COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
STUDIES IN APPLIED ETHICS
St. Petersburg College
Session I, 2009-10
Instructor: Dr. Lee A. Miller
Office Location: EI 134
Phone Number: 341-4780
Office Hours: MW: 9:00-9:25 (duty only), 1:30-4:00
TR: 9:00-9:25(duty only), 1:30-4:00
Academic Department: Applied Ethics Institute
Director: Jane Till
St. Petersburg Office: 341-4335
Course Prefix & Number: PHI 1600
Course Name: Studies in Applied Ethics
Course Description: This course is a practical overview of key issues, questions and
concepts in applied ethics. Special emphases are placed on the historical development
of ethical thinking, a variety of ethical approaches and on multicultural aspects of ethics.
Students will also examine a variety of personal, social and professional ethical issues
and problems and learn methods of resolving them through the use of critical thinking
skills, sound ethical reasoning and legal and professional codes. Students are provided
an active learning experience, increased student interaction and opportunities for
independent research into ethical issues of personal interest. This course meets the
college’s general education requirement for applied ethics, and partially satisfies the
SBE 6A-10.30 writing requirements outlined in the General Education Requirements.
Credit is not given for both PHI 1600 and any of the following courses: PHI 1603, PHI
1602, PHI 1631, PHI 2621, PHI 2622, or PHI 2649. 47 contact hours.
Course Meeting Days: MW 9:25-10:40 (#1611)
MW 10:50-12:05 (#1872)
MW 12:15-1:30 (#3420)
TR 9:25-10:40 (#1303) (all classes meet in FA 117)
TR 10:50-12:05 (#1306)
F 10:50-1:30 (#2145)
Attendance Policy: Because a significant portion of this course involves class
discussion and group interaction, attendance at all scheduled classes is necessary and
expected. Any student having more than 2 unexcused absences in a class which
meets 2 times a week, or more than 1 unexcused absence in a class which meets once
a week is subject to being dropped from this course without notice. If you need to miss
a class for illness or another appropriate reason, you will receive an excused absence
ONLY if you notify me in advance, or within 24 hours after the missed class, or, in case
of an emergency, as soon as practical after the missed class. Arriving to class on time
is also expected. If you arrive late or leave early with no excused reason, you will
receive a partial absence. Two partial absences shall be considered an unexcused
absence. If you have an unexcused absence on the day a paper is due or other
assignment is scheduled, you will not be able to make up that work absent the most
extraordinary of circumstances. It is always better to speak with me IN ADVANCE of a
due date if you have a problem handing in an assignment on time.
Instructors will verify that students are in attendance during the first two weeks of
class. Students classified as “No Show” for both of the first two weeks will be
administratively withdrawn. Immediately following the 60% point of the term, each
instructor will verify which students are actively participating in class as defined in the
course syllabus. Students classified as not meeting the criteria for active class
participation will be administratively withdrawn with a “WF.” Students will be able to
withdraw themselves at any time during the term.. However, requests submitted after
the 60%deadline will result in a “WF.” Students and instructors will automatically receive
an email notification through their SPC email address whenever a withdrawal occurs.
Withdrawing after the “Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of “W”(see Academic
Calendar below) can have serious consequences. If you withdraw from a class after
this deadline posted in the academic calendar, you will receive a final grade of “WF,”
which has the same impact on your GPA as a final grade of F. A WF grade also could
impact your financial aid and cause you to have to repay some of your assistance. If
you are thinking about withdrawing from a class now, you should consult with your
academic advisor or financial aid counselor first to be sure you understand all the
possible outcomes of this decision.
Federal Guidelines Related to Financial Aid and Total Withdrawal from the
College: The U.S. Department of Education has implemented rules for students who
obtain a Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, and/or Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant and subsequently totally withdraw from the College. The rule
requires you to refund to the Department of Education a portion of your financial aid if
you completely withdraw from St. Petersburg College prior to the 60% point in the term.
You also may be required to repay funds to the College if you are identified as not
actively participating in all of your classes, or if you do not receive at least one final
passing grade (D or higher). Should you consider totally withdrawing from all classes
before the published withdrawal; date, it is important that you consult the Scholarships
and Student Financial Assistance office on your home campus to understand your
options and the consequences of total withdrawal.
Dual Enrollment, Early Admissions, and Early College Students: A Dual
Enrollment, Early Admissions, or Early College student may not withdraw from any
college level course without consultation with the Early College/Dual Enrollment office.
Withdrawal from a course may jeopardize the student’s graduation from high school.
The Dual Enrollment office can be reached at 712-5281(TS), 791-5970(CL)< or 394-
Student Expectations: All electronic devices such as cell phones, beepers,
pagersand related devices are to be turned off prior to entering the classroom, library,
and laboratories to avoid disruption. Use opf any device in these areas is a violation of
College Policy and subject to disciplinary action. College computers are intended for
academic work. Inappropriate use of computers during class time is prohibited.
Students should understand that they may be required to use the internet for some
courses. Furthermore, students may be required to have discussions of class
assignments and share papers and other class materials with instructors and
classmates via chat rooms and other mechanisms. Therefore, internet users may be
able to access students’ work whether the access is secured or unsecured. The
College cannot protect students from the type of materials on the internet or the
potential piracy of students’ materials. Each student’s behavior in the classroom or
Web course is expected to contribute to a positive learning/teaching environment,
respecting the rights of others and their opportunity to learn. No student has the right to
interfere with the teaching/learning process, including the posting of inappropriate
materials on chatroom or Web page sites. The instructor has the authority to ask a
disruptive student to leave the classroom, lab, or Web course and to file disciplinary
charges if disruptive behavior continues.
Special Accommodations: If you wish to receive special accommodations as a
student with a documented disability, please make an appointment with the Learning
Specialist on this campus. If you have a documented hearing loss, please contact the
Program for the Deaf at 791-2628 (V/TDD). If you will need assistance during an
emergency classroom evacuation, it is imperative that you speak with your campus
Learning Specialist immediately about arrangements for your safety. Clearwater: 791-
2628 or 791-2710, Health Education Center: 341-3721, St. Petersburg/Gibbs: 341-
4758, Tarpon Springs: 712-5789, Seminole: 394-6108, or Allstate Center: 341-4532.
1. The student will understand the historical development of ethics.
2. The student will identify and demonstrate the nature of ethical issues when
confronted with examples of situations containing such issues.
3. The student will understand the relationship between the foundational values of a
society and the quality and mode of life of that society.
4. The student will identify and apply consistent and logical reasoning processes to
resolve ethical issues.
1. The student will trace the historical development of ethical thinking, considering
ideas from early Greek to contemporary philosophers by:
a. defining central ethical terms.
b. describing major historical and contemporary theories of ethics.
2. The student will recognize and analyze a variety of ethical issues when confronted
with examples of situations containing such issues by:
a. distinguishing between moral and non-moral issues and statements.
b. identifying a wide variety of personal, social, and professional ethical issues.
c. evaluating various points of view on a wide variety of personal, social and
professional ethical issues.
3. The student will identify the multicultural aspects of ethics by:
a. recognizing the relationship between the foundational values of a society and
the quality and mode of life of that society.
b. recognizing examples of ethical and unethical behavior within a society.
c. describing the effect of unethical behavior on the individual and the society.
4. The student will apply critical thinking skills, ethical principles and logical reasoning
processes to resolve ethical issues by:
a. describing methods of practical ethical decision-making.
b. applying a wide variety of philosophical principles to resolve ethical dilemmas
when presented with actual and hypothetical ethical issues found in personal,
social and professional life.
c. describing the distinguishing characteristics and emphases of a variety of
professional codes of ethics (including the Florida Code of Ethics for Public
Employees) and relating the codes to ethical issues in contemporary
The student will demonstrate successful achievement of the above stated objectives at
a minimum 70 percent level of accuracy through classroom measures developed by the
individual course instructors.
Minimum Grade and Writing Requirement Information: A student must make a
minimum grade of “C” in order to earn credit for this course, and complete the
applicable writing assignments. A minimum of four writing assignments are
required, two of which must consist of several paragraphs. I strongly
recommend that each student keep a copy of each Gordon Rule paper. Papers
MUST be written using MLA guidelines. All Gordon Rule papers are graded not
just for content, but for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and organization.
Proofread all papers very carefully before submitting them for a grade.
Prerequisite: REA 0002 and ENC 0020, or EAP 1695, or satisfactory score on the
SPC placement test.
Grades: Your final grade in this class will be based on the points you earn on
assignments, participation, quizzes and the final examination. There are 200 total
points available for the semester, not counting extra credit. The final grades will be
determined as follows:
1. Textbook questions 25 pts.
2. Web abstracts 25 pts.
. 3. Critical Thinking paper 25 pts.
4. Essay—Code of Ethics 20 pts.
3. Movie Application 25 pts.
4. Quizzes 30 pts.
7. Participation 25 pts.
8. Final Examination 25 pts.
Total: 200 points
A= 94-100 % B= 84-93 % C= 74-83 % D= 70-74 % F= below 70 %
Academic Honesty: Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Cheating not only
includes plagiarism, which is the attempt to pawn off as your own the ideas or words of
another, but also using another student’s writing, or allowing another student to use
your writing. Any confirmed case of cheating will be dealt with severely, and the
student shall receive the most stringent sanction allowed by college rules. If you have
any questions about what plagiarism covers, please ask. Ethics assignment #1--can
you identify the irony, and the merest scintilla of an ethical problem, with cheating in an
ethics class? Cheating, Plagiarism, Bribery, Misrepresentation, Conspiracy and
Fabrication are defined in Rule 6Hx23-4.461, Student Affairs: Academic Honesty
Guidelines, Classroom Behavior.
Keith Goree, Nicholas Manias, Jane Till, eds. Ethics Applied, edition 6.0 (Pearson
Custom Publishing, 2009). ISBN 13:987-0-558-05454-0
1. Textbook questions (25 pts.)—due dates will be assigned as we finish the
textbook chapters. Selected questions will be assigned throughout the semester.
Answers will be submitted for grade, with grade based on correctness of answer,
thoroughness of answer, and proper grammar and spelling.
2. Web abstracts (25 pts.)—due dates: TBA.
Choose any 4 websites which you access through the Ethics Applied website
which correlates to your textbook. You are free to choose any websites whose
ethical topics interest you. Write 2 paragraphs on each website—one paragraph
in which you summarize the general content of the website, and one paragraph
in which you give your personal reaction to the information you found. N.B. —
Make sure you read the instructions for accessing the Ethics Applied
website which came with your textbook. If you don’t have a computer at home
with internet capability, you can do this work in the computer labs on any SPC
campus. Abstracts will be submitted for grade, with grade based on correctness
of abstract format, thoroughness of abstract, and proper grammar and spelling.
3. Critical Thinking Application paper (25 pts.) Due date: TBA
Later in the course I’ll give you a hypothetical involving a character who has an
ethical dilemma in his or her workplace. Essentially, you will identify ethical
issues which appear in the hypothetical, and apply moral approaches to resolve
the main dilemma you identify. Also included are questions on other course
content we cover. The hypothetical will include a complete set of instructions on
what to include in the paper.
4. Essay, Code of Ethics (20 pts.) Due date: TBA
This writing assignment will be based on the code of ethics for the
career or profession you are studying to enter. I will give directions in
class as to where you can access your code. You will write a short
paper (approximately. 2-2 ½ pages) analyzing and evaluating the
code. Read your textbook chapter on Codes of Ethics, and then write
an essay on your code which includes:
a. a discussion of the highlights of the code--what did the author(s)
consider to be the priorities for ethical behavior in this
b. your evaluation of the strength of the code (answer this by
incorporating information you learned about codes of ethics
from your reading)
N.B.— See me asap if you have any trouble finding your code.
5. Movie Application (25 pts.)
In class, students watch a movie chosen by instructor. Prior to
viewing the movie, students are given a one page handout which
includes a synopsis of the plot, the names of the main characters and
a brief explanation of who they are, a memorable quotation from the
movie which is suggestive of the main ethical issue in some manner,
and a list of questions which the students are to answer in paragraph
format. The students will:
a. identify the main moral issue with which selected characters
b. identify the moral approach each of the indicated characters
uses to resolve moral issues they have identified.
c. justify their choice of approach(es)taken by characters by
discussing the main concepts of the moral approach and by
giving examples of scenes from the movie where the characters
speak or act in accordance with the approach(es).
d. identify the stage(s) of Kohlberg's Theory of Moral
Development that selected characters act in accordance with at
various points in the movie.
e. justify their choice of stage(s) of Kohlberg by discussing the
main characteristics of each stage, and by giving examples of
scenes from the movie where the characters speak or act in
accordance with the stage(s).
6. Quizzes (30 pts.) Traditional multiple choice or short answer quizzes. TBA.
7. Participation (25 pts.) Includes not only verbal participation in class
discussions, but active listening in class, as well as team work on group
projects. Unexcused absences will affect participation grade.
8. Final Examination (25 pts.) Traditional multiple choice/short answer which
covers all course material.
Important College Policy Regarding Course Drop-Add Period and Audit
Information: Students cannot add a course following the 1 st day the class meets.
Students can drop a course during the 1st week of class and be eligible for a refund.
(See a counselor/advisor to finalize your schedule, so you won’t be left without the
classes you want or need). Students may not change from credit to audit status after
the end of the first week of classes.
Grading and repeat Course Policies: State policy specifies that students may not
repeat a college credit course for which a grade of “C” or higher has been earned
except by appeal to the campus Academic Appeals committee. Students may repeat a
college credit course one time without penalty. At the third attempt, students will pay
the full cost of instruction. The full cost of instruction rate for 2008-2009 is $280.39 per
credit hour. In addition, at the third attempt students may not receive a grade of “I,”
“W,” or “X,” but must receive the letter grade earned. This grade will be averaged into
the overall grade point average.
Emergency Preparedness: In the event that a hurricane or other natural disaster
causes significant damage to St. Petersburg College facilities, you may be provided the
opportunity to complete your coursework online. Following the event, please visit the
college website for an announcement of the College’s plan to resume operations. This
syllabus is currently available in ANGEL for your convenience. Log into ANGEL to
confirm that you have access, reporting any difficulty to the APC Student Technical Call
Center at 341-4357 or via email at Onllinehelp@spcollege.edu. Students should
familiarize themselves with the emergency procedures and evacuation routes located in
the buildings they use frequently. Located in each classroom is an Emergency
Response guide (flip chart) that contains information for proper actions in response to
emergencies. Students should be prepared to assess situations quickly and use good
judgment in determining a course of action. Students should evacuate to assembly
areas in an orderly manner when an alarm sounds or when directed to do so by college,
faculty or staff or emergency services personnel. Students may access additional
emergency information by going to www.spcollege.edu/security. In face to face
courses, your instructor will review the specific campus plans for emergency events.
Campus Safety and Security: For information on campus safety and security policies
please contact 791-2560. If there are questions or concerns regarding personal safety,
please contact the Provost, Associate Provost, Campus Security Officer, or Site
Administrator on your campus.
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a “sexual predator or offender” to register with the Florida Department of Law
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agency where the registrant resides, attends, or is employed by an institution of higher
learning. Information regarding sexual predators or offenders attending or employed by
an institution of higher learning may be obtained from the local law enforcement agency
with jurisdiction for the particular campus by calling the FDLE hotline (1-888-357-7332),
or by visiting the FDLE website at http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/homepage.do
Equal Opportunity: St. Petersburg College is dedicated to the concept of equal
opportunity. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
age, national origin or marital status, or against any qualified individual with disabilities,
in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing
that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex and violates this
rule, the college will not tolerate such conduct. Should you experience such behavior,
please contact the director of EA/EO at (727) 341-3257 or (727) 341-3261 or by mail at
PO Box 13489, St. Petersburg FL 33733-3489
Children on Campus: Other than in an emergency and when specifically approved by
the campus provost, the provost’s designee, or a supervisor, employees and students
shall not bring children to work or class other than for an occasional quick visit, to drop
off an assignment, pick up materials, or similar activities. In no case is a child to be left
unattended on college premises
Regular classes begin and end 8/24-12/17/09
Last day to drop and receive refund: 8/28/09
College closed/holiday: 9/7, 11/11, 11/25-29
Last day to apply for graduation: 11/6/09
Last day to withdraw with a grade of “W”: 9/24/09*
Final Exams: 12/14-17/09
*Financial Aid Recipients: If you totally withdraw from the College anytime on or before the
dates of your Session, you may incur repayment of Federal Financial Aid funds.
DATE ACTIVITY READING/ASSGT.
WEEK 1 Introduction Introduction, Ch. 1
WEEK 2 Terms, Moral Issues
WEEK 3 Consequential v. Non-Consequential Ch. 4
WEEK 4 Moral Approaches Ch. 4
WEEK 5 Moral Approaches Ch. 5
WEEK 6 Moral Approaches Ch. 5
WEEK 7 Moral Approaches Ch. 6
WEEK 8 Movie project
WEEK 9 Critical Thinking--CTAP Ch. 3
WEEK 10 Sunshine Amendment Ch. 23
WEEK 11 Employer/Employee Rights And Chs. 18, 19, 20
Responsibilities, Codes of
WEEK 12 Chs. 18, 19, 20, cont’d
WEEK 13 Selected Business Ethical Issues
WEEK 14 Kohlberg, Gilligan, and Rest Ch. 2
WEEK 15 Selected Ethical Issues
WEEK 16 Selected Ethical Issues
Review for Final
WEEK 17 Final
N.B.—This syllabus may be amended or changed at any time by the