Business Ethics and Deontology
In the Module 1 SLP, you will be given requirements for structuring the papers you will write throughout your degree program. In this module, we will discuss the required format and and writing requirements of all future papers (Case and SLP).
To begin, please review pages 1-7 (up to and including the section entitled “Body”) of the Trident University International Well-Written Paper guide. For Module 1, please disregard the last bullet point beginning “Support your points by citing…” as we will address end referencing and citation requirements in the Module 2 SLP. Then read pages 13 and 17 of the Well-Written Paper guide (“Conclusion” and “Helpful Formatting Tips” sections).
In addition to reviewing the Well-Written Paper guide, I would like you to review Dr. Drummond McNaughton’s excellent guide for writing high-quality papers: Dr. Drumm’s Writing Tips.
Please thoroughly review the Purdue Owl guidelines for writing papers. This websites provides a high-quality overview relating to such issues as writing mechanics and usage of grammar:
For the Module 1 SLP, please write a 2-3 page paper in which you address the following:
Drawing upon deontological ethics, discuss a business ethics problem with which you have had personal experience.
Keys to the Assignment:
• Describe an ethical problem you have confronted in a business situation;
• Describe the deontological implications of the ethical problem you have described; and
• Describe how Kant’s Categorical Imperative applies to your chosen business problem.
Your paper will be evaluated on the following:
• Precision – Does the paper address the question(s) or task(s)?
• Breadth – Is the full breadth of the subject (i.e., the Keys to the Assignment) addressed?
• Depth – Does the paper address the topic in sufficient depth and include the background reading and other background resources as references?
• Critical thinking – Is the subject thought about critically (i.e., accurately, logically, relevantly, and precisely)?
• Clarity – Is the writing clear and are the concepts articulated properly? Are paraphrasing and synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the questions or are points conveyed through excessive use of quotations?
• Organization – Is the paper well written? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduate-level work? Are headings included in all papers longer than two pages?
• Referencing (citations and references) – Does the paper include citations and quotation marks where appropriate? Are the references from the background reading and assignment present and properly cited? Are all the references listed in the bibliography present and referred to via citation?
Tips and Suggestions:
1) Your SLP will be graded on your ability to accurately state the deontological implications of the business ethics problem you have identified, and to what extent the resolution of the problem is consistent with deontological ethics. *** Remember that there are no right or wrong answers here – as you will learn, deontology is not the only way to view a business ethics problem, but you must use sound logic in your assessment of the problem.
2) Your SLP will be graded on the extent to which you adhere to the TUI Well-Written Paper guidelines. Please be sure that your paper is formatted properly, and that you follow all guidelines (e.g., appropriate use of headings, margins, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, double-spacing, etc.).
5) Rule of Law: This is what the case will stand for; a rule to be applied in future cases.