Ethical Reasoning

Ethical Reasoning (2)


ESLO 3: Oregon Tech students will make and defend reasonable ethical judgments.

Definition: Ethical reasoning is the process of recognizing which decisions require ethical judgments, determining potential reasonable courses of action, finding support for potential courses of action, and then selecting the course of action best supported.

Criteria for Ethical Reasoning Assessment

The following are criteria used in the assessment of student work:
  • Theory: Student demonstrates knowledge of different ethical theories and codes.
  • Recognition: Student can recognize decisions requiring ethical judgments.
  • Logic: Student demonstrates knowledge of the logic of ethical reasoning.
  • Judgment: Student can make and support plausible ethical decisions.

Pathway Requirements


  • 1 course, identified by major, that introduces ethical reasoning.

Essential Practice:            

  • 3 credits from Ethical Reasoning – Essential Practice list                                                                                          

Program-Integrated Practice:

  • 1 course, defined by program, that integrates ethical reasoning in the context of the major.