Essential Studies Ethical Reasoning Course Approval

Learning Outcome and Criteria


Oregon Tech students will make and defend reasonable ethical judgments.


Definition
As revised by the Ethical Reasoning ESLO Committee for use in Fall submission of 2016-17 Course Approval Forms.

Ethical reasoning is the process of recognizing which decisions require ethical judgments, determining potential reasonable courses of action, and using moral principles and logical reasoning to select the best course of action.

Criteria for Ethical Reasoning Assessment
As revised by the Ethical Reasoning ESLO Committee for use in Fall submission of 2016-17 Course Approval Forms.

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work:

  • Theory: The student will demonstrate knowledge of different ethical theories and codes.
  • Recognition: The student will recognize decisions requiring ethical judgments.
  • Logic: The student will demonstrate knowledge of the logic of ethical reasoning.
  • Judgment: The student will make and support plausible ethical decisions.

Required Information for Essential Studies Approval


During the current implementation phase of Essential Studies, we are seeking Essential Studies Course Approval applications for courses at the Foundation and Essential Practice levels (Processes for Program-Integrated Practice, ESSE, and Capstone courses may differ, and will be further defined as we move forward.)

In order to ease the transition to Essential Studies, and provide predictability for students, departments, and programs, GEAC is soliciting Foundation and Essential Practice course approval applications only from courses that fulfill requirements in the prior general education framework. In a few limited cases, to build out course lists, ESLO committees may reach out to invite particular faculty and departments to submit applications.

To submit a course, provide the following information:

  1. A CPC New Course Request or Course Change form, if needed. (Note: An existing course with no changes to course title, description, credits or prerequisites does not require submission to CPC; rather submit items 2-4 directly to GEAC, by emailing them to Nellie Stewart. If CPC changes are required, attached the documents below to your CPC submission.)
  2. A Essential Studies Course Approval Form (see link at right) with chair and dean signatures
  3. A detailed course syllabus that includes (a) course outcomes, (b) identification of appropriate ESLO(s). (Note: Make sure that the activities of the course integrate the outcomes as listed in the syllabus.)
  4. An assignment requiring student work appropriate for proficiency assessment in the identified ESLO.

Following submission for Essential Studies approval, a course undergoes a review process involving GEAC and the associated ESLO committee.

  • IconEthical Reasoning Rubric
    As revised by the Ethical Reasoning ESLO Committee for use in Fall submission of 2016-17 Course Approval Forms.

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ER ESLO Committee


Yasha Rohwer, Chair
Travis Lund
Franny Howes
James Hulse
Mike Pierce

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