Course code VET400

VET400 Introduction to ethical and philosophical perspectives in biomedical research

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Course responsible: Andrew Michael Janczak
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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Course frequency: Spring, fall
First time: 2012V
Course contents:
The course gives an introduction to biomedical research.The following topics are presented during the course:
  • The story of biomedical research with a focus on evolution biology
  • The basics of ethics in biomedical science
  • Animal experimentation and ethics
  • Scientific integrity and research ethics; the Vancouver declaration
  • Philosophy of science, research theories and hypotheses
  • Study aims and objectives
  • Causal inference in biomedical science
Learning outcome:

Through the course the students are expected to reach the following platforms:

  • Be familiar with the basics of research ethics and scientific integrity and be able to discuss this within own research plan.
  • Know the Vancouver declaration and its implications for biomedical publications
  • Be able to present a distinct aim and objective of the planned studies
  • Be familiar with funfaments in philosophy of science
  • Be able to discuss possible causal patterns in own research plan
  • Present own project and discuss this within the framework of the topics covered during the course
Learning activities:
The course is a mix of lectures, discussions, and student presentations.

The syllabus consists mainly of presentations and web-links given during the course and listed in Fronter. The following books must be read before the course starts:

National  Academy of Sciences et al., ¿On Being a Scientist: A guide to Responsible Conduct in Research:¿, third edition (2009)Trisha Greenhalgh, ¿How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based medicine¿¿, fourth edition (2010)George M. Hall, ¿How to write a paper¿, fifth edition (2012)

These books are available through Akademika Veterinær. Other materials will be recommended during the course.

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Attendance is compulsory. An attendance record of at least 75% is required to pass the course.

The student must be able to present in an adequate way and submit 3 assignments to be evaluated by a teacher and another student.

The final assignments have to be submitted the day before the last day of course

Nominal workload:
100 hours
Entrance requirements:
Open to PhD students at campus Adamstuen. Admission through If you belong to NMBU and wish to participate in this course, please contact the administrative contact person.
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For academic purposes: Professor Andrew M. Janczak

For administrative purposes: PhD advisor Pernille Adine Nordby or PhD advisor Marianne Tandberg

Deadline for registration: uke 3

Deadline for registration: uke 36

Examination details: Introduction to biomedical research: Bestått / Ikke bestått