MBA 758 - PRINCIPLED ORGANIZATIONS: INTEGRATING FAITH, ETHICS AND WORK
Spring, 2014
Lawrence P. Ulrich, Ph.D.
ulrichlp@udayton.edu

THREADED DISCUSSIONS

 

Getting to Know You - Week 1 (01/13-01/17)

#1 --- 02/02-02/09

#2 ---02/19-02/26

#3 --- 03/10-03/17

#4  --- 03/19-03/25

#5 --- 04/10-04/15

#6 --- 04/22-04/27

 


WHY TAKE THIS COURSE IN THIS WAY?

 

NAVIGATING THE COURSE WEBSITE

 

General Homepage

Course Homepage

Course Description for Registration

Syllabus & Requirements

Objectives

Course Outline & Schedule

Course Reading Assignments & Schedule

Essay 1

Essay 2

Essay 3

Collaborative Writing Project

Threaded Discussions

Web Conferences

Audio Chat Rooms

Resource Readings

Links

Q & A

DATES TO REMEMBER

BUSINESS ETHICS LIBRARY


COURSE EVALUATION FORM






 TOPICS FOR THE DISCUSSIONS WILL SOMETIMES BE DETERMINED AS THE COURSE PROGRESSES.

THE NATURE OF A THREADED DISCUSSION.

This task will involve a threaded discussion on a case or topic assigned to your group. [Scroll down to see your group assignment.] A threaded discussion is a computer registered discussion, which allows students to make contributions to the task assigned to the group. It is somewhat like a "chat room" except that the participants do not have to be on line at the same time. You can either make a comment which starts a new thread or you can reply to a previous comment that continues the thread. The purpose of a threaded discussion is to keep the issues discussed in the course material before the minds of the students and to develop new insights and skills of reflective analysis related to the issues discussed in class.


GENERAL EXPECTATIONS OF THE THREADED DISCUSSION.

1. Students will will be automatically identified when they make their contribution to the discussion.
2. Comments for the threaded discussion should be 3 healthy paragraphs and they should be substantive. "I agree with X." is not a helpful comment unless some explanation of the reason for the agreement is given.
3. Students will contribute only to the group to which they are assigned. See below for group assignments.
4. Please note that the discussions are time-limited; this means that you may contribute to the discussion only during the time period designated for the discussion.
5. Students will be expected to make three ROBUST comments (i.e., a "healthy" paragraph or two) to each threaded discussion. Each contribution is worth 10 points with a total of 30 points for each threaded discussion.
6. Remember that even though this assignment is password protected, hackers are always a possibility and they might be able to what you say. This includes someone from Bangladesh, or the Vatican, or your parents, or your physician, or your boss, or your sixth grade teacher. Speak honestly but not offensively.
7. Contributions will be judged on the quality of the comments and the way they help to move the discussion forward.
8. In working with your cases or assignments, you will want to incorporate the topics, which we are discussing in the class periods into the discussion of the case or assignment on an on-going basis.
9. Remember that this is supposed to be a discussion. This means that there should be some interaction among the participants. Do not just sit in front of you computer and make 3 comments in a row --- this does not constitute participation in a discussion.
10. Be challenging to everyone in the group --- as well as to me!

Let me know immediately if you have any problems making contributions to the threaded discussions.




THE TOOL BEING USED FOR THREADED DISCUSSIONS IN THIS COURSE  IS "ISIDORE." THE ADDRESS IS https://isidore.udayton.edu/portal.

YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD ARE THE SAME USERNAME AND PASSWORD YOU USE TO CONNECT TO "PORCHES" THROUGH THE INTERNET. IF YOU NEED HELP IN REMEMBERING THEM OR HAVE OTHER DIFFICULTIES, CALL THE HELP DESK AT (937) 229-3888 OR CONTACT THE E-LEARNING LAB AT (937) 229-5039 OR BY E-MAIL <e-learning@notes.udayton.edu>.

 
GUIDELINES/DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING A CONTRIBUTION TO THE THREADED DISCUSSION:

1.         1) Open a web browser.

2.      2) Navigate to https://isidore.udayton.edu/portal (https://isidore.udayton.edu should also work). 

3.      3) Enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD as described above.

Cli    4) Click on the “14_SP_MBA_758_02” tab. [MBA 758 02]     

         5)Click on the "Forums" tool in the menu bar on your left.

5.      6) Click on your "Case Discussion or Assignment - Team and Number" in the Forums.

            7) Click on "Display Entire Message" to see the whole discussion 

6.      8) To enter a new comment, click on "Start a New Conversation”

7.      9) Enter a brief title in the "Title" block and type your comment(s) in the "Message" block and then scroll down and click on "Post".

8.      10) If you wish to respond to a previous comment, click on the title of the thread and then click on "Reply.”

9.      11) Enter your comment in the "Message" box --- the title will already be filled in for you, then scroll down and click on "Post."

10.   12) If you wish to make modifications in your post, click on the title of the thread and then click on "Other Actions -> Edit.” When you have finished editing, scroll down and click on "Post"

11.   13) If you wish to discard your comment, simply click on the title of your thread and then click “Other Actions -> Delete.”  Then click “Delete” again.

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NOTE: Sometimes you may want to do your post in a WORD document and then transfer it to Isidore. You should be able to do this by simply "Cutting" and "Pasting."

If that procedure does not work, try the following directions for pasting a WORD document:

Link to directions for pasting from Word. http://learn.udayton.edu/manuals/tips/PastingFromWord.pdf.
Occasionally someone may want to make an entry into the Threaded Discussion from a WORD document, which the student has created, instead of typing directly into the Threaded Discussion. This may be prompted by a desire to edit the document before it lands in Isidore. If you wish to take this approach, you can use the directions from the link above for the move. This link is also found at the bottom of the "My Workspace" on your course website. You also have the ability (see the directions on my Threaded Discussion webpage) to edit any contribution you make to Isidore right in Isidore itself. This all falls into the category of (More Than One Way To Skin a Cat). 



A SMALL TASTE OF THE DESERT




GROUP ASSIGNMENTS.

There will be six (6) rounds of threaded discussions throughout the course. Each threaded discussion will be worth a maximum of  thirty (30) points --- ten (10) points for each contribution. To contribute to your group's threaded discussion, consult the table below to find your group assignment. Then CLICK HERE to go to Isidore to make your contribution after you have read the guidelines in the table above for accessing the appropriate group's page.

The topics to be addressed will be found on the table below.

Please note that the composition of the groups changes with each round of threaded discussions. [Membership in the groups is the result of random selection.]
Links to the discussion groups will be connected (and disconnected) at the appropriate times.

The Group Number assigned to group members will only "Pop Up" on the computers of those members who are assigned to the designated group. 
 

Group 1 - TD1

Foundations for Values from Faith and Ethics

Aliofan, Alzamel, Belden, Dietmayr, Fan, Marra, McKee, Nkana, Ubelhor, Wang, Yoshida, Zhuang

[Discussion runs 02/02- 02/09]

Group 2 - TD1

Foundations for Values from Faith and Ethics

Ali, Banner, Day, Deininger, Gordon, Hartmuth, Herbenick, Huang, Ksiazkiewcz, Menard, Qiang Springer, Zhao

[Discussion runs 02/02- 02/09]

Group 3 - TD2

Reflections on Padelford's Dietrich Bonhoffer and Business Ethics, Chapter 3

Ali, Alzamel, Belden, Day, Dietmayr, Fan, Huang, Ksiazkiewcz, Marra, Menard, Nkkana, Springer, Yoshida 

 [Discussion runs 02/19 - 02/26]

Group 4 -TD2

Reflections on Padelford's Dietrich Bonhoffer and Business Ethics, Chapter 3

 Aliofan, Banner, Deininger, Gordan, Hartmuth, Herbenick, McKee, Qiang, Ubelhor, Wang, Zhao, Zhuang

[Discussion runs 02/19 - 02/26]

Group 5 - TD3

 

Reflections on "Virtues for Mission" by Joseph Lackner

 

Ali, Aljofan, Alzamel, Banner, Huang, Ksiazkiewcz, Marra, McKee, Menard, Springer, Wang, Zhuang

 

[Discussion runs 03/10 - 03/17]

Group 6 - TD3

 

Reflections on "Virtues for Mission" by Joseph Lackner

 

Belden, Day, Deininger, Dietmayr, Fan, Gordon, Hartmuth, Herbenick, Nkana, Qiang, Ubelhor, Yoshida, Zhao

 

[Discussion runs 03/10 - 03/17]

Group 7 - TD4

ON SUSTAINABILITY
Halsey, Kevin. "Ecosystem Services - A Framework for Thinking about Sustainability."
Kirchenmann, Fred. "Anticipating the Future?"
Kirchenmann, Fred. "Rethinking Sustainability after the Drought."
Feinberg, Joel. "The Rights of Animals and Unborn Generations." [One page is missing in the middle of the article.]

Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily - 03/19/13

Aliofan, Alzamel, Belden, Day, Dietmayr, Fan, Ksiazkiewcz, Menard, Qiang, Springer, Yoshida, Zhao

[Discussion runs 03/19 - 03/25]

Group 8 - TD4

ON SUSTAINABILITY
Halsey, Kevin. "Ecosystem Services - A Framework for Thinking about Sustainability."
Kirchenmann, Fred. "Anticipating the Future?"
Kirchenmann, Fred. "Rethinking Sustainability after the Drought."
Feinberg, Joel. "The Rights of Animals and Unborn Generations." [One page is missing in the middle of the article.]

Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily - 03/19/13

Ali, Banner, Deininger, Gordon, Herbenick, Hartmuth, Huang, Marra, McKee, Nkana, Ubelhor, Wang, Zhuang

[Discussion runs 03/19 - 03/25]

Group 9 - TD5

The Movie: LINCOLN*

Faith and Ethics as the Foundations for Lincoln's WORK to Emancipate the Slaves by the Passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

"Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,  except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." 

Aljofan, Alzamel, Banner, Day, Fan, Gordon, Huang, Ksiazkiewcz, Marra, Qiang, Springer, Yoshida, Zhao

[Discussion runs 04/10-04/15]

Group 10 - TD5

The Movie: LINCOLN*

Faith and Ethics as the Foundations for Lincoln's WORK to Emancipate the Slaves by the Passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

"Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,  except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." 

Ali, Belden, Deininger, Dietmayr, Hartmuth, Herbenick, McKee, Menard, Nkana, Ubelhor, Wang, Zhuang

[Discussion runs 04/10-04/15]

Group 11 -- TD6

Enhancing Personal Dignity Through Work: Reflections on John Paul II and Benedict XVI (or Pope Francis, if you are so inclined).

Only One (1) "Healthy" Contribution Required (value of 30 points) Either as a "New Thread" or as a "Response" to a Previous Comment.

Aliofan, Belden, Day, Dieninger, Dietmayr, Hartmuth, Herbenick, Huang, Springer, Ubelhor, Wang, Zhao

[Discussion runs 04/22-04/27]
Group 12 --- TD6

Enhancing Personal Dignity Through Work: Reflections on John Paul II and Benedict XVI (or Pope Francis, if you are so inclined).

Only One (1) "Healthy" Contribution Required (value of 30 points) Either as a "New Thread" or as a "Response" to a Previous Comment.

Ali, Alzamel, Banner, Fan, Gordon, Ksiazkiewcz, Marra, McKee, Menard, Nkana, Qiang, Yoshida, Zhuang

[Discussion runs 04/22-04/27 ]
ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR TD5

*"MORE OBFUSCATION ON BENGAZI"

by Michael Mukasey
The Wall Street Journal (4/7/14)

The movie portrays the point in the negotiations for the passage of the 13th Amendment when the members of Congress were told that a Southern delegation, which might sue for peace, and thus derail the passage of the 13th Amendment, had not arrived in Washington. Actually, they were being delayed by Union soldiers under the command of President Lincoln. This maneuver was designed to advance the political aims of the President. The phrase "had not arrived" was an obfuscation. Some might consider it an outright lie.

Fast forward to the attack on our embassy in Bengazi in 2012 and the lack of accurate information related to the attack. Much of the controversy centers around the "talking points" regarding what actually happened and the "transparency," or lack thereof, of the executive branch. The former acting CIA Director, Michael Morell, appeared before the House Permanent Subcommittee on Intelligence last week to discuss the "talking points;" who created them, who changed them, and most importantly, were they created to give someone (Barack Obama and/or Hilary Clinton) a political advantage. Were they the truth, an obfuscation, or a lie?      

I want your Threaded Discussion to be about Lincoln, but I also want you to see that in 150 years, this approach to American politics may not have changed much.
Obfuscation = to make obscure, to confuse; often with the intention to deceive.

Is obfuscation ethically acceptable?

Can "faith" neutralize the use of obfuscation?

Dr. Samuel Johnson, the famous British Literary figure of the 18th century put it best: "Eschew obfuscation!" 

REMEMBER THAT THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DISCUSSION SO YOU SHOULD NOT JUST SIT AT YOUR COMPUTER AND MAKE A SERIES OF COMMENTS AT THE SAME TIME. SPACE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS OVER THE PERIOD OF THE DISCUSSIONS.