BB208 - Business Ethics and Sustainability

Credit Points: 15

Prerequisite: BB103 Management Principles

Co-requisite: N/A

Workload: 36 contact hours

Campus: Melbourne, Sydney

Aims & Objectives

This is a second year Core Unit in the Bachelor of Business Management. This unit focuses on key theoretical and practical approaches to business ethics and sustainability relevant to contemporary business environment. This course will develop your understanding of ethics at an individual and organisational level, and highlights the importance of good governance in a range of organisational settings such as marketing communication, human resource management. It also examines the meaning of of sustainability and how it is achieved and measured. This unit assumes a prior knowledge of basic management theory.

Unit topics include:

  1. The context of responsible management
  2. Management: basics and processes
  3. Sustainability: managing for the triple bottom line
  4. Responsibility: managing for stakeholder value
  5. Ethics: managing for moral excellence
  6. Strategy: responsible competitiveness
  7. Organisation: responsible infrastructure
  8. Human Resources: HR-RM symbiosis
  9. Marketing and communication: stakeholder goodwill
  10. Consideration of personal reactions to common workplace ethical issues. 

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of business ethics and sustainability
  2. Apply an ethical and corporate governance perspective to organisational and management issues
  3. Identify practical techniques to integrate sustainable practices into businesses
  4. Evaluate the extent to which an organisation utilises responsible HRM practices and effective marketing communication practices to promote sustainability
  5. Apply ethical knowledge and theory to make decisions when dealing with ethics in business through unit assessments

Teaching Method

Lecture: 2 hours
Tutorial/Workshop: 1 hour
Face to Face


Assessment Task
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Contribution in classa-e*10%
Class test (individual)a, b, c*5%
CSR research report (individual)b, c, d*10%
Sustainable practice report (group)a-e*15%
Sustainable practice presentation (group)a-e*10%
Final Exam (3 Hours)a-e*50%
Total 100%

*refer to learning outcomes above.


Students are advised to check the unit outline for prescribed Textbooks..

Reference Reading

Students are advised to check the unit outline for prescribed Textbooks.

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global AwarenessTeamwork Cooperation, Participation and Leadership



Colour coding    

Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations 
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard