portfolio project is the capstone project for the course; please
construct a high- quality portfolio that effectively documents your
achievements in this Ethics course.
Your Portfolio should be organized into three main sections:
Analytical Skill Building:
To what extent has your work in this course helped you to improve your critical reading, writing, and thinking skills?
what extent have you gained knowledge of important concepts, ideas, and
perspectives through your study of the humanities? Remember to include a
discussion of ethical theories that you have studied.
To what extent have you learned how to connect course material to contemporary society and to your own life?
section of your portfolio should include a narrative assessment that
gives your honest and incisive reflections on your progress in these
areas. Your comments should include both an overall evaluation and
reflective comments about your progress. For example, in the first
section you might describe exactly how much your writing skills have
improved this term, and then you might discuss the work habits that
contributed to your success. Your discussion should be objective and
balanced; for example, if there are factors that have made it difficult
for you to achieve a certain course goal, you should include them in
Each section of your portfolio
should also include specific evidence that documents your reflective
narrative. For example, if you believe that your writing skills have
improved, you might want to document this observation with examples of
weaker writing from your first paper alongside examples of stronger
writing from later papers. Likewise, if you observe that you took the
writing process very seriously, you might want to document this by
including examples of outlines, rough drafts, rewrites, etc.
documentary evidence you include in your portfolio can be anything
related to the course: papers, discussion postings, seminar
interactions, your own notes or reading diary, course-related email,
etc. You do not need to have evidence to back up every point you include
in your reflections, but you should include evidence that documents the
most important claims you make.
You have two options
for synthesizing your narrative evaluation and documentary evidence.
One option is to give the narrative and then give a separate listing of
evidence. If you do this, you will need to carefully organize your
presentation of evidence so that it is clear to your reader which items
of evidence relate to which claims in your narrative. The second option
is to integrate documentary evidence into your narrative.
is no absolute length requirement; your job is to do what it takes to
present clear and effective narratives and documentary evidence in all
three of the areas listed above. This is a challenging task, and it will
involve a significant, well-thought-out submission. For example, if you
plan to submit your portfolio as a Word document, your narratives plus
documentary evidence would likely require at least 3–4 pages per
section, or around 9–12 pages total. However, this is only an estimate;
getting the job done in fewer pages is fine.
your portfolio as a Word document is probably the simplest option. If,
however, you would like to format your portfolio in a more creative way,
you may submit your portfolio in PowerPoint or in another multimedia
format approved by your instructor in advance.
portfolio will be graded according to how well you present thoughtful
and clear reflections about your work in the course, and how effectively
you gather, present, and organize specific evidence that supports your
reflections. What matters most is that your reflections are thoughtful
and accurate and that they are backed up by specific evidence. Your
grade is not simply a function of how well you say you met the goals.
For example, if you can thoughtfully explain why you did not make good
progress on a certain goal, your explanation will earn a higher grade
than a perfunctory or unpersuasive assertion that you did well on
If you have any questions or concerns
about the portfolio project, please raise them now in the Course
Questions area of the course home page so that the class can discuss