Major Capstone Assignment

Question Description


I want us to think about our own personal values and ethics, and compare them with the code of ethics of your present or future profession. To do this you will write a two-part paper. In the first part (Part A), you will outline your own Personal Code of Ethics by following the instructions below. In the second part (Part B), you will apply your personal Code of Ethics to a case study in your present or future profession. You may find a case study from newspapers, online articles or by researching your topic. Follow these instructions precisely and completely.

A. My Personal Code of Ethics

1. Core Values: Create a list of your core values; that is, a priority of what you value most in life and explain why each is a value in your life. For example, family: My family gives me strength and comfort, etc. Career: I love to realize my potential in a field of work that I find interesting and challenging. Spiritual: I have reverence for others and all life. Please be sure to explain why you hold these values, and tie them back to what we have learned in this class. (See # 4 below).

2. Moral Character & Principles: Do I think I have good moral character? Answer this question by including your idea of integrity, the virtues that you aspire to and practice, and the moral principles or ethical theory that you try to follow. For example, you may try to practice honesty, fairness, kindness, courage, and friendliness in your life. And you also may hold the principles of trying to produce the greatest good for the greatest number or doing the right thing based on what you think all persons should do in the same situation. Please be sure to explain why you hold this moral character and principles, and tie them back to what we have learned in this class. (See # 4 below).

3. The Value of Ethics in My Life: What is the value of ethics in your life? That is, do you think you could live a happy life without trying to be ethical? Why or why not? Explain. Give examples. Please be sure to explain why or why not you value ethics in your life, and tie your explanation back to what we have learned in this class. (See # 4 below).

4. Reflect Using Information Obtained from taking ethics course: For steps 1-3, remember to ask yourself, “Why do I have these core values? Will they be changed or been modified as a result of taking Ethics course? What articles, ethical theories helped to reaffirm my beliefs, or alter them?” I am looking for you to demonstrate and apply information that you have learned to your own life. Just stating your position is not sufficient, but rather being able to explain why and link back to course material is part of the critical thinking process.

B. Application of My Code of Ethics

1. Choose a case study from the workplace or future profession that you think will be an interesting case to analyze and resolve.

2. ABCD Guide to Ethical Decision Making: Follow precisely the Ethical Decision-Making Guide in arriving at what you think is the right ethical decision. I suggest that you specifically call out each section of the guide. You can find this in the “Lessons – Week 1” in Sakai. Make sure that you look at both sides of the argument, and apply the appropriate ethical theory to each side. In other words, argue for and against the moral agents and recipients.

3. Facts: Identify the ethical issue and give the important facts in the case. Why is this an ethical issue and not simply a legal issue of policy issue?

4. Stakeholders: Identify the moral agent(s) and moral recipient(s) in the case and explain why these people are important stakeholders in the case. What consequences may affect each?

5. Ethical TheoriesWhich ethical theory or theories that we have studied this semester are helpful to you in arriving at an ethical decision in your case? Explain.

6. Decision: Apply your Code of Ethics in this step to arrive at what you believe to be the right ethical decision and action in your case. For example, what role does your core values, moral character, and ethics in your life play in your decision?

Length: Your paper should be from 5-7 pages double spaced, but you may write more if you like. Please do not exceed 12 pages. (See Guidelines to Follow below).

Research: Please research your topic(s) adequately, but remember that you must cite your sources.The use of course readings is a requirement! Failure to cite sources is considered plagiarism. Be careful using Internet-sourced material in which the source cannot be authenticated.

NOTE: DO NOT USE WIKIPEDIA – not considered a credible source. Do not bring in too many outside sources. (With the exception of the case you chose for this assignment. This should be sourced externally).

Arguments: Be sure to support your arguments/position on a topic. Do not rely on “ready-made” arguments that you may find in your research. This too is considered plagiarism, if it is not cited. Put your arguments in your own words. This is much more valuable to you and to me than trying to borrow language from the Internet, etc.

Please do not use non-class provided sources; the purpose of this assignment is for you to demonstrate a working knowledge of the theories and various situations/ articles/stories presented in this course, and apply them to your own thinking and position on situations. Also remember to cite your sources, even for the ethical theories, and write from the perspective that your reader has never heard of these theories before.

If you are looking for a source to find a case (that, of course, can come from an outside source) related to your future career, there are some good cases at the Santa Clara University site, which can be found at,

Guidelines to Follow:

The Code of Ethics Paper is to be written in a formal essay format. I am not too picky about the style the paper is created in, APA and MLA styles are acceptable.

For information on APA, Purdue University has a nice tutorial at

**I have posted APA & MLA writing samples in the Files Directory. **

I will be looking for the following criteria to be met:

1) That the paper does not exceed 12 double-spaced pages and it is at least a minimum of 5 pages long, not counting cover or reference pages.

2) Your essay should be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″) with 1″ margins on all sides. APA & MLA are recommended using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. You will submit the paper in Sakai Assignment Folder in an electronic format. Emailed assignments will not be accepted.

3) It should have a cover page with a title, your name and course number on it.

4) An abstract is not required.

5) A reference page is, and the proper use of references throughout the paper is also required. Please refer to the following to determine how to properly cite your work,

Below is a rough guide on everything that should be included.

Personal Code of Ethics (Core Values, Moral Character / Principles, Ethics in Your Life)
Application of Code of Ethics (ABCD’s of Ethical Decision Making)
Awareness -Synthesis facts of the case onto a coherent narrative
Beliefs – Understands / Applies Ethical Theories
Consequences – Articulates social effects (stakeholders)
Decision – Applies the well-thought-out process of decision making to ethical dilemmas
Writing Style (grammar, spelling)
Use of supporting references
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