Ethical and Professional Issues (6854.7)
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|Academic Program Area - Education||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate understanding of ethical issues related to professional practice;
2. Articulate a reasoned ethical position to peers; and
3. Critically analyse potential ethical dilemmas associated with professional practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
This being a capstone unit on your major and a level three unit you should by now have developed most of the generic attributes of graduates and this unit will help you assess your progress in this regard.
PrerequisitesMust have achieved 48 credit points in undergraduate study.
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List of required texts/readings
Plante, T G 2004, Do the Right Thing: Living Ethically in an Unethical World. New Harbinger Publications. Oakland.
Most students find it best to purchase a copy of Plante as each week there are readings set for discussion in the tutorial and your first Assessment Item is based on use of the Plante text.
Kidder, R 2009, How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving The Dilemmas of Ethical Living. Fireside. New York.
This text is referred to frequently and is quite useful but it is an optional purchase.
For Unit readings and resources in the University of Canberra Library
Link to search page for Unit Readings (print materials)
Link to search page for eReserve (electronic materials)
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
To pass the unit ALL assessment items MUST be submitted.
Students must achieve 50% (30/60) in Assessment Item 2 to pass the unit. As ethical practitioners we are required to be familiar with and demonstrate understanding of the various professional documents in our workplaces.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Responsibility for understanding
If there is any doubt with regard to the requirements of any particular assignments or assessment procedure, the onus for clarifying the issue rests with the student who should contact the unit Convener or tutor. Further, it is the responsibility of students to ensure that they are correctly enrolled in the unit and that the tutor and Student Administration have their correct contact details.
As a 3 credit point unit a notional workload of 150 hours over the semester is required. This includes lectures, tutorials, peer group meetings, online activities, readings and assessment preparation.
Regular attendance at all the lectures and tutorials is expected in this on-campus unit. Your preparation for and participation in both class and online activities will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items.
Required IT skills
Ability to word process assessment items and use of Canvas.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Learning in this unit will be integrally linked to experiences in professional contexts and while you do not do an actual placement you are required to source documentation from appropriate professional bodies or workplaces in order to successfully complete Assessment Item 2, hence it requires strict adherence to professional practice, principles and ethics.
In all cases of absence, sickness or personal problems it is the student's responsibility to ensure that the unit lecturer/tutor and/ or convenor is informed.
Referencing of all sourced material is to be either APA or Harvard style.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the CanvasDiscussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.
Foundation of Unit is based on sound ethical principles, the history and application of ethics and approaches to methods for resolving ethical dilemmae in the workplace.
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