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BI 326 Ethics in Science
Robinson, Robert C.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

BI 326 Ethics in Science

Semester

S2T 2013 DL

Faculty

Robinson, Robert C.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD University of Georgia
MA Florida State University
BA University of South florida

E-Mail

robert.robinson05@park.edu

Semester Dates

March 19–May 13, 2012

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

None


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Course Description:
BI326 Ethics in Science: An examination of the complex ethical issues that arise as a result of modern science. Issues such as genetic therapy, cloning and stem cell research, death and dying, reproductive technologies, genetic privacy, and the allocation of resources will be examined. Topics that arise from the use of humans and other animals in academia and research will also be discussed. The course will include a general overview of ethical theories, moral and religious attitudes from different cultures, and the fundamental principles of scientific integrity. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the main ethical theories (deontology, utilitarianism, virtue ethics, rights-based ethics, ethical relativism) and compare and contrast their basic tenets.
  2. Appreciate the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills to better analyze, evaluate, and make ethical decisions about current scientific and social issues, as well as present them both orally and written
  4. Recognize the major ways proposed for resolving value question, and the ability to evaluate them and use them where appropriate.


Core Assessment:

Assignment: Paper describing all sides of an ethical issues, position taken by student, and description of ethical theories applied.

 Assignment Issues
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 Rubric

Class Assessment:


Class Assessment:
This course will involve a significant amount of reading and writing. Each week will require a short paper and homework with a longer paper due in the last week. A final exam is also built into the course for the 8th week.

Grading:

Grading:
Letter Grade

LetterPointsPercentage
A
900 -1000
90 - 100%
B
700 - 899
80 - 89.9%
C
500 - 699
70 - 79.9%
D
400 - 599
60 - 69.9%
F
0 - 399
50 - 59.9%
AssignmentPossible PointsTotal PointsTotal %
Final Paper (Core Assessment)
200 27%
Discussion 20 pts each 160 21%
Homework 9-20 pts 100 14%
Weekly Papers 30 pts each 140 19%
Final Exam 140 19%
TOTAL {{{{{ 740

100%


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All assignments must be submitted via dropbox, except for the discussion threads. Assignments emailed are NOT accepted unless specifically requested. An initial post in each discussion thread should be made by Wednesday midnight CST with at least one peer response (PR) by Sunday midnight CST. This is important. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool. Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday midnight CST.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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. from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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 .

Additional Information:




DISCUSSION ACTIVITIES: All students will participate in discussions through multiple responses. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. By using a word processing tool you have ready access to some type of spell check capability, please use it. Basic old-fashioned courtesy is expected from each of you at all times. Disruptive behavior (as deemed by the instructor) will not be allowed. There are two Discussion Threads in each week, so be sure to participate in them both. An initial post in each one should be made by Wednesday midnight CST with at least one peer response by Sunday midnight CST. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning tool. Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday midnight CST. 



Be sure to read the Discussion grade rubric so that you understand what is expected of your posts. The interaction that you have in this class is by exchanging these posts and is a very important learning activity. 


       
  • Initial responses must address the topic fully and contain references to any sources used (see Reference Formats in the Doc Sharing area)

  •    
  • Follow-up responses must be substantive and provide additional information or insight.

  •    
  • Full value will not be awarded to an initial posting, no matter how complete, if it is done after Wednesday.


Tips for success in the Discussions:



       
  • Read ALL postings by both your instructor and your fellow students; you will learn a lot from these!

  •    
  • Answer any questions posed to you by your instructor (these do not count as follow-up responses).

  •    
  • Run your responses through the Plagiarism Checker BEFORE posting them!

  •    
  • Complete your textbook readings and lecture before posting any responses.

  •    
  • Conduct additional research if necessary and cite all of your sources (including your textbook).

  •    
  • Use the "What's New" feature at the bottom of the course homepage to determine when new postings have been made.





Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






   
       
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
       
           
           
       
   
WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Week 1--What is Ethics?
           

                   
  • Submit your Introduction

  •                
  • Read Lectures & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           
Week 2--Human Experimentation
           

                   
  • Read Lecture & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           
Week 3--End of Life Issues
           

                   
  • Read Lecture & assigned reading

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           
Week 4--Reproductive Ethics
           

                   
  • Read Lectures & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           
Week 5--Abortion
           

                   
  • Read Lecture & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           
Week 6--Stem Cells
           

                   
  • Read Lectures & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           

Proctor Form Due


           
Week 7--Genetic Privacy
           

                   
  • Read Lectures & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Homework

  •                
  • Paper

  •            

           
Week 8--Environmental Ethics
           

                   
  • Read Lectures & assigned readings

  •                
  • Discussion

  •                
  • Final Paper

  •                
  • Final Exam

  •            

           



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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96


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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95


Attendance Policy:

Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.



       
  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.

  2.    
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.

  4.    
  5. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".

  6.    
  7. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.

  8.    
  9. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.

  10.    
  11. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.


ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98


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 . 






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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
2,3,4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Uses 5 or more sources to produce a position on an ethical question Uses 4 sources to produce a position on an ethical question Uses 3 or fewer sources to produce a position on an ethical question Uses only 1 source 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Uses information obtained from sources and critical thinking to produce a cohesive presentation including a discussion of where their position fits in the philosophical theories Uses information obtained from sources and critical thinking to produce a cohesive presentation Properly uses information from sources but does not create cohesive presentation Does not exhibit understanding of source 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Superior evaluation of any variation in ethical position Adequately discusses current ethical position with that held previously Does not present a comparison of ethical positions No evaluation of source or ethical position 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
No factual errors 1 to 2 factual errors 3 to 6 factual errors More than 6 factual errors 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Shows exceptional understanding of concepts and how the different theories relate Effectively understands concepts of different philosophical theories Deficient in understanding of at least one philosophical theory Does not exhibit understanding of any philosophical theory 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
The essay is focused and clearly organized, and shows depth of development. – Ideas are clearly communicated The essay is generally focused and contains some development of ideas; but the discussion may be simplistic or repetitive.  May contain occasional grammatical errors, but the reader is able to understand what is being communicated. The essay may be somewhat unfocused; underdeveloped, or rambling, but it does have some coherence. Problems with the use of language occasionally interfere with the reader's ability to understand what is being communicated: Essay is not coherent, language detracts from the essay 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
1,3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
No errors in writing conventions 1 to 3 errors in writing conventions More than 4-8 errors in writing conventions More than 8 errors in writing conventions 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Contains no errors in the following paper format items:
?MLA
?Length
?Page numbers
?Works cited
?Internal documentation
 
Contains only 1to 3 errors in the following paper format items:
?MLA
?Length
?Page numbers
?Works cited
?Internal documentation
 
Contains 4 to 9 errors in the following paper format items:
?MLA
?Length
?Page numbers
?Works cited
?Internal documentation
 
Contains 10 or more errors in the following paper format items:
?MLA
?Length
?Page numbers
?Works cited
Internal documentation
 

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