Course Title: Work legally and ethically

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: 3248

Class Section: COTA

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Course Code: HWSS6068C

Course Title: Work legally and ethically

Important Information:

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed in a cluster with courses CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services, CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people, and HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care. 

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3402 - Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing and Disability)

Course Contact: Clare McGlone

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 7929

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 55

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


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

This course applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

This course is delivered and assessed in a cluster with:

GEDU6078C -  CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services

GEDU6077C -  CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people

OHTH5920C -  HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically


1. Identify and respond to legal requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify, access and interpret sources of information about the legal requirements that apply to the work role

1.2 Identify the scope and nature of own legal rights and responsibilities

1.3 Adhere to legal requirements in work practice according to workplace policies and procedures and scope of role

1.4 Recognise potential or actual breaches and report according to organisation procedure


2. Identify and meet ethical responsibilities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify, access and interpret sources of information about the ethical responsibilities that apply to the work role

2.2 Identify the scope and nature of own ethical responsibilities

2.3 Meet ethical responsibilities according to workplace policies and protocols, and scope of role

2.4 Recognise potential ethical issues and dilemmas, and discuss with an appropriate person

2.5 Recognise own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice

2.6 Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems

2.7 Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person

2.8 Recognise potential and actual conflicts of interest and take appropriate action


3. Contribute to workplace improvements

Performance Criteria:

.1 Identify situations where work practices could be improved to meet legal and ethical responsibilities

3.2 Pro-actively share feedback with colleagues and supervisors

3.3 Identify and take opportunities to contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes where information is shared through talks and group discussions, and exercises are conducted to apply learning. Time in class, will also be spent working on applied assessment tasks. Note: All learning activities are delivered via remote learning in Semester 2, 2020.

Teaching Schedule


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3


Intro session

• Fixing up


• RMIT tour

• Any questions

• Student services:

• ELS,


• Library,


• LLN,

• Nagarra Willim


• Job Centre

Disability Experts

by experience


• Industry reps

• Aged Care

Experts by

experience panel

Alumni day –

students spend

a day with the

alumni talking

about the


• Researchers

• Course

Familiarity DayStudents get

thought how to

use Canvas.E.g.

Introduce online

componentEthics of Care


Understanding the job

Understanding role of

allied health etc.

Introduction to NDIS


Personal values – what are they? How do they shape what we do? Understanding needs – personal, service users and employers

Models used to support ethics of care (introduce personcentred, rights-based etc.) Introduction to rights


Introduction to the

virtual environment

and the online

legislative component

– complete this in

class with discussion

points – policies

procedures & org

structures part



Using communication to show respect and understand others Building rapport Documentation – written and electronic Communications protocols Using digital media

Ethics of care module


Safety – what is it and

why is it important

Using lifting


slide sheets

Hand washing

Managing personal

stress and fatigue


Feedback and



Diversity module




Students conduct a

safety audit and then

participate in


Hazard and risk



Dealing with conflict

Ethical dilemmas

(linked to ethical care


Legal breaches

Problem solving


Understanding where

workplaces can


How to provide


(assess on this –

done in class)


Explanation of what

behaviours of

concern are and what

happens in the




emergency simulation


Diversity module



the online legislative

component –

complete this in class

with discussion

points – legislation

part (includes


Legal and ethical case

study assessments


Supported placement

Supported placement

Supported placement



assessments (manual

handling task with

comm and leg skills)






Debriefing/catch up

Debriefing/catch up


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment


The assessment tasks are as follows:

Task 1: WHS inspection and hazard identification- Research questions/online quiz

Task 2: Emergency incident role play and report

Task 3: Manual handling

Task 4: Knowledge quiz

Task 5: Greendale Community: Knowledge Quiz

Task 6: Ethics of care: Scenario quiz

Task 7: Working with Diverse People: Scenario quiz

Task 8: Cluster Quiz


Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 - This task allows students to demonstrate their ability to participate in a workplace inspection, identify hazards, assess risk and make recommendations. Students are able to demonstrate their ability to complete workplace documentation accurately and in line with policies and procedures.

Assessment task 2 - This task allows the student to demonstrate how to respond to an emergency. 

Assessment task 3 -  You will apply manual handling skills and knowledge to safely move an ambulant service user 

Assessment task 4 - Knowledge quiz

Assessment task 5 - Greendale community knowledge quiz

Assessment task 6 - This assessment task allows you to demonstrate your knowledge of ethics of care. 

Assessment task  7 - Knowledge quiz

Assess,ment task 8 - Cluster quiz

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency.

 The assessment matrix is located in Canvas, at the end of each assessment task.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Course Overview: Access Course Overview