ABS104 - Ethics Professionalism

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-13 14:32:43.339
Last review date 2018-07-13 14:32:43.341

Subject Title
Ethics Professionalism

Subject Description
This subject will introduce the foundations of ethical thinking and will review the different perspectives and rationale for ethical decision-making within a behavioural framework.
Students will be introduced to professional codes of ethics that are essential for ethical practice. They will learn how to think critically and apply general ethical principles to particular situations through the use of case studies, practice vignettes, structured exercises and group discussions.
This subject will provide participants with the basis for developing ethical guidelines for practice, examining areas related to legislative acts, an overview of the BACB?
guidelines of responsible conduct for a behaviour analyst and the ONTABA/ABA standards of practice. Students will also learn how to evaluate their own professional expertise and limitations for ongoing professional development planning.

Credit Status
One Credit toward the Autism and Behavioural Science Ontario Graduate Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of clinical standards and practice guidelines as appropriate to both hypothetical and real situations
2. Demonstrate knowledge of relevant federal and provincial legislation
3. Practice self-evaluation of knowledge and skills and identify areas for professional development.

Vocational Learning Outcomes: Autism and Behavioural Science Program
1. Assess and analyze the characteristics, skills, and behaviour of individuals with ASD to effectively implement evidence-based behavioural interventions.
2. Design and implement effective behavioural intervention plans under appropriate supervision and based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural intervention plans based on the principles of ABA.
4. Work collaboratively with families, teams, service providers, and the broader community to respond to the learning and behavioural needs of individuals with ASD.
5. Design, implement, and evaluate as part of a team, ABA based transition plans for individuals with ASD.
6. Comply with established ethical principles and professional guidelines.
7. Provide leadership in the promotion and provision of services to meet the needs of individuals with ASD and their families.
8. Evaluate empirical evidence in order to select appropriate interventions for individuals with ASD.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline
1.Professional codes of ethics
2.General ethical principles
3.Ethical guidelines for practice
4.ONTABA/ABA standards of practice
5.Current  controversial issues
6.Ethical decision making model
7.Personal and professional conduct and competence
8.Client welfare and client relationship issues
9.Measurement, evaluation and testing issues

Mode of Instruction
The Faculty of Continuing Education & Training offers subjects in alternative modes.
This allows the student to take the Autism and Behavioural Science Ontario
Graduate Certificate Program subjects in:
     1.  the traditional classroom
     2.  on-line
     3.  mixed mode - a combination of in-class and independent study

This subject will be delivered  via lecture, assigned readings, exercises, group discussions and independent study.

Prescribed Texts
Ethics for Behaviour Analysts: A Practical Guide to the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Guidelines for Responsible Conduct, 3rd Edition
Jon Bailey and Mary Burch, 2016.  New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (Routledge)


Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To pass this subject, students must achieve the learning outcomes of the subject.  A passing grade in the Autism and Behavioural Science Ontario College Graduate Certificate is a minimum of "C" (60%).

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your Instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established.  Late assignments are subject to grade penalties and will not be accepted beyond two weeks after the  assignments due date. 

Students unable to complete any formal evaluations without sufficient documented reason, will be given a grade of zero for the missed assessment(s).
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Classroom and Online

Assignment #1 - Case Study 10%
Assignment #2 - Case Study 15%
Discussion Forums 4 @5% each 20%
Professional Development Assignment 20%
Final Exam 35%

Students will write an in-person paper-based final exam at the Test Centre of their Registering College.


Approved by: Lisa Harfield