General Course Information for RTT 320: Pro Ethics and Legal Issues

Course: RTT 320 - Pro Ethics and Legal Issues
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Course Description:

Designed to provide sequential development, application, analysis, integration and evaluation of ethical and legal concepts and theories as they relate to radiation therapy practice.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Identify theories and principles that guide ethical decision making for practice situations.
  • Analyze practice situations that carry high potential for dilemmas that require ethical scrutiny.
  • Evaluate a series of ethical dilemmas using the radiation therapy code of ethics.
  • Explain the common theories and methods used in making value decisions and differentiate between morals and ethics.
  • Describe how the basic principles used in the analysis of moral dilemmas function in radiation therapy.
  • Explain the language of rights and the nature of the obligations that are attendant to these rights.
  • Discuss the principle of confidentiality from different ethical points of view.
  • Discuss access to health care in relation to justice and the allocation of scarce resources.
  • Discuss for or against the adoption of 'a right to die.'
  • Develop an ethical rationale for the obligation of radiation therapists to study the issues of transcultural health.
  • Define common legal terms and apply concepts related to social, political, economic and historic issues to analyze the different sources of law.
  • Describe the steps in a civil legal procedure and identify the potential role of a radiation therapist.
  • Assess the role of effective communication skills in reducing legal action.
  • Analyze clinical practice issues of simulation, treatment delivery, patient assessment, patient education and quality assurance to determine if negligence is present.
  • Describe the role of the radiation therapist in the informed consent process, patient rights, and practice standards.
  • Evaluate safety measures to reduce patient injury.
  • Discuss the importance of documentation and maintenance of clinical practice records.
  • Discuss code ethics common to radiation therapy and formulate a risk management plan.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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  • Recorded class presentations
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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures