Ethics and Law for Health Professionals (7951.3)
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|Faculty Of Health
|Discipline Of Nursing
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, the student will:
1. Understand the regulatory frameworks that underpin healthcare practice;
2. Explore ethical dimensions of practice using multiple perspectives; and
3. Be knowledgeable in relation to the law and legal frameworks as they apply to practice.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
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Allan, S. (2019). Law & Ethics for Health Practitioners. Elsevier.
Additional suggested texts
McDonald, F., & Then, S. (2019). Ethics, Law and Health Care: A guide for nurses and midwives. (2nd ed.), Palgrave Macmillan. KN185.18.N8.M33 2014
McIlwraith, J., & Madden, B. (2014). Health Care & the Law. (6th ed.). Lawbook Co. KL30.H4.M35 2014
Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Dahlen, H., & Dixon, L. (2019). Midwifery: preparation for practice. (4th ed.). Elsevier.
Staunton, P. & Chiarella, M. (2017). Law for nurses and midwives. (8th ed.). Elsevier.
Atkins, K., De Lacey, S., Ripperger, R., & Britton, B. (2017). Ethics and Law for Australian Nurses. (3rd ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All assessment items will be submitted online via the Canvas teaching site, unless specifically instructed by the unit convenor.
The first page of each assessment item should include the following information:
- Student ID number
- Assessment Name
- Word Count
Student's names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submissions. Only Student ID numbers should be included (as per the Assessment Policy and Assessment Procedures).
Assessment items must be submitted to the assignment area in the unit's UCLearn site, relating to that piece of assessment. It is the student's responsibility to upload the correct and corresponding draft or assessment item, to the right submission section.
Students are strongly encouraged to submit their assessment during business hours to ensure access to Student Support Services including IT Service Desk and the Library. It is important to note that personal network/computer/technical problems are generally not considered acceptable grounds or reasons for an extension to the due date. Students who are experiencing difficulty uploading a submission are strongly encouraged to take a screenshot of any error messages, including the date and time, and contact Service Desk for technical support.
Students must submit their own original work that has not been previously submitted for assessment at the University of Canberra. Self plagiarism is grounds for referral for academic misconduct.
Students can apply for an extension, to the submission due date for an assessment item, if the student experiences extenuating circumstances and are able to provide documented evidence. Students must ensure that when applying for an extension to the due date their application meets the requirements as set out in the Guidelines for extension requests for Nursing Students. Please see the extension section of this unit outline for more information.
To pass this unit, students must:
- Submit all assessment items as instructed, and
- Attend 80% of scheduled workshops/tutorials, and
- Achieve 50% overall.
Marking rubrics will be available on the Canvas site.
Special assessment requirements
Moderation will be undertaken for assessment items to ensure that marking is fair and consistent. Moderation processes are in line with the Faculty of Health guidelines and the University Assessment Procedures
Late submissions will only be accepted for a limited period. If more than one late submission is made within that period, only the first late submission will be accepted for marking and may be subject to penalties as detailed in the Assessment Procedures.
It is required that students participate in all unit learning opportunities in this unit. Assessment items are linked to the unit learning outcomes. The expectation is that students will be engaged in the directed learning style, self motivated and manage their time well in order to achieve the learning outcomes from the unit with guidance and support from the unit convener.
There will be no supplementary assessments offered.
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.
As with all academic assessments, students are required to comply with the University's policy and procedure for assessment items, inclusive of ensuring the academic integrity of their work. All work must be the student¿s original work. Any instances of academic misconduct will be referred to the ADE as per university policy.
URKUND will be available to students via the Canvas site. Students will be able to submit a draft of work for text-matching prior to final submission.
In order to get the most out of your studies, it is strongly recommended that you plan your time commitments, actively engage in class discussions (online or face-to-face) and work with your peers as part of your study. The amount of time you will need to spend on study in this unit will depend on a number of factors including your prior knowledge, learning skill level, and learning style.
Please note that as per UC guidelines, for each 3 Credit Point unit of study students should expect to spend approximately 150 hours per teaching period on both directed and self-directed activities in order to engage meaningfully in the unit content and to develop assessments for learning.
All Bachelor of Nursing students are expected to undertake a minimum of five (5) hours per week per unit of directed/self-directed learning (SDL), related to content engagement, assessment preparation, clinical learning, or revision, in addition to their timetabled unit contact (i.e., lectures, workshops, tutorials).
Inclusion and engagement
Any student with a reasonable adjustment plan (RAP) is asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any reasonable adjustments that may be required for PEP.
Students within 364JA Bachelor of Nursing must ensure that they meet the Inherent Requirements relevant to the profession of nursing – it is each students responsibility to read and understand these UC Nursing Inherent Requirements statements. For support in meeting the inherent requirements, please make a time with Inclusion and your Course Convenor
It is expected that students will participate in all learning opportunities in this unit. This is inclusive of all timetabled activities. Assessment items are linked to the unit learning outcomes, the NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice and professional codes. Therefore, all students are required to attend and actively participate in all learning activities scheduled for this unit. Student can self-select their preferred classes via the Allocate+ system.
Students are expected to attend their allocated workshop/tutorial. Failure to meet the attendance requirements of this unit will result in a NC grade. In the event that a student experiences extenuating circumstances impacting on their ability to attend their allocated workshop the student must notify the unit convenor via the unit email and provide documentary evidence to support their absence.
Approved absences, supported by documentary evidence, will be determined at the discretion of the unit convenor. Where an approved absence is granted, the student will be advised of the required make up work and timeframe.
The theoretical underpinning of caring science is fundamental to ensure safe nursing practice. Completion of all learning modules, including directed and self-directed study, and active participation in workshops is expected. Participating in workshop discussions to clarify concepts and to develop confidence with professional communication and verbally expressing ideas can be helpful for students and also supports the learning of student peers (see NMBA RN standards for practice 2016 Standard 2 and related criterion https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Professional-standards/registered-nurse-standards-for-practice.aspx)
Required IT skills
Please note the materials required for this unit section. You will require computer skills to access the internet upload to the Canvas university site submissions in various formats. This unit may involve online meetings in real time using a virtual room. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, please visit the UCLearn Student Help link.
Students undertaking units where there are assessment items conducted online are strongly encouraged to test their setup during the semester. Where support for troubleshooting technical issues is identified by students, students are encouraged to seek support from Service Desk.
The following costs are expected with this unit:
- Self printing of any electronic material provided
- Potential costs associated with remote learning activities and/or assessments (e.g. reliable computer and internet connection).
Work placement, internships or practicums
No practicum or work placement is associated with this unit.
Students are expected to use the APA 7th edition method of referencing and formatting throughout their assignments.
Further information on how to use APA 7th referencing for legislation, laws and standards is made available on Canvas site and through UC library
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