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Sample Ethics Case Analysis Rubric*            70 Possible Points

The grade is derived by assessing each section. The blue fonts indicate the grade for that section. Score = 64

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Examine the ethical dilemma

Does not identify the dilemma and does not ascertain exactly what must be decided

 

 

Does not determine who should be involved in the decision making process for this case and does not identify the interested stakeholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does not address how the student can generate the greatest good

   

Identifies the dilemma or ascertains exactly what must be decided

 

 

Determines who should be involved in the decision making process for this case or identifies some of the interested stakeholders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begins to discuss how the student can generate the greatest good

      

Identifies the dilemma (including pertinent facts) and ascertains exactly what must be decided

 

Determines who should be involved in the decision making process for this case and accurately identifies all of the interested stakeholders evidencing the student began to reflect on the viewpoints of these key players as well as their value systems and discussed what each of these stakeholders would like the student to decide as a plan of action

 

Describes how the student can generate the greatest good

  

Describes the dilemma in detail evidencing the gathering of pertinent facts and information and ascertains exactly what must be decided

Determines who should be involved in the decision making process for this case and accurately identifies all of the interested stakeholders evidencing the student thoroughly reflected on the viewpoints of these key players as well as their value systems and thought through what each of these stakeholders would like the student to decide as a plan of action

Thoroughly assesses how the greatest good can be achieved

 

 


 

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Thoroughly comprehend the possible alternatives available

 

Does not delineate any alternatives

 

Does not clarify consequences 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delineates 1 alternative

 

Clarifies one alternative and predicts the associated consequences in detail

 

 

 

 

Delineates 2 alternatives

 

Clarifies two alternatives and predicts their associated consequences in detail

 

 

 

 

Delineates 3 alternatives

 

Clarifies 3 alternatives and predicts their associated consequences in detail

 

Hypothesize

ethical arguments

Does not determine which of the 5 approaches apply to this dilemma

 

 

 

Identifies an applicable approach

 

 

Identifies an applicable approach identifying the moral principles that can be brought into play to support a conclusion as to what ought to be done ethically in this case or similar cases

 

 

 

Identifies an applicable approach identifying the moral principles that can be brought into play to support a conclusion as to what ought to be done ethically in this case or similar cases and ascertains whether the approaches generate converging or diverging conclusions about what ought to be done


 

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Investigate, compare, and evaluate the arguments for each alternative

 

Does not appraise the relevant facts and assumptions prudently

 

 

 

 

Does not rate the ethical reasoning and arguments for each alternative

 

 

Does not give evidence that the student reflected on any of the alternatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does not refer to their professional codes of ethical conduct.

 

 

 

Begins to appraise the relevant facts and assumptions prudently

 

 

 

 

 

Rates the ethical reasoning and arguments for some of the alternatives

 

Gives evidence that the student began to reflect on the alternatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begins to refer to their professional codes of ethical conduct

 

 

 

Appraises the relevant facts and assumptions prudently noting the evaluation of any ambiguous information

 

 

 

 

Rates the ethical reasoning and arguments for most of the alternatives

 

Evidences the reflection on the alternatives by evaluating each alternative on the basis of whether or not there is interest and concern over the welfare of all key players

 

 

 

 

Refers to their professional codes of ethical conduct

 

 

 

Appraises the relevant facts and assumptions prudently noting the evaluation of any ambiguous information and explores any unjustifiable factual or illogical assumptions, or debatable conceptual issues

 

Rates the ethical reasoning and arguments for all of the alternatives

 

Evidences the reflection on the alternatives by evaluating each alternative on the basis of whether or not there is interest and concern over the welfare of all key players and determines which alternative will produce the greatest good or the least amount of harm for the greatest number of people

 

Refers to their professional codes of ethical conduct and determines if it supports their reasoning

 

 


 

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Choose

the alternative you would recommend

 

Does not make a decision about the best alternative available

 

 

 

 

Determines the best alternative available

 

 

 

 

Determines the best alternative available and describes how their decision maximizes the benefit and minimizes the risk for everyone involved

 

 

 

 

Determines the best alternative available, describes how their decision maximizes the benefit and minimizes the risk for everyone involved, and they challenge their decision as they think others might, and defend it by from the ethical arguments they predict others would use

 

Act

on your chosen alternative

 

Does not formulate an implementation plan

 

 

 

 

Begins to formulate an implementation plan

 

 

 

Formulates an implementation plan that delineates the execution of the decision

 

 

 

Formulates an implementation plan that delineates the execution of the decision and evidences a design that will maximize the benefits and minimize the risks while taking into account all of the resources necessary for implementation including personnel and money

 


 

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Problem

Solving, decision-making,  and critical thinking skills

 

Does not problem solve or use critical thinking skills 

 

 

Has difficulty making decisions

 

 

 

 

 

Evidences the beginning of problem solving and critical thinking

 

 

Is able to make minor decisions.

 

 

 

 

Uses problem solving and critical thinking skills during case analysis 

 

 

Is able to make major decisions

 

 

 

 

Uses problem solving and critical thinking skills throughout the entire case analysis 

 

Is able to make major decisions with rationale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Based on the Ethical Model for Ethical Decision Making developed and owned by Educational Advancement Associates.

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