Professional Conduct and Ethics

Ethics is a relevant and vital aspect of behaviour, providing a guiding philosophy and a set of principles or standards of conduct that govern the behaviour of individuals and organizations. This course will introduce you to the field of ethics and ethical decision-making.

Through group analysis of vignettes and case study handouts, you will identify and resolve ethical dilemmas and evaluate rules and policies, using criteria based on general ethical principles.

We’ll introduce you to the codes of ethics from associations such as the Vocational Rehabilitation Association Canada and the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals.

Course seats are reserved for diploma students until approximately one month before the start date. To take this course individually, click on Register or Join Waitlist below.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 3 Phillip Boswell $795.00 0 Join Waitlist

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Understand how personal beliefs and characteristics influence professional behaviour
  • Set personal limits that enhance self-care and the welfare of consumers
  • Describe relevant codes of ethics and ethical decision-making models
  • Explain ethical issues: confidentiality, informed consent, respect for vulnerable populations and professional boundaries
  • Understand the relationship between competency and ethics
  • Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas
  • Evaluate rules and policies using criteria based on ethical principles
  • Recognize the difference between philosophical and professional ethics and morality
  • Recognize the distinction between professionally mandated and legally mandated ethical standards
  • Understand the implications and limitations of codes of ethics
  • Recognize the importance of professional organizations in defining and enforcing ethical standards

How will I learn?

Through group analysis of vignettes and case studies, you will identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, and evaluate sample rules and policies using the criteria of ethical principles. Through critique of research papers and group labs, you will practise awareness of professional ethical standards.

Classes are during the day, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at  SFU's Surrey campus.

Besides attending all 21 hours of classes, you must participate in discussions, review all handouts and complete the homework assignment.

How will I be evaluated?

We evaluate this course through individual and group exercises, and a final written assignment.

Textbooks and learning materials

There is no textbook required for this course. We'll provide case-study handouts and a suggested reading list. All other course materials will be available online.

Hardware and software requirements

You will access your course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

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Professional development credits

This course may meet the requirements for the following designation:

This course is also pre-approved for continuing education credits from the following organizations: