PUB HLTH 1506OUA - Introduction to Health Ethics
OUA - Trimester 3 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code PUB HLTH 1506OUA Course Introduction to Health Ethics Coordinating Unit Public Health Term Trimester 3 Level Undergraduate Location/s OUA Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available only to University of Adelaide Open Universities Australia students Course Description Should you be able to choose the gender of your baby? Should risky behaviours reduce your fair share of health care resources? Should researchers in developed countries conduct research with populations in developing countries? What are the ethical obligations of biomedical scientists? Is euthanasia morally permissible? These are some of the fascinating ethical questions this course will equip you to answer. You will explore ethical issues ranging from the individual to the global level, and learn to analyse and resolve these issues using major ethical theories and principles. In this way, you will come to appreciate that a tension sometimes exists between saving lives and respecting rights.
Course Coordinator: Brianna MorelloDr Andrew Gardner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Analyse ethical problems in health care practice and policy. 2 Explain relevant ethical theories and concepts. 3 Synthesise relevant information and ideas. 4 Critique arguments using evidence and theory. 5 Defend a proposed course of action.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
1, 2, 4, 5
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesResources will be available on MyUni.
Recommended ResourcesResources will be available on MyUni.
Online LearningThis course is delivered online.
Equipment requirements - Headphones or speakers (required to listen to lectures and other media). Headset, including microphone (highly recommended). Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or presentations).
Software requirements - It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete your units. MyUni is the University of Adelaide's online learning environment. MyUni provides access to various features including announcements, course materials, discussion boards and assessments.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is delivered entirely online in MyUni.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This equates to approximately 12 hours per week per course. This time commitment includes doing the relevant readings, preparing for online tutorials, other on-line activities and assessment tasks.
Learning Activities SummaryThe course is organised around three elements in combination:
1. A layered model of health determinants, ranging from the genetic level to the global level
2. The recurring question ‘What should we do, and why?’
3. The ethical theories of utilitarianism (saving lives), liberalism (respecting rights) with some reference to communitarianism
Specific Course RequirementsN/A
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Quizzes Summative 10% Active Reading Summary and Question Summative 20% Tutorial and Discussion Board Participation Summative 10% Essay Plan Summative 20% Essay Summative 40%
Assessment DetailQuizzes x 2 (10%)
Active Reading Summary and Question (20%)
Tutorial and Discussion Board Participation (10%)
Essay - Ethical Analysis (40%)
Essay Plan (20%)
SubmissionAll assessments are submitted online in MyUni.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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