Organizational Ethics – PSYC 644

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Exploration of ethical/legal issues confronted by organizations, and discussion of ethical theories pertaining to decision-making and problem solving in organizations. Special consideration is given to how Christian faith informs ethics. (Crosslisted with MSPS 655)

Prerequisites

PSYC 516

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to effectively analyze legal and ethical issues that may arise in an organizational setting. This course will assist students in exploring ethical decision-making and practicing ethical communication and leadership. Students will begin to apply what they have learned in a practical manner thus preparing them to behave as ethical members of their chosen career fields.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Understand psychological processes that influence group ethical performance.
    2. Discuss ethical and legal issues that impact organizational decision-making.
    3. Analyze the development of an ethical organizational culture.
    4. Utilize biblical principles to engage in ethical problem solving.
    5. Evaluate interpersonal ethics from leadership and follower perspectives.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 500–600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250–300 words. Each thread and reply must be supported by at least 1 reference to the textbook, at least 1 reference to Scripture, and at least 1 scholarly journal article. Current APA format must be used.

Case Analyses (2)

In 800–1,200 words, the student will respond to the questions presented in the assignment instructions, including addressing what biblical principles could potentially be considered in the cases. Responses must be supported by at least 1 reference to the textbook, at least 1 reference to Scripture, and at least 1 scholarly journal article. Current APA format must be used. A cover page must be included, but no abstract is required.

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will complete a professional 12–15-slide (not including cover and reference slides) narrated PowerPoint presentation to prepare a training session that might be provided to employees addressing organizational relationships, communication, conflict management, and negotiation. The student must include an audio component to the presentation. A minimum of 3 sources (including the text) in current APA format must be used in preparation of the presentation.

Reflective Essay

The student will write a 2,000–2,400-word reflection paper in current APA format that focuses on followership. The paper must include at least 1 reference to the textbook, at least 1 reference to Scripture, and at least 1 scholarly source. A cover page must be included, but no abstract is required.

Reflective Examination

The student will take a reflective examination in Week 8 answering three reflection questions in essay format. Each question will consist of a 300 word minimum requirement. This examination will cover any course materials utilized in the class from Week 1 through Week 8. There is a 2 hour time limit to complete this open-book/open-note reflective examination.