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Business Ethics In the 21st Century

This course deals with business ethics, the consideration of questions of moral right versus wrong in the context of business practice. Individual business leaders are increasingly being held responsible and accountable for their ethical behavior. Organizations have learned that the costs of unethical actions can be high, both legally, and from the perspective of brand image and reputation.

This course also reviews how organizations can establish and encourage an ethical culture while monitoring for compliance.

This course, which takes approximately 10 hours to complete, offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that engage you and structure your learning about organizational finance.

Upon successful completion, you can download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite. This certificate has no textbooks or prerequisites. Students have three months to complete the coursework.

Students who complete the Business Ethics for the 21st Century course are awarded a total of 10 PDUs (2.5 Leadership PDUs, 5.25 Strategic & Business Management PDUs, and 2.25 Technical PM PDUs). 

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Curriculum & Course Details

The Business Ethics in the 21st Century course consists of approximately 10 hours of online instruction. Students have three months to complete the coursework.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the major ethical frameworks used in developing business ethics
  • Explain the three components of the Ethical Triangle: Individual Ethics, Leadership Ethics, and Governance and Control
  • Discuss key ethical challenges in the workplace
  • Describe the use of organizational ethics codes
  • Outline the ethical issues involved in the employer-employee relationship including Employment at Will, due process and fairness
  • Discuss the use of ethics training
  • Explain how organizations monitor ethical performance
  • Describe the relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and ethics
  • Outline issues involving corporate governance
  • Explain how sustainability is an ethical concern
  • Discuss ethics and the regulatory environment (Sarbanes-Oxley Act; U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act)
  • Explain the issues around whistleblowing
  • Describe the role of leadership in establishing an ethical culture

This course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, selected readings, quizzes and self-assessments. Upon completion, learners are given a summary of what they've learned for quick reference while at work.

This course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within 3 business days.

This course requires no textbooks or prerequisites. There are some downloadable materials which students can save during the program to access for further use.

Quizzes and Testing

There are quizzes and tests throughout the program. Each course contains exercises and scenarios for students to answer and self-assess their learning. Students are required to complete all content elements in each course and earn at least a 70% average test score to earn their certificate. Students will have three attempts at all graded tests.

As a non-credit program, students earn a complete/incomplete status. Letter grades are not issued, nor recorded by Duke Continuing Studies. 

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Requirements

Eligibility

All registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess word processing and internet skills.
  • Be fluent in the English language (including reading and writing).
  • Be computer literate, have reliable internet access and a valid email account  (Please note personal email accounts are preferred as they are less likely to be blocked by fire walls and spam filters)

  • Meet the computer technical requirements specifications

Admission is discretionary. The office of Duke Continuing Studies, Professional Certificate Programs, requires students be a least 18 years of age and meet minimum suitability standards. Students are not matriculated Duke University students and university student privileges do not apply to Continuing Studies students.

Duke Continuing Studies reserves the exclusive right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to withhold registration or require withdrawal from the program of any student or applicant.

Certificate requirements

In order to earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies, students must successfully:

  • Pay tuition in full (upon registration)
  • Complete all assignments and tests with a minimum score of 70% (Students have three attempts at all graded assignments and tests)
  • Complete the program within the three month time frame

Technical requirements

Operating System

• Windows XP SP2 or newer
• Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
• Linux/Unix (any recent version)

Hardware

• 1 Ghz or faster CPU
• 512 MB RAM
• video card
• sound card and headphones or speakers (some assignments have audio components)

Software

• Microsoft Office 97 (or newer) or comparable office suite such as Open Office (free download available at openoffice.org)
• Adobe Flash Player 9 or greater (free download available at adobe.com)
• Adobe Reader/Acrobat Reader 7.0 or greater (free download available at adobe.com)

Web Browser

• Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or greater
• Firefox 3.6 or greater (free download available)
• Netscape, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and other web browsers may work, however may not render all features of the course(s)
• Cookies must be enabled
• JavaScript must be enabled

Internet

• Reliable internet connection
• E-mail account (to be able to register and to receive e-mail from the system regarding registration, course status, etc.)

 

 

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Schedule & Registration

Registration

Registration is ongoing; therefore students can begin the program when it is convenient for them!

Registration is not available June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

Note: our enrollment system is a separate system from that used for your online training, and therefore, access to the online training is not an automated process upon your registration. Please be aware that there may be a time delay of up to 5 business days before you receive the email with your access to the online program. This delay will not affect your allotted completion time for the program. Please check your spam/junk folder because sometimes the access emails end up there.

Enrollment steps
  1. Register for the program using the links provided above.
  2. Receive an email within five business days from our program partner MindEdge containing details about how to access the program’s web portal.
  3. Log-in and begin coursework.  Students will have 3 months to complete their coursework from the date they receive their program access.
Registration Methods
  • Register Online using a credit card with our secure, real-time registration system. Add the course to your shopping cart and follow the instructions for checking out.
  • Register by Phone at 919-684-6259 or toll- free at 1-866-edu-duke during our business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm EST).
     
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program affiliated with any other office at Duke University?

This program is not affiliated with any other Duke office. It is offered exclusively through Duke Continuing Studies in a collaboration with MindEdge. 

Does Duke faculty serve as instructors/mentors/subject matter experts in the program?

For programs that include such features (not all do) we have chosen as instructors to use individuals who practice, and in many cases are certified, in the subject matter area being taught to enrich the professional working adult learning experience.

Is this program offered online only?

Yes, this program is exclusively offered online and is self-paced. No classroom programs are currently available for Business Ethics in the 21st Century.

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for adult learners who are interested in gaining an overview of business ethics.

Do I have to log on a certain times on certain days?

No, these courses are completely self-paced, allowing students to schedule the courses work as they so desire within the allotted access time.

When is registration open?

Students may register between July 1 and June 23 each year. Registration is not available from June 24 - June 30 annually due to the close of the fiscal year for the university.

After registering, when will students receive additional program details?

Within 5 business days of enrollment (excluding Duke holidays), students will receive an email from our program partner MindEdge with web access information.

Is access to a computer required during this program?

This is an exclusively online program and access to a reliable computer is required for the duration of the program.

How long do students have access to each online course?

Students will have access to all courses within the certificate for three months (90 days) from the date in which they receive program access.

How long does the course take to complete?

The course is estimated to take about 10 hours to complete. However, completion time will vary by student.

Are extensions granted to students who request them?

No. Sufficient time to complete coursework has been given, and therefore no extensions will be granted. If a course is not finished and a student wants to re-enroll to complete it, he or she will have to purchase the course/package again and restart the training from the beginning of the course.

What are the technical requirements for this program?

See the Requirements section above.

How do students ask questions?

Each course has an "Ask the Expert" feature, which submits your questions directly to an expert in the field you are studying. Questions are answered within 3 business days.

What do students do if there are technical issues while completing the course?

Students should contact the Program Manager via email to troubleshoot technical issues. Students will receive a response within 3 business days (excluding Duke holidays).

How do students earn a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies?

Students who complete the course with an average minimum score of 70% within the given time frame and pay tuition in full (upon registration) will receive a certificate of completion from Duke Continuing Studies. The certificate is downloadable after the course is completed. Students will be able to download the certificate for up to six months after completing the course.

Will these courses count for credits or degrees?

No. These courses are not applicable to a degree.

Upon completion of one or more courses how do students get verification of their PDU/IACET CUE credits?

Students download their certificate of completion from the Learning Management System. The certificate will include PDU and IACET CEU credits earned.

What is the refund policy for these courses?

There are no refunds given for online courses.

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Tuition & Funding Sources

Tuition

$299

Duke Employee Discount

• $30 off the fee of $299
Duke employee pays fee of $269
• Student must register and pay tuition in full prior to receiving program access
• Questions:  Contact Program Manager at 919-684-3379 

Discount must be requested and applied during the registration process and cannot be applied in addition to any other discount that may be offered. You may be asked to verify your status as a Duke employee.

Group Discount

Do you have a group (Duke or non-Duke entity) interested in training?

Contact the Program Manager for details.

Funding Sources

Our Professional Certificate programs are non-credit (not degree applicable); therefore, they are NOT eligible for federal education loans. DO NOT SUBMIT FAFSA FORMS for these programs. Please note that we do not offer a payment plan for this program.

No loans (Wells Fargo Graduate loan, Sallie Mae Smart Option Undergraduate loan, etc.) can be construed to imply any degree-seeking status for students of Duke Continuing studies. Duke Continuing Studies courses are non-credit.

Duke Continuing Studies (DCS) will not certify (approve) loan amounts greater than the amount of the tuition regardless of the amount approved by the lending agency. DCS reserves the right to reject any loan which exceeds the tuition amount. DCS will not be responsible for refunding monies in excess of the tuition. Students needing to secure loan funding for books or other items in relation to the program are responsible for making separate loan arrangements with the funding agency. No loan funds will be refunded to the student.

Should a student choose to borrow less than the tuition amount, the balance must be paid prior to the close of the registration period.

Loan Options

Your local bank may offer other options for loans or a "line of credit" service. Contact your bank for more information on financing choices.

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

Other Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

Duke Hospital Employees

Duke University Hospital employees may be eligible for support from the Employee Development Initiative (EDI), which helps employees pay for short-term career-related programs, workshops, and seminars. For more information, visit the Employee Development Initiative site or call Duke Hospital Human Resources at (919) 668-2170.

Workforce Investment Act

The WIA provides professional and basic skills training services to those who have been unable to find employment. Please keep in mind that this process can be lengthy, so plan to apply well in advance of the program start date.  For more information on eligibility, the application process, or to find your local Workforce Development Board, visit the NC JobLink Career Center website.

AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Education Awards are available only for AmeriCorps volunteers and can be used for educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as Continuing Education courses offered by qualified schools. For more information on qualified schools and programs, contact the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677, or visit the FAQ page of the AmeriCorps website.

MyCAA

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associates degree in a portable career field and occupation. For more information, please visit the MyCAA website.

Additional Funding Sources

The funding options listed below may not be applicable to all programs at this time. Please contact the organization offering the funding to see if you qualify and if the funds can be used for the program in which you are interested.

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Policies & Procedures

Refunds for Online Courses

There are no refunds or cancellations for online courses.

Extensions

No extensions will be granted. Students who require additional time to complete the course(s) they registered for will be responsible for re-registering and paying for the course in full for a second time.

Tax Deductions

Course fees and expenses are sometimes tax deductible. Please consult an accountant concerning this matter. Non-credit programs at Duke Continuing Studies do not generate 1098-T forms, in accordance with the following IRS guideline:

Instructions for Forms 1098-E and 1098-T published by the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, states “You do not have to file Form 1098-T or furnish a statement for: Courses for which no academic credit is offered, even if the student is otherwise enrolled in a degree program…”

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