BBA in Tourism and Hospitality Management
Course Code: GEN304
Course Title: Ethics
Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours/Week: 3
Prerequisites: ENG 200

Course Description

This course exposes students to core concepts, ideals and practical issues regarding professional ethics and moral behaviors. The history and development, ethical guidelines/principles and contemporary theories of the subject-matter will be the focus of the introductory chapter. Furthermore, discussions will concentrate on the relevance of Professional Ethics to modern workplaces and environments. Morality and liability, employees and moral choices, employers, and moral choices, are themes which will be covered throughout course delivery, exams and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • CLO1. Compare morality and professional ethics.
  • CLO2. Explain the rationale behind adoption of normative theories and professional codes of conduct.
  • CLO3. Evaluate the relation between justice, ethics and economic theories.
  • CLO4. Demonstrate ethical and moral issues within different corporate environments.
  • CLO5. Demonstrate awareness of problems and issues in the workplace.
  • CL06. Distinguish codes of conduct and lawful behavior within specific work arenas.
  • CL07. Anticipate the moral choices facing employees.
  • CL08. Solve problems arising from employee/employer job discrimination.

Weightage %

Weight of Various Assessment Elements & Alignment of Course Learning Outcomes to Program Learning Outcomes:

Task  Weight in % CLO 1 CLO2 CLO3 CLO 4 CLO5 CLO 6 CLO 7 CLO 8
PLO5/6 PLO5 /6 PLO5/6 PLO5/9 PLO5/9 PLO5/9 PLO5/9 PLO5/9
Team-based project 25%  
Group Work 15%     √    √          
Midterm Exam   25%    √   √    √     √        
Final Exam 35%            √       √     √




Weekly Schedule

(Lectures, Labs, Presentations, Exams, and Out-of-class Assignments):

Week# Topics CLO(s) Activities
1.          2

Unit 1: The Fundamentals of Professional Ethics

●      Defining ethics and morality

●      Moral versus non-moral standards

●      History of professional ethics

●      Business and professional ethics Having moral principles.

●      Individual integrity and responsibility

●      Religions and morality





2.          3

Unit2: Normative theories of Professional Ethics

●      Consequential theories

●      Non-consequential theories

●      Egoism

●      Utilitarianism

Kant’s ethics




3.          4

Unit 3: Justice and Economic Distribution

●      The nature of justice

●      Rival principles of distribution

●      The utilitarian view

●      The libertarian approach

●      Rawls’s theory of justice





Unit 4 : The Nature of Capitalism

●      Historical background of Capitalism

●      Key features of ethical conduct in capitalism



2 & 3






●      Moral justification of capitalism

●      Criticism of Capitalism

●      The issue of Exploitation

●      Changing attitudes towards work


Group workshop Discussions



Unit 5: Corporation

●      Limited liability company

●      Corporate moral agency

●      Moral decisions

●      Individual responsibility

●      Corporate responsibility

●      Corporate responsibility broadened.

Institutionalizing ethics within corporations


Unit 6: The workplace: Basic Issues

●      Civil liberties in the workplace

●      Personnel policies and procedures

●      History of union movement








Unit 7: The Workplace: Today’s challenges

●      Organizational influence in private lives

●      Legitimate and illegitimate influence

●      Obtaining information

●      Redesigning work



Midterm Exam



Unit 8: Moral choices facing employees.

●      Obligations to the firm

●      Abuse of official position

●      Bribes and kickbacks





Group Project

Due date- TBA


Unit 9: Job Discrimination

●      The concept of job discrimination

●      Evidence of discrimination

●      Legal action of affirmative action

●      Moral issues of affirmative action

●      Comparable worth

Sexual Harassment




Unit 10: Business and Society: The Consumer

●      Product safety

●      Business responsibilities

●      Deception and unfairness in advertising

●      The debate over advertising




Unit 11: Business and Society: The Environment

●      Business and Ecology

●      The ethics of environmental protection

●      Approaches to environmental protection: regulations, incentives, and pollution permit





13. Other ethical issues in Unit 11







Case studies


14. Other ethical issues in Unit 11 1,4,6,7


Case studies


15. Project presentation

2, 4, 5,

6, 7 & 8

The Project presentation will cover Ethical issues delivered in the course during the semester. The group of students must present the issues in front of the class.


        16.           Final exam

4, 6, 7& 8


The exam will cover essay-type questions and a short case study.

Out-of-class Project

Students’ groups are required to submit the Project through Turnitin. The course-specific Project will demonstrate how to apply ethics tackling a certain issue in our real Business world. It covers CLOs#2, 4, 5, 6, 7& 8.

Teaching Methods

Instructional sequence:
Each session of this course will be taught using a mix of teaching methods to achieve the above learning objectives & outcome. This includes lecturing, discussions, and interactive activities in class, student’s presentations and open Q&A. To bring the real business world into the classroom, real world cases will be discussed in the class.

Classroom instruction:
Student readings and online videos before and during class sessions, short form assignments and exercises that can be completed before or during class sessions, interactive lectures with engaged student discussion and activity.

Educational Resources

Educational Resource Description
Textbook Required

Shaw, W. H. (2016). Business Ethics, 9th edition, USA: Wadsworth, ISBN-13: 978-1305582088



Other References

  1.  Ghillyer,  A.W. (2018). Business Ethics Now, 5h edition McGraw-Hill Education, ISBN-13: 9781259535437.

2.    Brooks, L.J. & Dunn, P. (2015). Business & Professional Ethics, 7th edition. Cengage Learning, ISBN-13: 978-1285182223.

3.   Boatright, J. R. (2016). Ethics and Conduct of Business, 8th edition, USA: Pearson, ISBN-13: 978-0134167657.

Other Resources  

Course Policies

Class Attendance:
Students are expected to attend all classes of this course (without exception). Prior approval is required for the class absence except for emergencies. However, any student with 30% short attendance will be forced to withdraw from the course, and the student will receive EW in his/her transcript for this course.

Do not come late to class. Any student coming late will not be allowed to attend the class, and he/she will be marked absent.

Failure to attend a course exam will result in zero marks unless the student provides an excuse acceptable to the Dean, who approves a re-sit exam. Failed courses will normally be reassessed in the scheduled semester. It is your responsibility to attend the exam at the correct time and place. Your results will be printed in a transcript, which includes all your assessments. You should check the accuracy of your transcript. If there is an error in your transcript, you have to notify the instructor.

Assignments & Projects:
Assignments and projects should be handed over to the instructor on the due date. A zero mark will follow the late submission of an assignment unless the student has an acceptable reason approved by the instructor.

Exam Attendance/Punctuality:

  • In the event that a student is up to ten minutes late, he/she will be permitted to attend/sit the exam. However, there will not be any extra time allowances made in favor of this student.
  • In the event that a student is more than 10 minutes late, he/she will not be permitted to attend/sit the exam.

Re-sit Exams:
The student will not be allowed to re-sit an exam unless he/she furnishes the institute with written evidence as follows:

  • Sickness by providing a medical report stamped by the Ministry of Health.
  • Death of a member of his/her family.
  • Accidents (e.g., car accidents).
  • Natural causes such as heavy storms.

Definition of cheating: Cheating is an attempt to gain marks dishonestly and includes:

  • Copying from another student’s work.
  • Using materials not authorized by the institute.
  • Collaborating with another student during a test without permission.
  • Knowingly using, buying, selling, or stealing the contents of a test.
  • Plagiarism means presenting another person’s work or ideas as one’s own without attribution.

Penalty of Cheating:
The minimum penalty for cheating is an automatic Zero for the test or assignment leading to a possible “F” for the subject. The student will be expelled from the examination room so that he/she doesn’t disturb other students. The exam invigilator will produce a report on the case. The report will be kept in the student file. A second offense will result in the immediate suspension of the student for the remainder of the current semester. A copy of the decision will be kept in the student file, while another one will be passed to the Dean.

In addition to the hard copy, students may be required to submit written assignments/reports in soft copy through the Turnitin system available online at the Learning Management System (Moodle) to check the “Similarity Index.” The penalties for minor and major violations are indicated below.

Offence Penalty
Minor offence (First time) The student will receive a written academic warning, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.
Minor offence (Repeated) The student will receive zero and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.
Major offence (First time) The student will receive an F grade in the course and a written academic warning, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.

Major offence (Repeated)


The student will receive an F grade in the course and will be suspended for one semester, and the case will be recorded in the academic violations tracking system.

All types of electronic communication aids and devices are not allowed in classes.

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