Subject details

On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:

  1. interpret the professional values that influence your professional practice and contribute to legal and ethical decision-making
  2. identify your professional role and responsibilities in legal and ethical decision-making
  3. apply the concepts of collaboration and teamwork when an ethical decision has to be made
  4. classify the legal boundaries within which health care professionals and health care administrators may operate when an ethical decision is to be made
  5. demonstrate knowledge of clients’ rights, and the right of competent clients to be active participants in decision-making about their care, and how this may be achieved
  6. characterise the key legal and ethical issues related to the beginning and end of life
  7. analyse how educational, contextual, political and economic factors may influence legal and ethical decision-making in the health care arena
  8. outline actual and potential problems related to the research of human subjects
  9. appraise your ability to recognize actual and potential ethical dilemmas in the health care context
  10. apply a concept of legal and ethical decision-making that incorporates moral reasoning, deliberation, justification and review of decisions made.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Online Assessment


Enrolment in a Graduate degree.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject will prepare you to take a leadership role in the workplace that allows collaboration in ethical decision-making. The focus is on recognising actual and potential ethico-legal dilemmas in professional practice, and how decisions are made, justified and reviewed. A conceptual framework will be used to explore the decision making process while examining actual and perceived roles, professional values, and communication and collaboration practices when decisions with an ethical and/or legal dimension have to be made.

The assessment component of this subject includes: (i) Case study analysis involving peer discussion of the two cases on LMS with a final write up for each case study (30%) (ii) Ethical problem solving essay (40%) (iii) Contributions to online discussion topics (30%) Written feedback will be provided on the first three assessments to facilitate student learning and the achievement of unit outcomes.

  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Ethical problem solving essay (40%)
  • Analysis (30%)

Textbook information is pending.