Bioethics and Informatics

A.Y. 2023/2024
6
Max ECTS
56
Overall hours
SSD
INF/01 M-FIL/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Undefined
Expected learning outcomes
Undefined
Single course

This course can be attended as a single course.

Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
IT:
Lectures:
-Hardware and software: main components and applications (2 hours)
-Binary, octal and hexadecimal coding of information: interpretation of the main multimedia contents (texts, images, sounds and videos) (3 hours)
-Networks: typologies, topologies, means of transmission, main devices (3 hours)
-IT security: fundamentals of legislation and conscious use of the network (3 hours)
-Spreadsheet: knowledge and main functions (basic and advanced) (3 hours)
-Programming fundamentals: flowcharts, algorithms (3 hours)
-Mathematical/computer logic (3 hours)

Exercises:
-Algorithms (4 hours)
-Spreadsheet (4 hours)
-Conversions (2 hours)
-Logic (2 hours)

Bioethics:
-What is animal bioethics (2 hours)?
-Evolution of the human-animal relationship (2 hours)
-Ethics and animals: Comparison of major philosophical theories (4 hours)
-The moral status of non-human animals and the concept of animal well-being (2 hours)
-Animal bioethics and law: reading animal protection laws; do animals have rights? (4 hours)
-Bioethics applied to companion animals (2 hours)
-Key bioethical issues in relation to dogs: dangerous dogs as a bioethical problem; sterilization as a bioethical problem; genetic abuse; bioethical aspects of kennel management; assistance/sport dogs; euthanasia (2 hours)
-Unconventional animals as pets and emerging bioethical issues (2 hours)
-The horse as a companion animal and emerging bioethical issues (2 hours)
-Preparation of the ethical opinion (2 hours).
Prerequisites for admission
None
Teaching methods
IT: Lectures, guided exercises, case studies.
Bioethics: Lectures; debate and comparison of different viewpoints on the topics discussed, together with specific case studies and an exercise in formulating an ethical opinion.
Teaching Resources
IT: Material produced in the classroom, slides provided by the teacher
Bioethics: Slides available on the Ariel website. Articles on the topics covered.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam will be a two-hour written test (covering IT and Bioethics).
Brief description of the test arrangements:
-IT: open - ended written test; each student will have to answer some open questions and carry out simple exercises.
-Bioethics: Open-ended written test; possibility of individual or small group (maximum of 4) ethical opinion writing with possibility of class presentation.
INF/01 - INFORMATICS
M-FIL/03 - MORAL PHILOSOPHY
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours