BMS3022 : Bioethics
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Mr Jan Deckers
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
The Bioethics module aims to introduce and discuss a wide range of ethical dilemmas related to biomedical science, including issues raised by consent, confidentiality, genetics, the use of animals in research, stem cell and human embryo research, and the pharmaceutical industry. It aims to prepare students in the Biomedical Sciences for effective and efficient decision-making when they are confronted with thorny issues in their professional lives by developing their skills in ethical reasoning and critical appraisal.
Outline Of Syllabus
The following topics and themes will be covered:
• Advanced methods of ethical reasoning
• Informed consent, confidentiality, disclosure of information, and the use of human tissues and organs in biomedical science
• Ethical issues related to human embryo research
• Ethics and human genetics
• Biomedical science and the creation and use of genetically modified nonhuman organisms
• The nature and functions of research ethics committees
• Resolving personal biomedical dilemmas
• The purpose of biomedical science in a rapidly changing world
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||86||1:00||86:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||6||1:00||6:00|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||4||2:00||8:00||Maximum group size 20.|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Six lectures will be organised to expose the students to ethical theories, as well as professional and legal guidance. Four small group teaching sessions will be organised to promote the discussion of ideas, to allow students to present ideas in class, and to evaluate the module. Each group is limited to maximum of 20 students to ensure there is sufficient time for all students to present and the group still large enough to stimulate debate.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||M||70||Maximum 1000 words|
|Case study||1||M||30||5 minute presentation.|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The essay aims to assess the students’ skills to identify, analyse, and resolve ethical dilemmas, particularly by assessing their ability to support ideas with arguments found in the relevant literature.
The case studies aim to assess students’ abilities to present their ethical dilemmas and to present their solutions to the ethical dilemmas presented by others.