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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To understand what the Bioscience Community is and how it impacts our lives. To examine the role of the media in influencing public awareness/perception of bioscience. To understand how the Bioscience Community is regulated (e.g. IP, patenting, ethics). To create a forum within which students may identify topical bioscience issues and concerns for discussion through case study research and presentation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Debate bioscience issues wrt scientific principles, societal impacts & future trends
2. Interpret the role of the media in shaping public perception of bioscience
3. Present (orally) a comprehensive overview of a bioscience topic as part of a larger team-based case study
4. Prepare a detailed and properly formatted written account of a topical bioscience issue

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture12Understanding the links between bioscience and society. Analysis of potential group projects.
Group work24Group case study research and preparation.
Debate12Group presentations of selected case studies.
Independent Study77Essay research and preparation.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Overview of bioscience topics for group work
Possible topics: Elite athlete programmes, drugs in sport, animal testing, clinical trials, cloning, bioscience and environment, gene patenting, genetic screening, medical devices, GMOs, infectious disease therapeutics, GM foods, stem cells, personalized medicine

The bioscience community
Who and what comprise the bioscience community (public and private sector)? What are its inputs and outputs (e.g. IP)? How is the community regulated? What are the ethical considerations?

Bioscience and the public
How does the bioscience community interface with/ impact on society? What should the goals of bioscience be? What is the role of the media? Public awareness of controversial issues. What type of information is produced and how does it flow (e.g. dissemination of information and findings)?

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    6981, Website, 0, PubMed, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?db=pubmed,
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