Course Title: Law and Ethics and Private Practice Business Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Ethics and Private Practice Business Management

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Marcus McDonald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7602

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.021

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Ethics and Law and Private Practice Business Management is a one-semester course that will examine principles and concepts of business, legal and ethical accountability related to professional clinical practice. This course will contribute to the development of evidence-based approaches to professional practice across all streams within the School of Health Sciences. This course will assist you to understand and undertake effective business planning, financial management, ability to comply with business related legal and regulatory requirements, manage client relationships, and promote yourself and/or your business. The course will familiarise you with the broad context within which law and ethics exist. Attention is also given to a range of socio-cultural and political considerations that may have an impact on the ability of health professional to fulfil their legal and ethical responsibilities as professionally, legally and morally accountable practitioners across the continuum of health care.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of evidence-based approaches to professional practice across a number of programs in the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences.

It contributes to PLOs relating to the capacity to:

  • work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships
  • practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner.
  • function as an autonomous practitioner, with sound business management skills

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical framework for ethical practice and demonstrate the notion of moral decision making in professional practice and research
  2. Identify the framework of the Australian Legal system and the legal tenets associated with professional practice in the Commonwealth of Australia and apply relevant legal, regulatory and administrative requirements to all business related activities
  3. Describe the legal principles that define the practice of health professionals
  4. Develop strategies for the management of day-to-day operations of the business including staff management and contingency management.
  5. Design, develop and undertake primary and secondary market research to determine market needs and implement an appropriate marketing plan to develop an integrated business plan to achieve business goals and objectives
  6. Establish a business/financial record keeping system and which will enable you to interpret relevant financial records to determine pricing and costing strategies for services and products and project revenue and expenditure for the first two years of the business

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practical sessions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of professional practice covered in the course.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of core content.
Self-Directed Learning: These sessions will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills and will support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 36 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture and on-line material. The lectures and reading material are intended to be supported by the accompanying recommended texts. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1:  Multiple choice online tests (x2)

Weighting 20% (2 x 10%)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: Business Marketing Plan

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Final exam multiple choice and short answer  

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6