• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Biology
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Lanfear
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course BIOL3191
  • Offered in Second Semester 2019
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Expression of interest is required to enrol in this course. Please see "other information' for details.

This course examines the ethical and societal impacts of new applications in biology. Technologies examined include: artificial intelligence; genetically modified organisms; cloning of humans and other animals; genetic screening and gene therapy; reproductive technologies; organ and stem cell transplantation, and the convergence of humans and machines. 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, tutorial discussions and lectures.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Discuss the science involved in new biotechnologies and the associated contextual issues
  2. Understand and employ a range of approaches to ethical and moral reasoning
  3. Evaluate facts, values, and arguments from a variety of information sources
  4. Assess the benefits, risks, and societal & ethical implications of biotechnologies
  5. Identify a personal view in the context of the debate about a biotechnology
  6. Research facts, values, and ethical arguments about unfamiliar topics

Other Information

This course is NOT an online course. Students are required to attend on campus lectures/tutorials.
To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards a degree and complete an expression of interest form, which can be obtained from the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Short argumentative essays (70%) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Long research essay (20%) (LO 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Tutorial discussions, and submission of reflective questions in tutorials (10%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

Two lectures, one workshop, and a one-hour tutorial per week. Extensive reading.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7726 22 Jul 2019 29 Jul 2019 31 Aug 2019 25 Oct 2019 In Person

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