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Revision Date: 15-May-24

Fall 2024 | PHI-1040-VR01 - Introduction to Ethics

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 09-04-2024 to 12-11-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 10 (as of 07-24-24 8:05 PM)
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Frederick Bennett
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Humanistic Perspectives
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course examines personal and professional issues from an ethical point of view, emphasizing how we decide what is right and wrong in our daily lives. Issues might include: civil rights, health care, political concerns, business decisions, war, and the environment.

Essential Objectives

1. Explain the basic concepts of classical and contemporary theories in ethics as they pertain to right and wrong, the individual and society, objectivity and subjectivity, happiness and suffering, free will, and fate.
2. Discuss the ideas of selected theorists, the methods they used to develop their ideas, and the cultural factors which influenced their theories.
3. Identify and describe the major influences in our society which shape our values.
4. Apply ethical theories of decision making and critical thinking skills to problems of social justice and propose just solutions.
5. Apply the basic concepts of classical and contemporary theories in ethics to the field of business and professional ethics.
6. Develop an ethical framework for defining and addressing issues in one's own life.
7. Describe his or her own decision-making process.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Fall 2024 textbook/book details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

PHI-1040-VR01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


Teaching Methods:

  • Lecture: pre-recorded
  • Learning conversations
  • Small group and full class activities
  • Skills building exercises
  • Reading assignments
  • Writing assignments
  • Examinations
  • Optional real time virtual office hours by pre-arrangement

Evaluation Criteria

1. Attendance and Participation- 1/3 of your grade

This semester has [12 - Sum; 15 - Fall/Spr] weeks. Each week counts for 1 out of the total weeks of the in-class material. For each week that you miss, your attendance score drops by 1 out of the total weeks. Participation is both for individual and group and for in-class and at-home assignments that are interactive. This is described elsewhere in this Course Description. Your score for this category is your total attendance times your total participation.

Attendance Notice:

  • If you miss [2 - Sum semester; 3 - Fall/Spr semester] or its equivalent in lateness / early departures, you will not be able to pass the course.
  • When you have received the equivalent of [1 - Sum semester; 2 - Fall/Spr semester] absences, and time permitting, the instructor will make an effort to alert you and your advisor as to your circumstances. It is incumbent upon the student however, not the instructor, to be aware and make efforts to stay informed about attendance standing.

2. Weekly Assignments - 2/3 of your grade

This will be a weekly feature for our class and includes in-class and out-of-class assignments. The assignments vary in effort for preparation and carry commensurate credit.

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introductions: All of us

Course Introduction

Canvas: process and content

Course Description: expectations and mechanics

Contingencies: Meeting on Zoom, for individual sessions or on days with travel difficulties.

Weekly Routine


Come prepared every week with the course texts.

  • Texts:

Come prepared every week with a laptop or tablet Internet device that allows you to type freely. Phones are not adequate despite your skills.

If you do not have a laptop, please arrive early enough to check one out at the front desk to be prepared for class.


If your texts are delayed, please move to expedite their arrival.

There are no assigned readings prior to the first class meeting.

In class free writing assignment.



Our course texts: a preliminary survey

Our course itinerary: (Reminder - the journey is important part; the destination is where we end up)

  • where we are going - the tasks
  • when we are travelling - the weeks
  • our final destination - the research paper

Bring all texts and laptop.


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Positive Participation:

· Show evident attention and engagement with the full class about the topic being discussed (not side conversations, please).

· Contribute positively, voluntarily, regularly, and moderately during each class.

· Develop a thoughtful and inquisitive manner about the material and each other's contributions during class.

Classroom Comportment:

We will have one 15 minute break, approximately halfway through the class time. Use this as an opportunity to use the restroom, get a snack or drink, or to send or read email or text messages from your computer or phone.

Please do not send or read email or text messages while during class time. Also, please do not attend to other material online that is not part of the curriculum of the class or listen to media via earphones. This is a distraction to me and often your classmates. Of course, it is a break in your attention and participation also. Please note that these actions detract significantly from your active participation.

You may eat and drink during class time. The only restriction is you should not cause create distractions. Please be thoughtful and do not choose food that has loud wrappings or is loud to chew.

Please get up and leave the classroom if you need to use the restroom, need to take/make a critical phone call/text, etc. and we are not during break time. You do need to ask for permission for these activities.

During active class time, please do not have side conversations. This is also a distraction to me and your classmates. If you'd like to socialize or catch up with a classmate, please wait for a transition time between activities or leave the room to do so.

If you find you are drowsy during the course of our very long class, I encourage you to take a brief walk or to get a drink to help with your alertness. It is not acceptable behavior to "rest your head" or close your eyes during class time.

Correspondence Comportment:
Please note: All written work, including in class and out of class correspondence, should be thoughtfully made and express its content with a professional attitude. That is, you should explicitly attend to:

· function (e.g., what do I need and want to convey?)

· context (e.g., to whom and under what circumstances?)

· format (e.g., should this look like a letter, an essay, a research paper?)

· mechanics (e.g., have I checked the spelling and grammar?).

· means (e.g., is this neatly typed and submitted on time?)

Your attention (or lack of attention) to these details can affect your evaluation.


Read carefuly below:


The use of generative AI to create content is not allowed in this course. Effective learning values students actively engaging in the learning process using their own capacities; without this, these capacities can never improve. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are intrinsic to higher level cognitve development and develping the essential skills for independent opinions and decisions. If you use any AI products to generate any content, your actions will be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

Allowed: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges some technology within this field can play a supportive role in learning and feedback. You may use AI editting/proofing tools such as spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools (e.g., Grammerly, GrammarLookup, SentenceCheckup, LanguageTool, and AI editing tools included within your word-processing software). You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

If you use any AI tool, it is most prudent to get permission from your instructor via email, so you both will have a record of the any agreement, to protect the student and allow the instructor to be accountable. The responsibilty for this step is the student's; failure to do this

Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignment are typically due dates will be on at 11:59pm the night before our class day.

  • Assignments that are submitted to Canvas after the due date but before 8:30am deadline the next class day will receive a late-score deduction.
  • Assignments cannot be submitted after 8:30am deadline and should NOT be emailed to me. You can request that I evaluate them for your learning but they will not count toward your grade.

Assignments that are pre-arranged to be handled in late will have a due date and deadline that are the same, 11:59pm.

  • Assignments that have pre-arranged with the instructor are submitted to Canvas as usual.
  • Pre-arranging late work with your instructor will not decrease the assignment score.
    • Pre-arranging means asking far enough ahead that your instructor has the opportunity (24-48hrs) to give you permission before the due date arrives.
    • Not all assignments can be prearranged to be late; some of them need to be available for others to use. In those cases, if the assignments were allowed to be late, they would not be available for peer reactions.

Once each semester, each student can receive a "pass" which allows you to hand in an assignment late without pre-arrangement. Once that pass is used, the usual guidelines are enforced.

Missing work: This will be represented by a zero score in the grading.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.