Acquaints students with ethical issues involved in the practice of psychology in research and professional contexts. Material covered includes ethics of research and practice, professional issues (Registration Board, APS, etc) and legal matters. This unit involves an examination of confidentiality and the nature of the relationship with clients.
This is one of two units spanning sessions 1 and 2. The first session will focus primarily on issues related to research ethics and session 2 will primarily focus on professional issues.
Session 1 topics include:
- Introduction to the APS code of Ethics
- The role of ethics committees
- National protocols related to research with human and animal participants
- Ethical issues in research (informed consent, confidentiality, anonymity, protection and safety, use of deception, recruitment processes and debriefing).
- Conduct of research which involve indigenous people or topics
Session 2 topics include:
- Ethical issues in professional practice
- Registration boards and Colleges in the APS
- Professional practice
- Nature and limitations of the relationship with clients
- Legal matters
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas in relation to psychological research||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Prepare a research ethics application||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Analyse ethical dilemmas in relation to the APS Code of Ethics||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Explain the ethical issues which arise in relation to confidentiality, professional and client relationships and suicide||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||Analyse the guidelines for research and practice in relation to vulnerable populations||Cultural competence|
|6||Describe the role of the Psychology Board of Australia and the APS||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||Describe the functions and structure of APS||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
- APS, 2007, Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne.
Teaching and assessment
|Self-directed project See BHS40007 (See BHS40007)|
|See BHS40007 Ethics and Professional Issues (Part 1 of 2)||SR|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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