Ethical Analysis Rubric – Examples of Quality Analysis

Level of Quality
Categories Low Average High
Gather the facts (who, what, where, when, how and why) Some relevant facts not identified. Facts are incorrect. Facts identified, but some may not be relevant to case or may be slightly misinterpreted. All relevant facts identified appropriately. Who, what, where, when, how and why were all addressed, as appropriate. Unavailable facts that were relative to the ethical outcome were also identified. Facts were assembled before
Define the ethical issues Central ethical issues not defined appropriately or completely. Misunderstanding of the issues related to the case. Central issues are identified, but not clearly explained. Peripheral issues not identified. Central issues are all identified and used as basis for ethical evaluation; other issues are identified
Identify the affected parties (stakeholders) Affected parties are not identified completely. Major players critical to analysis are not identified. Perspectives of players are missing. Major players are identified, but some minor players may be missing. Perspectives are not complete. Critical affected parties (both direct and indirect) are identified. Perspectives of all critical stakeholders are identified.
Identify the consequences of eachpossible action Critical consequences of actions are missing. Actions are not connected with consequences, but are instead random and illogical. Relative weights of actions and consequences are not identified. All critical consequences are identified, but some minor consequences are missed. Consequences are related to actions, but relative weights are not clearly articulated or inappropriate. All critical consequences are identified and connected with actions. More minor consequences are also considered. Relative weights of the various consequences explicitly articulated with rational thought.
Identify the obligations or duties Not all relative codes and laws have been identified, or the relationship of those laws are All major codes and laws have been identified that influence the ethical analysis, but some All relative codes and laws that influence the ethical analysis have been identified. Other
not clear to the issues. The obligations and rights of all players have not been addressed fully. other relative duties have been missed. The importance of the duties has not been fully articulated. duties relative to the analysis that are not necessarily dictated by laws are recognized. The relative importance of this aspect has explicitly articulated with rational thought.
Consider your character and integrity Major aspects of character of the players have been missed. The importance of the integrity of the players has been grossly underestimated or overlooked. Some aspects of character and integrity of the players with respect to the ethical issues have not been fully addressed or explored. An analysis of importance of this aspect has been done, but is incomplete. The role of character of the players in the ethical analysis have been addressed and explored in detail. The relative importance of this aspect has explicitly articulated with rational thought.
Think creatively about potential actions An incomplete analysis is presented and acceptable potential actions have not been explored fully. The analysis of the three approaches has been made, but is incomplete. Acceptable actions have been stated, but may not be clear or complete. The influence of the three approaches to analysis have been explored fully and articulated clearly. Possible actions that stay within acceptable ethical boundaries have been presented in detail.
Check your gut A fundamental flaw in the ethical analysis exists that leads to a conclusion that violates basic moral societal values, yet student does not recognize this problem. Student has done comparison of the outcome of the ethical assessment with conventional morality, but does not articulate comparisons fully. The outcome is in line with conventional morality. Student has done comparison of the outcome of ethical assessment with conventional morality and has clearly articulated the comparisons. The outcome is in line with conventional morality.
Decide on the proper ethical action and be prepared to deal with opposing arguments Analysis was not carried out sufficiently and is fundamentally flawed. Solution may be trivial or illogical. Solution and ethical analysis is logical and clear, but does not show great reflection or insight. The analysis may be superficial at some level. Solution and ethical analysis is logical and clearly presented at a level that reflects extensive reflection and insight.