Module title: Veterinary and Scientific Ethics

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: VET08109
Module leader: Jane Stirling
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Animal and Plant Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2019/0, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jane Stirling
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
All Learning Outcomes: Module content will be delivered through a combination of face to face classes (lectures and tutorials) and Moodle. Wherever possible subject matter will be related to prior learning. A problem solving approach will be adopted relating theoretical concepts to everyday situations.
Discussions within class will allow students to examine topics in more depth and reflect on their own experiences, learning from each other.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will be provided throughout the module to allow students to monitor their own progress. You will have the opportunity to submit an essay plan and receive feedback prior to submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Essay: Submitted in week 12 examining a topic that relates to an ethical dilemma focusing on animals. (100% weighting LOs 1, 2, 3,4 & 5)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 27
Face To Face Tutorial 9
Online Guided independent study 82
Independent Learning Guided independent study 82
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Students will study: the place of animals in society, basic concepts of animal welfare, animal and human rights, ethics and bioethics in culture and society, the use of animals in research, consent, responsibility and accountability, legal matters, Duty of Care, euthanasia and the with-holding of treatment.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Describe the place of animals in society using ethical theories
LO2: Utilise a problem solving approach to apply ethical and welfare theories to real life situations
LO3: Explore arguments for and against a range of veterinary procedures
LO4: Explore legal matters that relate to animal care and veterinary / scientific ethics
LO5: Discuss consent, professionalism and accountability when working with animals in a variety of different environments

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