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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - RSD7306

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-02-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Required. Rehab Sci Ph.D. To Chair. Approved; To USF sys 11/18/14; to SCNS 12/1. Nmbr 7300 approved as 7306. Eff 2/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    4957 2014-02-20
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Physical Therapy MD 88250
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Dr William S. Quillen 8139749863

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    RSD 7306 Rehabilitation Ethics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable? N
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) -
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Rehabilitation Ethics
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0



    Course Description

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the social, moral and ethical dimensions of rehabilitative healthcare including informed consent, research on human subjects, health care allocation and disparities.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Needed for new program/concentration/certificate

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    This course is a required course in the Rehabilitation Science PhD degree course sequence and provides an introduction to ethical issues from the perspective of interprofessional and interdisciplinary rehabilitation sciences. The course will build upon introductory professional knowledge of core ethical concepts such as autonomy, informed consent, confidentiality, genetics, disability/enablement, end of life, team collaboration, and research integrity. Participants in the course will provide an in-depth focus on ethical issues unique to the rehabilitation setting from a collaborative interprofessional setting. This course would therefore also a variety of professional programs (medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, public health, athletic training, vocational rehabilitation, and others) through its advanced depth and interprofessional focus.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?


    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    USF faculty member with a research doctorate degree and who is actively conduct research in a relevant field.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe the history and development of legal and ethical issues from an interprofessional rehabilitation perspective.

    2. Appreciate the ethical and professional perspective of different rehabilitation professional in addressing ethical issues in medicine and health.

    3. Synthesize the insights and implications of different professional codes of ethics and decision-making frameworks for interprofessional team-based rehabilitation practice.

    4. Delineate the ethical implications of different theoretical perspectives and models of health, wellness, medicine, and quality of life.

    5. Appraise the effects of federal policies and regulations to promote research integrity from legal and ethical perspectives.

    6. Analyze ethical issues in rehabilitation from the personal, interpersonal, team, organizational, health systems, health policy, and international perspectives.

    7. Evaluate the adequacy of medical ethical theories to address ethical issues in interprofessional team-based rehabilitation practice.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to perform a focused ethical analysis of a major issue in rehabilitation ethics delineating international, interprofessional, organizational, team, professional, cultural, and personal issues.

    C. Major Topics

    Ethical Theories

    History of legal and ethical issues in Rehabilitation

    Important issues in rehabilitation ethics:

    •Code of Ethics – Common and unique

    •Informed Consent


    •Issues of Justice

    •Boundary Issues

    •Integrity in Human Research

    •End of life

    •Quality of care and chronic conditions

    •Medical errors


    •Genetics, stem cells and re-engineering

    •Engineering and robotics

    Health care system reform

    Ethical Implications of Theoretical Frameworks for Health, Wellness, and Medicine (Biomedical, biopsychosocial, Nagi, ICF, Rehabilitation, Habilitation, Public Health)

    Global perspectives on rehabilitation ethics

    D. Textbooks

    Course readings will include textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and other sources. Powerpoint presentations and electronic resources to be provided on-line through the Canvas platform.

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    The course will emphasize peer-reviewed literature and contemporary research in rehabilitation ethics.

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    Students will be expected to complete oral presentations, discussions, and written assignments as determined by the course director. In addition to these assignments to measure the attainment of learning goals, students are also evaluated on: professional behavior (by the course director), participation in group activities and assignments (by classmates), and the ability to self-assess one’s own learning and professional growth.

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    Assignments will consist of oral presentations and written assignments as determined by the course director.

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    The student will contact the Course Director for instructions on any make-up work that is needed for the course, in accordance with the policies the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

    J. Program This Course Supports

    PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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