MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability

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MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability

Assessment 1: Discussion Forum Post

One day when I was working with a local health facility, the garbage collector failed to turn up for the week and the garbage was piling. As it was my day to clean, the manager approached me about the piling garbage and instructed me to put it in a bag and dump it in nearby pit where most locals dumped their garbage. I declined because I considered it risky for others and was summoned to his office and given my first warning for insubordination.

I had two actions to consider. One, I considered following the manager’s order and dump the garbage there because it was an eyesore also to me. Two, I chose to ignore the managers order  because I knew it was morally wrong to flout the laid down procedures for disposing hospital wastes and I would be exposing innocent people to the health risks.

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MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability

ASSESSMENT BRIEF

Subject Code and Title

ASSESSMENT BRIEF

Subject Code and Title MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability
Assessment Assessment 1: Discussion Forum Post
Individual/Group Individual
Length 250 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes b) Apply a range of ethical frameworks and develop a

vocabulary for ethical issues.

Weighting 10%
Total Marks 100 marks

Context
This assessment provides an opportunity for you to begin to explore how ethics have played
a part in your professional life. You will have the opportunity to focus on one situation and
analyse it from a range of ethical perspectives with the aim of understanding:
(a) how ethics is part of your day-to-day professional practice, and
(b) how your current thinking about ethical issues influences your professional practice.
You will develop the skill to identify and describe an ethical issue, articulate the various
choices you have available to you and discuss how you determine what actions you should
take. You will also develop your written skills by presenting a coherent description of an event,
demonstrating the capacity to reflect on your behaviour.
The assignment will help you to develop an ‘ethical mindset’ when making workplace
decisions and learn to identify the ethical frameworks that inform those decisions.
Instructions
Post
This post should be around 250 words. It should include:
 A very short description of a workplace event where you had to make an ethical
decision (100 words). (Examples of the type of event you might write about will be
discussed in class).
 A reflection on how you made the decision to act in the way you did (150 words). The
following questions might help your reflection:
o What alternative actions did you consider?

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o Why did you choose one action rather than another?
o What factors did you consider in making the choice?
 Identification of two ethical frameworks (chosen from the 6 frameworks discussed in
Module 2.1), that could have helped you with your ethical decision. These should
include a reference to a two relevant books or journal articles that are not part of
the subject resources (50 words). You simply need to identify the two frameworks,
not describe them. Descriptions of the frameworks can be found in module 2.1. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.

Format
This post can be presented only as a piece of written text and does not need headings. It
should include appropriate academic referencing and a reference list following the APA
6th edition style of referencing. Please see the Academic Skills page on Blackboard for
information on referencing in APA 6th: https://laureate-
au.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1
&content_id=_2498849_1
Preparation for this assessment should include:
 reading all the course materials for modules 1 and 2.1, and
 undertaking library research to locate two relevant books or articles.
The Learning Rubric (pp. 3-6) is your guide to how your assessment will be marked. Please
be sure to check this rubric very carefully before submission. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.

Submission Instructions
Submit via the Assessment link by 10am Friday, module 2.2 (week 4) via in the main
navigation menu in MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability. The learning facilitator will provide
feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 3 of 6
Learning Rubric: Assessment 1
Assessment
Attributes

Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%

Pass
(Functional)
50-64%

Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%

Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%

High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%

Reflection
30%

Post demonstrates a
limited attempt to
describe and reflect on
past experience and
limited attempt to link
past experience to
ethical frameworks,
with the possibility that
no ethical frameworks
were identified.

Post demonstrates a
basic attempt to
describe and reflect on
past experience,
however requires critical
reflection on the ethical
underlying rationale that
led to the chosen
decision and clear links
to identified ethical
frameworks. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.

Post demonstrates a good
attempt to describe and
reflect on past experience,
however, requires further
reflection on the ethical
underlying rationale that
led to the chosen decision,
while linking to the
identified ethical
frameworks.

Post demonstrates a
thorough attempt to
describe and reflect on
past experience, with a
considered reflection on
the ethical underlying
rationale that led to the
chosen decision, while
linking to identified and
relevant ethical
frameworks.

Post
demonstrates an
expert attempt to
describe and
reflect on past
experience, with a
conscientious
reflection on the
ethical underlying
rationale that led
to the chosen
decision, while
thoroughly linking
to identified and
relevant ethical
frameworks.

Research, Knowledge
and Understanding
30%

Post does not address
the question,
demonstrates limited
understanding of the
topic and develops
limited aspects of the
task.

Post addresses the basic
components of the
question, demonstrates
only a cursory
understanding of the
topic and develops the
minimum aspects of the
task. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.

Post addresses most
components of the
question, demonstrates a
good understanding of the
topic and develops most
aspects of the task.
Post shows sufficient
evidence of research or
enquiry. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.

Post addresses the full
components of the
question, demonstrates
a very good
understanding of the
topic and develops all
aspects of the task.

Post addresses the
full components
of the question,
demonstrates a
comprehensive
understanding of
the topic and
develops
thorough and

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 4 of 6

Post shows little/no
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Post indicates
confusion of personal
opinion and
information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.

Post shows basic
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Post indicates some
confusion of personal
opinion and information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.

Post justifies personal
opinion, by utilising
evidence and information
from independent
research.

Post shows substantial
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Post discriminates
between assertion of
personal opinion and
information
(substantiated by robust
evidence) from
independent research
and extended reading.

critical analysis of
the task. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.
Post shows
exceptional
evidence of
research or
enquiry and
indicates serious
contemplation of
sources and
extended reading. MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability.
Post
systematically and
critically
discriminates
between assertion
of personal
opinion and
information
substantiated by
robust evidence
from independent
research.

Structure and Flow of
Ideas
20%

Post does not present
adequate information,
ideas or evidence.
Post lacks logical/clear
structure and flow of

Post presents
information, ideas and
evidence sufficiently,
however these require
further logic and clarity.

Post presents information,
ideas and evidence clearly
and logically.
Post has a good structure,
with a good flow of ideas.

Post presents
information and
arguments in a logical
and clear way, which is
well supported by
evidence.

Post is expertly
presented;
descriptive,
concise and
informative,
exceptionally
developed and

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 4 of 6

ideas, making it difficult
to understand.
Line of reasoning is
unclear and difficult to
follow.

Post has a sufficient
structure, however flow
of ideas are a challenge
and can be difficult to
understand.
Line of reasoning is
passable, however, can
sometimes be difficult to
follow and requires
clarity.

Line of reasoning is of a
good standard and easy to
follow.

Post has a very good
structure, with a strong
flow of ideas; opinions
and ideas are expressed
in a clear and concise
manner with obvious
connection to topic.
Line of reasoning is clear,
logical and easy to
follow.

well supported by
evidence.
Post has an
excellent
structure, with a
strong, clear flow
of ideas; engages
and sustains the
audience’s
interest in the
topic and the
reader can
immediately grasp
the relevancy.
Line of reasoning
is excellent;
demonstrating a
clear, logical flow
of ideas and
arguments that
are easy to follow.

Clarity and Grammar
10%

Post displays poor
spelling and grammar.

Posts appear rushed
with short, unorganised
content that may
contain multiple errors
or may be

Post displays few errors
in spelling and grammar.

Post is adequate,
however contains some
errors in clarity, which
can cloud meaning.

Post is grammatically
correct with few
misspellings if any.

Post is on topic and
relevant, with very minor

Post is grammatically
correct with no
misspellings.

Post is on topic and
relevant, contributing
Post
demonstrates
exemplary
grammar, spelling
and punctuation
skills.
Post is on topic
and relevant,

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 4 of 6

inappropriate or
irrelevant.

clarity errors that do not
impede meaning.

well-explained, relevant
and clear information.

contributing to
the discussion
with clear, concise
comments
formatted in an
easy-to-read style.

Correct citation of
key resources and
evidence
10%

Demonstrates
inconsistent use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
ideas.
Does not use sufficient
sources.
Does not include
correct references or
in-text citations; does
not use APA 6 th style.

Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, however,
these are not always
explicit or well
developed.
Uses sufficient sources,
however can be greatly
improved.
Attempts to include
references or in-text
citations, however these
are sometimes
insufficient for research
purposes, or incorrect;
uses APA 6 th style,
however may contain
some citation or
referencing errors.

Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas.
Shows good evidence of
attempts to source
information.
Includes in-text citations
and references from
suitable sources; uses APA
6 th style, however may
contain minor citation or
referencing errors.

Demonstrates use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
arguments and
statements.
Shows evidence of wide
scope for sourcing
evidence.
Includes in-text citations
and references from
suitable sources; uses
APA 6 th style, containing
minimal and or no
errors.

Demonstrates use
of high-quality,
credible and
relevant resources
to support and
develop
arguments and
position
statements.
Shows evidence of
wide scope for
sourcing
evidence.
Includes in-text
citations and
references from
suitable sources;
uses APA 6 th style,
containing no
errors.

Assessment Assessment 1: Discussion Forum Post
Individual/Group Individual
Length 250 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes b) Apply a range of ethical frameworks and develop a

vocabulary for ethical issues.

Submission Due by 10 am Friday of module 2.2 (week 4)
Weighting 10%
Total Marks 100 marks

Context
This assessment provides an opportunity for you to begin to explore how ethics have played
a part in your professional life. You will have the opportunity to focus on one situation and
analyse it from a range of ethical perspectives with the aim of understanding:
(a) how ethics is part of your day-to-day professional practice, and
(b) how your current thinking about ethical issues influences your professional practice.
You will develop the skill to identify and describe an ethical issue, articulate the various
choices you have available to you and discuss how you determine what actions you should
take. You will also develop your written skills by presenting a coherent description of an event,
demonstrating the capacity to reflect on your behaviour.
The assignment will help you to develop an ‘ethical mindset’ when making workplace
decisions and learn to identify the ethical frameworks that inform those decisions.
Instructions
Post
This post should be around 250 words. It should include:
 A very short description of a workplace event where you had to make an ethical
decision (100 words). (Examples of the type of event you might write about will be
discussed in class).
 A reflection on how you made the decision to act in the way you did (150 words). The
following questions might help your reflection:
o What alternative actions did you consider?

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 1 of 6

o Why did you choose one action rather than another?
o What factors did you consider in making the choice?
 Identification of two ethical frameworks (chosen from the 6 frameworks discussed in
Module 2.1), that could have helped you with your ethical decision. These should
include a reference to a two relevant books or journal articles that are not part of
the subject resources (50 words). You simply need to identify the two frameworks,
not describe them. Descriptions of the frameworks can be found in module 2.1.

Format
This post can be presented only as a piece of written text and does not need headings. It
should include appropriate academic referencing and a reference list following the APA
6th edition style of referencing. Please see the Academic Skills page on Blackboard for
information on referencing in APA 6th: https://laureate-
au.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1
&content_id=_2498849_1
Preparation for this assessment should include:
 reading all the course materials for modules 1 and 2.1, and
 undertaking library research to locate two relevant books or articles.
The Learning Rubric (pp. 3-6) is your guide to how your assessment will be marked. Please
be sure to check this rubric very carefully before submission.

Submission Instructions
Submit via the Assessment link by 10am Friday, module 2.2 (week 4) via in the main
navigation menu in MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability. The learning facilitator will provide
feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 3 of 6
Learning Rubric: Assessment 1
Assessment
Attributes

Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%

Pass
(Functional)
50-64%

Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%

Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%

High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%

Reflection
30%

Post demonstrates a
limited attempt to
describe and reflect on
past experience and
limited attempt to link
past experience to
ethical frameworks,
with the possibility that
no ethical frameworks
were identified.

Post demonstrates a
basic attempt to
describe and reflect on
past experience,
however requires critical
reflection on the ethical
underlying rationale that
led to the chosen
decision and clear links
to identified ethical
frameworks.

Post demonstrates a good
attempt to describe and
reflect on past experience,
however, requires further
reflection on the ethical
underlying rationale that
led to the chosen decision,
while linking to the
identified ethical
frameworks.

Post demonstrates a
thorough attempt to
describe and reflect on
past experience, with a
considered reflection on
the ethical underlying
rationale that led to the
chosen decision, while
linking to identified and
relevant ethical
frameworks.

Post
demonstrates an
expert attempt to
describe and
reflect on past
experience, with a
conscientious
reflection on the
ethical underlying
rationale that led
to the chosen
decision, while
thoroughly linking
to identified and
relevant ethical
frameworks.

Research, Knowledge
and Understanding
30%

Post does not address
the question,
demonstrates limited
understanding of the
topic and develops
limited aspects of the
task.

Post addresses the basic
components of the
question, demonstrates
only a cursory
understanding of the
topic and develops the
minimum aspects of the
task.

Post addresses most
components of the
question, demonstrates a
good understanding of the
topic and develops most
aspects of the task.
Post shows sufficient
evidence of research or
enquiry.

Post addresses the full
components of the
question, demonstrates
a very good
understanding of the
topic and develops all
aspects of the task.

Post addresses the
full components
of the question,
demonstrates a
comprehensive
understanding of
the topic and
develops
thorough and

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 4 of 6

Post shows little/no
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Post indicates
confusion of personal
opinion and
information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.

Post shows basic
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Post indicates some
confusion of personal
opinion and information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.

Post justifies personal
opinion, by utilising
evidence and information
from independent
research.

Post shows substantial
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Post discriminates
between assertion of
personal opinion and
information
(substantiated by robust
evidence) from
independent research
and extended reading.

critical analysis of
the task.
Post shows
exceptional
evidence of
research or
enquiry and
indicates serious
contemplation of
sources and
extended reading.
Post
systematically and
critically
discriminates
between assertion
of personal
opinion and
information
substantiated by
robust evidence
from independent
research.

Structure and Flow of
Ideas
20%

Post does not present
adequate information,
ideas or evidence.
Post lacks logical/clear
structure and flow of

Post presents
information, ideas and
evidence sufficiently,
however these require
further logic and clarity.

Post presents information,
ideas and evidence clearly
and logically.
Post has a good structure,
with a good flow of ideas.

Post presents
information and
arguments in a logical
and clear way, which is
well supported by
evidence.

Post is expertly
presented;
descriptive,
concise and
informative,
exceptionally
developed and

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 4 of 6

ideas, making it difficult
to understand.
Line of reasoning is
unclear and difficult to
follow.

Post has a sufficient
structure, however flow
of ideas are a challenge
and can be difficult to
understand.
Line of reasoning is
passable, however, can
sometimes be difficult to
follow and requires
clarity.

Line of reasoning is of a
good standard and easy to
follow.

Post has a very good
structure, with a strong
flow of ideas; opinions
and ideas are expressed
in a clear and concise
manner with obvious
connection to topic.
Line of reasoning is clear,
logical and easy to
follow.

well supported by
evidence.
Post has an
excellent
structure, with a
strong, clear flow
of ideas; engages
and sustains the
audience’s
interest in the
topic and the
reader can
immediately grasp
the relevancy.
Line of reasoning
is excellent;
demonstrating a
clear, logical flow
of ideas and
arguments that
are easy to follow.

Clarity and Grammar
10%

Post displays poor
spelling and grammar.

Posts appear rushed
with short, unorganised
content that may
contain multiple errors
or may be

Post displays few errors
in spelling and grammar.

Post is adequate,
however contains some
errors in clarity, which
can cloud meaning.

Post is grammatically
correct with few
misspellings if any.

Post is on topic and
relevant, with very minor

Post is grammatically
correct with no
misspellings.

Post is on topic and
relevant, contributing
Post
demonstrates
exemplary
grammar, spelling
and punctuation
skills.
Post is on topic
and relevant,

MGT301A Assessment 1 Brief Page 4 of 6

inappropriate or
irrelevant.

clarity errors that do not
impede meaning.

well-explained, relevant
and clear information.

contributing to
the discussion
with clear, concise
comments
formatted in an
easy-to-read style.

Correct citation of
key resources and
evidence
10%

Demonstrates
inconsistent use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
ideas.
Does not use sufficient
sources.
Does not include
correct references or
in-text citations; does
not use APA 6 th style.

Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, however,
these are not always
explicit or well
developed.
Uses sufficient sources,
however can be greatly
improved.
Attempts to include
references or in-text
citations, however these
are sometimes
insufficient for research
purposes, or incorrect;
uses APA 6 th style,
however may contain
some citation or
referencing errors.

Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas.
Shows good evidence of
attempts to source
information.
Includes in-text citations
and references from
suitable sources; uses APA
6 th style, however may
contain minor citation or
referencing errors.

Demonstrates use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
arguments and
statements.
Shows evidence of wide
scope for sourcing
evidence.
Includes in-text citations
and references from
suitable sources; uses
APA 6 th style, containing
minimal and or no
errors.

Demonstrates use
of high-quality,
credible and
relevant resources
to support and
develop
arguments and
position
statements.
Shows evidence of
wide scope for
sourcing
evidence.
Includes in-text
citations and
references from
suitable sources;
uses APA 6 th style,
containing no
errors.

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