- Code BIOL6191
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Biology
- Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body
This course examines the ethical and societal impacts of new applications in biology. Technologies examined include: genetically modified organisms; cloning of humans and other animals; genetic screening and gene therapy; reproductive technologies; organ and stem cell transplantation, neurotechnology and the convergence of humans and machines to repair or enhance human function. Broad issues affecting individual and societal decisions to accept or reject technologies will be discussed, such as risk/benefit assessments and regulation of new technologies. Students will be presented with many diverse perspectives through readings, discussions and seminars from professionals from both within and outside the university.
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Discuss, in general terms, the science involved in new biotechnologies and the associated contextual issues
2. Research and critically evaluate a diversity of biotechnology information sources, and the diversity of perspectives they reflect
3. Create and apply a framework to assess the benefits and risks of biotechnologies
4. Identify and argue a personal view in the context of the debate about a biotechnology in both individual and team formats
5. Apply reflective and argumentative thinking to scientific, societal and personal views
Other InformationThis course is NOT an online course. Students are required to attend on campus lectures/tutorials.
Assessment will be based on:
- Short Tutorial Essays (25%) to critically evaluate information and diverse perspectives (LO 2, 4)
- Participation in tutorials and submission of Tutorial Questions (10%) to explore personal views of biotechnology (LO 1, 4)
- Debate Reflection Report (10%) to critically evaluate diversity of information and perspectives (LO 2, 4)
- Long Tutorial essay (20%) to critically evaluate the science and context of a given biotechnology, create a framework for benefit/risk assessment, and argue a personal view (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Case Study Assignment (35%) to demonstrate benefit/risk assessment framework and discuss scientific, societal and personal views about a biotechnology (LO 3, 4, 5)
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Requisite and Incompatibility
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 2
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|2135||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person|