Course Title: Law and Ethics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Ethics

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

NURS1101

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016

NURS1101

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

NURS2029

Hamilton Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

NURS2136

Sale Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Dr Linda Jones

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61) 3 9925 7417

Course Coordinator Email: linda.jones@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.004


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no prerequisite requirements associated with your enrolment in this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.


Course Description

You will consider the provision of health care within the Australian Healthcare system/s and associated legal requirements. You will review the interdisciplinary role of the various health care providers and identify principles of ethical and legal decision making within the healthcare setting. You will consider the ethical and legal requirements of health care documentation, assessment and discussion with health consumers whilst delivering safe and ethical care.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Nursing Program BP032 in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

PLO 2: Engages in therapeutic and professional relationships

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.


On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the framework of the Australian legal system and the legal tenets associated with professional practice
  2. Describe the legal principles that are applicable for the practice of health care practitioners
  3. Apply the theoretical frameworks for ethical practice and decision making
  4. Discuss the ethical issues relevant to safe health care practice
  5. Examine the core skills utilised by nurses in the ethical communication process 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will experience a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice.

Learning activities may include a variety of flexible learning activities including lectures, podcasts and Lectopia/Echo 360 and RMIT Learning Management System discussion board.

Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of professional nursing practice, ethics and law. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning period. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. 

 

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester which will consist of face to face lectures and tutorials

Learner Directed Hours: 72  per semester self-directed study and time used to prepare for assessment tasks


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia, Echo 360, Discussion Board or workshops. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

A library subject guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/nursing

Prescribed Texts

Atkins, K., Britton B. & de Lacey S. (2014). Ethics and Law for Australian nurses. 2nd Edit. Sydney: Cambridge.

 


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online assessments (three tests worth 10% each)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment 2: Tutorial topic presentation and leadership of group discussion

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 3: Exam (MCQ and short answer)

Weighting 40%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

 

The final grade for the course is determined by the overall [cumulative] grade obtained across all four components of the assessment.