Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Ethics for Health Professions

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Faculty of Health Sciences

DESCRIPTION This study-unit explores the concept of ethics within the health care setting, with a focus on the code of ethics regulating the SLP profession internationally and locally. It familiarizes students with their ethical obligations as professionals and encourages them to reflect on the moral and ethical principles that guide decision-making in clinical practice.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to familiarise students with general ethical issues in health care and with the code of ethics regulating the SLP profession. In doing so, it intends to foster an awareness of ethical obligations in the field of speech-language pathology. It also aims to equip students with the moral and ethical insight needed to deal with ethical dilemmas that may arise in their professional practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Reflect on the concept of ethics within the health care setting;
- Show an understanding of the code of ethics regulating the SLP profession;
- Appreciate ethical issues pertaining to different collaborative practice frameworks.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Fulfil the ethical obligations required of practising SLPs;
- Employ ethical and moral principles in responsible decision-making;
- Solve ethical dilemmas.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- A Code of Professional and Ethical Conduct for Speech-Language Pathologists
(available online:
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2003) Code of Ethics (available online:
- Anderson, C. & Van Der Gaag, A. (Eds.) Speech and Language Therapy – Issues in Professional Practice. London: Whurr
- Lubinski, R. & Frattali, C. (Eds.). Professional Issues In Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology: A Textbook. California: Singular Publishing Group.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Pierre Mallia

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