Course details

FacultyHealth Sciences
Education levelPostgraduate / Master of Science
Course codeC5Semester1
Course titleIntroduction to Bioethics
Independent teaching activitiesHours per weekECTS
CoursetypeGeneral setting course, skills development
Prerequisite coursesNone
Teaching and assessment languageEnglish

Learning outcomes

  • Providing training and expertise for the dimensions of the individual problem associated with the practice of medicine and biomedical research and biotechnology applications, with the aim of producing academic work in these areas.
  • The training of doctors, biologists and scientists generally related to the subject matter skills and experience to be able to offer high-quality professional, research and general scientific work
  • The development of critical and research skills needed for doctoral studies.
Knowledge & Skills

The participants and the participants will be able and capable to know:

  • The methodological and epistemological reflections of contemporary vision of Bioethics
  • The need for inter-disciplinarity that characterizes Bioethics (humanities, biology, health sciences, law, social sciences)
  • The philosophical foundations of Bioethics, and the sociological and juridical dimensions
  • The moral argument for troubleshooting in the field of clinical medicine
  • Regulatory issues in health sciences
  • Issues Bioethics and Law

Course contents

  1. Code of Medical Ethics
  2. Code of Dental Ethics
  3. Medical, ethical and legal issues of end of life
  4. Ethics of Reproduction
  5. Ethics posts

Teaching and learning methods – evaluation

Teaching methodsFace to face
Distance learning
Use of information and
communication technologies (ICT)

  • Use of ICT in Teaching- Moodle Virtual learning environment (VLE)
    (asynchronous learning, wikis, Online Discussion Fora, Educational Portfolio, assignment submission, assessment process)

  • Use of ICT in Communication with students
    (email, instant messaging via Moodle)

Module structureWork Hours per SemesterActivity
Lectures 30
Exercises (Quiz) 5
Exercises (Wikis) 5
Exercises (Online discussion fora) 10
Exercises (Study relevant papers) 20
Essay background work40
Essay writing15
Overall work for the course125
Assessment Methods
  • Written assignment, in English, approximately 2,500 words long, to be submitted by each student at the end of the course

  • Assessment of knowledge at the beginning and the end of the course with short-answer questions and essays development

  • Weekly quizes, with multiple choice questions

  • Assessment based on comments submitted by each student in online discussion fora

Recommended Bibliography

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