HLTH407-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)


30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


The course provides an overview of moral theories, and explores why moral dilemmas arise and contexts in which ethical decision-making may occur. Legal, regulatory and policy frameworks that specify the responsibilities of those making ethical decisions in the delivery of health care are also explored. Students are taught critical appraisal techniques and share the experiences of professionals from a wide variety of disciplines who are faced with real life dilemmas and have to make ethical decisions daily.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the HLTH407, students will have an understanding of:

- Bioethics in a global context
- Comparative moral theory and concepts
- The emergence of ‘medical’ bioethics
- The nature of moral/ethical issues in healthcare settings
- The responsibilities of people working in the health sector when ethical issues arise
- Critical appraisal techniques for resolving ethical dilemmas and their application
- Regulatory and disciplinary frameworks governing ethical decision-making in New Zealand


Subject to approval of the Head of School


HLTH433, HLTH434, HLTH607, PHIL325, PHIL433, PHIL434, PHIL474

Equivalent Courses


Course Coordinator

Sandy Kathryn Richardson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Assessment 1: Ethical Dilemma analysis 31 Mar 2023 30% Essay: 2,000 words
Assessment 2: Critical Discussion of current bioethical issue 24 Apr 2023 40% Essay: 3,500 words
Assessment 3: Professional practice analysis 26 May 2023 30% Essay: 2,000 words

Textbooks / Resources

Highly Recommended:  
• Beauchamp, T.L. & Childress, J.F., (2015). Principles of Medical Bioethics  (7th Ed. Rev.). New York:   Oxford University Press.
• Johnstone, M-J. (2019). Bioethics. A Nursing perspective. (7th ed). Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Elsevier.

Links to further readings will be posted on LEARN throughout the course.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Academic dishonesty is viewed very seriously, and can result in punishments ranging from a mark of zero to expulsion from the university. It is your responsibility to read, understand and follow the relevant university regulations. If you are uncertain about this, please consult your lecturer.
Common forms of academic dishonesty include:
• Plagiarism (e.g. copying a quote from a book/article without using quotation marks and citing the source)
• Collusion (e.g. copying the work of others or allowing your work to be copied) •
• Cheating in examinations/tests (e.g. using crib notes)
The library has an excellent guide to help you understand plagiarism at http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/services/ref/plagiarism.shtml . You are also referred to Regulation J of the General Course and Examinations Regulations.

In this course we will use Turnitin software for the detection of plagiarism, which will require you to submit your assessments electronically.

Assessment and grading system

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over

Late submission of work

Any assessment submitted late (without a previously arranged extension) will be subject to a penalty at the rate of 10% of the assessment marks per day. Any assessment turned in after 5 days will not be marked.

Requests for extensions

In the event of exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) that prevent you from working, you may apply for an extension before the due date for an assignment.  You should contact Dr Sandy Richardson in writing, and explain why you are requesting an extension. Evidence to support your application must be provided (e.g. medical certificate). Extensions cannot extend past the date on which the assignment is handed back to other students.

Special Consideration

In the event of exceptional circumstances (e.g. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) that prevent you from sitting a test or submitting an assignment, you may apply for an aegrotat.

You must apply within 7 days of the due date of the assignment or test, in writing at the Registrar (Level 3, Registry building). Make sure to also inform your lecturer you are applying. Only one piece of assessed work, worth no more than 50% of the course, can be considered for an aegrotat. You must have completed at least 50% of all other assessment with an average of C+ or better.  

You are also referred to Regulation H of the General Course and Examinations Regulations.

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date.  The lecturer may also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email ictservicedesk@canterbury.ac.nz, or phone 366 7001 ext 6060.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,317.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All HLTH407 Occurrences

  • HLTH407-23S1 (M) Semester One 2023 (Manawa) - Not Offered
  • HLTH407-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)