ACA210 - Ethics and Workplace Skills

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-06-19 11:03:37.113
Last review date 2018-06-19 11:03:37.114

Subject Title
Ethics and Workplace Skills

Subject Description
This foundational course introduces students to the ACAF Method, which is the problem-solving approach used throughout the applied courses.  This framework underscores the importance of business and accounting ethics.  Other workplace skills are integrated into the course, with special attention given to communication, as students apply the framework to various scenarios typically encountered by those working in mid-level accounting and related positions.
Students will learn how ethics and communication are central to the credibility of those who analyze financial information for employers, clients and other financial users.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the ACAF Method;
  2. Explain and apply fundamental concepts of business ethics;
  3. Demonstrate understanding of how to motivate and manage ethical decision-making in the workplace;
  4. Recognize and address ethical and social issues in business and accounting at home and in a global context;
  5. Demonstrate a cohesive process for using information and judgement to solve problems and inform decisions;
  6. Apply the principles of effective writing;
  7. Adapt a message to audience needs and use appropriate tone.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

All entry and technical courses must have been completed before taking Ethics and Workplace Skills.

Permission from the Program Coordinator is required.

Topic Outline

  Topics Assignments/Tests/Exams
1 Introduction to the ACAF Method  
2 Ethics Fundamentals Part 1  
3 Ethics Fundamentals Part 2  
4 Ethics: Students’ Responsibilities Part 1 Assignment #1      10%
5 Ethics: Students’ Responsibilities Part 2  
6 Ethics Review  
7 Midterm Examination Midterm Examination  30%
8 Communication Part 1  
9 Communication Part 2 Assignment #2    10%
10 Accounting and Accountability Part 1  
11 Accounting and Accountability Part 2 Assignment #3    10%
12 Assignment completion week  
13 Review  
14 FINAL EXAMINATION WEEK Final Examination    40%

Mode of Instruction

A combination of teaching methods will be utilized which may include lectures, case studies, discussions, group and individual work.

Prescribed Texts
In Class

TITLE: Business Ethics: A Managerial Approach
AUTHOR: Andrew C. Wicks, R. Edward Freeman, Patricia H. Werhane and Kirsten E. Martin, 
PUBLISHER: Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc., 2010
ISBN: 013142792X and ISBN-13: 9780131427921


TITLE: Business Ethics: A Managerial Approach
AUTHOR: Andrew C. Wicks, R. Edward Freeman, Patricia H. Werhane and Kirsten E. Martin, 
PUBLISHER: Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc., 2010
ISBN: 013142792X and ISBN-13: 9780131427921

Reference Material
Andrew C. Wicks, R. Edward Freeman, Patricia H. Werhane and Kirsten E. Martin, Business Ethics: A Managerial Approach (Prentice Hall, Pearson Education Inc., 2010

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Modes of Evaluation
Assignments are due on the dates specified. Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor prior to the assignment due date so that an appropriate course of action can be established. Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks from the due date.

In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the College Academic Policy will prevail. Please ensure that all assignments and reports are properly documented.

Students are referred to the following website for Seneca College Library style guides, Academic Honesty Policy and Copyright guidelines:


Dates for evaluations are specified in the weekly schedule addendum to this outline. The evaluation process may include, but is not limited to, tests, exams, assignments or presentations. Any absences or missed submissions due to medical or other reasons must be supported by medical or other appropriate documentation within one (1) week of the due date. The faculty and program area must be notified immediately in the event of a missed evaluation. Upon acceptance of the documentation, the weighting of the missed deliverable will normally be applied to the final exam.

English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this subject in both oral and written work. Ensure your written work includes correct sentence structure, spelling and punctuation. Always spell check, edit and proofread your work.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

In-class and Online

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Term Test 30%
FInal Exam 40%

Program Coordinator
Room D2200
416-491-5050 ext 22527

Approved by: Chair - Business Studies Danielle Mercier