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Revision Date: 06-May-20

PHI-1040-VR01 - Introduction to Ethics

Synonym: 185057

Location: Rutland - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Frederick Bennett | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
  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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

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 contemporary ethical issues.
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.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

"Our job is not to make up anybody's mind but to make the agony of decision making so intense that you can escape only by thinking."

  • quote by F.Friendly

Textbooks addendum:

In addition to the assigned text, we will also be using various online sources that are free via the public domain, and various media materials via Canvas.

CCV Credit Hour Policy:

All CCV credit-bearing courses are scheduled and conducted in compliance with federal regulation defining the credit hour. A credit hour is an amount of work, represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement, corresponding to one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester. For this three credit course then, expect three hours a week direct instruction and six hours a week of homework.


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 50%

  • see Attendance Policy

2. Weekly Assignments 25%

  • Timely reading, reflective writing assignments, and peer interaction learning process across the course of our six-day breaks each week.

3. Examinations 25%

  • There is a significant amount of material that will be unfamiliar and is not subject to opinion or reflection. This material will be learned by lecture, audio and/or video clips, and presentations, all available on Canvas. Further, a gentle goad may be provided by a weekly quiz on the assigned readings of that week, if it seems that such a thing is needed.

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 in any of the previous areas.

Grading Criteria:

o A 98-93% (+ is 100-99) (- is 92-91)

o B 88-83% (+ is 90-89) (- is 82-81)

o C 78-73% (+ is 80-79) (- is 72-71)

o D 68-63% (+ is 70-69) (- is 62-61)

o F < 60%


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

PHI-1040-VR01 Textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Frederick Bennett
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Virginia Gellman

Attendance Policy:

Online attendance and the quality of your participation are integral parts of your learning experience and the learning for others. I will facilitate the online discussion with passion and help you focus your learning.

As you know, we never meet as a full group at the same time, as we would for an in-person class. Consequently, you are free to participate during the week at times and days that are convenient for you as long as you comply with the mid-week and end of week deadlines.

The most significant portion of your evaluation for this course (see Eval Criteria below) is based on attendance and participation:

  • being prompt and committed for assignment dates and times
  • completing the readings and tasks as assigned
  • displaying preparedness in class discussions
  • positively participating*
  • you cannot successfully pass the course if, over the semester, you miss more than two of the summary tasks; they occur once each week. Further, assignment lateness will be cumulative in effect and could become equivalent an absence(s).

Each class week begins at noon on Tuesdays and ends on Monday at midnight.

*Positive Participation:

  • Display attention to detail and engagement with me and the full class about the material being discussed and in independent Canvas assignments.
  • Contribute positively, voluntarily, regularly, and moderately during each class and in Canvas assignments.
  • Develop a thoughtful and inquisitive manner about the material and each others contributions during class and in Canvas assignments.

You will need access to a dependable computer and Internet connection. I always advise students to think ahead of a "Plan B" should either of those be compromised so you have an alternative should something go wrong. Missed assignments due to access problems are not excused but will be significantly credited if you do it within its assigned week. If you anticipate a significant "downtime", contact me as soon as possible so we can preserve your attendance and participation.

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.
  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 Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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