BI 326 Ethics in Science
SP 2007 HO
Associate Professor of Biology
Ph.D. Biology University of Mississippi
Monday 9:00-10:30; Tuesday 1:00-2:30; Wednesday 9:00-10:00; Thursday 11:00-12:00; Friday 10:00-11:00
Jan 16–May 11, 2007
8:45 - 10:00 AM
Textbook: None required, readings will be placed on reserve in the library and assigned on the internet.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and current writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Assignment: Paper describing
all sides of an ethical issues, position taken by student, and description of
ethical theories applied.
1. Knowledge of main ethical theories
2. Be able to do electronic
and manual literature searches
3. Produce an evaluative,
critical, cohesive work that is philosophically sound
4. Applies MLA style and
satisfies other required mechanics such as length, internal documentation, correct
usage of grammar
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
My intent as instructor is to work toward an increasingly sophisticated bioethical thinking. There is a term paper as well as the expectation of communication through discussion, writing, and revision. In order to reinforce this, there may be several smaller papers of 1-3 page magnitude. Please do not hesitate if you should need to ask for any individual clarification or guidance.
We will begin the course by introducing the realms of ethical theory followed by the various theories relevant to each. At the same time questions will be posed that require both biological and ethical solutions. As thinking is developed, additional ethical theories and topics may be introduced.
Reading Assignments: The required readings are packed with details and complex reasoning. Because of this, it is hard, if not impossible, to achieve a strong understanding of the text through a single reading. I suggest that you read each assignment at least twice. The first reading should give you a general sense of the material, while the second should help fill in important details.
Reflections: You are to record your reflections in a journal of a topic of class discussion or reading. This is meant to provide you with an opportunity to further explore a statement, concept, idea, or ethical issue in a private and unhurried manner. Grading will not be based upon whether I agree with you or not but whether or not you exhibit depth in your exploration of the topic. Correct spelling and grammar are also important. Each entry will probably fill 1-2 pages; however I will be reading for content, not quantity.The total of the reflections, minipapers, exam, and term paper will be combined to form a portfolio for the class.
I want you to do well. Regardless of any pressure you may feel, THOU SHALT NOT LIE, CHEAT, OR STEAL.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87All written work will be submitted to turnitin.com for plagerism check.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90Attendance at work or graduate/professional school is mandatory for remaining employed or in school and thus is a component of this professional conduct. Participation is a VERY significant portion of the learning experience in this class and it is difficult to participate when not in attendance; therefore, students are expected to be on time and prepared for all class meetings. I do recognize that personal emergencies may arise during the course of the semester. Therefore, two absences (for any reason: illness, personal appointments, doctors appointments car problems...etc.) are allowed without penalty. (For any absence beyond two, one percent (1%) of the total accumulated points may be deducted for each absence). Attendance will be checked at each meeting. Two tardies will be counted as one absence.
Students will be held responsible for contacting the instructor prior to class, either via telephone, mail, or email, if they will be late to or absent from a class session. Any means of contact, regarding the absence, following the class session missed will not be acceptable as an excused absence. Any student absent from class due to Park University related activities is required to notify the instructor during the class session prior to the absence and to provide a schedule of absences. Any assignment due during the class session missed, because of the Park University related event, is required to be submitted and/or completed prior to the class session the student is absent.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:1/4/2007 1:31:44 PM