Contemporary Ethical Issues Focus
Alternatives to a single 3-credit "E" class
While typical Contemporary Ethical Issues (E)-designated classes are
3-credits, the Board does consider alternative arrangements to
satisfy the requirement. (Alternatives are possible because the E
requirement is a class requirement, not a credit requirement.)
The department of Dental Hygiene proposed a series of courses that
collectively meets the E requirement by having ethical issues
incorporated in each course in the series. Only the final course would be
given the E-designation. The Board approved the course sequence
alternative because enrollment is restricted to
Dental Hygiene majors and students must complete the entire series
in order to receive due credit.
The Chemistry department proposed a one-credit seminar course on
contemporary ethical issues in chemistry. As the
Hallmark requires that ethical issues and discussion be at least 30% of
a 3-credit course, the Board concluded that a 1-credit course devoted
exclusively to ethics would qualify. Thus, the Chemistry course was
given an E designation.
A third alternative format suggested was a credit/no-credit course. A similar suggestion was made for the
Oral Communication designation. The rationale is that CR/NC would allow for (and possibly
encourage) free and open discussion. Credit would be given for attendance, participation, and completion of work.
course must be only offered as CR/NC because of grading policies (see
the "Minimum Grade Requirements" statement in the General Education
section of the Catalog.) To create or modify a course that is
CR/NC, a UHM-1 or UHM-2 form is required.