Module code: MAN1090

Module Overview

To introduce students to the ethical principles that will allow them to fully appreciate the implications of decision-making and leadership in an increasingly complex business environment. It introduces students to core principles of ethical thought, to models of ethical decision-making and to a variety of business situations within which ethically-informed decisions will be consequential for individuals, organizations and wider societies.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: N100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The content deals with both the understanding of ethical principles and forms of decision-making and with their application to specific business issues and dilemmas that are likely to confront managers at different stages in their careers. These range from relationships with customers and employees to the treatment of major challenges facing globalised businesses and citizens.

  • Principles of ethical thought in a business context

  • Approaches to  ethical decision making

  • The role of stakeholders

  • The roles and responsibilities of employers and employees

  • Ethics in the supply chain and in competition (e.g., fair trade)

  • Social enterprise as an ethical vehicle

  • The role of governments and the state

  • The ethics of science and technology

  • Global labour markets: migration and immigration

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test ONLINE TEST (1.5 hours) 40

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the principles of ethics as well as their ability to apply these principles to address actual business issues. An interim remote online test will be administered to assess students’ understanding of concepts and theories. The final assessment, an individual essay on an ethical issue, will offer students the opportunity to apply theories in a real world ethical problem; in the process they will develop critical thinking skills and writing skills that are critical for Business Ethics and for their future career.

Formative assessment and feedback
•Students will receive individual feedback during the module from the tutor.

Module aims

  • To introduce students to the ethics of decision-making
  • To introduce ethical theory and models for developing moral frameworks.
  • To provide links to contemporary business issues in a global context.
  • To enable students to reflect self-consciously on the ethical implications of business leadership.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand key ethical concepts and their application to business organizations; K
002 Critically analyse competing theories on business ethics; C
003 Understand the role of business leaders in providing ethical leadership PT
004 Appraise ethical dilemmas from a managerial, individual and societal perspective P
005 Assess the ethical dimensions of decisions in relation to markets, nations, the natural environment PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The module will use a combination of delivery methods to promote learning. 

These will include conventional and more inter-active lectures, web-enabled support and guest speakers.

There will a clear emphasis on small group discussion and debate around the ethics of business decisions and behaviours.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for BUSINESS ETHICS :

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.