ANAT SC 3500 - Ethics, Science and Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

The course aims through collaborative efforts of humanities and health sciences to develop students' awareness of the ethical and social challenges related to health and medical science. It is suitable for health sciences, science, social science, and humanities students. Topic areas may include ethical analysis of the following: the norms and ideals of science and implications of deviation from them; research practices involving humans and animals; genetic science; science and the uses and treatment of human bodies. Relevant NH&MRC codes are studied in detail. Note: enrolments in this course can be at either level II or III - this is an advanced course for the BA programs.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANAT SC 3500
    Course Ethics, Science and Society
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites Must complete at least 24 units of undergraduate study
    Incompatible ANAT SC 2106 or ANAT SC 3106
    Assessment Case study analysis; Mid-semester test; 3 online Mini-tests, Major essay
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Denise Gamble

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Ability to utilise appropriate ethical tools including problem solving strategies and resources when faced with ethical issues
    2 A more developed understanding of some of the ethical issues arising from the practice of science as part of the community
    3 A deeper understanding for some of the ethical issues in animal and human experimentation and treatment of the human body in life and death
    4 Acquire a deeper capacity for ethical analyses and problem-solving based on knowledge of moral theories
    5 Extend skills in moral reasoning through use of case study analyses informed by knowledge of moral theories
    6 Development of communication skills and capacity to work productively and confidently with others in workshop situations
    7 Ability to write a well-structured cogently argued and explained major essay based on further research on a topic covered in the course
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    2, 3, 4, 6
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 7
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All teaching and learning material provided via scheduled classes and/or MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    Additional material (in addition to required material) available as download or links from MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Online mini-tests or quizzes in the form of MCQs will be utilized in conjunction with weekly workshops
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching in Ethics, Science and Society begins from the assumption that students are active participants in the learning process, rather than passive recipients of information. We assume that you are willing and able to prepare fully for classes, to participate in discussions and to carry your share of the workload. An active interest in the ethical issues being discussed in the community is assumed.

    The topic is structured in blocks, corresponding to the topic areas of the course aims. In each block there are a variety of teaching and learning activities. These include both formal lectures and interactive teaching sessions. There is a considerable component of group work. As the semester progresses you will be expected to have more involvement in setting agendas, defining the focus of learning, and pursuing areas of interest and need. As this occurs, academic staff will move from a directive to a facilitative role.

    Much of your work in Ethics, Science and Society takes place in small groups, either in tutorial groups or in working groups examining a particular issue or preparing for and carrying out a particular task. For the problem based/cased based sessions, students will be responsible for managing the research and assimilation of relevant material. It will be necessary for tasks to be assigned to individuals or smaller groups, with a view to reporting and sharing information. As the semester progresses it would be expected that these group skills would steadily improve and greatly enhance the quality of learning. Students enrolled in these courses potentially can come from any Faculty; hence we expect that a mixing of perspectives and experiences as well as learning styles will be an important feature of the group activities.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Face to face contact times for this course are Lectures 4.3. Tutorials (1 per week) and workshops (2 hours per week) require student reading outside class times (2 hours minimum is necessary). Some lectures are held during workshop classes. Essay preparation will require substantial out of class preparation (including reading and scholarly research). The essay will take a minimum of 10 hours work. Written work for assessment will be able to be submitted for Turnitin checking prior to final submission.
    Learning Activities Summary




    Week 1

    Introduction to moral reasoning in the biomedical sciences

    Ethics theory

    Introduction to course

    Week 2

    Introduction to moral reasoning in the biomedical sciences

    Ethics theory

    Moral theories I

    Week 3

    Introduction to moral reasoning in the biomedical sciences

    Ethics theory

    Moral Theories II

    Week 4

    Practice of Science


    Moral theories IV

    Week 5

    Practice of Science

    NHMRC Guidelines for ethical research with humans Research on humans – an ethical framework

    Week 6

    Research on humans

    Consent/Respect for persons and paternalism- who bears the burdens?

    Week 7

    Research on animals

    Animals in Research


    Week 8


    Ethical issues in genetics




    Genetic choice - screening and counseling


    Week 9

    Ethical issues in genetics

    Genetic engineering

    Week 10

    Ethical issues in genetics


    BodyWorlds video

    Week 11

    Ethics of ‘using bodies’

    Whose body is it?- use of body/parts in research/education

    Week 12

    Ethics of ‘using bodies’


    The body in context


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed
    Case analysis Summative/Formative 15% 1-7
    Mid semester test Summative/Formative 20% 1-7
    Participation in Discussion Board/Forum Summative/Formative 15% 1-7
    Essay Summative 40% 1-7
    Tutorial & Workshop Summative/Formative 10% 1-7
    Short assignments, quizzes Formative N/A 1-7
    Assessment Detail

    STUDENTS MUST READ INSTRUCTIONS (MyUNI) FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSIGNMENTS VIA MyUni submission- all assignments MUST have student name in file name.

    Case Analysis
    Prepare an ethical analysis of a set case. The analysis MUST show you understand utilitarian, AND deontological ethical perspectives and their application to a situation presented as a case study. The case will be provided.
    Word count: 1,000 (strict maximum) words
    Due: as per timetable (submitted Online)

    Mid Semester test held in workshop/seminar time (see timetable)

    Discussion Board
    You will be assigned to a group for participation in a discussion (online) group. There will be 5 topics posted (3 marks per topic). Each topic will be online for 2 weeks only (Friday 5pm opening and closing time). The number and quality of the responses will be assessed. The aim is to demonstrate your engagement with the topic and willingness to constructively share your knowledge and ideas about the topic. It is expected that students will discuss the topic with each other via their postings. It is usual that the initial post(s) may already encompass a comprehensive range of ideas, later responses are therefore more likely to be around these ideas. It is not sufficient to say “I agree/disagree with X”. Marks are awarded for reasoned responses and engagement. 2 posts per topic is the minimum number (the class performance, as a whole, is used as a benchmark of individual performance). The first post must be made within 1 week of the topic being available. This is to ensure that there are adequate opportunities to critique contrast and reflect in the second week.

    The essay is a piece of individual work based on a set topic or a topic developed by the student (must be approved in advance by the course coordinator). Essay questions will be provided. There are approx. 7 (seven) weeks from posting topics to submission date, some of these weeks are during exams, so you need to plan your time carefully.
    Word count: 2500 words

    Tutorial & Workshop attendance, preparation, participation, submission of work
    10 marks (maximum total) for attendance/preparation/participation/submission . 10 tutorials and 10 workshops are expected to be attended (ROLL MUST BE SIGNED)
    • 0.5 mark will be awarded for each tutorial provided students prepare, attend, participate and submit the designated tasks (tasks will be corrected and returned, but do not contribute to final mark)
    • 0.5 mark will be awarded for 10 (of the 12 available) workshops provided students participate (and attend)
    • Pro rata marks will be calculated if a student is disadvantaged because of sickness/ special consideration (usual rules for documentation/ application for special consideration).

    The tutorials eligible (10) for being counted are indicated with * in the timetable. All workshops are eligible for gaining marks (up to 10 marks, maximum).

    Formative Assignments and Quizzes
    These will be posted via myuni during the course. they will be marked/corrected but will not contribute to your final grade- they are for your information and to monitor your course performance
    All written work submitted via MyUni/Turnitin portal as per instructions in the course handbook.

    1. Extensions
    Must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission.
    Will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds.
    Only the course coordinator, or a person authorised by him or her, may grant extensions.

    2. Lateness
    Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.
    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits. In the case of late assignments, marks will then be deducted from the mark awarded, at the rate of 5 percentage points of the total possible per calendar day.
    eg. If an assignment which is 2 days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10 (5 marks per calendar day for 2 days) to 55%. If that same assignment is 4 days late its mark will be reduced by 20 (5 marks per day for 4 days) to 45% etc.
    The assignment will be not accepted if it is more than 7 days late.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Feedback on SELTS for 2015 will be provided on MyUni (or equivalent)
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