1 x 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
1 x 116-hour independent study per semester
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
1 Admission into BHS-Bachelor of Health Sciences
1a Admission into BBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
1b Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
1c Admission into BND-Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics
1d Admission into BCLSBMBS-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
1e Admission into BHSMOT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Occupational Therapy
1f Admission into BMS-Bachelor of Medical Science
1g Admission into BHSMPT-Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy
1h Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
1i Admission into BCLSMD-Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine
1j Admission into BITDHSH-Bachelor of Information Technology (Digital Health Systems) (Honours)
1k Admission into BHN-Bachelor of Human Nutrition
1l Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1m Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
1n Admission into BLITTHL-Bachelor of Letters (Health)
1o Admission into BLITTHLG-Bachelor of Letters (Health) (Graduate Entry)
1p Admission into BHSAG-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Ageing)
1q Admission into BHSDH-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Digital Health)
1r Admission into BHSHM-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Management)
1s Admission into BHSHP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Health Promotion)
1t Admission into BHSIN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Innovation)
1u Admission into BHSPN-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physiology and Neuroscience)
1v Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
1w Admission into BHSTS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Therapy Studies)
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v or 1w))
Enrolment not permitted
NURS1006 has been successfully completed
Topic description

The topic combines an appreciation of the legal governance of health care with the professional governance of the ethical conduct of health practitioners across a range of professional areas. Students will gain a basic but clear appreciation of their legal duties and ethical imperatives. Attention is also paid to the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate the quality of assertions made about values in health care

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Introduce students to a broad variety of contemporary ethical and legal issues emerging within the health care system
  • Provide a framework for resolving problems as they apply to health service delivery
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the legal and ethical requirements governing health care professions in South Australia
  2. Identify the main forms of legal reasoning
  3. Critically examine health care ethics codes
  4. Understand how ethics codes operate in relation to professional conduct
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal requirements that shape consent procedures in health care
  6. Apply basic critical thinking skills to the concepts employed in discussions about values in health care

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.