. Compare ethical and moral belief systems
3. Demonstrate how professional and social ethical decision making influences employee behavior and organizational culture
4. Explain the social and legal ramifications of unethical practices
5. Describe the intent and appearance of unethical or compromising practices in business situations
Davenport University Excellence System Outcomes
Develops and assesses the following Excellence System Outcomes
• Ethical Reasoning & Action — Graduates recognize that integrity is an essential component of accountability and is required in the evaluation of differing value systems to determine appropriate courses of action.
• Critical & Creative Thinking — Graduates develop an appreciation of the importance of context and perspective when identifying and challenging assumptions, ideas, processes, and experiences.
• Analysis & Problem Solving — Graduates use quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry to assess and evaluate complex problems.
• Written Communication — Graduates recognize the potential impact of written documents and effectively adapt the necessary skills to produce appropriate documents in a variety of interpersonal, social and professional settings.
• Professional Communication — Graduates understand and demonstrate professional demeanor, presentation and communication skills in a variety of interpersonal, social and professional settings.
This required assessment assignment (RAA) for this course has been determined by the faculty in the Management Department of the College of Business to satisfy IACBE accreditation requirements. Additionally, ungraded samples of students’ work are collected each semester session and are evaluated by the full time faculty of the Management as part of the assessment process.
The complete step-by-step case analysis guidelines and assessment rubric are located in Syllabus area of the Blackboard course. These are broken down into weekly components within the Weekly Materials
Weekly Journal Assignments
The purpose of the journal entries is to ensure that you complete this required assessment in a timely manner and obtain feedback and help from your instructor along the way.
During Weeks 1-6, you will work through the case analysis process step by step, submitting draft paragraphs and sections of the assigned case analysis by posting a private journal entry accessed via the Journal link in the course Learning Hub. You are also encouraged to ask questions and seek clarification about the assignment through these journal entries.
The purpose of the PowerPoint presentation is to share your completed case study analysis with your peers with a view to learning from each other through participation in a written question and answer session in the course Discussion Board.
You are required to:
Develop a 10-15 slide PowerPoint Presentation following the outline of the written paper. Review PowerPoint grading rubric. Submit the PPT in two locations:
• Post the presentation to the Q&A Discussion Board forum using the Subject header:
• Also, submit the presentation to the Written Assignments submission link in the course Learning Hub
Presentation Q & A (Discussion Board)
Questions Due Day 3
Responses Due Day 5
The Discussion Board for Week 7 is the Q&A Presentations. By Day 3, review the posted PowerPoint presentations of at least two of your classmates. Your instructor may post a list in the course announcements of the PowerPoints you should review. If not, then select any two to review. You will then post a question, which will consist of the following: Select at least one good point made in the presentation, and then relate it to the textbook, to show what you have learned this term; then give a suggestion for improvement; and then ask one or more questions regarding the content of the presentation. Keep in mind that this may be some student’s first PowerPoint presentations, so make suggestions in a professional manner.
Then, by Day 5, answer the two questions posted about your own presentation. Your response should demonstrate your knowledge of professional ethics, supported by at least one cited reference per response. If two questions are not asked of you, then reply to other posts, with at least one cited source.
Written Case Analysis – 200 pts
The written case analysis is the cumulative paper derived from your revised weekly journals. It should reflect thoughtful improvements from the feedback you have received from your instructor. Be sure to proofread and edit prior to final submission by using Turnitin, accessed via the Written Assignments Submission link in the Learning Hub
Format your paper as follows.
APA format (review APA Guide):
• 12-point Times New Roman font
• Double-spaced, 1-inch margins [all four sides]
• Pages numbered
• Use headings and sub-headings per the rubric
• Assessment Cover Sheet (provided in Weekly Materials folder)
o Complete information at bottom of sheet
o Attach to front of report
• Cover Page — APA format
o Case name
o Student name
o Course name/number/semester
o Instructor name
• Reference Page
Submit your completed assignment via the Written Assignments link in the course Learning Hub. The assignment is graded using the grading rubrics.
Class, on this page, please create your own APA Cover Sheet (as the 2nd Cover Sheet) per the requirements of the Final Case Analysis. This whole document (including all the headers) is to be in Times New Roman 12 font double spaced. Delete ALL italics (all instructions) once you’ve completed a section. Note, the main headings are all centered and all the side headings are to remain at the side margin. None of your paragraphs are to be in italics.
Learning Outcome 1: Describe the intent and appearance of unethical or compromising practices in business situations (this is your Main heading from Week 1 and 2 Journals – don’t delete any of the Main headings in this template)
1.2: Use the list of key facts, key stakeholders, concerns and key ethical issues to summarize the situation as introduction. (This is your side heading from the Week 2 Journal assignment – don’t delete the side headings anywhere in this template – the rest of the Week 1 and 2 Journal assignments, the bulleted listings, belong on the Appendix on the last page of this template)
(Write your 1 paragraph for Week 2 Journal in New Times Roman 12 font, not italics. Notice ALL the paragraphs you write are to be indented and the total document is double spaced without any extra blank lines before or after headings)
Learning Outcome 2: Explain the social and legal ramifications of unethical practices
2.1: Discuss how the ethical issues in the case might cause legal problems for the company and/or individuals. (1 paragraph)
2.2: Discuss how the ethical issues in the case might be perceived by the community. (1 paragraph)
2.3: Describe what steps or actions the company and/or individuals could consider to remedy the situation (public relations, internal changes, etc.). (1 paragraph)
2.4: Discuss the pros and cons of each step or action you identified. (1 paragraph)
Learning Outcome 3: Demonstrate how professional and social ethical decision making influences employee behavior and organizational culture
3.1: Discuss how the ethical issues in the case are or might impact individual employee morale, expectations and conduct. (1 paragraph)
3.2: Discuss how the ethical issues in the case are or might affect the organizational culture. (1 paragraph)
3.3: Discuss what steps or actions management could consider to remedy the situation (for example, leadership, training, codes of conduct etc.). (1 paragraph)
3.4: Briefly discuss the pros and cons of each step or action you identified. (1 paragraph)
Learning Outcome 4: Compare ethical and moral belief systems
4.1: Choose three ethical and moral belief systems (philosophies?). Discuss how each of these three systems would respond to the ethical issues in the case. (3 paragraphs)
4.2: Choose one of the three ethical belief systems (philosophies) discussed in 4.1 that seems most appropriate and applicable to deal with the issues in the case. Provide full explanation why this was chosen and is best. Provide full explanation on why the other two philosophies were not chosen. Discuss stakeholders in relationship with the chosen philosophy. (3 paragraphs)
Learning Outcome 5: Examine how ethical concepts can be used in the business context to resolve ethical dilemmas and improve ethical decision making
5.1: Using the ethical and moral belief system that you selected in 4.2 as the framework for your decision, explain which of the steps and actions you identified and discussed in 2.3 and 2.4 you believe would be most appropriate for the company to implement. Explain your reasons. (1 paragraph)
5.2: Using the ethical and moral belief system that you selected in 4.2 as the framework for your decision, explain which of the steps and actions identified and discussed in 3.3 & 3.4 you believe would be most appropriate for the company to implement. Explain your reasons. (1 paragraph)
5.3: Discuss the improvements you would expect to see from the actions you selected in 5.1 and 5.2, identify a timeline for implementation and explain how you would monitor their effectiveness. (2-3 paragraphs)
Ferrell, O., Fraedrich, J., Ferrell, L. (2015). Business ethics: Ethical decision making and cases (10th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.
(5 references including the textbook are required for full points – for every reference it also must have a matching intext citation at the point of discussion in the document)
Learning Outcome 1: Describe the intent and appearance of unethical or compromising practices in business situations (delete these italics, but do not delete this main heading)
1.1: Create a list of the key facts, key stakeholders, key stakeholder’s specific concerns and key ethical Issues. (all italics are just instructions — delete these italicized instructions once this section is completed — These Key Facts / Key Stakeholders / Key Ethical Issues is what you wrote and/or revised for Week 1 Journal. The Key Stakeholder Concerns is what you added for Week 2 Journal.)
Key Stakeholder Concerns:
• (name the stakeholder again and indicate their specific concerns – do this for each stakeholder you listed)
Key Ethical Issues:
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