ANAT SC 3500 - Ethics, Science and Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

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 2
    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
    One 2-hour lecture (Philosophy) introducing moral theories and principles, and case analyses methodologies which will then be applied to specific topics introduced in lectures and further explored in workshops (Medical Sciences).  Lectures will incorporate some questions and discussion segments but Workshops will be main venue for small group discovery and discusion under supervision of Workshop convenors.

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Mid-term test (20%) Covers moral theories and requires students to demonstrate substantial and detailed knowledge
    Case Analysis - 1000 words (20%) Students choose a case study to ethically analyse from a number of cases provided (Electronically uploaded)
    Online minitests (15%) - Based on weekly workshops.  Conducted online with marking automatic into Grade Centre (or equivalent). Final mark based on average of the best seven results with a 5 mark bonus for students who attend all available workshops and complete all associated minitests
    Workshop participation (5%) .5 for each workshop attended and participated in
    Major essay- 2500 words -(40%) Students write on a topic from a list of questions provided. Some suggested reading provided for each topic but students required to research some additional material
    Assessment Detail

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    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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