Introduction to Ethics & Governance

Introduction to Ethics & Governance.
Introduction to Ethics & Governance.

Ethics & Governance Lecture 1: Introduction to Ethics & Governance



Overview Today

A brief introduction to the course’s management, readings and assessments

Plagiarism – academic integrity

Essay writing – study research techniques

Ethics and morality

Ethics and the law

Ethics in business and corporate governance



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There is no prescribed textbook for this subject.


There are essential readings on the myRMIT studies website.


A lot of the material in the course has been developed from these two texts which are excellent references:

1. Mallin, C A, 2010. Corporate Governance, Oxford University Press, UK.

2. Trevino, LK & Nelson, KA (2011) Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk about How to Do It Right (5th Edition), John Wiley, USA.




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Assessment Overview


Research Essay (2000 words) 40%

Due date: TBA.


Exam 60%

Scheduled during examinations period


All assessment tasks must be submitted to pass & 50% must be attained in order to pass

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Assessment 1: Research Essay

(2000 words)


Choose one of the following three topics:


Is the formal cultural system within a firm the most important factor in creating an ethical workplace? How do formal cultural systems attempt to promote ethics?




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For the essay:-

Use at least 15 references:

* six academic journal articles peer reviewed


* six other quality references


Electronic and Hardcopy submission.




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Assessment Criteria for the Essay

Key issues relating to the question have been developed

Original and clear argument

Logical and convincing discussion

Ideas and assertions substantiated through use of high quality reference material and key academic perspectives/views used to develop arguments

Appropriate Harvard style referencing (intext and list of references)

Number and quality of references

Clear and comprehensive written style (spelling, grammar, syntax etc.)

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Harvard referencing style continued

Harvard is an author-date referencing style widely accepted in scholarly circles. Each reference is indicated in the text by the author and date of the publication cited, sometimes with added information such as page numbers. The full details of these references are listed at the end of the text in a Reference list. Please follow this information given to you by us regarding referencing.

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Harvard Referencing continued

Here is another clear guide to show our students and staff how to reference using the Harvard Referencing style.

Harvard Citation Style Examples

Follow this link for a simple and clear way to use Harvard Citation Style Examples –

The PDF for the above url is also on the on MyRMIT Learning Hub for this Course – see Assessment


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You cannot copy works (text, images, media etc.) off the

Internet without referencing your source.

If you are using text, an image or other media from a webpage, you must reference the material.


Check with your lecturer or course guides for your course requirements.

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Essay assessment criteria

See the Course information Document for assessment criteria for the essay.



Ethics vs Morality

Morality reflects a person’s or group’s standards of right and wrong. Moral understanding is usually developed passively.

Ethics is the assessment of moral standards. Ethics is developed actively – through the use of theories and experience.

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