Assignment 1 Instructions This Assignment is a Critical Reflection Due Date: (See Study Desk or Course Specification) Word Limit: 1,500 (+ / – 10%) [Excluding Bibliography and direct quotes] This assignment has the following three parts: • In Part 1 you will describe an ethical or moral dilemma that you have had to face. • In Part 2 you will analyze it. • In Part 3 you will reflect on it. Part 1: Description Discuss an ethical or moral dilemma that you have had to face in the workplace or at college / university. Give as much details as possible within the word limit. Please include relevant information. The following list is a guide: (You can replace the real names and places with fictional ones) • Describe the situation • Who was involved • Where did the situation take place? • When did it happen and what was going on? • What were the values and norms that were in conflict? • Describe your thoughts and feeling. • Describe what you did. (How was the dilemma resolved or what was the outcome?) • Rate your decision. On a scale from 1-10 how happy were you with your decision? (1 = Very unhappy 10 = Very happy) and state why you thought that. Part 2: Analysis In this section, you are going to analyze the ethical or moral dilemma described in Part 1 above. Please include the following: • Choose three of the normative ethical theories discussed in the course and use those three ethical theories to analyze the ethical or moral dilemma described in Part 1. You should include critical thinking in your analysis. Part C: Reflection In this section, you are going to reflect on the initial decision. Please include the following: • Did any of the ethical theories discussed in Part 2 make you happier with the decision you made in Part 1? Why? or Why not? • Did any of the ethical theories discussed in Part 2 make you less happy with the decision you made in Part 1? Why? or Why not? • If you were in that same situation again would you make the same decision again? Why? or Why not? Please make sure that you have completed all parts of Assignment 1 before submitting it. Additional Information: Part 1 Have you described an ethical or moral dilemma? Make sure it is an ethical or moral dilemma and not something else. If you are unsure look at the Readings and Activities sections in Module 1 again. Part 2 Have you applied ethical theories to analyze the event? If you are unsure look at the Readings and Activities sections in Module 2 again. Part 3 Have you reflected on your original decision in Part 1? If you are unsure look at the Readings and Activities sections in Module 3. Overall Have you written clearly so that the marker can understand what you have written about? If the marker cannot understand you they will be unable to give you a very good mark. It does not matter how much you know, how good you are or how smart you are. If you do not show us that in your assignment, then we cannot give you the marks that you might deserve! Students sometimes write as though they think the marker has ESP. We don’t! If you do not write your thoughts down, we cannot mark your thoughts. The only way we can find out what you are thinking about is through your written work! Your written work is the medium between what you are thinking and what we believe you are thinking. Make sure that the written work is not like a mobile phone that has a weak signal. Ask yourself the following questions: Did you reference your work clearly? Did you include a Bibliography? Did you check your work against the Marking Criteria? We use the Marking Criteria to mark your work. That is why it is called ‘Marking Criteria’. It is the criteria that we use to judge your work. Proofreading: If you have followed our suggestions (on the Study Desk) about when to do Parts 1, 2 and 3 you should be able to put your work aside for a few days. You will then be in a better position to proofread it. You should leave at least a few days between writing and proofreading. It is nearly impossible to proofread just after writing. Your mind jumps over all the mistakes. You will find some useful material about proofreading on the Study Desk.
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