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BMGT 1341 F1C Business Ethics
Spring 2014


Connie Nichols
 SH 208
SH 210-2


Odessa College

Business Leadership Dept.


Course Syllabus 

Notice:  It is the student’s responsibility to check the online syllabus for updates and changes during the semester.
Students will be notified of changes, if any, in timely manner.

Required Text: Business Ethics 4th edition by Andrew W. Ghillyer, ©2014, McGraw-Hill, ISBN-0078023203. This book may be purchased from the Odessa College Bookstore or from an online book seller.

Course Description: BMGT 1341 Business Ethics (52.0201) (3-0) 3 credit hours.  Discussion of ethical issues, the development of a moral frame of reference and the need for an awareness of social responsibility in management practices and business activities.  Includes ethical corporate responsibility.   Prerequisite: None

Office Hours: The instructor's office hours and phone numbers are listed above. Please do not hesitate to utilize this time to discuss any course-related topic.








9:00 – 10:00

9:00 - 12:00

9:00 – 10:00 


6:00 - 7:00

5:00-5:30 (City)



Friday:  8:30-9:00 or by appointment
 432-335-6521 - cnichols@odessa.edu


  Expectations: This is a college level course and you will, therefore, be expected to uphold established college standards as below under Odessa College Policies. Your final grade will be based upon a combination of the following factors:

  1. Preparedness
  2. Purposeful participation in the classroom discussion
  3. Ability to relate and apply the concepts discussed in the course
  4. Scores on exams, projects, and other assignments
  5. Score on final exam

 Note that preparedness and purposeful participation are the first two elements of the grading criteria. This is not strictly a lecture course. Students will be required to actively participate in the discussions, both individually and in assigned groups. You cannot participate if you are not present in class, and purposeful participation is difficult to achieve if you are not prepared.  If you must be absent, please contact your instructor before the absence if possible or as soon after the missed class as possible to make arrangements for the make-up work or missed assignments. This is your responsibility. Show respect to everyone in the class by communicating appropriately - do not sleep or put your head or feet on the tables or chairs. Cell phones should be placed on either vibrate or silent mode and are to be accessed in emergency cases only

Business Leadership students are encouraged to make an appointment with Connie Nichols or Sue Jones to discuss both academic and career goals toward the end of each long semester.

Departmental and Instructor Course Requirements, Evaluation Methods and Grading Policy: There are projects and/or assignments associated with this course as well as a Final Exam. The assignments must be completed and turned in by due date. Students are required to attend a minimum of 4 community leadership meetings during each semester. Check the community meetings page located on the instructor’s website for a list of organizations, meeting dates and times, and instructions. (/dept/management/sjones/meetings.htm )

Your grade will be a compilation of the following categories:

1. Attendance/Participation 25%
2. On-time Completion of Assignments 25%
3. Case Studies & Tests 25%
4. Community Leadership Meetings 10%
5. Final Exam 15%


The projected cutoff point for A’s, B’s, C’s, and D’s are based on a 90%, 80%, 70%, and 60%, respectively. At the end of the semester these projected cutoff points will be adjusted (i.e. raised or lowered) in order to reflect the overall performance of the class. Thus the actual grade will not be known with certainty until after the semester is over.

Information regarding withdrawals, dropping a class or receiving an incomplete can be found in the current Odessa College Catalog.

Business Leadership; students should be aware that a grade of a “C” or better is necessary to meet the degree or certificate requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Core Objectives

Describe reasoning for analyzing ethical dilemmas
Discuss social and ethical threats emerging from rapid technological change

Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information

Define business ethics
Identify and discuss the consequences of unethical business practices

Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication

Explain how business, government, and society function interactively

Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal

Describe different ethical views

Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making

Explain corporate social responsibility

Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities


Student E-mail

Please access your Odessa College Student E-mail, by following the link to either set up or update your account: /gmail/.  Correspondence will be submitted using your Odessa College email as an alternative method to contact you with information regarding this course.  If you need help, click here.


Objective of the Business Leadership Department: The primary object of the business leadership program is to prepare each student for full time employment. The business leadership program is not intended to serve as preparatory work toward a baccalaureate degree although courses are transferable to several colleges and universities. Students planning to pursue a four-year degree should consult the upper level institution of their choice regarding transferability of courses.  Department Web site: /dept/management/


BMGT 1341 710 Business Ethics
Tentative Spring 2014 Course Schedule

Holidays: January 20, 2014 – Martin Luther King Day (College Closed)
March 10 – 16, 2014 – Spring Break  (College Closed)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (College Closed)
April 16, 2014 - Last Day to Drop: 
Graduation:  May 17, 2014




Week 1

Course Introduction
Chapter 1 Understanding Ethics

Read Chapter 1
Assignment 1-due 1-28

Week 2

Chapter 2 Defining Business Ethics

Read Chapter 2
Assignment #2

Week 3

Wrap up Part 1

 Assignment #2
Due 2-3-14

Week 4

     The Ides of March – Case Study

The Ides of March Assignment due 2/18/14
Read Chapter 3

Week 5

Chapter 3 Organizational Ethics

Read Chapter 4

Week 6

Chapter 4 Corporate Social Responsibility
Group presentations

Read Chapter 5

Week 7

Chapter 5 Corporate Governance

Read Chapter 6

Week 8

Spring Break – no class


Week 9

Case Study – Margin Call    


Week 10

Chapter 6 The Role of Government

Margin Call Assignment due 3/25/14
Read Chapter 7

Week 11

Chapter 7 Blowing the Whistle

Read Chapter 8

Week 12

Chapter 8 Ethics and Technology

Read Chapter 9

Week 13

Case Study – Thank You For Smoking  

Thank You For Smoking Assignment due 4/22/14
Read Chapter 9

Week 14

Chapter 9 Ethics and Globalization

Read Chapter 10

Week 15

Chapter 10 Making it Stick:  Doing What’s Right in a Competitive Market


Week 16

John Q – Final Exam – Case Study


Week 17

Final Exam Due

Final Exam due 5/13/14


As a student, I understand that I am responsible for keeping up with the course. To help with this, I will

  • identify alternative computer and internet access in case my primary computer crashes or my internet service is unavailable;

  • recognize that the college provides free wi-fi and computer labs during regular campus hours to help me with accessing my course; and,

  • understand that my instructor does not have to accept my technical issues as a legitimate reason for late or missing work if my equipment or service is unreliable.


As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to communicate quickly with the instructor any issue or emergency that will impact my involvement with or performance in the class. This includes, but is not limited to

  • getting “kicked off” of the system during tests or quizzes;

  • having trouble submitting assignments; and

  • dealing with a traumatic personal event.


As a student, I understand that it is my responsibility to understand course material and requirements and to keep up with the course calendar. While my instructor is available for help and clarification, I will

  • seek out help from my instructor and/or from tutors;

  • ask questions if I don’t understand; and

  • access my course several times during the week to keep up with assignments and announcements.


As a student, I understand that I will have the opportunity to provide feedback on my experience in this course through an end-of-course Student Evaluation of Instruction (SEI).


Odessa College Policies

Tuition Discounts

The “First Course is Free” discount waives standard tuition and fees for the first 3 credit hours taken at Odessa College. The discount applies to high school graduates taking their first class at Odessa College as well as transfer students taking their first class at Odessa College.

The “Academic Progress Discount” provides a 10% tuition discount upon completion of 30 credit hours until reaching 45 credit hours. It provides a 20% discount upon completion of 45 credit hours until reaching 60 credit hours. Student must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for the discount.


Academic Policies

Note that the OC Student Handbook states (page 32) that “[i]n cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor has the authority to impose appropriate scholastic penalties. Complaints or appeals of disciplinary sanctions may be filed in accordance with the college due process procedure. Copies of the college due process procedure are available in the office of The Director of Student Life (CC104).”

For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a student at Odessa College, please refer to the following: The 411 of OC: Student Handbook 2012-2013; Student Rights & Responsibilities /dept/studenthandbook/handbook.pdf 


Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic dishonesty shall constitute a violation of these rules and regulations and is punishable as prescribed by board policies. Scholastic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to, cheating on a test, plagiarism and collusion.

"Cheating on a test" shall include:

  • Copying from another student's test paper

  • Using test materials not authorized by the person administering the test.

  • Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test without permission from the test administrator.

  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing or soliciting, in whole or in part, the contents of an unadministered test.

  • The unauthorized transporting or removal, in whole or in part, of the contents of the unadministered test.

  • Substituting for another student, or permitting another student to substitute for one's self, to take a test.

  • Bribing another person to obtain an unadministered test or information about an unadministered test.

  • "Plagiarism" shall be defined as the appropriating, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means another's work and the unacknowledged submission or incorporation of it in one's own written work.

  • "Collusion" shall be defined as the unauthorized collaboration with another person in preparing written work for fulfillment of course requirements. (Source: Odessa College Student Handbook 2012-2013, page 29-30)


Special Populations/Disability Services/Learning Assistance

Odessa College complies with Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have any special needs or issues pertaining to your access to and participation in this or any other class at Odessa College, please feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns. You may also call the Office of Disability services at 432-335-6861 to request assistance and accommodations.

Odessa College affirms that it will provide access to  programs, services and activities to qualified individuals with known disabilities as required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), unless doing so poses an undue hardship or fundamentally alters the nature of the program or activity Disabilities may include hearing, mobility or visual impairments as well as hidden disabilities such as chronic medical conditions  (arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disorders, lupus, seizure disorders, etc.), learning disabilities or psychiatric or emotional disabilities. A student who comes to Odessa College with diagnosed disabilities which may interfere with learning may receive accommodations when the student requests them and submits proper documentation of the diagnosis. A Request for Accommodations form and guidelines for beginning the request process are available in the OC Help Center or on the Odessa College web site at  /dept/counseling/disabilities/index.htm. The college strives to provide a complete and appropriate range of services for students with disabilities such as assistance with testing, registration, information on adaptive and assistive equipment, tutoring, assistance with access and accommodations for the classroom where appropriate. For information regarding services, students with disabilities should contact the Office of Disability Services in the OC Help Center located in Room 204 of the Student Union Building or call 432-335-6433. (Source: Odessa College Catalog of Courses 2012-2013, page 52)


Dropping a Course or Withdrawing from College

Students wishing to drop a non-developmental course may do so online using WebAdvisor, at the Wrangler Express, or Registrar’s Office. A student wishing to drop a developmental course or withdraw from college should obtain a drop or withdrawal form from the Wrangler Express or the Registrar’s Office. Students are encouraged to consult with instructors prior to dropping a class. Students may not completely withdraw from the college by use of the Web. Students must drop a class or withdraw from college before the official withdrawal date stated in the class schedule. Students who are part of the Armed Forces Reserves may withdraw with a full refund if the withdrawal is due to their being ordered into active duty. A copy of the student’s orders must be presented to the Registrar’s Office at the time of the withdrawal. For details, please contact the Office of the Registrar. No longer attending class does not automatically constitute withdrawal from that class, nor does a student’s notification to an instructor that the student wishes to be dropped. Failure of a student to complete the drop/withdrawal process will result in a grade of “F.” (Source: Odessa College Catalog of Courses 2012-2013, page 36)

Blackboard Support

I can’t log into my Blackboard Course, who do I contact?
Contact the Student Success Center: 432-335-6673 or online at https://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/helpdesk_form.htm. The SSC can provide you with your Blackboard login name. If you are not sure what your password is, they can reset your password.

I’m having a problem in my Blackboard Course, who do I contact?

For any problem that you have in your online course, always contact your Instructor first. Refer to the Instructor’s Contact Information area of the Syllabus for their preferred method of contact and the expected response time.

Additional Blackboard Help Resources:
Service Assistance Provided Available
Blackboard Help for Students Website with a searchable list of topics on how to navigate and use Blackboard for online courses. Online
Click here.
Blackboard On Demand
 Learning Center for Students
This website provides an extensive list of short tutorial videos for student activities performed in Blackboard. Online
Click here.
Blackboard Collaborate:
First Time Users
If you have never used Blackboard Collaborate before, this website provides a system requirements check, configuration instructions, and training and resources area. Online
Click here.
Blackboard Collaborate:
Essentials for Participants
This website provides essential information for Participants of Collaborate sessions. Any Collaborate user, whether first-time or experienced, would benefit from reviewing the information here. Online
Click here.

Student E-mail Support

How do I set up, access, or update my Odessa College Student E-mail account?
Go to this website and follow the directions on the page: /gmail/.


I can't access my student email! I forgot my password!
Contact the Student Success Center: 432-335-6673 or online at https://www.odessa.edu/dept/ssc/helpdesk_form.htm. They can provide you with assistance in accessing your student email (created by OC) and can also assist with resetting your student email password. Make sure to have your student ID number available!


Your Blackboard login name is associated with your OC created student email account. All Correspondence for this course will be submitted using your Odessa College student email address.


Support for Students with Disabilities

How do I contact the Office of Special Populations?

Main Number 432-335-6861
Campus Location SUB 204N in the Student Union Building
Email Becky Rivera-Weiss - brivera@odessa.edu
Website To find out more about services provided by the Special Populations office, please visit: /dept/counseling/disabilities/index.htm

Learning Resources Center (LRC; Library)

How do I contact the Learning Resource Center?
Main Number 432-335-6640
FAQ Service LibAnswers: http://libanswers.odessa.edu
Contact a Specific OC Librarian Pat Quintero at 432/335-6350 or pquintero@odessa.edu
Donna Clark at 432/335-6645 or dclark@odessa.edu
Carolyn Petersen at 432/335-6641 or
LRC Services and Guidelines Website https://www.odessa.edu/dept/library/services/index.htm


Equipment and Services Provided:
The Murry H. Fly Learning Resources Center (LRC) supports the college's curriculum resulting in a primary emphasis on each student's individual study and research needs. The faculty and staff work with the LRC's Technical Services and Public Services Departments in choosing materials to support all college programs. More than 59,000 books, 50,000 electronic books, 350 current periodicals, 6,700 media holdings, eight newspapers, and 60 databases are available to enhance the educational process.

Equipment/Services Available Used For Available
Books, videos, CDs Research On Campus and Online
Specialized databases not available online for free Research On Campus and Online
Magazines, newspapers, & scholarly journals Research On Campus and Online
Computers Research & word processing On Campus
Selected textbooks for short-term use Course work On Campus
Trained staff Answer "where do I find?" On Campus and Online
Tutorials Tips for research strategies On Campus and Online
Photocopiers, VHS/DVD players, FAX service For course work On Campus
Quiet study areas For course work On Campus

Student Success Center (SSC) / AVID Center

How do I contact the Student Success Center?
Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be served as soon as possible.

Main Number 432-335-6673
Campus Location 1st floor of the Library
Website with Additional Help and Information /dept/ssc/
Live Online Assistance / Chat Click Here
(If no one is currently available, please put your email and question(s) in the appropriate areas of the form and hit ‘send.’ Your question(s) will be addressed as soon as an SSC staff member becomes available.)

Equipment and Services Provided:
The purpose of the Odessa College Student Success Center is to provide assistance to students in meeting their academic and career goals. The SSC strives to continually provide new and updated resources that will empower all Odessa College students to succeed at OC and beyond.

Equipment/Services Available Used For Available
Tutoring by CRLA & Avid trained tutors Understanding course work and motivation On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Student Information Seminars (SIS) Demo email, Blackboard and SSC resources On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Study Skills Tools needed to succeed On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Basic Technology To navigate classes, email, etc. On Campus and Online
Plato Web Practice for TEAS test and basic math, science, etc. On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Project T.I.E. Practice for GED/COMPASS On Campus and Online
Click here for more information.
Student Orientation/Tour Show individual students where their classes will be. SIS presentation On Campus
M.O.R.E. Mentoring Program Networking, tips to navigate college life successfully On Campus
Click here for more information.
Smart thinking Online tutoring service. Connect with an e-structor and interact with a live tutor. Online
Click here for more information.

Veterans Support

How do I contact the office for Veteran’s Outreach?

Main Number 432-335-6833
Campus Location 204M (Help Center) in the Student Union Building
Email Gloria Rangel - grangel@odessa.edu
Website To find out more about services provided by the Veteran’s Outreach office, please visit: /dept/counseling/veterans/index.htm



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