20 credits at level HE5
Practicing in an ethical way is a fundamental part of professional practice and never more than today has this been the case. Despite this many professionals feel unprepared for some of the ethical dilemmas that they may encounter in practice. It is the aim of this module therefore to provide participants with an ethical framework that is directly relevant to health care practice today in order that they make ethical decisions with a more theoretical basis. This module will serve to provide an introduction to health care ethics and the current issues that surround ethics and health care.
In order to facilitate learning in a systematic way this module will be split in to two main parts. In the first part of the module students will learn about the ethical theories and tools that can be utilised to guide health care decision making. Students will be encouraged to consider the relevance and utility of these theories to their own practice and to the wider health care conurbation. Specifically the theories of Concequentalisim, Deontology will be examined and reasoned over as well as others that may hold direct relevance to students specific enquiry. The Four Principals of Medical Ethics (Comprising of Autonomy, Beneficence, Non Maleficance, Justice) and David Seedhouses ethical grid will be appraised and utilised during the module.
Part two builds on studentís knowledge and understanding of the ethical theories encountered in part one. In part two students attention will be directed to ethical consideration of some of the practical day to day issues that are encountered in the modern health care setting. The content of part two will be split in to themes of study theses being Beginning of Life, Medical Technology, Patient Safety, and end of life issues. Issues of Consent, Euthanasia, Withholding & withdrawing treatment, Risk and Medical error, organ donation and resource allocation are some of the topics for discussion in this module.
Underpinning the whole of the content of this module will be a focus on professionalism.
In part one students will achieve the specified learning outcomes through attendance at a series of short lectures supported by focused reading that will provide a base of underpinning knowledge of ethical theory. Students will then be supported to build upon this in light of personal learning needs that are relevant to the students practice area with support from the lecturer. This said student will be required to demonstrate a broad base of understanding in health care ethics and it is not acceptable to focus on one area that is directly relevant to ones own practice.
Students will then be guided in to part two of the module by a round table discussion about accountability and decision making in practice. Here accountability of the professional will be used as an adjunctive ethical theory that is specific to health care practice. Here the aim is to consider how students make decisions and how they support theses with ethical argument.
In part two of the module students will present seminars on a chosen ethical theme in collaboration with other students who share an interest in that theme. This will be an opportunity for students develop a grater depth of understanding in specific ethical areas that are of relevance to them.
The assessment strategy is of mixed methods primarily to ensure academic rigour but additionally in order to promote equality in access to assessment. Specifically students will be expected to prepare a paper and present this to the group of wider students. Theses seminar presentations will be followed up by an mini debate of the key issues. Lectures will facilitate discussions and interweave the ethical theories as relevant.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate knowledge of stated ethical theories and tools to assist in guiding health care decision making.
1.1 Describe the key features of Concequentalisim, Deontology, The four ethical principals and Seedhouses ethical grid.
1.2 Identify the benefits and limitations of each of the ethical theories when deployed in a health care setting.
1.3 Demonstrate the ability to apply the ethical theories and tools to a given ethical dilemma
|2.||Identify subjects / topics in health care practice that could be considered ethical dilemmas and require ethical consideration
2.1 List common ethical issues / dilemmas that can occur in the health care setting
2.2 Identify the features of ethical issues / dilemmas that makes them such
2.3 Describe methods in which ethical dilemmas can be resolved or mitigated for in health care practice
2.4 Identify the consequences of failing to practice in an ethical fashion
|3.||Describe the ethical duties of health care workers||
3.1 Describe the ethical duties that are held by health care workers
3.2 Discuss the scope of duty from its beginning to its end
3.3 Consider the implications of patient safety of ethical decision making
3.4 Undertake necessary monitoring of personal practice in order to function in an ethical way
|4.||Demonstrate an ability to formulate a logical and considered argument||
4.1 Show an ability to balance arguments from competing viewpoints
4.2 Exhibit an ability to relate ethical decision making to indervidual and groups of patients best interests
4.3 Identify conflicts say from ethical theories and work place policies and UK law .
4.4 Present in formation in support of your arguments
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||The submission of a paper on one of the ethical themes taught in the module 2500 words||A group presentation on one of the ethical themes taught in the module|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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