Professional Ethics

Unit code: AHE3200 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


This unit is designed to develop students' awareness and appreciation of the ethical dimensions of sport, exercise and sport science, coaching/teaching, and sport management. It develops students' ability to analyse critically the interventions, issues, practices and relationships within sport and exercise-related professions so that students' conduct will be ethically informed. Special attention will be paid to the development of ethical reasoning and its practical application to topics such as: doping and illicit drugs, coaching and children’s rights as well as diversity and anti-discrimination (e.g., gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, athlete welfare and development). The (Capstone) unit culminates with a collaborative group presentation that explores the ethical, legal and professional underpinnings and implications of best practice in sport and exercise-related industries.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse critically sport and exercise-related interventions, issues, practices and relationships;
  2. Evaluate ethically sport and exercise-related cases; and,
  3. Construct an evidence and principle-based framework for best practice in sport and exercise-related professions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Unit test
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Capstone Written Project- Individual (1200 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Capstone Presentation Project- collaborative group (1200 words equivalent)

Required reading

Selected books and book chapters will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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