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  PHI 130, Beginning Ethics ONLINE
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Semester: Fall 2015
Course Subject: PHI
Course #: 130
Course Section: 008
CRN: 12815
Course Title: Beginning Ethics ONLINE
Course Section Information: This is a fully online course. Students are required to compose essays, take online quizzes over the textbook readings, and participate in regular group discussions (discussion forums and weekly online chats).

CRN 12815

Each week you will meet with the instructor in an online chat, discussing textbook material and issues related to the essay assignments. (See details about chat sessions below.) Your course "Journal" will contain answers to questions about the textbook readings. You will also be posting discussion board messages about "ethics in real life," and you will be collaborating (or co-laboring) with the class to produce a Wiki (linked Web pages) about ethics. For each main topic you will compose answers to some essay questions. Details about all of these components will be released during the first days of the class.
Credit Hours: 3
Special Section 
Registration Requirements: 
If you need to take Beginning Ethics online, when the schedule says this class is "closed," please request an override by email to gene.kleppinger@eku.edu.
Course Begins: Aug 24, 2015
Course Ends: May 12, 2015
Instructor: Gene Kleppinger
Instructor's Email: gene.kleppinger@eku.edu
Web Course Features (Students will be required to use):
 Email Discussion Boards Online Chat/Virtual Classroom
 Online Tests PowerPoint Files Other  Wiki, Journal
 Required Online Chat;
Times, Dates and frequency of Online Chat Sessions:
You will participate in weekly online chats with the instructor and other students, typically arranged for Monday evenings (7:30-9:00 p.m.), or Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:00 p.m.), or "lunchtime" twice a week (typically 12:15-1:00 TR). We will use the Blackboard (typed) chat room. You must reserve time in your personal schedule for these regular chat sessions, but it is possible to switch to another session as needed. The chat sessions are NOT OPTIONAL. The course framework provides a convenient way to "make up" a limited number of chat absences through commenting on the session recordings.

Very Important Information: The first online chat sessions for this class will be on Monday, August 24, 7:30-9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, August 25, 12:15-1:00 and 7:30-9:00 p.m. Attending ONE of these sessions will satisfy the university's "first day class attendance" policy. You must reserve time EVERY WEEK for Monday evenings or Tuesday evenings or Tuesday-and-Thursday lunchtimes. (The lunchtime plan could be switched to Monday-and-Wednesday if needed.)
 Printed Textbooks:
MacKinnon and Fiala, Ethics: Theory and Contemporary Issues, EIGHTH edition. ISBN: 9781285196756. Please note that only the EIGHTH edition is acceptable for this online course. Do NOT get the "Concise Edition" for this course. The electronic version of the book is 100% identical to the printed version, but costs significantly less to purchase or rent. The EKU campus bookstore has this book. Check the prices at Amazon.com and also at Cengage (link will be supplied soon). Make SURE you are purchasing the EIGHTH EDITION of this book.

SPECIAL NOTE: The first chapter (only) is available through the Blackboard site for this class. You must have the FULL VERSION of the book by Friday, 28 August.
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