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HS2066 - Professional Ethics in Health Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (pre 2015)

This subject introduces ethical principles and theories, and explores how these may be used to help health service managers recognise and analyse the ethical aspects of their work. It also considers the role of professional codes of ethics, and formal statements of human rights, in the determination of ethically acceptable practice. The focus is on the application of ethical theory to everyday issues encountered by managers in health care settings, in order to promote the ethical standing of their own practices and those of co-workers.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Discuss ethical issues using the correct terminology, and explain their relationship to legal and professional requirements; 2. Analyse ethical issues, drawing on a range of common ethical theories;
  • 3. Identify the ethical aspects of practices and problems commonly encountered in health care contexts; 4. Identify personal standpoints on ethical aspects of practices and problems commonly encountered in health service management contexts;
  • 5. Explain how to conduct health service management functions in ways that are ethically and professionally defensible, and that take into account formal statements of human rights and professional codes of ethics;
  • 6. Recognise ethical and unethical features of interpersonal relationships in the workplace;
  • 7. Describe the requirements for creating and maintaining an ethical approach to financial management and resource allocation; 8. Describe ways of creating and promoting an ethical workplace.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Professor Colin Holmes
Lecturers: Dr Murray Prideaux, Dr Kristin Wicking, Professor Lee Stewart, Dr Janelle Rose.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 30 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); essays (15%); assignments (25%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Pass grade on Assessments 2 and 3 is minimum requirement for subject pass, the cumulative semester total on all marks amounting to 50% or more to achieve an overall pass.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.