UM-NUS Ethics and Professional Issues

Subject PSYC90090 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of seminars over 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Ph: (65) 65166904


Subject Overview:

Students will be given the opportunity to become familiar with the ethical codes and guidelines of the Ministry of Health’s code of conduct for public healthcare staff and the operation of their regulating bodies; explore in depth, within the context of ethical practice, professional issues related to working with clients or patients, other professionals, employers and employees and institutions and organisations; become familiar with current ethical theories as they relate to professional practice and proficient in analysis of ethical issues and problems that psychologists are likely to encounter in their professional practice; and develop a personal conceptual framework for approaching ethical and professional issues.

Learning Outcomes:

Through this module, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of ethical principles in clinical psychology practice. The module aims for students to

(i) be familiar with international ethical standards and their application in Singapore,

(ii) demonstrate awareness of potential ethical dilemmas across different contexts and approach these using appropriate decision-making strategies,

(iii) understand the importance of developing and maintaining professional skills and competencies,

(iv) demonstrate good insight into ethical obligations as professional clinical psychologists,

(v) appreciate the importance of practising with cultural sensitivity, and

(vi) understand the Ministry of Health’s code of conduct for public healthcare staff.

  • Relective paper (1500 words) due Week 5 (30%)
  • Essay (2000 words) due Week 8 (40%)
  • Group presentation (30 minutes presentation and 15 minutes facilitated discussion), delivered end of semester (30%)

The subject has an overall pass/fail outcome and to achieve an overall pass each individual assessment task needs to be passed.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Advanced information interpretation skills

Advanced analytic, integration and problem solving skills

Advanced written skills

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical - Singapore)

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