STUDENT REVIEWS OF THE ONLINE COURSE

 PL 24 BIOMEDICAL ETHICS   SUMMER   2002   
The views expressed here are by students of this course.  Their words are unedited.  There is material placed in bold by the instructor to highlight certain concerns.

FINAL VIEWS

FINAL ESSAYS on the  Course Itself

CULMINATING EXERCISE

FINAL VIEWS

OK, here we are at the end of the semester.  What does Biomedical Ethics now mean to you and why?  Does studying such matters do any good for anyone?  

OK, here we are at the end of the semester.  What does Biomedical Ethics now mean to you and why?  Does studying such matters do any good for anyone?

 Subject: Biomedical Ethics

Biomedical ethics to me is the study of how different people react to a variety of circumstances. Ethics is whats conciderd right or worng to a person. I know have a better understanding on how even though I might concider something morall someone else can justify why it wouldn't be and vice-versa. I do believe that studying these matters does do good for everyone because they can understand how people can react differently but still be right!   

Subject: Important to all.

Biomedical Ethics is the research on moral questions arising from the complex relationships among medicine, science and society. Biomedical ethics is very important because it facilitates our lives by helping us answer society's most profund questions with sound theory. The study of biomedical ethics is the new way to go... even the president  has an advisor in this field.

 Subject: Biomedical Ethics

Biomedical ethics has always meant the same thing to me. It is the philosophy surrounding medical issues, some controversial and some not so controversial, which helps us decide what option to choose and whether or not those decisions are ethical. The process of how I think about these issues has changed. I don't think about these issues solely on my feelings. I now have an understanding of the main principles of ethics and how they relate and respond to these issues. I will also be able to solidly support my position. Not always an easy task, but important none the less. 

Studying ethics is always important. Ethics help us to make decisions during times of crisis or dilemma. It helps point us in the moral direction. Ethics can lead to changes in society. It can help motivate people to change laws, policies or even the way society thinks about issues and people. I think it is especially important to study ethics in regard to the medical field. It is easy for medical issues to be exploited for political or social gain. It is also easy for individuals to be exploited or disregarded in the medical setting if ethics are not used. For example, in the way doctors relate to their recipients of care. Ethics are a way to make just, fair and sound decisions. This is especially important in the field of medicine. With the rate technology is advancing (cloning, reproductive assistance, etc.), it will be extremely important to use ethical reasoning to decide how far we should go, who should be served, and which policies and procedures we wish to adopt.

 Subject: Ethics

Biomedical ethics does mean something to me it has helped me to understand the different ideas of different theories.  I think studying ethics in general does alot of good for people it helps people to understand and appreciate eachothers ideas.

 Subject: Understanding

Having a better understanding of these topics prepares people for the unexpected. You never know what's in store for you and it's so much better to be ready for the worst some of these situations we discussed can offer.

Subject: right on

Kinberly, I agree.  I have a lot of friends and family that only see their side and only theirs.  To do the work we have and to try to defend another person's Theory like Kant, Rawls, Natural Law, etc., by finding reasons to support them really opens your mind. 

 Subject: Understanding more

I have a better understanding of topics that are often discussed but I never really pyt much thought into them. I was surprised to see how many instances that have occurred in my life that have applied to this class. Biomedical ethics is a the way ethics is applied to medical situations. Ethics are definatley needed in the medical field since each person views things differently.

Subject: My feelings

Biomedical ethics is a very important issue that exists in our society.  Many people are unaware of the injustices that go on in the field of medicine and how easily one's rights can be taken away from them or someone they love.  It is important that people educate themselves to these issues so that they may be prepared to deal with a situation like ones that we have discussed.  Studying these matters can show people that they need to fight for their rights when certain circumstances arise where others may try to trivialize their autonomy. 

 Subject: Biomedical ethics

I was always aware that particular topics in biomedical ethics were extremely controversial (and still are) and that there was no definitive right or wrong answer.  It's just understanding what the different angles of thinking are and it means how each principle arrives at its own answer. 

Studying the controversial subjects and applying various principles to each causes people to toss out their own opinions and preconceived notions and look at things differently -- which is a very good thing in order to get along with others in this world.

 Subject: biomed ethics

I think that studying the matters we did would help anyone.  Unfortunately some of us will have to deal with at least one of these issues some time or another and it is good to know all the different sides and different ethically viewpoints to help you decide how to handle them.  I feel that biomedical ethics is a very important topic and deals with very important issue that most everyone will have to deal with in his or her own life.  It is very interesting to see all the different viewpoints of controversial topics such as abortion and physician assisted suicide.

 Subject: what bioethics mean to me and why

I feel I gained a lot of knowledge from this class considering that I look at certain medical situations now in a completely different way. To learn what is the right and what is the wrong thing to do in certain situations isn't comparative when you experience the situations through a class such as this.  I feel I have a more open mind towards people seeking health care than I have ever had before.  Just the other day I was in a coffee shop getting coffee and there was an advertisement on the wall that I was reading.  The woman stated that she was working to create a better cause "to create happiness for the greatest number of people".  I laughed and thought, what would I have done without Kant.  When ever a situation arises that I have to think of what is better, to take care of this person first or that one...I will think of the situations that I had read and had to answer on and think that I am making the better decision because of the ethical scenarios that we have discussed.

 Subject: Biomedical ethics to me...

Biomedical ethics means more to me now than it did 8 weeks ago. It is the different theorys and attitudes that people have on specific medical situations. To learn and study about the issues that are raised is very important. Our medical status is probably the most important factor of ones life. To be able to understand the different ways in which the field works is extremely important, almost necessary in order to comprehend your choices and rights of what can be done in certain instances.

 

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FINAL ESSAYS

Answer each of the questions below and submit 

1. Which of the issues covered this semester has been the most important and why so?

2. Which of the issues covered this semester has meant anything to you personally and why so?

3. Why are not more people aware of these troublesome questions, issues or problems?

4. Now that you have been educated as to these issues in Biomedical Ethics in what way will they have  any consequence in your life?

5. Are you in a better position now to think about and handle these issues using ethical principles?

BE

(1)The abortion issue is the one that had the most significant impact on me.

Before the course i have always been against abortion regardless of reason, i have never looked into the intricate details and situations. This course has made me  look at this issue on a case by case basis and be able to use one of the theories to explain why i support it in some instances.

I have also learnt that i am not attached to a single theory, i tend to like to use diferent theories for different situations. I am not a strict utilitarian, i have a touch of egoism and a sprinkle of Kantian theory in me. 

(2)The abortion issue touched me personally because i have not spoken to a friend of mine for 3 yrs because she had an abortion.... i must have been using Natural law theory when i refused to support her decison. 3 days after we concluded the chapter on abortion, i gave her a call and explained what i had learnt and we can now better understand one another. 

(3)People are not aware of these problems because most people dont know what is ethical or not , they only know what's 'fair' and whats not. The definition of fair in our society is not based on any theory.

People are aware of the issues but they do not know how to tackle them, they tend to use something similar to a roman catholic natural law but it is still not based on the theory, it is based on folklore.

(4)These issues and my newly acquired knowledge of how to tackle these problems will aid me in my future vocation in the Pharmaceutical setting... i will have to tackle human experimentation issues, abortion issues (whether to dispense abortion medication or not) This is an issue that pharmacists are constantly battling becuase of their religion and their vocational responsibilities.

 

Yes, i am definitely ina better position to tackle the issues that are plaguing my future vocation.

 HA

1. Which of the issues covered this semester has been the most important and why so?

The most important issues for me were abortion and reproductive assistance. Being pro-choice (and a woman), this is

an issue that can directly affect my life. I believe in choices and options. Although I may not be willing to accept one

of the choices morally, I still want the option. I think these issues are important because they are extremely

controversial. They have been given much publicity and the debate seems to center on religious right-to-lifers. I do

not think they should be the only voice heard. It is through classes like this and open discussions that the laws can

change. It is only through open forums that these issues can be debated, on solid ethical points, that I can help to

effect change and insure my options.

 

2. Which of the issues covered this semester has meant anything to you personally and why so?

Please see my answer to question one.  

3. Why are not more people aware of these troublesome questions, issues or problems?

People are ignorant. I do not mean stupid, I mean they are uneducated in these issues. For example, the abortion

issue. There is still debate on whether contraceptive methods should be discussed in the classroom. How do people

think we can lower the teen pregnancy rate without discussion how to keep kids from getting pregnant? Abstinence is

not the norm these days. People tend to get stuck in the same way of thinking. The generation that grew up in the 50's

is not subject to the same societal pressures or trends that the latter generations are subject to. Society changes;

people's views change. We cannot depend solely on the media for our awareness of the pertinent issues. The media

skews stories and reports only what the station or newspaper feels is important. Thus, it is up to others in society to

bring these issues to light. For example, Dr. Kevorkian. He has single handily brought the right-to-die issue to the

forefront. I am not suggesting his methods are ethical, but it is because of him that this issue has been brought to

public light. I am afraid that there is a lack of groups or individuals who are willing to stand on their respective soap

boxes in order to inform the public of injustices. I think people are not more aware of these issues because they are

simply not openly discussed or considered. 

4. Now that you have been educated as to these issues in Biomedical Ethics in what way will they have any

consequence in your life?

I do not believe this will have any consequence on my life. I think it has been a positive experience. I hope I can use

what I have learned to make better, more informed ethical decisions. I still have to decide what principle I would like

to abide by, but I think I'm leaning towards utilitarianism. I feel like I have been enlightened. That I now have a

secret understanding of controversial issues. Now I need to perfect my understanding and share my knowledge. 

5. Are you in a better position now to think about and handle these issues using ethical principles?

I am definitely in a better position to think about and handle moral dilemmas. I have been given the tools; it is now

up to me to use them.

MM

1. Which of the issues covered this semester has been the most important and why so?

 I think module 7 Ė Human Experimentation was the most important to me because it has to deal with a lot of issues that society is currently facing right now.  Cloning, Gene sequencing, DNA research is all up and coming stuff and I think it was important because it is one of the more divided issues.  There are so many different fronts to the issue, you have the church, science, ethics, and so many combinations of the three that no one really has a stance on the issue.  Most people like the future benefits of all these new technologies but how do you go about testing them out, considering a lot of the early trials have no had that much success.
2. Which of the issues covered this semester has meant anything to you personally and why so?
 

Anything that had to do with reproduction because my brother tried for 10 years to have a child and never could and just recently adopted a little girl.  So the module on a abortion touched home because so many people can't have children, why go kill yours off when you can just give it away.  Or the module on reproduction also meant something personally because of everything my brother had to go through.


3. Why are not more people aware of these troublesome questions, issues or problems?

 Personally I think most people are ignorant of the world around them and choose to live in their own private little disconnected happy lives.  If one of these situations have any effect on them then there is no desire to learn about them.  Most Americans follow the model if it aint broke donít fix it or out of sight out of mind and if the issue doesn't touch home they don't give a damn.  Granted this is just my opinion here.  Plus you have to factor in that not everyone is college educated and not everyone that is, has a biomedical ethics course in their course plan.  It was just pure luck that I saw that Suffolk had this class and it filled my DEC requirement that I needed, otherwise I honestly wouldn't have that much knowledge about it either.


4. Now that you have been educated as to these issues in Biomedical Ethics in what way will they have any consequence in your life?
 

Honestly it won't.  I believe in science and the benefits that can come about because of it.  I think after taking this course my personality best fits around utilitarianism and my ideas and thoughts usually revolve that kind of mentality.  Keep in mind when I graduate I am going into Investment Banking and there is no such thing as ethics in that field of business, its basically just one big competition where everyone try's to overthrow the next guy to get the most recognized, sort of like King of the Mountain.  I mean I am sure one of these issues will crop up later on in my life but I doubt they will have consequences, more so just making me more aware of the situation and giving me more knowledge to handle it.
5. Are you in a better position now to think about and handle these issues using ethical principles?
 

Most definitely.  I have learned a lot of information in this course about different issues that are going on right now.  I definitely know more about ethical principles then I did before hand, to be honest I didn't know any ethical principles before this course.  I think that is a definite bonus.  I am sure I will be able to take the information I learned in this course and apply it to other non-biomedical issues that will crop up in my life time. 

KB 

     I think it is hard to say which issue covered this semester has been most important to me.  I think that the issues related to patients rights has been important to me.  Mainly because I'am a sickly person who has many doctors and I sometimes get confused on my rights and the rights of my health care providers.  I think know I know more on how the health care system works, and how to get more positive help from it. 

     The issues covered this semster that has meant something personally to me is the understanding of all of the ethical theories, and their principles.  This has made me open my mind up to knew ideas, while also making me able to understand the ideas of others even when they are different then mine. 

     I personally think that most people are not aware of these issues, are because most people are very involved in themselves, and their lives.  Most people do not care or pay much attention to thinks that do not affect them directly.  Although these issues do affect everyone at some point in their life.  I think most people try not to look at problems, and like to avoid troublesome problems. 

     Biomedical ethics I think will have one main consequence in my life being that of realizing my own ethical principle of being an egoist.  Which will not help me solve any moral problems with others. 

     Overall I do think I'am in a better position now to think about and handle issues using ethical principles.  I have learned how to appreciate, and understand all of these theories.

 MB

1.  I think that the issue that was the most important to me was probably the idea of genetic cloning.  This was important to me because in many ways I am opposed to this sort of experiementation and manipulation of nature.  I am glad that the topic was covered and I was able to share my opinion about the matter with others. 

2.  The issue that has affected me in a personal way would be the debate over care for the dying.  My grandfather recently died after a battle with cancer that claimed his life.  I am just so grateful everyday that his wishes to discontinue treatment and just receive medicine for his pain were regarded because it was so diffcult seeing him in the pain and suffering that he was in.  I am glad that I was able to share my feelings about this matter also with others.

3.  Many people find ignorance an easier and less painful way of living their life rather than seeking to educate themselves about difficult and controversial issues that they or someone they love may one day face.  It is almost easier sometimes to deny that these problems exist than to deal with them head on.

4.  Now that I am educated about these Biomedical issues and have heard the opinions of my classmates, I am not so quick to jump to conclusions or make rash decisions about how I feel about them.  I was pretty set in my ways before I took this class as to what my beliefs were.  After hearing opinions of other people that were different from mine and realzing that not everyone thinks the way that I do, I am much more open to new ideas.

5. The ethical principles provided such a solid framework to see why certain individual make decisions the way that they do.  The principle provided many broad views about how people look at life and what morals are important to different people.  It is also much easier to analyze these medical issues and come to an understanding of why different people support some vastly different opinions.

TM

1) The issue that was most important to me was abortion. I am stongly against abortion and it was interesting to hear others opions on why they are for it or against it. I wish that we could have maybe discussed that a little more.  

2) The issue that I enjoyed the most was about making choices about a love one when they are ill and how much insurance came into play. This part was important to me because of my little brother. When he was diagnosed with brain cancer my family had to make a ton of choices and we realized that insurance didn't cover the best doctors. We wanted the best and thats what we got reguardless of how much the insurance company would pay.  

3) I beleive that people aren't really aware of the troublesome questions and issues because they are really never spoken about. People today really only care about themselves and what's going on in their lives. If they feel that it has nothing to do with them, most people wont even bother wondering about them.  

4) Now, before I make a choice in life, I will know about the differnt concequences for each choice. I will be able to make an educated choice now, not just on a gut feeling, but on knowing about what I learned in this class. I can also educate others about the different problems out there! 

5) I am definatly in a better position now to think and handle issues using the ethical princables. I mean I know that I will still make mistakes, but as time goes on I will learn more and more and be able to use the princables more and more.

 PR

1. The most important topic to me was the module about nurses rights. I never realized what nurses endure each day as they face important choices such as turning in a doctor if he is drunk or over-medicating. From that I realized how nurses deserve so much more respect than they recieve. Each day they are faced with making important decsions that can have an effect on their career. It opened my eyes to a lot of things I did not know even exsisted.

            2. The module that personally effected me was euthanasia and the allocation of resources. I just lost a very good friend to brain cancer and when I read in the text all that's involved in donating organs I realized how difficult it must have been for his family to go through that. I relaize what a wonderful thing it is to donate organs and how many lives are saved by it. Wit6h such shortages of organs for people it's truly amazing how one person's passing can really affect the lives of some many other people.

            3.I don't know why people are not aware of these topics. I thinlk it's purely ignorance,lack of interest and minimal amount of resources available to learn more about these topics. I do not know if I would have ever been aware of these topics to this degree had I never taken this class. That's sort of scary since most people are really not prepared for these situations when they arise.

            4. It's already affected my life. I feel more confident to discuss these topics. I feel more aware of what's going on in the news in relation to the topice we discussed. I now feel like I have a voice to argue about what's important to me. It's a good feeling to learn about things you were never really interested in or aware of. I am happy I took this class for that reason.

            5. I am definately more capable of handling issues now that I can apply certain ethical principles to situations. I do believe I am not strictly infavor of just one principle. I like a little of what everyone has to say. I feel that with each decision and choice life offers me I will tack;e each one differently with all the different ethical principles I have learned. I think they will be very helpful in that way. I am thankful for learning about all the different topics and principles. I find myself passing them along to others in my life.

 KG

1. I really felt that the modules concerning abortion and physician assisted suicide were the most interesting and helpful.  I have always been very torn on how I feel about each of those topics and it was good to get actual ethical and moral viewpoints.   

2. I feel that the care of dying module and even the physician assisted suicide modules were personal or could be personal.  Even though I have never had to actually deal with the death of a loved one in that way, who knows what may happen one day with my parents or siblings.  It is definitely a hard thing to think about how to deal with a parent?s or loved ones death but one day it might happen and it is good to know ethical points of views and see views other than mine that I can respect. 

3. I think that a lot of these issues are things that people don?t want to think about and hope they never will have to deal with.  A lot of these issues have to deal with ending someone else?s life and no one wants to think of themselves as a ?murderer? or ?killer.  So thinking about abortion or physician assisted suicide is a hard topic to really think about how you would react in that situation and you hope you will never have to know how you will react.

4. I think that this class has really opened my eyes on different viewpoints of all the different topics.  I wouldn?t say that I was a closed minded person before but I just never really took the time to think about other sides of abortion or health care etc.   

5. I am definitely in a better position of making ethical decisions.  Even now in day to day life I kind of think in many different viewpoints like an egoist view or utilitarian etc. 

 

PM1.  I would have to say the issue that has the most importance to me is the start of the course where we had to train ourselves not to call people seeking health care "patients."  It completely changed my perspective on health care.  If all HCP would do the same I think there would be more compation, more sencerity, and intrest in the people seeking health care.  Calling "Joe" a patient is like saying, "ok, number 124, the doctor will see you know." 

  1. I think I would have to go with modules 3& 4 with what has meant more to me personally.  I am a sensative person when it comes to what role each person plays as a health professional and a person seeking health care.  Each aspect plays a role, but to understand moreso of the codes, conducts, and laws of the HCP and why things good the way they do in a professional health care setting is interesting to me.  This isn't something that I had learned in undergrad and you wouldn't think you would have to be taught this in a classroom.  It has made a big impact on me only because now I can understand how things can be covered up, or taken as a big deal in the health care setting.  I always wondered why malpractice got covered up or treating certain patients made a big deal but now I understand the other side of the situation.  I have now been on both sides of the spectrum.
  2.  Why aren't they?  Probably because they don't understand, aren't educated and couldn't be bothered.  Some are just too narrow minded or are Egoists.  Why would someone who has the egoist mentality of me and always me want to know the other side of the HCP life and codes, and ethics that they have an obligation to live by?!  Too many people have every man for themselves attitude that is is no surprise to me that they aren't more educated in teh issues or problems raised in Bioethics.
  3. I think that in making any health care decision it will be for the person seeking health cares benefit.  I feel that (and always have) that you ahve a duty as a health care professional to see to it that each person seeking health care gets the most and best treatment that benefits them.  This class only clarified and intensified my sense of this intuitive feeling that I have.
  4. Certainly.  I definately am.  Like I had said before, I am more for the person seeking health care than anything else now.  That person has the decision to make for themselves and that is that.  Patient's rights are important to me.  And I feel that is another module that has made a big impact on me in this class.  But becuase of this class I think I can look back at the scenarios, theories, and discussions and make a rational decision about health care issues and bio ethics.  I certainly am glad I took this class.

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CULMINATING EXERCISE

PL 24   SUMMER  2002  CULMINATING EXERCISE 

 

BE  

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?  

 The course material and case presentations were the best. The case presentations and the decision scenarios gave us a good idea on how these theories work in real life every day situations. The theories would have been much harder to grasp withuot the scenarios and discussions.  

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities?  

 Modifying some case studie into group case studies will really bring a lot of ideas together, it will allow the students to interact abit more, in a cooperative format.  

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?  

 By removingthe 1 quality point system, People should freely discuss their ideas and not fel like they are forced to reitterate what their colleagues have said. The discussions are great because people are corrected and put on the right path..... but it is not necessary for 4 people to make the same point to the student... just so they can get quality points.  

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?)  

The sequence was great and the pacing was very workable(especially with the saturday due dates). The pace is not impossible to keep up with but it will involve serious time management especially if one works two jobs.

But it is possible to complete.  

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

   The quantity i found heavy at the start but once my time management was restructured it was definitely possible to cover the material.

My problem at the start was taking another class and working long hours.  

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?  

 Interaction i believe was the best quality... when we did not explain our ideas using the theories..... your response to us was very direct and to the point with questions like:  

RESPONSE by: Philip Pecorino (06/22 03:58 PM)

Subject: Patricia: natural law

in the future in these discussions start out with a statement of the principles of the ethical tradition you are assigned and then apply them.

You misstate the natural law theory. It is not about doing what an individual feels is natural but about what the laws of nature are.

Now in this case it is natural for people to die and it is also natural for people and all living things to struggle to survive.

So this is the moral dilemma here

What would make it GOOD under natural law to allow her to die?

Why?  

This puts us right back on top of it.  

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?  

 

HA

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?  

 The part that I liked best about this class was the written assignment. English tends to be my best subject so I am

better with writing papers than other with other tasks. It was easier to form opinions and to support those opinions in

a written form for only the professor to read. These questions also tended to make me think more about the subject at

hand. The questions were also helpful in determining how the theories actually worked. You had to first pick a

theory, apply the theory and draw conclusions about that theory. Somehow it seemed easier in the written assignment

than in the modules. I guess that's because I tend to be wordy and I didn't want to post too much information in the

discussion threads.

 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities?  

 I think that you should end the discussions by giving a more definitive answer as to how the theories apply. I know

that would probably require a ton of effort on your part but I think it would be extremely helpful. It seemed like there

was a lot of debate on some topics (like organ donation) on how the theories would apply. At the end of the

discussion, I don't feel there was always a resolution. This sometimes made it difficult to apply the theories to other

discussions. Also, I found some websites that suggested the individual theorist had made conclusions about how their

theory should be applied to a given situation. It seems like this should end the debate of a subject, but we were not

given access to this material. Maybe that was on purpose in order to get us thinking. However, sometimes the book

was unclear on how to apply the principles and I think this information would help. Also, I think more examples of

how the theories work should be given in the ethical theories module. It was a lot of information to process and it

seemed like it took some in the class a long time to pick up on how the theories worked. I think if you sited some

hypothetical situations and then applied the theories it would be easier to "catch on." I also think the natural law

theory needs to be more fully discussed. Much attention was given to the Roman Catholic view but not much was

given on the natural law theory alone. This made it very difficult to interpret the theory and apply it to situations. It

seemed like the basis for the theory was not explained until the latter portion of the modules. This explanation

seemed to contradict the previous interpretations. If we had been misconstruing the theory all along (by assigning the

good to objects and the like) then it should have come up earlier.  

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?  

 I think the way the points are set-up could be better. I don't think quantity should be given such a high priority. One

post could contain a high quality answer and I don't think we should be penalized because we could not respond to

more posts. A lot of the posts contained the same view point and there was nothing to debate. This also proves to be

a problem for the quantity criterion. I think more emphasis should be given to ensuring students check over their

posts. Many contained fragmented sentences or incomplete thoughts as well as misspelled words. This also made

debate difficult. I think you could respond more when the class is going off track. For example, in one module we got

hung up on a discussion you said we should have posted in the chat room. This should have been brought to our

attention before the module ended. I also think that you could respond more when there is a heated debate or if we

are applying the theories incorrectly. More emphasis should be given to making posts in a timely fashion. It is hard

to respond to someone if they make a post on the third day at 11:30 pm. Although we have the option of further

discussion after the module closes, given the pace of the course we simply do not have time. I also think more

emphasis should be given on applying the principles in the modules. A lot of posts did not contain this information.

They were either unclear or opinionated. It is hard to constantly try to "push" students in the right direction. It

seemed like some either didn't have the time to put in or were not given the course their full attention. The result is

the incomplete posts that do not seem to answer the question at hand. This places the other students in a difficult

postion.

 

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?)  

I think the time frame was sufficient. You warned us that this class required a lot of effort. If you aren't willing to put

in the time, you should drop the course. I'll admit it was sometimes difficult but it was not impossible. I think I would

use less case studies. Some subjects were hard to research or hard to obtain quality ethical standpoint sources. It may

have been helpful to suggest one or two topics (per module) that could be researched. Maybe you could require the

students to give only a certain number of case studies. Meaning, of the 8 listed, the student is responsible for 5. The

case studies then would be contained to the chapters the student feels he/she could find a sufficient topic to research .

 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?  

 The only change I would suggest was stated previously. There should be less case studies. Maybe you could allow

students to research the individual theories on the web and let them make a case study from there. That might help us

to better understand the theories.  

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?  

 I think you should step in when we are getting off track. I also think that you should step in and settle debates. It

would also be helpful if you would explain at the module's end how the theory should be applied. That would settle

any doubts we may have had in the application and maybe help alleviate some of the confusion. It would also be

helpful if you stepped in to help perpetuate debate when we have stagnated. As I have said previously, a lot of posts

contained the same information so it was hard to interact when we all agree.  

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?  

I had a lot of fun with this class. I actually discussed a lot of the topics and theories with my friends. That also made

it more interesting because it generated a discussion outside of the classroom. Personally, I felt like some of the

students were argumentative. Especially in the mid-course evaluation in regard to the asking of questions. The

students that weren't asking questions or posting the best applications were criticizing those who did ask questions.

They also seemed to suggest that people were asking these questions for the sake of quantity. I think you could've

stepped in and made some sort of comment. I also think the points allocation could be improved. Quality is definitely

better than quantity. Although I agree there should be a minimum of how many posts to make, it was difficult to

always achieve the four posts. It seemed like there were only a couple of us that consistently posted quality answers.

Also, a lot of those quality posts contained the same information so it was hard to debate. In the abortion module, I

lost a quality point. I posted like I did for every other module. I guess I just don't completely understand the

allocation of "quality" points. Overall, it was a great experience. I am glad I got to take the class online. It was a

good learning experience that proved a quality class did not have to exist only in the classroom.  

 

MM

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?  

 Disclaimer:  Just wanted to give you a heads up that all my answers are coming from a Dual Major business/economics student.  

1.  The best part of the course that i liked are the discussions although the summer session really didn't permit me to enjoy them as much as i did.  It takes me a few weeks to adjust to a class and with a 7 week summer session it really doesnt permit me much time to enjoy myself.  I think in a full semester though i would of enjoyed the discussion part a lot.  

2.  No exams - Makes life so much easier  

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities?

 Module 2 should be spilt into 2 modules.  Module 1 - the intro is fluff and should have some of module 2 in it.  Take the easier of the principles of module 2 - egoist, utilitarianism and have it in the intro.  

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?

 Have more professor interaction, especially in the beginning of the course.  Granted the quality is dependent on the students as well and i think the professor needs to step in direct the class more.  For example for the first half of the course there should be more (thats a good response and that just suked) so we have a better idea of what you are looking for.   

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) Nothing....the modules and times are enough for a full semester, summer it is cutting it, but by taking out the group project it made it ok.  I think it would of been overkill trying to schedule it in.  

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

   Its fine, ive been in much worse, to me this course really didn't require that much work.  I only spent about 3 hours per module (give or take) and if you work it out its amount the normal amount of time spent on a 3 credit course (for me anyway)  

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?  

 MORE MORE MORE....granted i know its the summer and know one wants to be home typing away at their computer doing school work.  But i definitly think there should be more interaction.  More announcements at least 1 every 2 days, only if its meant to say hi.  More discussion participation especially things to provoke responses among the students.  Actually go out of your way to step on toes just to see where the disccusions go.  

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for thenstructor?

  None  

SS

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?  

 The discussions are interesting.  They can be a lot better if we have more time to discuss the issues.  Case Study is also another interesting assignment.  I am a relative novice with computers, and my research skills are getting better because of this.  The summary of the chapters are usually very useful. 

 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities?  

 This course runs best during the regular school year.  I feel being rushed to discuss without thinking my reponses thoroughly.  We can also use some good samples to improve our grades on the writing assignments.  The ones provided with the case studies work wonders for me.         

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?

   I think students should be required to post more on the discussion board.   

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content

and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?)  

The sequence of the course is fine.  But due dates can be a little more flexible if possible.   

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

 The quantity is fine.   

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course?  

 You did a lot in helping us to understand ethical principles during our reading assignments and discussions.  Thank you.  

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor?  

I learned something important this summer.  Thanks.  Have a good summer.   

 

MB

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 My favorite part of the course was the material associated with the class.  I was honestly very intrigued and interested to discuss and learn about these controversial issues and also to hear what others' opinions about these issues were.  For me, the subject matter was very fascinating.   

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 Perhaps a more directly interactive element could be added or implemented that would allow the students to speak with each other.   

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions?

 It is difficult to improve the quality and participation of people who are trying to manage different schedules and responsibilities.  I believe that it is set up as best as can be expected for an online class.  

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

I think that the due dates were easy to handle and that space between these dates (three days) was very convenient.  The course material flowed very well and the pace was as rigorous as to be expected for an online class. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course? 

 There were a lot of reading assignments but when there is no classroom atmosphere, I believe that this is the only way that one can ensure that they are learning the proper material.  I would not make any changes to the quantity of the work. 

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

 I thought your participation and monitoring of the course was above average and really couldn't be improved in too many ways. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

This is a very interesting class with rigorous subject matter and a demanding schedule.  I was very impressed with the stature of this class and I would recommend keeping the course the way that it is, as a  challenge to the students who enroll in it.

 

 PR

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 I enjoyed learning about these topics since these topics come up often in discussions. I hated sitting on the sidelines without an opinion. Now I can speak up and actually feel like I know what I am talking about. I am now more confident with the knowledge I have accumualted from these topics.

 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 I know it was a lot of work but I have a sense of accomplishment now. I juggled it all and made it through quite well. I think those case studies could have been elimanted. The work laod was very heavy and when those were added I really stressed out. I think maybe the assignments could have been worth 1 more point in order to not have case studies. 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 I think if the teachers logged on a little more throughout the day it could be more helpful. I know for me it would have helpled at times. I would only be able to do this when my baby was sleeping or had a babysitter so I had limited time and needed answers a little faster than I was getting them a few times. So I guess if there was a way to get info faster that would be more helpful. 

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content

and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

It was fast paced but acceptable. Sometimes I needed longer but I somehow managed to get it done. I think I will be prepared for a full semester on line class and it will seem a lot easier than this due to the amount of work we did in 7 weeks. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

 I guess anyone would say there could have been less work, but that would come with any class. I would just eliminate the case studies. I am glad I got to learn how to do them but I felt the workload alone was huge and zthen those were added and I felt like I was going to lose it. Somehow I manged though, this class challenged me a lot and I haven't had that feeling in a log time.   

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

  Your interaction was good just maybe if you logged on several times a day would be more helpful. We all have different lives and need answers at different times. You always answered the questions to the best of your ability. If your'e not able to answer questions when we need it there should be somewhere we could go to find help with the course, but I do not know how that could be done. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

I am glad I hung in there. There was times I did not think I was going to make it but I did. I am so proud of myself !!!!! Thanks for not letting me give up. It was a tough class and now I think I am ready for school again. It was a real eye opener. After this class I think and hope I can handle the others I am signed up for.

 

 TM

Part 1: What did you like best about this course? 

 The thing that I liked best about this class was being able to read differnt peoples ideas and thoughts and being able to respond to them.  

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 Honestly, I still truly feel that there should have been more time between assignments. Maybe just do the things with a higher importance, or only recemend this class for the more week package.  

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 I really wouldn't improve anything about that aspect of the course. I thought that the participation and discussions went rather smoothly.  

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

Like I stated above, I would have gotten more out of the class had it not be so squished together. I really felt like I was rushed, once I finally was like, "I get this" or "Finally I am done with that one", there was something else right around the corner!

 Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course?

  There was a lot of work, so maybe next time cut out somethings, or just make the number of weeks longer so you can get the true meaning of the class. This class was very interesting, but at the same time I didnt have a second to enjoy it because I was so worried about when the next assignment was due. I know that I could have done better. 

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

 Sometimes I just felt like you focussed and emphasized on the negatives of our work. You could have done that as well as commending us on how we were doing well. Honestly, I stopped writting the essays becuse I just felt that no matter how hard I tried, I always did borly and also there were always comments on what I did wrong, but never on what I did correctly.

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

Hmm. I really don't have anything else to say, I think I covered everthing upove,

KG

Part 1: What did you like best about this course?

 Just reading about the different topics and different viewpoints that I would of never thought about.  Also I like reading the different scenarios, some of those were crazy. 

Part 2: What specific things do you think could be improved in the structure or design of the course and learning activities? 

 I really felt that the case studies were a waste of time.  Not that they took that long but it was usually the last thing I did and I just felt like I wasn't learning anything new and I never wanted to do it. 

Part 3: How would you improve the quality and participation in course discussions/interactions? 

 I really just didn't like the whole quality point?s discussion section.  I felt that by the end I was really getting into the discussions and readying everyone else's and still did not receive all the points.  It was frustrating. 

Part  4:   What changes would you suggest be made to the pacing or sequence of the content and activities for this course? (e.g., were the due dates doable for you? Were the course materials sequenced well?) 

I really didn't mind the course load or due dates.  I mean they were one after another and it did cut down really learning everything deeply but I did still learn a lot and understand everything. 

Part 5:  What changes would you suggest be made to the quantity of work required for this course? 

 NO more case studies or quality of discussion questions. 

Part 6:  How could the course be improved in terms of my interaction, participation, and management of the course? 

 I felt that it was fine.  I felt that everyone discussed pretty well and everything was fine. 

Part 7:  What other suggestions, comments, or recommendations would you have for the instructor? 

I thought that the course was very interesting and set up well.  I felt that you were a little harsh on some of the assignment grades but were reasonably fair.

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