Course Title: Professional Ethics and Conduct

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Ethics and Conduct

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2022


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2537

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Buliding 37. Floor 4. Room 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will deconstruct the nature, language, theoretical frameworks and concepts of morals and ethics that relate to standards of behaviour in criminal justice agencies. You will consider applied ethics related to a range of contemporary issues and problems in the local, national and international contexts. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes


In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  1. Effectively apply the principles, theories and philosophies of the criminal justice system in practical contexts
  2. Reflect on and implement ethical practice and social responsibility in diverse criminal justice settings 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Assess major ethical systems at the local, national and international level and use to analyse ethical dilemmas;
  2. Critically analyse the relationship between moral beliefs and behaviour;
  3. Relate theories of ethics and morals to criminal behaviour;
  4. Recognise ethical issues that face a wide range of criminal justice professionals;
  5. Employ procedures for individual ethical decision making and understand the elements of good, ethical behaviour and leadership. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. The course may be delivered online in modules

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

    - Assessment Task 1: Personal Reflection, 20%, CLO1- CLO5 

    - Assessment Task 2: Problem Solving Task, 40%, CLO1- CLO5 

    - Assessment Task 3: Research Task, 40%, CLO1- CLO5 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.