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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HECS2008 Healthcare Ethics and Law

10 creditsClass Size: 280

Module manager: Helen Convey

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally 120 Level 2 Credits

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides working knowledge and understanding of principles of healthcare, ethics and English law relating to healthcare.Analysis is offered of current legal and ethical issues as well as the influence of legislation and professional bodies on current healthcare practice.


To identify and examine ethical dilemmas in the context of professional practice; to demonstrate understanding of ethical theory and its application to dilemmas in professional practice; to discuss current legislation and its relevance to ethical decision making in professional practice; to evaluate the structure and use of argument in ethical debate.

Learning outcomes
Students will have of the ability to:
- Identify ethical dilemmas in relation to professional practice
- Recognise and articulate current ethical issues in healthcare
- Analyse and debate ethical dilemmas using ethical principles, theories and related concepts
- Apply legislation and regulatory bodies in relation to healthcare
- Demonstrate understanding of professional codes of conduct

Skills outcomes
Knowledge and application of legislative and ethical frameworks in relation to healthcare with application to field undertaken in group work.


Identification of ethical and legal issues relevant to professional practice; ethical theory applied to analysis of ethical dilemmas e.g. ethical principles, ethics of care consequentialism, deontology; current ethical and legal issues relevant to healthcare e.g. euthanasia, genetic engineering, allocation of resources, organ transplantation, negligence and informed consent; analysis of ethical dilemmas and making moral decisions; rights and obligations of healthcare professionals, patients, clients and significant others in the context of professional practice; relevant reports and legislation e.g. Mental Capacity Act (2005), Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (2008), Human Tissues Act (2004).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Students will be expected to prepare for and review sessions by undertaking directed reading. Students are expected to demonstrate their learning and engage proactively in class discussions. Class room discussion also offers opportunity to clarify issues and concerns

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Academic support will provide formative feedback during group seminar sessions, feedback on essay approval form and via academic support in accordance with School of Healthcare guidelines. Students will also be encouraged to access support via skills@library

Monitoring of Progress:
Progress will be monitored through engagement in seminar groups. Students have to complete an essay approval form which tutors will give feedback on to aid the student to formulate an appropriate topic for their field and through academic support sessions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 words100.00
Tutorial PerformanceFORMATIVE: Formative feedback is provided during the tutorials throughout the module.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:22:15


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