Fall 2003 1 credit
ETHICAL ISSUES IN BIOLOGY
E. E. Serrano
Aug 20 - Oct 22
Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Conroy Honors Building Rm 206
Policies & Procedures
GUIDELINES FOR CLASS DISCUSSION
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Instructions for journal and case study
GOALS: This course will provide an introduction to the field of Bioethics for graduate students. Students will be asked to examine the role of the scientist in society and to become aware of the complex ethical issues facing scientists engaged in biological research. Class sessions emphasize student participation and debate and use case studies as a format for discussion. The course will focus on the ethical dilemmas that can arise from professional interactions in the workplace including scientific misconduct, advisor/student relationships, intellectual property, conflicts of interest, data ownership and management etc. This year’s special ethical topics include stem cell research, bioterrorism, environmental justice, eugenics, and national security. The goals of this course are to provide students with a practical foundation in research ethics, and to encourage students to critically examine and evaluate the impact and consequences of scientific research.
Instructor Dr. Elba Serrano
Ph. D. Stanford University
Associate Professor of Biology, NMSU
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Biophysics, Sensory Systems
Office Foster Hall 337D Office hours: Wed 12:00-1:00 pm and by appointment
Telephone 646-5217 email@example.com RequiredTextbooks:
Scientific Integrity, Macrina, 2000 Research Ethics: A Reader, Elliott and Stern 1997 Who Owns Life? by Magnus, Caplan, McGee, 2003
for your personal library
Practical Companion to Ethics, Anthony Weston, 2001
The Meaning of It All, Feynman 1998
Advice for a Young Investigator,
Ramon y Cajal, 1897 (1999) Santiago
Fast Food Nation The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser, 2001
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn 1995
Environmental Ethics: An Anthology by Light, Rolston (2002)
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond (1999)
Textbook Vendors Textbooks can be obtained at the bookstore or online from vendors such as Amazon and ecampus or Best Book Buys.
and the scientistX
Analyzing ethical dilemmas
Research Integrity and Scientific Misconduct
Mentoring of Students
||Ethics in the classroom
Authorship and Peer Review
Funding for research
Conflicting Interests and Collaborative Research
|| Intellectual Property
Guidelines for use of animals and humans in research
|Bioterrorism, Infectious Agents
Lynchburg, Tuskegee, Nazi experimentation
Life? Vinod, Caro,
Group 2 Stem cells: Marian, Will
|Student presentations||Group 3 Genome Projects / Genetic
Group 4 Genetic engineering of plants and animals Josue, Ricardo G, Bryan
|Fall break Prepare
22 last class
Serrano in Foster 234
meets for two hours
In class written exam (open book, notes)
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Grading: A total of 500 pts may be earned during the course.
In class participation: (150 pts) Based on your contribution to class discussion, activities as session moderator or group leader and evidence of preparedness for class.
Journal assignment: (175 pts) Students will be required to maintain a mini-journal on a topic of their choice during the course. The objective of this assignment is for students to explore their own values and ethics in the context of scientific issues that are raised by media articles, TV programs, science classes, lab exercises, research experiences etc. Details of the journal will be posted here. INSTRUCTIONS link DUE DATE: November 1
Case studies (100 points) Students will be required to write up and turn in an analysis of case studies assigned by the instructor from the textbooks. A cover essay will be part of this assignment. Details of the case studies will be posted here. Instructions link DUE DATE: October 8
Final Exam (75 points). Open book essay questions
Late assignments. 10% of the total points will be deducted for each week the assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted if handed in more than 2 weeks after the due date.
Attendance: Debate and discussion are essential components of this class, therefore, students are expected to attend all classes.
25 points will be deducted from your overall points for each unexcused absence.
Important dates:A 450-500 pts
B 400-449 pts
C 350-399 pts
D 300-349 pts
F < 300 pts
S (Satisfactory) requires a C-
Note: The grade scale may be curved at the end of the semester at the discretion of the instructor.
Oct 8: Case studies dueOTHER:
Nov 1: Journal due
Exam week: Final exam Class will meet for two hours; time TBA
GUIDELINES FOR CLASS DISCUSSION: During the semester, many opinions will be voiced in the class. You may strongly disagree with some of these, or you may find them amusing. Outbursts can be misinterpreted or counterproductive to meaningful and thoughtful debate. Therefore, it is important that you exercise self-discipline and self-control, and treat all members of the class with the courtesy that you are entitled to receive in turn. The key words are: respect and courtesy. Thank you!
SYLLABUS MODIFICATION: The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus during the semester as considered necessary to enhance the quality of the instruction, to meet the needs of students in the class and to achieve course objectives. Any changes to the syllabus [or to the course schedule] will be announced in class and you are responsible for being aware of them.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you have or believe you have a disability, you may wish to self-identify. You can do so by providing documentation to the Office for Services for Students with Disabilities, located at Garcia Annex (phone 646-6840). Appropriate accommodations may then be provided for you.
XEROX and/or BACKUP all assignments before submitting them to the instructor.
SAVE xeroxes of all graded assignments and exams from this course at least until you have received your final grade.
WITHDRAWALS: It is your responsibility to withdraw from the course.
DEPARTMENT OFFICE: The Biology Department office is in FOSTER HALL 234, 646-3611. The department secretaries are Ms. Gloria Valencia and Ms. Reta Akers.
DEPARTMENT CHAIR: The Biology Department chair is Dr. Dan Howard. His office is in FOSTER HALL 234 (X63611).