Module guide

Module PS4611-KP07

Ethics in Sciences / Scientific Writing (EthScWrIB)


1 Semester
Turnus of offer:

each summer semester
Credit points:

Course of studies, specific field and terms:
  • Master Infection Biology 2018 (compulsory), interdisciplinary, 4th semester
Classes and lectures:
  • PS4621-S: Ethics in Infection Biology and Public Health (seminar and project work, 2 SWS)
  • PS4611-S Scientific Writing (seminar and project work, 2 SWS)
  • 150 Hours private studies
  • 60 Hours in-classroom work
Contents of teaching:
  • Societal and ethical implications of research and practice in infection biology and public health
  • Basics of philosophy and sociology of science: Basic concepts, methods, models of theory dynamics
  • Good scientific practice
  • Basics of bioethics: duties of investigators, obligations to colleagues, ethics of clinical research
  • Ethics of human subjects research and of animal experiments. Environmental ethics. Governance of technology. Risk assessement
  • Use and implications of images in science
  • Fundamentals of ethics: basic terms, concepts, aspects of metaethics.
  • Basic issues of research ethics and cases from recent debates
  • Analysis of scientific manuscripts and rules for their presentation
  • Preparation and presentation of scientific posters
  • Preparing a project proposal
  • You will be able to explain the methodology of the natural sciences in terms of their philosophy of science and theories of science
  • You can recognize ethical dimensions of practice and dcision-making.
  • You can understand the rules of Good Scientific Practice (GSP) of the University of Lübeck and of the DFG-guidelines and the relevant laws in Germany and abroad.
  • You can participate in current discussions in bioethics and research ethics
  • You can reflect on ethical dimensions of biomedical sciences, especially of infection biology and of public health
  • You can write a structured ethics paper about a self-chosen topic
  • You will have an understanding of and be able to analyze the logical and formal structure of scientific publications as well as a given original publication. Introduction to the
  • You know the formal structure and the didactic criteria of scientific posters and can prepare a presentation and a poster on the basis of given data.
  • You will learn how to write project proposals and how to obtain research funding, and you will be able to prepare a fictitious external funding proposal based on given preliminary work and a research objective.
Grading through:
  • Essay, talk and written exam
Responsible for this module:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Georg Sczakiel
  • M. J. Selgelid, M. P. Battin, & C. B. Smith (Eds.): Ethics and infectious disease - Oxford, Blackwell 2006
  • Ben Mepham: Bioethics. An Introduction for the Biosciences - Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008
  • Margaret P. Battin, Leslie P. Francis, Jay A. Jacobson, and Charles B. Smith: The Patient as Victim and Vector: Ethics and Infectious Disease - Oxford: University Press 2011, 2nd ed.
  • offered only in English

Prerequisites for the module:
- nothing

Prerequisites for admission to the written examination:
- PS4621-L1: nothing
- PS4611-L1: Ssuccesful participation in the seminar

Module exam:
- PS4621-L1: Ethics in Infection Biology and Pulic Health, oral presentation (seminar) including an essay, 0 % module grade
- PS4611-L1: Scientific Writing, successful seminar participation and written exam (60 % of the points), 0 % module grade, ungraded modul

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