SRC940 - Ethics and Professionalism

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Subject Title
Ethics and Professionalism

Subject Description
This subject is designed to introduce students to ethical standards and guidelines in rehabilitation. Students will learn about the role of the Rehabilitation Professional and examine areas such as professional conduct, scope of practice and accountability. Students learn how to effectively and professionally approach ethical dilemmas and issues of diversity in conflict resolution. The importance of advocacy and quality assurance are also discussed.

Credit Status
Credit toward the Seneca Rehabilitation Certificate.

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

1. Articulate an understanding of the ethical principles and standards in the field of rehabilitation;

2. Apply ethical and legal principles to the rehabilitation process using case studies;

3. Identify and resolve ethical dilemmas through the application of various ethical decision-making models;

4. Evaluate and compare relevant Codes of Ethics;

5. Identify and discuss the issues of diversity as they relate to conflict resolution;

6. Articulate the importance of confidentiality, boundaries and conflict of interest in the rehabilitation process;

7. Demonstrate an awareness of the concept of professionalism by discussing the importance of accountability, professional collaboration and scope of practice for rehabilitation professionals;

8. Communicate the difference between Certification and Accreditation;

9. Discuss the role of advocacy, mentorship and professional identity in rehabilitation.

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 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

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.


Students should consult the website information each semester to ensure they have current information regarding program requirements. Online at

Topic Outline

Individualized Learning / Distance Learning:

  • Ethical standards and principles in rehabilitation
(informed consent, respect for vulnerable populations, confidentiality, record keeping, professional boundaries, research, and jurisprudence)
  • Ethical dilemmas
  • Ethical decision making models
  • Professionalism
  • Specific codes of ethics VRAC Code.
  • certification and accreditation
  • Diversity in Ethics
  • Social & personal responsibility
  • Quality assurance
(applying ethical principles to organizations and assessing the effectiveness of programs)
  • Relevant Codes of Ethics
  • Competency
  • empowerment
  • Access
  • attitudinal barriers
  • inclusion
  • choice
  • independence
  • respect for individual differences
  • Advocacy

Mode of Instruction
Independent/Distance Learning:
This course will be delivered via the self-paced individualized learning method.  This may involve the use of a text, learner guide and consultation with your instructor either by telephone, e-mail, or mail.  Students will be responsible for completing all self-paced exercises outlined in the learner guide.  The time allotment for completion of the course is 20 weeks from the official start date.

Prescribed Texts
Devlin, E. (2012). Ethics and Professionalism Study Guide. Toronto, On: Seneca College.

Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, Purtilo and Doherty, Elsevier, Fifth Edition, ISBN:  978-1-4377-0896-7

Reference Material
APA citation

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 ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Students must retain a duplicate of all assignments.  Suggested timeline provided correspondence assignments must be handed in prior to the end date.  Late assignments may be subject to grade penalties.  A student must successfully complete all major segments of a subject in order to earn a passing grade.

Assignments are to be grammatically correct, and marks may be deducted for errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express their thoughts clearly in their written work.

All assignments must be cited.  Students are referred to the following web site for Seneca College library APA Style Guide for citation and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

A student must obtain a passing grade (50% or higher) on the combined assignments and term work.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices or online at:  

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Indendent/Distance Learning:
Assignment 1   20%
Assignment 2  20%
Midterm          25%
Final Exam     35%

Approved by: Lisa Somers