Posted: September 20th, 2022

Week 4 Ethical Reasoning Paper HSCI 6345

 Please approach this assignment with creativity, but this formal paper should include the following elements:

  1. Introduction.

    An introduction paragraph should have a hook to catch the reader’s attention, any relevant background information that the reader needs to know and conclude with a thesis statement that presents the main purpose of the paper.
    For this paper, the thesis statement will be the central position you will be arguing.

  2. Recognition of why the chosen topic is an ethical dilemma.

    An ethical dilemma occurs when all solutions to a problem are not acceptable from an ethical perspective.

  3. A self-assessment of your personal core beliefs.

    Core beliefs are the ideas that people hold as important such as honesty, faithfulness, effort, perseverance, patience, education, responsibility, commitment, and fairness, among others. These ideas are the basis for behavior, communication, and interaction with others.  They shape one’s interpretation and analysis of ethical issues.

  4. An explanation of your understanding of an ethical theory used to construct your ethical argument

    Ethical theories provide the foundation for ethical decision-making. Every ethical theory emphasizes a different decision-making style. To understand ethical decision making, it is important to realize that not everyone makes decisions in the same way, using the same information, employing the same decision rules.

  5. An application of ethical perspectives/concepts.

    Describe how the ethical theory being used to construct your argument provides the best decision-making guidance for this situation. Make sure to consider all implications.

  6. An evaluation of different ethical perspectives/concepts.

    Evaluate how the use of a different ethical theory, or different ethical perspective, might impact the decision-making process related to this topic.

  7. Conclusion.

    The conclusion paragraph should restate your thesis, summarize the key supporting ideas, and offer your final thought(s).

  8. References.

    Make sure each reference in the list has a corresponding in-text citation and vice versa.

Sometimes Blackboard can distort the spacing within Word documents. You might want to consider saving the document in pdf format and uploading the pdf into the assignment submission portal.Make sure to review the grading rubric for detailed information before beginning this assignment. This paper will be evaluated using Safe Assign anti-plagiarism software. Lastly, please make sure to spellcheck the paper and apply APA style formatting, including a cover page. If you did not purchase the APA book listed on the course syllabus, please see the APA website for a template of how to write a student paper. 

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Master of Science in Health Science (MSHS) Program

Ethical Reasoning Paper Assignment Instructions and Grading Rubric

Assignment Rationale:

Please refer to the course syllabus to determine the weighted percentage of this assignment in your final course grade. An ethical reasoning paper involves recognition and evaluation of an ethical dilemma. Different ethical perspectives or concepts should be compared. The purpose of this formal paper is to inform the reader of both your ethical self-awareness and comprehensive understanding of different ethical concepts.

Assignment Learning Objective:

This assignment is related to Weekly Learning Objectives 2 and 3 (2. Interpret how laws (e.g., tort law, criminal law, and contract law) affect healthcare delivery and professional practice; 3. Categorize laws and legal processes designed to protect individual rights.)

Assignment Instructions:

Please approach this assignment with creativity, but as with any formal paper, this ethical reasoning paper should include the following elements:

  1. Introduction.

    introduction paragraph should have a hook to catch the reader’s attention, any relevant background information that the reader needs to know and conclude with a thesis statement that presents the main purpose of the paper.

    For this paper, the thesis statement will be the central position you will be arguing.

  2. Recognition of why the chosen topic is an ethical dilemma.

    ethical dilemma occurs when all solutions to a problem are not acceptable from an ethical perspective.

  3. A self-assessment of your personal core beliefs.

    Core beliefs are the ideas that people hold as important such as honesty, faithfulness, effort, perseverance, patience, education, responsibility, commitment, and fairness, among others. These ideas are the basis for behavior, communication, and interaction with others. They shape one’s interpretation and analysis of ethical issues.

  4. An explanation of your understanding of the ethical theory or decision-making model used to construct your ethical argument

    Ethical theories provide the foundation for ethical decision-making. Every ethical theory emphasizes a different decision-making style.

    understand ethical decision making, it is important to realize that not everyone makes decisions in the same way, using the same information, or employing the same decision-making model.

  5. Application of ethical theory or decision-making model.

    Describe how the ethical theory or decision-making model chosen for your argument provides the best guidance for this situation.

    An evaluation of different ethical perspectives/decision-making models.

    Evaluate how the use of a different ethical theory, or the use of a different decision-making process might impact a decision.

    Conclusion.

    The conclusion paragraph should restate your thesis, summarize the key supporting ideas, and offer your final thought(s).

    References.

    Make sure each reference in the list has a corresponding in-text citation and vice versa.

    Sometimes Blackboard can distort the spacing within Word documents. You might want to consider saving the document in pdf format and uploading the pdf into the assignment submission portal.

    Note, this paper will be evaluated using the Safe Assign anti-plagiarism software.

    Lastly, please make sure to spellcheck the paper and apply APA style formatting, including a cover page. If you did not purchase the APA book listed on the course syllabus, please see the APA website for a template of how to write a student paper.

    Grading Rubric*

    *This grading rubric has been adapted from the
    Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U’s) Ethical Reasoning VALUE Rubric.

    Grading Element

    4 points

    3 points

    2 points

    1 point

    0 points

    Ethical Issue Recognition

    Paper documents that the student can recognize ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context AND can recognize cross- relationships among the issues.
    Paper documents that the student can recognize ethical issues when issues are presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context OR can grasp cross- relationships among the issues.
    Paper documents that the student can recognize basic and obvious ethical issues and grasp (incompletely) the complexities or interrelationships among the issues.
    Paper documents that the student can recognize basic and obvious ethical issues but fails to grasp complexity or interrelationships.

    Reader cannot determine the paper’s purpose.
    Or the topic discussed is not an ethical issue.

    Ethical Self-Awareness

    Student discusses in detail/ analyzes both core beliefs and the origins of the core beliefs and discussion has greater depth 4 points
    Student discusses in detail/ analyzes both core beliefs and the origins of the core beliefs.
    Student states both core beliefs and the origins of the core beliefs.
    Student states either their core beliefs or articulates the origins of the core beliefs but not both.

    Reader cannot determine if there is a discussion of student self-awareness.
    Or the topic 0 points

    Grading Element

    3 points

    2 points

    1 point

    Structure and Organization

    Body of the paper flows from thesis statement;

    and clarity.
    discussed is not an ethical issue.

    Understanding Different Ethical Theories or Decision-Making Models

    Student names the ethical theory or decision-making model used to support argument; clear and accurate rationale for its choice provided.
    Student can name the ethical theory or decision-making model used to support argument; however, the details provided for its choice has some inaccuracies.
    Student can name the ethical theory or decision-making model used to support argument but is only able to present minimal details for its choice.
    Student only names the ethical theory or decision-making model used to support argument. No rationale for its choice provided.

    Reader cannot determine student understanding of different ethical theories or decision-making models.
    Or the topic discussed is not an ethical issue.

    Application of Ethical Theory or Decision-Making Models

    Student independently applies an ethical theory or decision-making model to an ethical question; evidence the full implications of its application have been considered.
    Student independently applies an ethical theory or decision-making model to an ethical question; but does not discuss the specific implications of the application.
    Student independently applies an ethical theory or decision-making model to an ethical question; its stated application is inaccurate.
    Student seems to be unable to independently apply an ethical theory or decision-making model to an ethical question.

    Reader cannot determine if the student understands how to apply an ethical theory or decision-making model to an ethical question.
    Or the topic discussed is not an ethical issue.

    Evaluation of Different Ethical Theories or Decision-Making Models

    Student states a position and can state the objections to, assumptions and implications of and can reasonably defend against the objections to, assumptions and implications of different ethical theories or decision-making models, and the student’s defense is adequate and effective.
    Student states a position and can state the objections to, assumptions and implications of, and respond to the objections to, assumptions and implications of different ethical theories or decision-making models, but the student’s response is inadequate. Body of the paper mostly flows from the
    Student states a position and can state the objections to, assumptions and implications of different ethical theories or decision-making models but does not respond to them (and ultimately objections, assumptions, and implications are compartmentalized by student and do not affect student’s position.) Body of the paper lacks a clear direction; supporting evidence
    Student states a position but cannot state the objections to and assumptions and limitations of the different ethical theories or decision-making models. Paper lacks a clear thesis or conclusion; body of

    Reader cannot determine if the student has the ability to evaluate different ethical theories or decision-making models.
    Or the topic discussed is not an ethical issue. The paper lacks in structure and organization

    thesis; transitions are awkward at times; appropriate conclusion.
    loosely tied to thesis; transitions missing; conclusion has no sense of closure.
    the paper seems haphazard; transitions are not present.
    thereby impacting the reader’s ability to understand what is being said.

    Grading Element transitions guide the reader smoothly through the text; conclusion effectively wraps up the essay.

    4 points

    3 points

    2 points

    1 point

    0 points

    Resources Cited

    A minimum of ten valid references have been cited.
    Between five and nine valid references have been cited.
    Fewer than five references have been cited.
    There are references cited which are not valid or credible.
    No references cited.

    Formatting

    Free of APA formatting errors (cover page included).
    One to three APA formatting errors noted.
    Four to five APA formatting errors noted.
    Six to seven APA formatting errors noted.
    More than seven citations APA formatting errors noted.

    Grammar and Spelling Accuracy

    Free of grammar and spelling errors.
    One to three grammar and spelling errors noted.
    Four to five grammar and spelling errors noted.
    Six to seven grammar and spelling errors noted.
    More than seven grammar and spelling errors noted.

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