PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics

Campus Location:
Georgetown, Dover, Stanton, Wilmington
Effective Date:
SSC 100 or concurrent


Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
3.00 lecture hours/week
0.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course introduces students to the study of morality from a philosophical perspective, including an exploration of classical ethical theories. The nature and basis of moral judgments are investigated and applied to contemporary ethical issues.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:


Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Hybrid Course
Online Course


Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Articulate the history and development of ethical thought.  (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  2. Relate classical moral theories to contemporary issues. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5)
  3. Construct and assess arguments about ethical stances. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Articulate the history and development of ethical thought.
    1. Define ethics as well as key terms in the study of ethics.
    2. Discuss important historical theories of morality.
    3. Explain moral reasoning and its relationship to the field of philosophy.
    4. Identify major thinkers in the field of moral reasoning.
    5. Distinguish among traditional ethical theories.
  2. Relate classical moral theories to contemporary issues.
    1. Identify and discuss current issues that qualify as moral problems.
    2. Formulate responses based on classical moral theories.
    3. Explain the reasoning involved in applying each theory.
  3. Construct and assess arguments about ethical stances.
    1. Identify assumptions, frame of reference, evidence, implications, and logic of ethical arguments.
    2. Evaluate the elements of ethical argument.
    3. Apply information literacy and research skills to the construction and evaluation of arguments.
    4. Develop and support ethical positions using logic and evidence.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

90 100 = A
80 89 = B
70 79 = C
0 69 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

Final Course Grade:

Calculated using the following weighted average

Evaluation Measure

Percentage of final grade

Formative Assessments (Discussion board posts, quizzes, etc.)

25 %

Oral Presentation




Midterm Exam


Final Exam


Capstone Paper

25 %



Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):


Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.