PHL110 Syllabus

Online Standardized Syllabus

PHL110 Medical Ethics

Online Classroom




Mary Lou Purnell




Room 316C Angeli Hall


Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday 10:00am-11:30am





Legal and Ethical Issues, Nguyen, Jamie

Elsevier, Fourth Edition ISBN: 9780323496414



The purpose of this course is to expose the student to the topic of medical ethics and its direct relationship to client care. It will spark and encourage consideration of medical law, while reflecting on ethical, moral, cultural and personal considerations of both the medical professional and the clients we care for. Students will come away from this course understanding that ethical practice and considerations exist concurrently with the medical care we administer. (3 Credits)



1. Differentiate between needs and values

2. Differentiate between ethics and morals

3. Identify the basic principles involved in medical ethics

4. Define the basic principles found in health care ethics

5. Describe the levels and stages of value development

6. Develop personal mission and vision statements

7. Identify their own values and principles

8. Discuss the common theories and methods used in making value decisions

9. Explain the principle of “informed consent”

10. Explain the relevant aspects of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and the Stark Laws as pertains to the allied health professions



Reading assignments

Power point review

Homework & Learning Exercises







Final Project





Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.


Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.


Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add, will automatically be dropped from the course.


  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.



Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?


Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.


What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Create one initial post in response to the requirements of the post stated in the instructor’s original discussion post for the week. (1 Post) By Wednesday

10 (1 DQ)




Respond to at least one classmates’ posts (1 replies) due by Thursday





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (1 replies) due by Friday





Respond to at least one additional classmate who responds to the same question (1 replies) due by Sunday





Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted on 4 separate days.





Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both





Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation





Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette











Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

  1. Discussion posts should be relevant, proof read and checked for grammar and spelling errors. If this is not apparent there will be a loss of points.
  2. Always be respectful to all members of the discussion group. This means not calling out names, using slang or profane language.
  3. Replies must be original. Repeating course mate replies will result in deduction of points.
  4. Do not cheat this will result in a grade of 0.
  5. All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  6. All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date



Discussions…………..30 Points x14 =420

Exams…………………. 100Points x 8 = 800

Final Project………… 140 Points x 1 =140

Homework.…………….10 Points x14=140

              Total      1500 Points


Medical Ethics Project

Project:   Essay-Create a two-page essay paper, normal margins, double spaced, and no larger than a size twelve. Font style must be easy to view and read.

Main topic: Utilizing medical  and legal terminology create an essay explaining the importance of Medical Ethics in the Healthcare setting. Include some of the diversity and conflicts that we may be faced with in our chosen professional career. Medical and legal terms must be used properly and accurately. Consistent use of professional language and accuracy is expected. Please refer to the rubric below for requirements.

Final Project Rubric for PHL110 Medical Ethics








Content is incomplete and the essay is not clear or comprehensive

Content is comprehensive but not well supported due to inconsistencies with relating to the topic

Content is comprehensive, research is evident, clear statements are made

Content contains well supported main points, comprehensive, accurate, and purpose of the essay is clear



No consistency with structure, transition of thoughts are difficult to follow

Structure of the essay and thought transitions need improvement

Structure of the essay is easy to follow

Structure of the essay is without imperfections


Format explaining Medical Ethics

Improper format used did not follow instruction.

Some instructions followed, inconsistent

Instructions followed throughout most of the essay

Instructions were followed throughout the entire essay.


Medical and Legal Terminology


None presented

Was poorly utilized

Was used properly but not used consistently throughout the presentation.

Was used properly and remained consistent throughout the presentation, met requirements



Repetitive with little or no variety:

Little or no variation; material presented with little originality or interpretation

Some originality apparent; good variety and blending of materials

Very original presentation of material; uses the unexpected to full advantage; captures audience’s attention



Audience cannot understand presentation because there is no sequence of information

Audience has difficulty following presentation because students jump around

Student presents information in logical sequence which audience can follow

Student presents information in logical, interesting sequence which audience can follow



Presentation had four or more spelling and/or grammatical errors

Presentation has three misspellings and/or grammatical errors

Presentation has no more than two misspellings and/or grammatical errors

Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.



Total Score




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • No late assignments will be accepted.
  • Technical difficulties are NOT a justification for lateness.
  • There will be no “extra credit.


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,

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Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


Course Schedule




Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity


Ch. 1 The U.S. Legal System


Ch. 2 The Basics of Ethics



Read Chapter 1 & 2

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions Exam Chapter 1&2


Ch. 3 Ethical and Bioethical Issues


Ch. 4 Workplace Issues and    Employment Laws



Read Chapter 3 & 4

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions

Exam Chapter 3&4



Ch. 5 Healthcare Standards and Compliance


Ch. 6 The Medical Malpractice Lawsuit and the trial Process



Read Chapter 5 & 6

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions

Exam Chapter 5&6


Ch. 7 Intentional and Quasi-Intentional Torts


Ch. 8 Statutory Reporting and Public Duties in Healthcare



Read Chapter 7 & 8

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions

Exam Chapter 7&8


Ch. 9 Professional liability Insurance


Ch. 10 Medical Records


Essay Peer Review


Read Chapter 9 & 10

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions

Utilize the Essay rubric to give feedback to the assigned peer for review. This can provide an opportunity to improve the essay for students.

Exam Chapter 9&10


Ch. 11 Death and Dying Issues


Ch. 12 Conflict Management



Read Chapter 11 & 12

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions

Exam Chapter 11&12


Ch. 13 Healthcare Business and Operations


Ch. 14 Key Trends in Healthcare Law and Ethics



Read Chapter 13 & 14

Discussion of Case Studies and Case Scenarios, Upload Chapter review Questions

Chapter 13 & 14 Exam



Medical/Ethical essay


Comprehensive Final Exam

Medical Ethics Essay (see Rubric)