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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Course unit
BIOETHICS (MOD.A)
AVP7077498, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
ANIMAL CARE
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOETHICS (MOD.A)
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge BARBARA DE MORI M-FIL/03

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge
AVP7077497 BIOETHICS AND LEGISLATION (C.I) BARBARA DE MORI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-FIL/03 Moral Philosophy 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus

Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Analyze, understand and apply the relevant laws on the welfare of wild and laboratory animals.
Learn and develop skills to understand and discuss the ethical dimensions of animal care and welfare in all different fields.

Mod. A - Bioethics:
Students will develop moral reasoning abilities and will learn about ethical questions specific to dealing with animals, moral concepts of animal care and welfare, societal frames and ethical tools that can be useful in addressing practical ethical questions with animals. Specifically they will learn:
1. To understand the nature of the ethical discussion
2. To develop skills in critical thinking and decision making in ethics
3. To understand the ethical dimensions of dealing with animal care and welfare issues in professional life
4. To Use the knowledge and tools gained to deal with ethical questions both on a theoretical and a practical level

Mod. B - Relevant legislation and animal protection:
Analysis and interpretation of the relevant laws on the welfare of wild and laboratory animals.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of a written test based on open answers, case studies discussion and oral examination.

Mod. A - Bioethics:
Assessment of performance includes group discussion and final individual oral examination.

During the course students have the possibility to do a partial written test on:
• Ethical theories and Moral values on Animal Treatment
• Human-animal bond and animals in society

Students who decide not to participate in the partial test will be able to support the arguments of the partial test in the final oral examination.

Mod. B - Relevant legislation and animal protection:
Final written examination on Basic legislation, Wild animals
and Laboratory animals.

During the course the students have the possibility to do
three partial tests:
- First partial test on Basic legislation,
- Second partial test on Wild animals,
- Third partial test, which coincides with the final examination,
on Laboratory animals.

Students who decide not to participate in the first and second
partial tests will be able to support the arguments of the three
partial tests in the final examination.
Assessment criteria: The student will be evaluated on the basis of the acquired knowledge in relation to his ability to use and present the concepts and topics learned during the course.
The student is expected to gain experience in legislation data analysis and to deal with ethical questions both on a theoretical and a practical level.

Mod. A - Bioethics:
It will be evaluated if the student is able:

1. to demonstrate theoretical knowledge
2. to use the knowledge and tools gained both on a theoretical and a practical level
3. to communicate the skills gained in critical thinking and decision making
The total score (maximum 30 points) is based on:

- 30% partial test
- 20% group discussion
- 50% oral exam
The scores both of the partial test and group discussion will be considered valid until the second appeal of September.

Mod. B - Relevant legislation and animal protection:
The TOTAL SCORE (maximum 30 points) is based on:

1) 1. N. 5 total open questions about the Course unit contents
2) developed during the frontal lectures:
- n. 1 question on the PART n. 1 (Basic legislation),
- - n. 2 questions on the PART n. 2 (Wild animals),
- Fi - n. 2 questions on the PART n. 3 (Laboratory animals).
For each correct answer is given a maximum score of 5 points.

2. The short thesis elaborated during the Course practical lectures, for which a maximum score of 5 points is provided.

The scores both of the five questions on the three Parts and the short thesis will be considered valid until the second appeal of September.

The examination will cover theoretical learning objectives.
Student is expected to gain experience in legal acts analysis and to
discuss principles presented in lecture sessions.
Evaluation criteria include degree of knowledge of acquired
information and use of appropriate technical language.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The Course covers:
1. An Introduction to skills and tools for critical reasoning and decision making process in Ethics
2. An Introduction to the ethical theories and moral values on animal care and treatment
3. A focus on the Ethical Review Process in the field of Lab animals and of Wildlife and Conservation.
Main course unit contents will be:
1. Ethical skills
• The nature of ethics discussion
• Critical reasoning and decision making
• Ethical tools
• Identification and analysis of morally challenging
situations
• Awareness of multiple perspectives on contested issues and development of coherent principles of thought and action

2. Theories and Concepts
• Ethical theories and Moral values on Animal Treatment
• Human-animal bond and animals in society
• Different uses of animals

3. Ethical Review Process:
• Concepts and description
• Main practical issues of animal care and welfare
• Limits of animal use: 3R tenet and protocol design and evaluation
• Wildlife Ethics and Conservation Education
• Ethics Committee
• Communication Ethics and ethical values involved in communication
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning activities will be based on lectures and practical activities:
• Lectures, seminars and teacher-let demonstrations
• Case study discussion and problem solving
• Debate and discussion
• Gaming and simulations
• Group work


Teaching methodologies will be:
• Taught class
• Group discussion
• Active learning (Enquiry-based learning, Collaborative learning)
Additional notes about suggested reading: Learning materials will be presented during the course and will be available on Moodle (https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Peer feedback

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Animal Ethics Dilemma Platform www.aedilemma.net

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being Life Below Water Life on Land