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West Virginia State University

College of Professional Studies: Department of Education

Teacher Candidate Sarah White Date 10/17/2017
School Saint Albans High School Grade/Subject Business & Marketing Essentials 9-12
Lesson Topic Business Ethics in the Workplace

 Students will define ethics and business ethics
 Students will describe why ethical behavior is good for business
 Student will describe the steps used in ethical dilemmas

 EC: 106 Explain the nature of business in ethics
 EI: 124 Explain the reasons for ethical dilemmas
 EI: 125 Recognize and respond the ethical dilemmas
C. Business Ethics
 Analyze the effect of unethical behavior on a business
 Identify strategies that facilitate ethical behavior in a small business
Overall Time - 45 minute lesson
Time Frame – 8 min. teacher intro and video
15 min. read and discuss/presentation
12 min. partner assignment
10 min. closure and assessment
Think aloud
Class Discussion
Independent Research
Group Activity

This lesson will address students with audio or visual learning styles by presenting students with a video,
discussion, and PowerPoint presentation. This lesson will also address students’ abilities to work in a
cooperative manner, by providing multiple opportunities to work with a partner.

Introduction/ Lesson Set
Introduce Lesson Overview
1. What do you know about ethics?
2. What have you heard about ethics?
3. Have you ever been in an ethical dilemma?
4. What was the ethical dilemma in this video?
5. Why did her actions matter?

Body & Transitions
Pg. 55-Read & Discuss Ethics/Business Ethics
 What are ethics? (moral principles by which people conduct themselves personal, social, or
o Examples: lying, cheating, stealing, etc.
 What are business ethics? (rules based on moral principles about how businesses and
employees ought to conduct themselves)
o Example: Bribery/Insider Trading
o Examples: safe products, creation of jobs, fair employee pay, environmental protection,
accurate financial statistics
 How do the two differ?
Pg. 56 Read & Discuss Law/Ethics
 What is a code of ethics? (set of guidelines for maintaining ethics in the workplace)
 What purpose do code of ethics serve? (provide standards for employees whose personal ethics
may vary)
 How do business ethics vary from country to country? (China-large amounts of pollution, cheap
labor costs) (Thailand- gift giving is normal, in US considered bribery) (sweatshops)
 What is OSHA? (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) (Brand of Department of Labor)
 OSHA ensures businesses are treating employees and customers fairly and safely
Pg. 57 Read and Discuss Ethics as Good Business/Conflict of Interest
 What benefits are there to ethical business practices? (repeat customers, satisfied employees)
 What are the drawbacks of not using ethical business practices? (loss of customers and
Pg. 57 Read & Discuss Conflict of Interest
 What is a conflict of interest?
 How can conflicts of interest cause problems? (hiring/firing family, unqualified work)
 Example: Personal Life Experience
Pg. 58 Ethical Questions/Ethical Decision Making Process

Codes of Ethics Examples

Example: Cummins Engines
Example: Tyson Foods

Students will research a company of choice and identify the company’s code of ethics. With a partner,
students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the behaviors addressed in each company’s
code of ethics.
Regroup-discuss company code of ethics found.
Students will complete an assignment for assessment.


1. What do you know about ethics?
2. What have you heard about ethics?
3. Have you ever been in an ethical dilemma?
4. What was the ethical dilemma in this video?
5. Why did her actions matter?
Formative assessment will be conducted as students read and discuss concepts in the text. If students
do not understand a concept, further explanation and clarification will be given.
Students will identify specific workplace scenarios and determine if they are ethical or unethical.
Presentation Software
Graphic Organizers-Vocabulary, Venn Diagram, Ethical Dilemma
If Student Finishes Early
Students who finish early can continue to conduct further research on business code of ethics.
If Lesson Finishes Early
If the lesson finishes early, students will go through a series of ethical dilemmas to determine what
action could be taken and if that would be ethical or unethical.
If Technology Fails
If technology fails, I will provide students with hard copies of business code of ethics to compare and
Differentiating Instruction for
Students with Special Needs

Please describe all that apply:
Needs-Based Planning

Learning Differences Sensory Differences

Attention Differences Behavioral Differences

Motivational Differences Ability Differences
Difficulties reading will be addressed by providing
1st Period- The lesson will begin with a class individual assistance as needed as well as providing
discussion. visual and audio instruction throughout portions of the
2nd Period-The lesson will begin with an introduction
video to generate interest and thought on the

Physical Differences Cultural Differences

Communication Differences Enrichment

Multiple intelligence addressed (check all that apply):
Verbal/linguistic Naturalist
Spatial Interpersonal
Logical/mathematical Intrapersonal
Bodily-kinesthetic Existential
Musical Others (explain):