• Bioethics Syllabus




    Bioethics Syllabus

    Instructor:     Mr. Tim Styer

    Room:             311

    Phone:            610-892-3470 x2100

    E-mail:           Tstyer@wssd.org


    I.                Course description/overview
                   This course is designed for juniors and seniors with at least two years of prior science, including Biology and Chemistry


    The course centers on contemporary topics in Biology and Biotechnology that require ethical examination.  The focus will be on examination of various topics with the students being allowed to explore all ethical dimensions of the topics.

    ð “Just because we can, does that mean we should?”


    II.               Course objectives
    • Understand a variety of cutting-edge Biotechnological topic
    • Understand and utilize various methods of research in the library, most of which will involve becoming familiar with the vast amount of available data bases and computer-based information
    • Formulate the data into well organized, defined opinion
    • Defend opinions and formulate rebuttal to other ethical positions and opinions
    • Work cooperatively in debate and discussion groups
    • Organize data into logical arguments
    • Coordinate the use of computer technology into learning

    a. Research with web informatics (Nettrekker, SIRS, Power Library, etc.)

    b. WebQuests- designed web research
    • Utilize and integrate computer technology to formulate and present information and/or opinion by utilizing power point and /or web design
    • Understand that there are a variety of opinions, even if they differ from our own
    • Apply concepts during simulations
    III.           Course Content

    a.     Bioethics: defined

    b.    The Early:

                                                                 i.      Anencephaly

                                                               ii.      FAS

                                                            iii.      Fetal Tissue Research

                                                            iv.      Stem Cell Research

                                                               v.      Abortion/RU-486

                                                            vi.      Reproduction/Control

                                                          vii.      Designer Babies/Gender Selection

                                                       viii.      Genetic Testing

    c.      The Middle:

                                                                 i.      Changing Human Life-span

                                                               ii.      Cloning

                                                            iii.      DNA Databases

                                                            iv.      Gene Therapy

                                                               v.      Human Testing

    d.    The End

                                                                 i.      Death

                                                               ii.      Doctors and their role (Hippocratic Oath)

                                                            iii.      Euthanasia

                                                            iv.      Physician-Assisted Suicide


    IV.           Student Assessment
    • Quizzes and tests
    • Cooperative learning activities
    • Current event examinations
    • Case study evaluation
    • Successful analysis of data compiled through extensive research and completed products
    • Presentations and expression of opinions
    • Class participation
    • Debates
    V.               Grading Policy
    • Students will be graded on work that is on time.
    • Late Work is accepted only after student prearranges with the instructor and will be penalized accordingly. No work accepted after interim period.
    • Homework will be in the form of research projects, computer work, and related assignments that can be done at home or at the library. Work not completed in class, such as a current events or case study, will be expected to be finished as homework as well.
    • Any work can be sent to the instructor at the above email to avoid lateness or inability to hand in assignment (sickness, field trip, etc.).
    • Final Grade Determination

     First M.P.        Second M.P.        Final Exam        Final Grade
           40%                   40%                      20%                    100%


    VI.           Required Materials
    • Class Notebook
    • Class Folder

             -Can be 3-ring binder, trapper-keeper, etc.

    • Writing utensil of choice
    • Current materials for class