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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Ethics,Medico-Legal & Consultation Skills
Module Code SS237
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James O'Donovan
Semester 2: James O'Donovan
Autumn: James O'Donovan
Module TeachersKate Sheridan
James O'Donovan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces the student to the ethical and medico-legal principles, guidelines, codes of behaviour and statutory regulations that govern professional medical practice. In addition, students will learn about how to conduct a clinical consultation

Learning Outcomes

1. identify key ethical issues raised in the health care of injured athletes
2. discuss the major ethical theories and principles
3. apply ethical reasoning skills when dealing with ethical issues in the health care of injured and non-injured athletes
4. list the main medico-legal concepts that govern the behaviour of health care professionals in Ireland
5. discuss the principles of keeping medical records
6. define and discuss consent in the context of health care
7. discuss the issues that arise in relation to confidentiality in health care
8. Describe and discuss the aims and components of the clinical consultation

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Group work25Collaborative group work on tasks
Independent Study70Independent study and independent tasks
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentMind Map Project: Students will develop a mind map examining and linking the biological, psychological and social factors present in a complex clinical case study30%Once per semester
Written ExamA written exam addressing ethical and medicolegal concepts realting to healthcare70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • R. Scott Kretchmar: 2005, Practical philosophy of sport and physical activity, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, 9780736001410
  • editor, William J. Morgan: 2007, Ethics in sport, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, 9780736064286
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ATTBSc Athletic Therapy and Training
Date of Last Revision11-OCT-10

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