Subject: Ethics and Scientific Communication

Scientific Area:



64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Students are expected to be able to:
1.1 - Understand the dynamics of the relationships established between bioethics, technoscience and social in different geographical and geopolitical contexts worldwide;
1.2 - Develop a sense of ethical responsibility in decision making;
1.3 - Relate professional practice with informed and active citizenship;
1.4 - Learn methods and techniques of bibliographic research in various sources of information
1.5 - Learn standards for effective transmission of scientific information between peers (informing experts) and non-expert people (clients, funders, legislators and the general public) using different media (written, visual, virtual, etc.).


1 - Introduction to ethics and bioethics
2 - Ethics and Scientific Research
3 - Scientific research codes and rules of conduct
4 - Sources of information
5 - Information search
6 - Communication in science


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Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
The curricular unit has a theoretical component (32 hours) and a theoretical-practical component (32 hours). The theoretical component is prepared as exposition classes using slide projection (PowerPoint) and the board. The theoretical-practical classes are conducted using computers that allow students to perform research and the class's work. The hours allocated to each subject were planned to consider their relevance, background and student, and the insight gained during the years of teaching regarding the students' difficulties in certain subjects. The evaluation of this curricular unit consists of: - an evaluation test: 35%; - oral and poster presentation: 20%; - scientific article: 35%; - continuum evaluation during the classes: 10%.