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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3620 Ethical Issues in Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 33

Module manager: Kevin Macnish

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3610Chemistry: Making a Difference

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will look at what ethics means in the context of science.


- To provide students with an intellectual framework for considering ethical issues.
- To make students aware of the – suggested or actual - ethical implications of different aspects of chemistry.
- To guide students to assess for themselves these ethical implications.


- Introduction to Ethics
- Environmental risks
- Use of animals in experiments
- Science and risks
- Climate change and obsolescence
- Pharmaceuticals
- Science and weapons
- Science and food
- Research approval and impact

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case Study2000 word case study prepared by students45.00
EssayEssay 1 1000 words on ethical issues20.00
EssayEssay 2 1000 words on ethical issues20.00
PresentationShort presentation in last seminar5.00
In-course AssessmentContribution to each seminar5.00
In-course AssessmentPreparation for each seminar5.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/01/2016


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