Bioethics and Informatics

A.Y. 2024/2025
Overall hours
INF/01 M-FIL/03
Learning objectives
IT: The objective of the course is to acquire basic knowledge in the IT field; students will be able to be aware users of IT tools and the internet.
Bioethics: The course aims to provide an introduction to bioethics, with a particular focus on its form of ethics as applied to non-human animals and the relationship between non-human animals and human beings. Students will be given the opportunity to become familiar with and aware of the main ethical principles, laying the groundwork for the development of ethical competence in professional practice and situations requiring ethical self-assessment.
Expected learning outcomes
1. Knowledge and understanding:
The course aims to provide the student with an understanding of basic IT (main components, operation, spreadsheet and main functions, logic, basic programming elements, regulatory elements), illustrating its relevance with concrete examples to be able to solve simple exercises.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student must be able to apply what has been learned to simple exercises taken from reality.
3. Making judgements:
The student must be able to analyze real cases and develop the required solutions, with particular attention to the syntax of formulas and programs.
4. Communication:
The student must be able to communicate what has been learned with appropriate technical terms. They will also have to master the proposed topics in order to be able to adapt them to different situations.
5. Lifelong learning skills:
The student, through what he has learned, will be able to solve basic problems; by adapting functions, formulas and applications will be able to develop further skills in the IT field.

1. Knowledge and understanding: the student, at the end of the course, will have to demonstrate basic theoretical knowledge of bioethics as well as an understanding of the role of ethics in scientific disciplines, particularly animal sciences;
2. Applying knowledge and understanding: the student will have to demonstrate basic bioethical competence useful for making ethical assessments and self-evaluations, as well as for further studies in applied bioethics. He/she will have to demonstrate the ability to formulate ethics opinions.
3. Making judgements: of the student must demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking and reasoning in relation to the main bioethical problems and issues of interest to the veterinary medical profession, as well as identify the connections with the legislation in force and the responsibilities that follow. Specific case studies will be proposed and discussed to achieve this goal.
4. Communication: the student is expected to express and adequately argue his/her point of view on ethically sensitive issues, as well as propose solutions. Class discussions and the preparation of a brief 'ethics opinion' are intended to stimulate the ability to use specific terminology and the ability to discuss with peers appropriately.
5. Lifelong learning skills: the student must gain the ability to use acquired knowledge to reason and deliberate on ethical issues regarding animals, as well as understand the complex theoretical and practical scenarios opened up by animal sciences and the legal recognition of animals as sentient beings.
Single course

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Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Fossati Paola