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Bioethics and Law for Health Care Leadership (SHP510)

Organisational Unit Nursing
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external
DUBAI-ISC: TJD-internal, TSD-internal
OUA: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Interpret the professional values that influence your professional practice and contribute to legal and ethical decision-making.
2. Classify the legal boundaries within which health care professionals and health care administrators may operate when an ethical decision is to be made.
3. Communicate the 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.
4. Characterise the key legal and ethical issues related to the beginning and end of life.
5. Apply a concept of legal and ethical decision-making that incorporates moral reasoning, deliberation, justification and review of decisions made.
Timetabled Learning Activities External: No attendance required.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit is an online unit with study materials available to you through the unit information and learning guide on LMS to guide your independent learning. The unit is divided into a number of modules each providing a short overview of the topic, learning outcomes and direction to reading and other online resources. Learning activities with application to the workplace are provided.
Assessment The assessment component of this unit 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.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed NUR610 Bioethics and Law for Health Care Leadership may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: NUR610
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (GradCertHCM)
Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management (OUA) (GradCertHCM)
Master of Business Administration + Master of HealthCare Management (MBA)+(MHCM) [New in 2019]
Master of Health Care Management (MHCM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Associate Professor Nursing

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2530
e: V.Cope@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.058 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S2-External
OUA: S2-External
Miss Martinique Sandy
Part time Teaching

e: M.Sandy@murdoch.edu.au
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