Course Syllabus

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Course ID: HCR210
Title: Clinical Health Care Ethics
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 23271

Term: Spring 2015

Start Date: 3/9/2015

Weeks: 8

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Noelle Daniels

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Required Textbook:

Title: Health Care Ethics: Principles and Problems
Author: Garrett
ISBN: 9780558921903

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
An introduction to health care ethics with emphasis on analysis and ethical decision making at both the clinical and health policy levels for health care professionals. Theoretical foundation of bioethics reviewed within historical and contemporary contexts.
Official Course Prerequisites
Official Course Competencies
  1. Describe the nature of contemporary ethical issues in health care.
  2. Examine one's own personal values as they relate to bioethical/health issues.
  3. Describe the relationship among personal, professional, and societal values as they pertain to one's professional role and ethical conflicts.
  4. Compare major tenets of selected theoretical ethical perspectives.
  5. Identify the significance of fundamental ethical principles within the therapeutic relationship.
  6. Describe the purpose of codes of professional ethics.
  7. Explore the meaning a code of professional ethics has for one's professional role and practice.
  8. Examine selected ethical issues in health care, demonstrating use of critical thinking skills.
  9. Demonstrate use of a process of clinical ethical decision making.
  10. Articulate the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in ethical decision making.

Course Requirements

  1. Examinations: There is a midterm and a final exam.
  2. You must earn a minimum of 76% in order to pass the course.
  3. Note: All correspondence with your instructor must contain your name, class and section number. Work cannot be graded and credit issued without this information.
  4. Rio Course Announcements: You are required to check the course announcements regularly for important course information. These are located on your student portal.
  5. You are expected to write at a college level.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

This course consists of eight lessons with accompanying assignments. It also includes an at-home midterm and a final exam. Points are given for successfully completing the lessons and the exams. The total points earned are used to determine the final grade.

Grading Procedure

There are 430 possible points for this course.

Lesson Assignments = 200 Points
Midterm Exam = 100 Points
Final Exam = 130 Points
Total = 430 points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

A (92% -100%)
B (84% - 91%)
C (76% - 83%)
D (68% - 75%)
F (0% - 67%)

Note: The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible.

The grading scale is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. There will be no “point adjustments” made for such things as “class participation” or other subjective factors. There is NO extra credit available for this course.

Allied Health Department expectations on written assignments


Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including the final exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,,, EBSCO Image Collection.

The following items are copyrighted and have been reproduced in this course through special permission granted by the rights holders, with all rights reserved. The material is made available solely for the use of registered students in this class and may not be further distributed to any person outside the class, whether by copying or by transmission in electronic or paper form.

Gonsoulin, Thomas P. & Janis M. Taube. "Hospital Ethics Committees: Formation, Function, and Case Consultation.” Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society 154.6 (2002): 323-27. Used with permission.

Smith, Sharon Jeanne & Anne J. Davis. “Ethical Dilemmas: Conflicts among Rights, Duties, and Obligations.” American Journal of Nursing (1980): 1462-1466. Used with permission.

Penalty for Cheating and Plagiarism

Confirmed academic misconduct in the form of plagiarism events involving a third-party homework sharing site will result in the immediate issuing of a failing grade.

Students whose work is discovered to have been posted on such sites will receive a failing grade if they are currently enrolled in the course for their role in assisting or colluding in cheating and plagiarism.

If the student whose work is copied is no longer in the course, an official notation of their academic misconduct will be entered into their official academic record. Please see Academic Regulations Section 2.3.11 Definition A for more information.

See the course’s Lesson 0 for plagiarism policies and penalties other than using a homework-sharing site. Complete descriptions for types of plagiarism are provided in the Academic Misconduct section of the syllabus.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments are listed under the "Reading Assignment" box and in the "Assessing Your Learning" section. The lessons can be accessed from the Lessons button on the left side of your Course Homepage.

Online Assessments

Important information: Please follow the procedure below to complete your essays.

  1. Print out the assignment(s) from the links.
  2. For all essay assignments, you are expected to write at a college level. It is recommended that you type your essay in a word processing program, then copy/ paste it into the appropriate text box in the online Submit form. This way, you can use spell/grammar check.
  3. Once you have completed and edited your assignment in the word processing program, save it. Then, use Select All and Copy to copy the work. Return to the online assignment via the link to submit the assignment. Paste your work into the Submit box by putting your cursor at the top-right-hand side of the Submit box and holding down the Control and V keys. Be sure to save your work once you have started entering your answer(s). Also, be sure to allot yourself enough time to submit your results within a 24-hour window from the time you first access the link to print out the assignment.

When taking online quizzes (and writing essays), please make sure that you answer all questions prior to clicking the Submit button. Once they are submitted, you will not be able to access them again. When you are finished, you will need to close the browser window to return to your course.

Note to students: Keep a copy of everything you submit.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via Riolearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change by clicking on the Gradebook link. Select the Due Dates tab, choose the date from the calendar button and click on “Send Request” to submit your due date change request to your instructor.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request.

Submitting Assignments

Online Submission Platform

The assignment due dates in this course are structured to complete all the lessons over the span of the course. Regular and consistent progress is expected in the course through the submission of assignments. The submission of an assignment can be no earlier than 7 days prior to the due date. Consult your course gradebook for specific due dates. Assignments/acknowledgments must be submitted through the online submission platform unless otherwise directed.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F)

  • Extension (in lieu of an incomplete grade): Students may request an assessment extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. Assessment extensions may extend up to two weeks beyond the established course end as indicated in the gradebook. Please Note: Assessment extensions are given at the instructor’s discretion. Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.

  • Withdrawal (W) - Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the "Last Date to Withdraw" indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.

  • Withdrawn Failing (Y) – Students may be removed from their classes with a Withdrawn Failing (Y) grade for non-participation, which counts like an F in GPA calculation.

    Instructors are unable to process withdrawals on behalf of a student. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

    Before withdrawing, students should consider contacting their instructor and/or Rio's Counseling Services to see what options are available to help them stay in class.

    STUDENTS – STOP Before You Drop! A withdrawal request is irrevocable, and may affect future Financial Aid, Visa status, Veteran benefit eligibility, scholarship eligibility and may delay graduation. Please be sure that it is the right option for you before submission.


  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - Some courses may be offered with a credit/no credit option which, if offered, would be identified in the Grading Procedure and Scale section of this syllabus. See detailed information about the (P/Z) option here.

  • Note: Choosing the P/Z option is a permanent change to the gradebook. A P/Z grade will not be changed to a letter grade after the course end date.

Regular and Substantive Faculty-Student Interaction

The Rio Salado College faculty provide learners with frequent opportunities for regular and substantive interaction, which are critical components of a quality online program. At a minimum, faculty teaching online courses for credit monitor weekly due dates and initiate contact with students, post course announcements and/or "From Your Instructor" (FYI) notes that are academic and relevant, respond to academic inquiries within 72 hours, and provide detailed, personalized, and timely feedback. In addition, faculty regularly engage in synchronous and/or asynchronous interaction with students via tools such as discussion boards, rubrics, voice threads, video conferences, audio recordings, phone calls, email and/or text messages, social media, and online collaboration software. Though faculty members are responsible for initiating interaction, providing academic information, and facilitating learning, Rio students are responsible for remaining in regular contact with their instructors and engaging with the course content as active participants in the educational experience.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Withdrawal for Non-Participation (Y) – Students need to communicate regularly with their instructor and engage in academic activities as determined by the instructor and department. Students may be removed from their classes after 14 days of non-participation with a Withdrawn Failing (Y) grade, which counts like an F in GPA calculation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Basic Needs

If lack of access to food or housing is affecting your participation and/or performance in this course, please contact Rio's Counseling Department at 480.517.8785 or via email at Your academic success is important to us.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning. Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. The library's Video Tutorials page provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, and more. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

Classroom Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and its associated colleges are committed to providing equitable access to learning opportunities to students with documented disabilities (e.g. mental health, attentional, learning, chronic health, sensory, or physical). Visit for more information.

Addressing Incidents of Sexual Harassment/Assault, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, MCCCD prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The District also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, District employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in District policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by District policy. Visit for more information.

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Conduct & Community Standards team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

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