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
Prerequisites

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

2018/9, Trimester 1, Blended, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jodie Smith
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
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 assessments will be provided throughout the module, allowing students to monitor their own progress.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge and skills that can be applied in the workplace – this includes working with animals, charities, research organisations and conservation charities. Students will be encouraged to develop analytical and discursive talents, improving verbal and written communication skills.

Research / teaching linkages

Lectures will be provided by a module team, each member of which brings a different perspective to the module – focussing on animal welfare, animal care and the use of animals in research. The option of guest lecturers and field trips are available, enabling students to be exposed to real life situations and the most up to date information.


Formative Assessment:
Formative assessments will be provided throughout the module to allow students to monitor their own progress

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will comprise:
Essay: Submitted in week 12 examining a topic that relates to an ethical dilemma focussing on animals. (LOs 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Examination: Week 14 or 15 demonstrating knowledge and understanding of all learning outcomes. This will take the form of a multiple choice and short answer written paper. (all LOs)


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 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 50 1,2,3,4 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
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
LO2: Summarise ethical concepts in relation to the place of animals in society
LO3: Explore legal matters that relate to animal care and veterinary / scientific ethics
LO4: Discuss consent, professionalism and accountability when working with animals in a variety of different environments
LO5: Develop insight into arguments for and against euthanasia
LO6: Utilise a problem solving approach to apply ethical and welfare theories to real life situations

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - PULLEN, S & GRAY, C (2006) ETHICS, LAW AND THE VETERINARY NURSE: ELSEVIER, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780750688444
Recommended - ROLLIN, B (2006) AN INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY MEDICAL ETHICS : THEORY AND CASES: WILEY-BLACKWELL, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780813803999
Recommended - LEGOOD, G (2000) VETERINARY ETHICS : AN INTRODUCTION: CONTINUUM, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0826447848
Recommended - WATHES, CM (2013) VETERINARY & ANIMAL ETHICS : PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VETERINARY AND ANIMAL ETHICS, SEPTEMBER 2011
: WILEY-BLACKWELL, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781118314807
Recommended - APPLEBY, MC (2011) ANIMAL WELFARE
: CABI, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9781845936594
Recommended - BEAUCHAMP, TL & CHILDRESS, JF (2013) PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL ETHICS: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 7th ed. - ISBN: 9780199924585
Recommended - MASON, JK, LAURIE, GT & MCCALL SMITH, A (2013) MASON AND MCCALL SMITH'S LAW AND MEDICAL ETHICS
: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 9th ed. - ISBN: 9780199659906
Recommended - WOFENSOHN, S & LLOYD, M (2013) HANDBOOK OF LABORATORY ANIMAL MANAGEMENT AND WELFARE
: WILEY-BLACKWELL, 4th ed. - ISBN: 9780470655498
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