BHP Billiton Ethical Issues

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Ethical frameworks provide a standard procedure for responding to ethical dilemma faced. They are guidelines that professionals should follow when faced by ethical issues (Blackburn, 2001). This study will reflect on the how the ethical frameworks selected for ethical issues facing BHP Billiton will help me change my behaviour at the workplace.

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ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MGT301A : Ethics and Sustainability
Assessment Individual Report
Individual/Group Individual
Length Part A: 750 words (+/ 10%)
Part B: 1000 words (+/ 10%)
Learning Outcomes a) Identify questions of ethics and sustainability and analyse
how they impact on one’s day-to-day work experience.
b) Apply a range of ethical frameworks and develop a
vocabulary for ethical issues.
c) Demonstrate the ability to apply the various frameworks
that underpin how individuals and organisations make
decisions on complex ethical issues.
d) Analyse the impact of economic, commercial, social and
environmental trends on an organisation’s ethical and
sustainability behaviours.
Submission Part A: Due by 10 am Friday of module 3.1 (week 5)
Part B: Due by 10 am Friday of module 5.1 (week 9)
Weighting Part A: 20%
Part B: 30%
Total Marks 100 marks (each part)
Context
This assessment provides you with the opportunity to engage with and apply ethical
frameworks to real-world issues. You will select two ethical issues facing an organisation of
your choice and identify ways of dealing with them. By doing this, you will enhance your
ability to ethically address the economic, commercial, social and environmental issues you
will face in the workplace.
You will complete in-class activities, in modules 2.2 (week 4) and 4.2 (week 8) that will
prepare you for this assessment task and give you examples of the ethical issues you could
choose.
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Instructions
In Part A, you will address the following questions:
 What are two ethical economic, commercial, social or environmental issues that must
be managed by contemporary organisations?
 What are two ethical frameworks that can help inform you about how to best
manage these issues?
o Structure:
1. Introduction (75 words)
2. Identification of issue 1 (150 words)
3. Ethical framework for addressing issue 1 and justification of choice
(150 words)
4. Identification of issue 2 (150 words)
5. Ethical framework for addressing issue 2 and justification of choice
(150 words)
6. Conclusion (75 words)
7. Reference list (excluded from word count)
In Part B, you will address the following question:
 How does reflecting about the ethical management of these issues inform your
thinking about your future workplace behaviour?
 How might you change your behaviour in the future based on what
you have learned about the two ethical frameworks?
 How does your professional ethics influence how you might behave?
 How might the behaviour of senior management influence your
behaviour?
 How might corporate governance structures influence your
behaviour?
 How might the culture of the organisation influence your behaviour?
 How can ethical codes of conduct be used by organisations to create
an ethical culture in organisations?
o Structure:
1. Introduction (75 words)
2. Summary of issues and frameworks discussed in Part A (150 words)
3. Reflection on your future workplace behaviour (700 words)
4. Conclusion (75 words)
5. Reference list (excluded from word count).
To complete this assessment, you will need to select two ethical issues and then undertake
library research to identify two relevant ethical frameworks. You will then explain how these
theories can be used to identify different ways in which these issues can be handled
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ethically. Finally, you will reflect on your thinking and describe how undertaking this
assignment has developed your thinking about your future workplace behaviour.
Both parts to this assessment task should include appropriate academic referencing and a
reference list following APA 6th edition style of referencing. Please see the Academic Skills
page on Blackboard for information on referencing in APA 6th: https://laureateau.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_20163_1&co
ntent_id=_2498849_1
The Learning Rubric (pp. 4-9) is your guide to how your assessment will be marked. Please
be sure to check this rubric very carefully before submission.
Submission Instructions
Submit Part A by 10 am Friday of module 3.1 (week 5) via the Assessment link 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.
Submit Part B by 10 am Friday of module 5.1 (week 9) via the Assessment link 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.
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Learning Rubric: Assessment 2 – Part A
Assessment
Attributes
Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Knowledge and
Understanding
35%
Report does not
address the question,
demonstrates limited
understanding of the
topic with limited/no
developed aspects of
the task.
Report indicates
confusion of personal
opinion and
information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.
Report addresses the
basic components of the
question, demonstrates
only a cursory
understanding of the
topic and develops the
minimum aspects of the
task.
Report indicates some
confusion of personal
opinion and information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.
Report addresses most
components of the
question, demonstrates a
good understanding of the
topic and develops most
aspects of the task.
Report t justifies personal
opinion, by utilising
evidence and information
from independent
research.
Report addresses the full
components of the
question, demonstrates a
very good understanding
of the topic and develops
all aspects of the task.
Report discriminates
between assertion of
personal opinion and
information
(substantiated by robust
evidence) from
independent research
and extended reading.
Report addresses the full
components of the
question, demonstrates
a comprehensive
understanding of the
topic and develops
thorough and critical
analysis of the task.
Report systematically
and critically
discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from
independent research.
Research and
Justification of Ethical
Framework
35%
Report shows little/no
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Requires a clearer
identification of
appropriate ethical
frameworks and their
Report shows some
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Appropriate ethical
frameworks have been
identified, with a basic
justification to address
organisation’s issues.
Report shows sufficient
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Appropriate ethical
frameworks have been
proficiently identified, with
a conscientious
Report shows substantial
evidence of research or
enquiry.
Appropriate ethical
frameworks have been
effectively identified,
with a critical justification
Report shows
exceptional evidence of
research or enquiry and
indicates serious
contemplation of
sources and extended
reading.
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justification to address
organisation’s issues. Report shows basic
evidence of research or
enquiry.
justification to address
organisation’s issues.
to address organisation’s
issues.
Appropriate ethical
frameworks have been
skilfully identified, with
an expert justification to
address organisation’s
issues.
Structure and Flow of
Ideas
20%
Report does not
present adequate
information, ideas or
evidence.
Report lacks
logical/clear structure
and flow of ideas,
making it difficult to
understand.
Line of reasoning is
unclear and difficult to
follow.
Report presents
information, ideas and
evidence sufficiently,
however these require
further logic and clarity.
Report 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.
Report presents
information, ideas and
evidence clearly and
logically.
Report has a good
structure, with a good flow
of ideas.
Line of reasoning is of a
good standard and easy to
follow.
Report presents
information and
arguments in a logical
and clear way, which is
well supported by
evidence.
Report 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.
Report is expertly
presented; descriptive,
concise and informative,
exceptionally developed
and well supported by
evidence.
Report 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.
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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 intext citations; does not
use APA 6th 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 6th 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 6th 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 6th style, containing
no errors.
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Learning Rubric: Assessment 2 – Part B
Assessment
Attributes
Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Knowledge and
Understanding
35%
Report does not
address the question,
demonstrates limited
understanding of the
topic with limited/no
developed aspects of
the task.
Report indicates
confusion of personal
opinion and
information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.
Report addresses the
basic components of the
question, demonstrates
only a cursory
understanding of the
topic and develops the
minimum aspects of the
task.
Report indicates some
confusion of personal
opinion and information
(substantiated by
evidence) from the
research/course
materials.
Report addresses most
components of the
question, demonstrates a
good understanding of the
topic and develops most
aspects of the task.
Report justifies personal
opinion, by utilising
evidence and information
from independent
research.
Report addresses the full
components of the
question, demonstrates a
very good understanding
of the topic and develops
all aspects of the task.
Report discriminates
between assertion of
personal opinion and
information
(substantiated by robust
evidence) from
independent research
and extended reading.
Report addresses the full
components of the
question, demonstrates
a comprehensive
understanding of the
topic and develops
thorough and critical
analysis of the task.
Report systematically
and critically
discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from
independent research.
Reflection
35%
Report demonstrates a
limited attempt to
reflect on the
application of acquired
knowledge to future
workplace behaviour,
with no/limited attempt
to link acquired
knowledge to future
Report demonstrates a
basic attempt to reflect
on the application of
acquired knowledge to
future workplace
behaviour, however,
does not critically reflect
on the ethical underlying
rationale that could lead
to this behaviour.
Report adequately reflects
on the application of
acquired knowledge to
future workplace
behaviour, including a
basic reflection on the
ethical underlying
rationale that could lead to
this behaviour.
Report thoroughly
reflects on the
application of acquired
knowledge to future
workplace behaviour,
including an in-depth
reflection on the ethical
underlying rationale that
could lead to this
behaviour.
Report expertly reflects
on the application of
acquired knowledge to
future workplace
behaviour, including an
in-depth, critical and
meticulous reflection on
the ethical underlying
rationale that could lead
to this behaviour.
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workplace behaviour,
or ethical frameworks.
Structure and Flow of
Ideas
20%
Report does not
present adequate
information, ideas or
evidence.
Report lacks
logical/clear structure
and flow of ideas,
making it difficult to
understand.
Line of reasoning is
unclear and difficult to
follow.
Report presents
information, ideas and
evidence sufficiently,
however these require
further logic and clarity.
Report 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.
Report presents
information, ideas and
evidence clearly and
logically.
Report has a good
structure, with a good flow
of ideas.
Line of reasoning is of a
good standard and easy to
follow.
Report presents
information and
arguments in a logical
and clear way, which is
well supported by
evidence.
Report 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.
Report is expertly
presented; descriptive,
concise and informative,
exceptionally developed
and well supported by
evidence.
Report 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.
Correct citation of key
resources and
evidence
10%
Demonstrates
inconsistent use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
ideas.
Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, however,
these are not always
explicit or well
developed.
Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas.
Shows good evidence of
attempts to source
information.
Demonstrates use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and
statements.
Demonstrates use of
high quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and position
statements.
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