Importance of articulating professional ethics

Tasks

To complete this assignment, you need to:

  • Carefully read my class notes and the readings/materials for Week 9 reading.
  • After doing so, you need to develop an essay on your professional ethics (i.e., the values, principles, and morals that inform your actions as a professional).
  • In your essay, you need to:
    o Develop an introduction discussing the importance of articulating your professional ethics (i.e., the values, principles, and morals that guide your professional actions). Your introduction needs to be no less than 10 sentences in length.

o At the end of the introduction, you need to make a clear point about the purpose of your essay (i.e., to articulate your professional ethics and illustrate how such ethics actually guides your professional actions). The purpose of your essay needs to be stated in 1 or 2 sentences (in bold font).

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o After doing the aforementioned, you need to develop the body of your essay.
§ In your topic sentences, identify:

  1. All the democratic, professional, and human values (ideas, objects, practices, and habits of behavior/character traits) that guide your own professional actions—see Molina & McKeown’s article.
  2. All the principles (truths that have to be followed—e.g., laws and rules) that guide your own professional actions.
  3. All the morals (beliefs about life, humanity, and nature) that guide your own professional actions.
  • §  Second, in your paragraphs, you need to define in your own words and providing references to week 9 class readings/materials (must include week 9 readings/materials in the essay) and other credible sources:
    1. All the democratic, professional, and human values (ideas, objects, practices, and habits of behavior/character traits) that guide your own professional actions.
    2. All the principles (truths that have to be followed—e.g., laws and rules) that guide your own professional actions.
    3. All the morals (beliefs about life, humanity, and nature) that guide your own professional actions.
  • §  Last, you need to illustrate how your values, principles, and morals actually guide your professional actions. To do so, you need to provide one or two detailed examples (per value, principle, and moral) from your own experience that help the reader visualize how your values, principles, and morals actually guide your professional actions.

o After identifying and defining your values, principles, and morals, and illustrating how they actually guide your professional actions, you need to proceed with your conclusion.

In it, you need to make sure to remind the reader of the importance of articulating your professional ethics discussed in your introduction. Also, you need to remind the reader about the values, principles, and morals discussed in the body of your essay that guide your professional actions (please do this in bold font). Your conclusion needs to be no less than 10 sentences in length.

  • As you write your essay, you need to ensure that: paragraphs begin with a short topic sentence;

transitions are included to tie paragraphs together; well-polished and professional language appropriate for academic writing is used (i.e., you need to avoid colloquialisms, contractions (e.g., I’m, I’ve, it’s, you’re, you’ve), metaphors, subjective words, passive voice, and long sentences/paragraphs).

  • Throughout your essay, you need to include references to my class notes, the book chapters, and articles assigned for Week 9, other peer-reviewed publications, and/or other credible sources. Also, you need to ensure that in-text references and full reference in the references list at the end of your essays are formatted according to APA guidelines.
  • After writing your essay, you need to carefully proofread it. In doing so, your focus needs to be on addressing all grammar, syntax, and punctuation errors.
  • Before submitting your essay, you need to ensure that it is more than 3000 words in length (not counting the title page, abstract, and reference list). Please include your paper’s word count at the end of your abstract under the sub-heading “Word Count.”
  • You need to ensure that your essay is formatted in APA style.
  • You also need to ensure that your essays include the following elements/sections:

1. A title Page

  1. An abstract (by itself) after the title page (100-150 words in length)
  2. An introduction
  3. The purpose of your essay
  4. Body of essay (sub-heading and paragraphs where you identify and define all the values, principles, and morals that guide your professional actions, and illustrate how such values, principles, and morals actually guide your professional actions)
  5. A conclusion
  6. A reference list

 

Grading Rubric

Level of Achievement

A (4.0) Exceptional demonstration of skills
B (3.0) Clearly demonstrates a pattern of skills
C (2.0) Evidence of a developing pattern of skills



Evaluation Criteria and Expectations

  1. Introduction: Essay includes an introduction (no less than 10 sentences in length) that successfully discusses the importance of articulating your professional ethics (i.e., the values, principles, and morals that guide your professional actions).
  2. Purpose of Essay: Essay makes a clear point (in 1 or 2 sentences) at the end of your introduction about the purpose of your essay (in bold) (i.e., to articulate your professional ethics and illustrate how such ethics actually guides your professional actions).
  3. Organization and clarity: The argument of the essay is clear and easy to follow. Paragraphs in the essay include short topic sentences and clear transitions to tie paragraphs together.
  4. Identification: Essay clearly identifies each of the values, principles, and morals that guide your professional actions.
  5. Definition: Essay accurately defines each of the values, principles, and morals that guide your professional actions.
  6. Illustration: Essay illustrates (with one or two detailed examples per value, principle, and moral) how your values, principles, and morals actually inform your professional actions.
  7. Conclusion: Essay includes a conclusion (no less than 10 sentences in length) that reminds the reader of the importance of articulating your professional ethics (not in bold) and the values, principles, and morals that guide your professional actions (in bold).
  8. Length: Essay is more than 3,000 words in length (not counting the title page, abstract, and reference list). Word count is included at the end of the abstract under the heading “Word Count” (in bold).
  9. APA style: Essay is formatted according to APA guidelines and includes the following elements: a. One title page only with Running head: ALL CAPS TITLE

b. An abstract (by itself) after the title page (100-150 words in length)
c. An introduction
d. The purpose of your essay
e. Paragraphs to identify, define and illustrate all the values, principles, and morals that inform your professional actions
f. A conclusion
g. Each page header has the title in all caps
h. Entire document is double spaced
i. Use of Times New Roman 12pt font
j. Spaces before and after paragraphs set to zero

k. 1-inch margins on all aides
l. First sentence of each paragraph is indented (5-7 spaces or one tab stop)

m. Each page footer has a page number
n. Citations in the body of the essay formatted following APA guidelines

o. All sources cited also appear in the “References” list
p. One reference list only with all sources listed in the essay included
q. Full references in the reference list formatted following APA guidelines

10. Language and proofing: Essay includes well-polished and professional language appropriate for academic writing. It avoids colloquialisms, contractions (e.g., I’m, I’ve, it’s, you’re, you’ve), metaphors, subjective words, passive voice, long sentences/paragraphs. Essay includes no grammar, syntax, or punctuation errors.

 

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