Course Title: Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
Part B: Course Detail
Teaching Period: Term2 2014
Course Code: HWSS5407C
Course Title: Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies
Campus: City Campus
Program: C4323 - Certificate IV in Justice
Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager
Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581
Course Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff
Tony Trevan, Program Co-ordinator
P: 9925 4512
Ph: 9925 4622
Nominal Hours: 40
Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
Pre-requisites and Co-requisites
In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to exhibit ethical conduct required of those in public service and the responsibility to encourage ethical conduct in others, colleagues or supervised staff.
It includes contributing to an ethical public sector workplace and participating in ethical decision making.
In practice, ethical conduct is demonstrated in the context of other generalist or specialist work activities such as applying government processes, delivering and monitoring services to clients, using resources, conducting interviews, giving evidence, awarding contracts, etc.
National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria
National Element Code & Title:
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service
1. Contribute to an ethical public sector workplace
1.1 Information on the ethical values and principles of the workplace is accessed, its interpretation confirmed with others and applied accordingly
2. Participate in ethical decision making
2.1 Real and potential ethical problems are identified, and decision making processes are used to resolve or refer them in accordance with organisational policy and procedures
On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate and support in others ethical conduct in a range of contexts (occasions/situations) where contexts include generalist or specialist work activities such as applying government processes, delivering and monitoring services to clients, using resources, conducting interviews, giving evidence, awarding contracts, etc.
Details of Learning Activities
Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including but not limited to lectures, case studies, class discussions, role plays, and research. Students are also expected to undertake their own research either in the RMIT library, or using other resources. It will be required for every student to take journal notes for each session, where students will, be required to participate in a peer review panel, observing role plays every session and responding to case studies aligned to assessable tasks.
Session 1 Introduction to own Values and Principles
Values & principles in the public sector & justice
Semester overview. Course Guide
Session 2 Legislation & ethical practice in government.
Session 3 Introduction to Ethical Principles and
the Code of Conduct for VPS employees
VPS Values and Behaviours
Justice Values & Behaviours
Session 4& 5 The philosophy of professional ethics
Session 6 The philosophy of professional ethics – workshop
Session 7&8 Contemporary models for ethical decision
making – workshop sessions
Session 9 TBC
Session 10 Professional Boundaries in the delivery of
Session 11 Ethical challenges in a justice setting
Session 12 Student presentations
Session 13 Student presentations
Session 14 Revision & Summary
• The teaching schedule outlined above is subject to change depending on your assimilation of knowledge and skills of the subject matter, changes of legislation and on unforeseen circumstances.
• As a student you need to demonstrate both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content within the classroom environment. Engagement with educators and other students is critical to you maximizing learning opportunities and achieving satisfactory results. Participation in classroom discussion and activities will allow educators to apply observational assessment during role-plays, exercises and assignments and provide you with feedback.
All required reading for this subject will be available through the BlackBoard. Please ensure you have access and have read the materials as required throughout the semester. You will also be given links to current ethical dilemmas, and materials available to Victorian Public Servants.
Overview of Assessment
Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including case studies, observations, scenarios, simulation and/or role plays, lectures, tutorials, class discussions, practical exercises, audio-visual presentations, research and interaction with individuals and/or groups within the justice industry.
Assessments will include;
Word limit or equivalent
Essay on Conflict of interest
Essay on Values and Principles
Multiple choice and short answer
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca
Students will be set a series of formative and summative tasks to prove competency in this subject. The three assessable tasks are as follows:
Task 1 Ethical Dilemmas Essay
2,000 word written assignment on an ethics related topic to be discussed in week 4.
This assessment task will contribute to 50% of the overall mark for the semester.
This assessment task is due on 28 September 2014
Task 2 Oral presentation
You will be required to deliver a 6-8 minute presentation related to one of the theories surrounding those central to the topic of Ethics.
You could be called to present on your topic from week 10
Your educator will provide further explanation and allocate a theory for you to present on.
Your presentation will investigate how the theories above relate to working in the public service, and how they relate to the 8 central theories of Ethics covered in the Semester.
Your oral presentation will contribute to 50% of the overall mark for the semester.
Task 3 Interactive tests - Formative
There will 3 of online knowledge tests for the students to successfully complete. The links to these activities will be posted in the subject Blackboard.
These interactive tests relate to general and typical ethical dilemmas in the public sector.
You must demonstrate competency in the topics.
These tests must be completed in your own time and submitted electronically prior to 20 September 2014.
Students are reminded that to prove competency in this subject, they must satisfactorily prove competence in all -assessment tasks.
The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:
CHD=Competent with High Distinction
CDI=Competent with Distinction
CC=Competent with Credit
CAG=Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did not Submit for Assessment
Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did Not Submit For Assessment
All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.
In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.
All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.
Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/info-trek/referencing
Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy – http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations - http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=11jgnnjgg70y
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com
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