Evaluation of an Ethical Theory in Clinical Ethics Assignment
Evaluation of an Ethical Theory in Clinical Ethics
You have read about ethical theories and perspectives and analyzed a clinical ethics case study via your discussion for this unit. Now, you will evaluate the ethical theory you used in the Unit 3 discussion as a framework for analysis.
This exercise—judging how well an ethical theory functions in a particular context, and from which perspectives—will push you further on your path to formulating your own bioethical manifesto. In addition, you will draw on this and the previous two assignments (from Units 1 and 2) to complete your course project. From this paper, the Evaluation of an Ethical Approach in Clinical Ethics, you will develop an argument for or against the approach you used to analyze the case study in your discussion.
Recall the ethical theory you used to analyze the clinical ethics case study in the Unit 3 discussion. Evaluate the theory of ethical reasoning used in your case study, in terms of particular perspectives related to clinical ethics.
Consider the ethical perspectives relevant to the clinical issue in your case study. Assess whether the theory provides satisfactory answers to the issue from the relevant perspectives.
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the approach you used in the case study, in terms of internal coherency and practical use.
Defend the conclusion you reached in the case study by answering counterarguments.
At least two scholarly resources from the Capella library are required as support of your statements. Note that textbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and most Internet materials are not considered scholarly resources. Use the “What Is Scholarly?” library resource (linked in the Resources) to help you find scholarly materials.
Your assignment will be scored according to the criteria outlined in the Evaluation of an Ethical Theory in Clinical Ethics Scoring Guide. Refer to the scoring guide often as you develop your assignment, to be sure you are addressing the essential criteria.
Academic honesty: Submit your paper to Turnitin before you submit it for grading.
Written communication: Written communication should be free of errors that detract from the overall message.
APA formatting: Resources and citations should be formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
Length: 1–2 double-spaced, typed pages.
Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12-point.
Resources: Cite at least two scholarly resources.
CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an ethical theory and perspective as a framework for analyzing clinical ethics.
27% Does not outline the strengths and weaknesses of an ethical theory and perspective. Outlines the strengths and/or weaknesses of an ethical theory and perspective, but fails to clearly connect it to clinical ethics. Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of an ethical theory and perspective as a framework for analyzing clinical ethics. Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of an ethical theory and perspective as a framework for analyzing clinical ethics, and explains the criteria used to judge strength and weakness.
Interpret an issue in clinical ethics through the lens of an ethical theory and perspective.
27% Does not explain an issue in clinical ethics. Explains an issue in clinical ethics, but fails to connect it with an ethical theory and perspective. Interprets an issue in clinical ethics through the lens of an ethical theory and perspective. Interprets an issue in clinical ethics through the lens of an ethical theory and perspective, and justifies the choice of a specific theory and perspective.
Argue for or against an ethical theory and/or perspective in clinical ethics.
26% Does not argue for or against an ethical theory and/or perspective in clinical ethics. Argues for or against an ethical theory and/or perspective clinical ethics, without showing convincing evidence for a position. Argues for or against an ethical theory and/or perspective in clinical ethics. Formulates and applies criteria for using an ethical theory and/or perspective in clinical ethics.
Construct a logical, organized, written argument with few mechanical errors.
10% Does not outline an argument and/or performs mechanical errors that inhibit comprehension. Outlines an argument with significant mechanical errors. Constructs a logical, organized, written argument with few mechanical errors. Constructs an argument with exemplary mechanics and expression.
Cite evidence from appropriate resources, using APA format.
10% Does not use or cite appropriate scholarly sources. Cites evidence from insufficient resources, or fails to use appropriate format. Cites evidence from appropriate resources, using APA format. Cites evidence from appropriate resources, using APA format, and evaluates the quality of the resources.
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading.
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours.