Ethics in Your Profession

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Ethics in Your Profession

Academic honesty is broader than just avoiding plagiarism. To understand the concept better, it is often useful to think of learners or researchers as falling into three groups:

  • Group 1: People who look for an angle and actively seek ways to cheat the system.
  • Group 2: People who learn and follow the rules to avoid accusations of academic dishonesty.
  • Group 3: People who aspire to best practices and who are an active part of the academic community, seeking the highest standards of scholarship and integrity.

Consider how you would you deal with a secondary citation. Someone in the first category might claim that it is a primary citation and say that he read the original source. Someone in the second group might list it as a secondary citation, which meets the minimum standards for ethical disclosure. But someone in the third group would actually access the primary source to make sure the secondary source had represented it fairly and accurately. Ethics in Your Profession

Your initial post in this discussion has two parts:

  • In Part 1, consider what you read in the articles about academic honesty in this unit’s readings.
    • Are you surprised by the results of the studies?
    • Why do you think dishonesty is so widespread?
    • What is your role and what are your responsibilities as part of the Capella academic community?
  • In Part 2, consider the unit readings from your Becoming an Ethical Helping Professional coursepack and Critical Thinking in Psychology text.
    • Identify some situations in your life outside of the courseroom in which you face ethical choices.
    • Identify at least one situation in which you might be vulnerable to judging others based on your personal values.
    • Describe how you could guard against this vulnerability, or, in other words, how you protect your clients, patients, research subjects, or students from being judged unfairly.



Public Speaking Basics


Answer each of the following questions in complete sentences and in at least 50 words.


  1. What is the value in learning about public speaking and effective communication? In what ways might you use public speaking in your personal life and career?
  1. What are the basic elements of the speech communication process? Why are these elements important for presenting?
  1. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 indicating you love it and 10 indicating you hate it, rate your feelings about speaking in front of groups. Explain your reasons for this rating, including any previous experiences you have had with public speaking.


  1. Why is it normal and even desirable to be nervous at the start of a speech?
  1. From your experience, how have you been able to identify when a speaker is nervous? What are the signs of speech anxiety?
  1. What methods can you use to control speech anxiety?



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