AC6745 - Healthcare Law and Ethics

What will I learn on this module?

On this year 2 level 6 module you will learn how to use tools and techniques to source information about health law and ethics in Singapore and the wider global context. Central to this will be to learn to use Northumbria University technology and information sourcing resources. You will explore your personal beliefs and values, morals and ethics and how these create unconscious bias. This will then be related to your professional practice. Your studies will include discussions regarding Singapore health law and legislation as it applies to your Practice. Ethics and values form an important part of holistic and person-centred care, and these will be debated throughout the module to enable you to justify your own decision making in Practice. The module will culminate in the submission of a 1500-word essay exploring how the module topics relate to your own Practice. The list of topics to be covered is as follows.

The role of values and beliefs, morals, and ethics in modern healthcare, including unconscious bias
Professional boundaries
Capacity and consent
End of life care including advanced directives
Fitness to practice
Current ethical dilemmas in Singapore
Overcoming and learning from ethical challenges in practice

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn by attending synchronous online, and in country, face to face lectures and seminars. You will access a range of interactive Online Supported Learning (OSL’s) packages and also have tutor-guided and self-directed, independent learning. The strategies adopted during lectures and seminars will include provision of theory and interactive discussion and debate. You will also undertake individual and small group activities. Group work will result in presentation of findings and outputs of activities undertaken. Enquiry-based learning will also be utilised. The module team will lead lectures, facilitate seminars, prepare and monitor online-supported learning activities. Students will be expected to undertake independent learning throughout the module. This will include reading, session preparation and post-session reflections to identify and address ongoing learning needs to develop skills and knowledge. Reading is emphasised; of particular relevance to this module, reading is necessary for you to increase your knowledge of Law and Policy as it applies to healthcare.
Tutor Guided materials will include Online Supported Learning (OSL’s), workbooks and reflective tools. The module team will provide advice on how and when to engage in your Tutor Guided Independent Study.
To maximise your learning and to ensure application to your context-specific practice the module assessment will permit you to choose a topic you are interested in, to study in more detail.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will obtain support from direct dialogue with academic staff during lectures and seminars, both online and in country. You will utilise peer support during the directed study and independent study periods on the module. You will also have access to a discussion board where you can post questions at any point during the module and beyond. This will be monitored regularly by a member of the module team. A group tutorial to support your summative assessment will be provided. You will have access to Northumbria University’s electronic resources to support the development of academic skills; this is aimed at improving your critical thinking and writing. These resources are aimed at improving your critical thinking, reading, and writing. The resources include e-books, e-journals and an array of databases and media outputs. You will be enrolled on an Electronic Learning Platform that will provide access to module teaching materials and a reading list. You will be granted membership of the Northumbria University Library ( that includes a 24/7 service catering for all your learning needs. Library membership will also give you access to academic skills development packages, accessed on-line, called Skills Plus ( ). In addition, you can access Kaplan library and student support services locally.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

By the end of this module you will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Crritically evaluate how current law and policy impacts on healthcare and nursing practice.
2. Understand how unconscious bias can impact on nursing practice and patient outcomes.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the application of Singapore Law and Policy in relation to professional nursing practice.
4. Be able to critically debate the impact of ethics within a professional community of practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Articulate a comprehensive understanding of personal beliefs and values and how they can affect practice.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment:
Students will prepare a poster which illustrates the draft plan for their summative essay (see below). This will be uploaded electronically to Blackboard Ultra and will be presented in the synchronous online teaching session after the in-country teaching, and before the synchronous online tutorial.
(MLO’s 1,2,3,4,5) Peer and faculty feedback will be given.

Summative Assessment:
You will prepare a 1500-word essay which will be submitted electronically. You will be asked to pick a topic from module that is relevant to your practice. You will then discuss the law and policies that underpin the topic and reflect on any ethical challenges that emerge.
(MLOs 1,2,3,4,5)

Written feedback and feedforward will be provided by academic staff.





Module abstract

Understanding and applying current law and legislation to practice is an essential part of contemporary nursing. The debate around ethics and how they influence healthcare is becoming increasingly important. This module helps to update your knowledge on current Singapore law and legislation, whilst situating it within a more global context. It will also help you to reflect on your own values and beliefs and morals and ethics to improve your self-awareness and understand how these issues can influence practice. It will use groupwork and debate as key tools for your development to help you to make a significant contribution to your community of practice. The assessment will be a 1500-word essay on one of the module themes of your choice, to help you to explore an issue that is relevant to your own practice and professional development.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start January and June intakes

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