Assignment Brief
As part of the formal assessment for the programmeyou are required to submit a
Values, Ethics and Working Collaboratively assignment. Please refer to your
Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and
general information on preparing and submitting assignments.
Learning Outcomes:
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1. Explain what is meant by ethics.
2. Explain how environmental and cultural issues influence business ethics.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of personal skills needed to ensure people
are treated with dignity.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of collaborative working within a range of
work sectors.

Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the
module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant;
and a reference listin Arden University (AU)Harvard format. You should address all
the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the
assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.

Maximum word count: 3,000 words
Please note that exceeding the word count by over 10% will result in a reduction in grade
by the same percentage that the word count is exceeded.
You must not include your name in your submission because Arden University
operates anonymous marking, which means that markers should not be aware of
the identity of the student. However, please do not forget to include your STU

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Assignment Task
TASK 1 – Newspaper Article

Ethics have been defined in diverse ways, applies to different areas of our life and affects
all organisations.
A) Explain what is meant by the term ‘ethics’. In explaining ethics, also discuss
the factors that influence ethics
With Corporate Scandals on the rise from big organisations such as Facebook, Google
NHS and Tesla, organisations must be accountable for all their activities.
B) Discuss why workplace ethics are important in an organisation. Use a
recent example of an organisation of your choosing to elaborate your
answer. The example you use can be a positive or negative experience for
the organisation.
Some ethical obligations of business are regulated through legal frameworks in
areas such as employee relations, health and safety, and environmental protection.
C) Discuss two laws in UK that promote good ethical practice in an organisation
that you work in or know.

(1000 words)
(30 marks)
(LOs:1 and 2 )

TASK 2 Create a Cause and Effect Essay (In answering the question, you must
consider the reasons for and or the consequences of an action/even of decision.)
TOMS UK mission is to donate a pair of shoes for every pair they sell and has
resulted in the donation of over 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need.
Starbucks is looking to diversify their workforce and provide opportunities for certain
cohorts. By 2025, it has pledged to hire 25,000 veterans as part of their socially
responsible efforts.

A) Discuss the concept this initiative falls under. Use an organisation of your
choice as an example to show the obligations it performs to the society.
You have just started working for an organisation. You do not know which rules apply to
your practice as an employee in the organisation.

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B) Explain the issues you are faced with and mention 5 rules the public and
your clients expect of you as an employee in the organisation.
The General Data Protection Regulation replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 by
introducing some key changes and updates.
C) Describe the legal rights people have in relation to GDPR.
In your discussion you must demonstrate an understanding of the personal skills
needs to ensure that people are treated with dignity.

(1000 words)
(30 marks)
(LOs: 2, 3 and 4)

TASK 3 – Report
Working collaboratively takes teamwork to a higher level and can bring enormous
benefits to service users and to the organisations involved.
Your manager is looking to create a new code of conduct, and you have been asked to
create a report to discuss the importance of teamwork and working collaboratively,
Consider the following.
a) What is collaborative working?
b) What strategies would you use?
c) What values would guide you?
d) What interpersonal skills are required?
e) What are the benefits of collaborative working?
f) How would you promote equality and diversity in the workplace?
g) How are British Values embedded into collaborative working?
h) What are the consequences poor collaborative working?

(1000 words)
(40 marks)
(LOs: 3 and 4)

End of questions

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Formative Feedback
You have the opportunity to submit a draft on one task to receive formative
The feedback is designed to help you develop areas of your work and it helps you
develop your skills as an independent learner.
If you are a distance learning student, you should submit your work, by email, to your
tutor, no later than 2 weeks before the actual submission deadline. If you are a blended
learning student, your tutor will give you a deadline for formative feedback and further
Formative feedback will not be given to work submitted after the above date or the date
specified by your tutor – if a blended learning student

You MUST underpin your analysis and evaluation of the key issues with appropriate
and wide ranging academic research and ensure this is referenced using the AU
Harvard system(s).
The My Study Skills Area on iLearn contains useful resources relating to referencing.
Additional notes:
Students are required to indicate the exact word count on the title page of the
The word count excludes the title page, tables, figures, diagrams, footnotes,
reference list and appendices. Where assessment questions have been reprinted
from the assessment brief these will also be excluded from the word count. ALL
other printed words ARE included in the word count. See ‘Word Count Policy’ on
the homepage of this module for more information.

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Submission Guidance
Assignments submitted late will not be accepted and will be marked as a 0%
Your assessment should be submitted as a single Word (MS Word) or PDF file. For
more information please see the “Guide to Submitting an Assignment” document
available on the module page on iLearn.
You must ensure that the submitted assignment is all your own work and that all
sources used are correctly attributed. Penalties apply to assignments which show
evidence of academic unfair practice. (See the Student Handbook which is on the
homepage of your module and also in the Induction Area).