1 x 50-minute lecture weekly
5 x 2-hour seminars per semester
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 7-hour independent study weekly
1 Admission into GCBT-Graduate Certificate in Biotechnology
1a Admission into GDPBT-Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
1b Admission into MNT-Master of Nanotechnology
1c Admission into GDPBA-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration
1d Admission into MBA-Master of Business Administration
1e Admission into MBUST-Master of Business and Technology
1f Admission into MBTL-Master of Biotechnology
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BTEC2002, BTEC9003, BTEC9660 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This graduate entry topic is designed to provide appreciation of the impact of new developments in Bioscience technology upon the law, ethics, society and the environment. The topic will consider the national and international regulatory aspects and the ethical and social aspects of: control of genetically modified organisms; cloning and reproductive technologies; stem cell therapy; clinical trials; genetic testing and protection of the environment. Through case study analysis the topic will also explore what it means to be an ethical bioscience professional.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • To provide students with an outline of the principal regulatory regimes that operate to regulate bioscience research in both nationally and internationally
  • To raise their awareness of the interface between bioscience and society
  • To allow them to understand the sources of diversity in ethical stand points, such as religion and culture and personal experience
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify all the major national regulatory regimes relevant to bioscience research and commercialisation and how these contrast with those in other countries
  2. Appreciate the role of bioscience in the community
  3. Appreciate the factors that drive a diversity of ethical opinions
  4. Adopt ethical reasoning to assume and defend a coherent position in relation to an ethical issue
  5. Demonstrate enhancement of their group work and oral presentation skills

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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