Today’s managers must cope with an increasingly complex mix of social, environmental, market, and technological trends that requires a sophisticated, sustainability-based approach. This subject is designed to enhance awareness of the ethical, social responsibility, and sustainability dimensions facing today’s organisational leaders. Students will gain an appreciation of a values-based approach to these dimensions and the knowledge and skills to effectively guide their decision-making. The subject introduces the tools needed to logically describe, debate, and evaluate ethical dilemmas in organisations and to effectively act on one’s conclusions.
|Academic unit:||Bond Business School|
|Subject title:||Responsible and Sustainable Business|
Delivery & attendance
|Attendance and learning activities:||Attendance at all class sessions is expected. Students are expected to notify the instructor of any absences with as much advance notice as possible.|
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Assurance of learning
Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.
At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Explain the major approaches and considerations related to business ethics, corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.
- Reflect on your own personal ethics and values and describe how they impact your decisions and behaviours.
- Incorporate these concepts and values into your business and personal behaviour and decision making processes.
- Demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to complete a multi-stage group project.
- Communicate in a persuasive manner using appropriate channels and media.
- Articulate ideas, decisions, recommendations and other information in a clear, concise writing style tailored to a given audience.
|Class Participation||Preparation for and active, quality participation in all class activities. Mid-semester feedback on your participation will be provided.||20%||Ongoing||1, 2, 5.|
|Capstone Project||An individual project requiring students to identify a scenario where their values were challenged and to apply the GVV framework to identify ways in which different options to act are identified. Includes a report and peer reviewed presentation. Due dates and instructions for specific parts of the project available on iLearn.||40%||In Consultation||1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.|
|Capstone Project §||A multi-stage group project requiring the preparation of a professional report detailing an external and internal analysis and strategic recommendations as well as a short film. Due dates and instructions for specific parts of the project available on iLearn.||40%||In Consultation||1, 2, 3, 4.|
- § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.
Policy on late submission and extensions
A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.
Policy on plagiarism
University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.
Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.
Additional subject information
A peer-evaluation system will be used in this subject to help determine the individual marks for all group assessments. As part of the requirements for Business School quality accreditation, the Bond Business School employs an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.
In this topic we examine ethical dilemmas facing business in the changing global landscape, and consider the social and environmental impacts of business activities. Frameworks for decision making in this context are examined.
In this topic we introduce the Giving Voice to Values Framework, outlining the key concepts and the modules we will undertake in the subject.
Introduces the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the shareholder vs. stakeholder debate. The benefits and impediments to CSR, the challenges of communicating CSR and related issues are also examined.
What are they? B Corp certification; How do B Corps do business and are they successful? Benefits of working for a B Corp. The B Impact assessment tool. Performance data covering Corporate governance, social and environmental outcomes.
Examines CSR programs of value and explore models and frameworks to map opportunities and prioritise issues related to CSR for organisations.
Considers the frameworks for understanding environmental issues. We then use case studies to understand how these frameworks can be applied and analysed.
Explores the potential ethical issues faced by business in a global economy and how these impact global human rights.
Introduces relevant theories including systems thinking, the sharing economy, and micro-finance, and considers the opportunities this presents for implementation of sustainable business.
Examination of ways in which to build business value in a changing world, create shared value, and pursue sustainability as an opportunity for business.
Application of design thinking methodologies to identify problems and create evidence-based solutions for sustainable business practice.
Explores evolving business models and management practices that apply to responsible and sustainable business, and ways in which business can prepare for and incorporate these changes.