Medical Ethics PHIL 148 @ Binghamton University, Sum 11

Rubrics

Contents

General Discussion
Marginalia
Case Study Day
News Day
Debate Day
Summaries
Final Grade Calculation
Questions/Comments

Note: Examples for all discussion-based assignments can be found here.

General Discussion

4

The student’s commentss generally engage with central issues or points raised in the Group Leaders’ initial posts or that arose in the class’ discussion of the day. These posts bring new, relevant, and interesting material to the class, make original, thought out arguments, or both. Additionally, the student consistently responds to other students’ posts that directly question, challenge, or build on the student’s own posts.

3

The student’s comments generally engage with central issues or points raised in the Group Leaders’ initial posts or that arose in the class’ discussion of the day. These posts bring new and largely relevant material to the class, make thought out arguments, or both.

2

The student’s comments generally talk about tangential issues to the issues brought up in the Group Leaders’ initial posts or that arose in the day’s discussion— these posts are related, but largely unimportant.

OR

The student’s comments generally engage with central issues or points raised in the Group Leaders’ initial posts or that arose in the class’ discussion of the day, but in a vague and non-specific manner or showing a distinct lack of understanding that does not improve through the discussion.

1

The student’s comments generally talk about issues unrelated to the central issues or points raised in the Group Leaders’ initial posts or that arose in the class’ discussion of the day, but still related to the week’s topic.

0

No comments or only comments on issues unrelated to the week’s topic.

Additional

  • Half a point may be deducted for lack of clarity, evidence of lack of proofreading, or general sloppiness
  • First posts/comments posted late within 12 hours of the due date and time will lose one full grade point. One additional point will be lost for every 6 hours over the first 12 hours

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Marginalia

4

The student's initial comments accurately point out important aspects of the texts, tie multiple texts together, or both.  In addition, the student's responses to other students demonstrate understanding of the texts and engagement with and awareness of the other student's points.  The best comments will show original thought and lead to fruitful discussions.

3

The student's initial comments are mostly accurate in representing aspects of the text, with only minor errors.  In addition, the student's responses to other students demonstrate understanding of the texts and engagement with and awareness of the other student's points.

OR

The student's initial comments accurately point out important aspects of the texts, tie multiple texts together, or both; but the student's responses to other students tend to be underdeveloped, either through a lack of engagement with the other student's points or through demonstrated minor misunderstandings of the text.

2

The student's initial comments make one or more major errors in representing aspects of the text, but the response to other students is sustained and demonstrates understanding of the texts and engagement with and awareness of the other student's points.

OR

The student's initial comments are mostly accurate in representing aspects of the text, with only minor errors; but the student's responses to other students tend to be underdeveloped, either through a lack of engagement with the other student's points or through demonstrated minor misunderstandings of the text.

OR

The student's initial comments accurately point out important aspects of the texts, tie multiple texts together, or both; but the student fails to respond to other students comments.

1

The student's initial comments make one or more major errors in representing aspects of the text.  Further, the student's responses to other students tend to be underdeveloped, either through a lack of engagement with the other student's points, demonstrated minor misunderstandings of the text, or a fewer responses than required by the assignment.

0

No comments or only comments on issues unrelated to the week's readings.

Additional

  • Half a point may be deducted for lack of clarity, evidence of lack of proofreading, or general sloppiness
  • Initial comments posted late within 12 hours of the due date and time will lose one full grade point. One additional point will be lost for every 6 hours over the first 12 hours

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Case Study Day - Group Leaders

4

The student’s post presents a coherent and convincing argument that ties together specific elements of the case to the assigned ethical perspective. The argument shows original thought and produces interesting and fruitful discussion in the group.

3

The student’s post presents a coherent and largely convincing argument that ties together the case study and the assigned ethical perspective, although sometimes lacking in necessary detail. The post produces fruitful discussion in the group.

2

The student’s post presents an argument that is coherent, but has some problems that interfere with its persuasive power. The post connects the case study and the assigned ethical perspective in a logical way.

OR

The student’s post presents an argument that is intuitively convincing, but has minor logical problems. The post connects the case study and the assigned ethical perspective.

OR

The student’s post presents an argument that is coherent, but has minor problems in the application of the assigned ethical perspective.

OR

The student’s post produces very interesting and extremely fruitful discussion in the group, but largely because of major problems in the post.

1

The student’s post fails to present a convincing argument due to severe logical or intuitive problems.

OR

The student’s post makes a strong argument, but fails to use details from the case study.

OR

The student’s post makes a strong argument, but has major problems in the understanding of the assigned ethical perspective.

0

No post or only posts on issues unrelated to the week’s topic.

Additional

Note: When a student is a Group Leader, they do not receive a separate discussion grade. That entire assignment’s grade is for the Group Leader assignment.

  • Half a point may be deducted for lack of clarity, evidence of lack of proofreading, or general sloppiness
  • As a Group Leader, it is your responsibility to consistently respond to other student’s posts that directly questions, challenges, or builds on your own posts. Failure to consistently engage with other student’s posts in conversation with your own will result in the loss of 1 full grade point
  • A poor discussion (defined as the bare minimum of posts, little back and forth, little exploration of concepts) will result in an additional loss of half a grade point.
  • It is critical that you post your Group Leader posts by the due date and time. Any Case Study Day Group Leader assignment received late within 2 hours of the due date and time will lose 1 full grade point. Beyond the first two hours, half a point will be deducted for every additional two hours late.

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News Day - Group Leaders

4

The student’s post provides a link to a news article closely related to the week’s topic. This post successfully brings out a connection between the news article and the assigned topic and uses an assigned reading for the week in a meaningful way. The student’s analysis is insightful and produces interesting and fruitful conversation in the group.

3

The student’s post provides a link to a news article closely related to the week’s topic. This post makes a largely successful connection between the news article and the assigned topic and uses an assigned reading for the week. The student’s post produces a fruitful discussion in the group.

2

The student’s post provides a link to a news article only tangentially related to the week’s topic or provides a link to an opinion piece related to the week’s topic. The student’s analysis connects the article with the week’s topic and brings in an assigned reading for the week.

OR

The student’s post provides a link to a news article closely related to the week’s topic, but the analysis fails to make any strong connection between the article and the assigned topic.

1

The student’s post provides a link to a news article or opinion piece that is not related to the week’s topic; however, their analysis does involve concepts and ideas related to the week’s topic.

OR

The student’s post provides a link to a news article that is only tangentially related to the week’s topic or provides a link to an opinion piece related to the week’s topic.

0

No post or only posts on issues unrelated to the week’s topic.

OR

The student’s post does not provide a link to a news article and makes no references to any news.

Additional

Note: When a student is a Group Leader, they do not receive a separate discussion grade. That entire assignment’s grade is for the Group Leader assignment.

  • Half a point may be deducted for lack of clarity, evidence of lack of proofreading, or general sloppiness
  • As a Group Leader, it is your responsibility to consistently respond to other student’s posts that directly questions, challenges, or builds on your own posts. Failure to consistently engage with other student’s posts in conversation with your own will result in the loss of 1 full grade point
  • A poor discussion (defined as the bare minimum of posts, little back and forth, little exploration of concepts) will result in an additional loss of half a grade point.
  • It is critical that you post your Group Leader posts by the due date and time. Any News Day Group Leader assignment received late within 2 hours of the due date and time will lose 1 full grade point. Beyond the first two hours, half a point will be deducted for every additional two hours late.

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Debate Day - Group Leaders

4

The student’s position post has a clear thesis and argument that demonstrate original thought. The post shows a firm understanding of the week’s topic, a well thought out position, and clear planning and development. The student’s response post adopts the other Group Leader’s premises and demonstrates within those boundaries why that post is wrong. The student’s posts produce a fruitful and interesting discussion.

3

The student’s position post has a clear thesis and argument that shows an understanding of the week’s topic and a thought out position, but has a few minor errors. The student’s response post adopts the other Group Leader’s premises and makes a strong attempt to demonstrate within those boundaries why that post is wrong. The student’s posts produce a fruitful discussion.

2

The student’s position post has a clear thesis, but the argument has one or two serious errors in the argument that show a misunderstanding of some of the week’s material. The student’s response post adopts the other Group Leader’s premises and makes a strong attempt to demonstrate within those boundaries why that post is wrong.

OR

The student’s position post has a clear thesis and argument that shows a general understanding of the week’s topic, but has a few minor errors. The student’s response post either adopts the other Group Leader’s premises and makes a weak argument to demonstrate what that post is wrong or fails to understand the other Group Leader’s premises and argument in their position post.

1

The student’s position post either has a thesis but an argument that demonstrates little understanding of the week’s topic or has an unclear thesis that misses the point of the assignment even while demonstrating some understanding of the week’s topic. The student’s response post fails to demonstrate an understanding of the other Group Leader’s premises and argument in their position post.

0

No post or only posts on issues unrelated to the week’s topic.

Additional

Note: When a student is a Group Leader, they do not receive a separate discussion grade. That entire assignment’s grade is for the Group Leader assignment.

  • Half a point may be deducted for lack of clarity, evidence of lack of proofreading, or general sloppiness
  • As a Group Leader, it is your responsibility to consistently respond to other student’s posts that directly questions, challenges, or builds on your own posts. Failure to consistently engage with other student’s posts in conversation with your own will result in the loss of 1 full grade point
  • A poor discussion (defined as the bare minimum of posts, little back and forth, little exploration of concepts) will result in an additional loss of half a grade point.
  • It is critical that you post your Group Leader posts by the due date and time. Any Case Study Day Group Leader assignment received late within 2 hours of the due date and time will lose 1 full grade point. Beyond the first two hours, half a point will be deducted for every additional two hours late.  If a Group Leader’s post is late, the other Group Leaders will have an amount of extra time equal to the lateness of the post to respond.

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Summaries

4

The summary accurately represents three or more important discussion threads (or all, if there are less) that took place on the assigned day and includes succinct and accurate descriptions of the content and conclusions of those discussions.

3

The summary accurately represents at least two important discussion threads that took place on the assigned day and includes accurate descriptions of at least the conclusions of those discussions.

OR

The summary represents two or more important discussion threads that took place on the assigned day, but there are minor errors in the descriptions of the contents, conclusions, or both.

2

The summary represents one important discussion thread and at least one more discussion thread that is not central to the assigned day’s discussion, with only very minor errors, if any.

OR

The summary represents two important discussion threads but contains one or more serious errors.

OR

The summary accurately represents only tangential discussion threads that were not central to the assigned day’s discussion.

1

The summary represents only one important discussion thread from the assigned day and contains minor errors.

OR

The summary contains significant serious errors that prevent any discussions on the assigned day from being accurately represented.

0

No post

Additional

  • Half a point may be deducted for additional lack of clarity, serious structural or grammatical flaws, evidence of a lack of proofreading, or other general sloppiness
  • Any assignment received late within 12 hours of the due date and time will lose two full grade points
  • Any assignment received 12 hours after the due date and time will receive no credit

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Final Grade Calculation

After the final numeric grade is calculated, it is translated to a letter grade based on this scale:

Numeric Letter
3.70 + A
3.39 – 3.69 A-
3.09 – 3.38 B+
2.79 – 3.08 B
2.49 – 2.78 B-
2.29 – 2.48 C+
1.89 – 2.28 C
1.59 – 1.88 C-
0.69 – 1.58 D
0.00 - 0.68 F

This letter grade is the score that is submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

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