Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHL 205

Course Number:
PHL 205
Course Title:
Biomedical Ethics
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Course Description

Designed primarily for nursing and other health care students. Focuses on applying ethical concepts to the situations and dilemmas nurses and other health care workers confront in their professional roles. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students completing this course should be able to:
? Identify and explain the moral issues that often arise in a health care setting (i.e., paternalism, confidentiality, informed consent, conscientious
refusal, and whistle?blowing) in order to define one€™s responsibility within the medical community.
? Analyze situations involving moral issues that arise in the relationship between nurses and clients, other health care professionals, the institutions in
which they work, as well as public policy, in order to critically assess one€™s own conceptions of moral action in the contemporary medical field.
? Apply the concerns raised by major ethical theories to the medical context in order to analyze and resolve moral dilemmas in medicine.
? Recognize and reflect on the impact of legal, cultural and religious considerations on the resolution of practical and moral problems in order to respectfully communicate with others whose opinions might differ from one€™s own.

Course Activities and Design

This course will be presented by means of lecture and discussion sessions.  Guest speakers and audio-visual presentations will be included when appropriate.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based on:
a.  Take home and/or in-class quizzes.
b.  Several short position papers or essays designed to encourage the
    development and presentation of the student's views on issues
    discussed in the course.
c.  Participation in classroom discussions.