|Start Date||September 2013|
|End Date||December 2013|
This new online module in Applied Dual-Use Biosecurity Education has been established in recognition of the potential that exists for producing research in life sciences for peaceful purposes that are well-intended for public benefit but which could be misused and directed for purposes such as biowarfare and bioterrorism. Consequently, this has given rise to what is now widely known as the 'dual-use dilemma' and the growing debate about the dual-use nature of life sciences research with implications for biological weapons making. Historically, this dual-use potential has been underappreciated by the life sciences and wider communities. However, recent terrorism events have heightened awareness and concern for this issue. Subsequently, there have been a range of international calls to promote education and awareness-raising among life scientists on the dual-use aspects of scientists research, and consequently among peace and conflict resolution specialists.
This is a train-the-trainer course targeted at improving biosecurity and dual-use awareness and education. The course aims to:
You will be introduced to scenarios where the results of well-intentioned scientific research can be used for both good and harmful purposes give rise to give rise to the `dual use dilemma`.
In this sense the course has an applied, practical dimension in that its aim is to enable and facilitate more bioethical research into `dual-use' issues, and facilitate best practice that will prevent the misuse of knowledge generated through biomedical research.
You are encouraged to bring their own personal ideas and experiences to the course, sharing these with your fellow participants in order to contextualise your knowledge and understanding in ways that will help you meet the challenges of conducting responsible research of relevance to dual-use biosecurity.
Why Study Applied Dual-Use Biosecurity Education?
The need to address the security implications of scientific research through education about dual-use has gathered momentum in the 21st Century. Notably, this area has witnessed the following developments:
Why Study Online?
By studying online you get to:
This module is fully moderated and accredited by the University of Bradford with successful candidates being awarded 30 UK Higher Education Masters Level Credits on completion of the module.
|Course Duration||12 Weeks|
A./ Key concepts in the discourse on dual-use biosecurity and bioethics, and the use of concepts in responsible conduct of research in resolving conundrums and dilemmas.
B./ Discussion and exercises associated with the processes underlying arriving at an understanding of approaches and deliberations which help in the decision making process.
C./ Relevant dual-use biosecurity and bioethics topics/scenarios drawn from human, animal and plant science:
These will be derived from expert-level scenarios that address a broad range of biosecurity issues of concern including: publishing, funding, export controls and whistle blowing.
On completion of the module in Applied Dual-Use Biosecurity Education you will be able to:
This module is taught online. Subject to availability, the module utilises an online distance learning virtual learning platform which offers vitual online face-to-face contact (video and/or audio) lectures and seminars with the course lecturers. You will participate in lectures, seminars, and discussion groups which all take place on-line. As well as participation in a vibrant academic (social-network) web-group where interaction on course-work-related topics between tutors, moderators and students takes places, you will be expected to undertake independent reading and research. The module is delivered using a range of online distance learning technologies and platforms and includes:
1. Twelve 1.5 hour online lectures together with supporting material for trainers including instruction guides, citation and reference information, and sample questions.
2. Twelve 1.5 hour online distance-learning expert-level biosecurity seminar scenarios designed to facilitate ethically-informed exploration, examination, and analysis of real-world dual-use bioethical dilemmas. The scenarios are specifically designed to facilitate learning by collaborative online groupwork.
You will benefit from a supportive and interactive on-line web-based learning community. You will work both independently to produce a course work assignment and in online groups to produce a significant group work course assignment. There will also be plenty of support provided for the required course work and group work assignments.
Online Lectures: 18 hours
Online Seminars/Tutorials: 18 hours
Directed Study: 152 hours
Online discussion / group-work: 12 hours
Total: 200 study hours
Note: Efforts will be made to time our lecture and seminar broadcasts appropriately in accordance with the coordinates and geographical location of our audience. Further information about broadcast timings will be made available to course participants.
1. Coursework: 50%
This will entail one reflective applied written individual assignment: 3,500 - 4,000 words.
2. Groupwork Report: 50%
This will entail one online group-work presentation (25%) and one related written group-work assignment (25%) of 2,000 words
Supplementary Assessment details will be made available to participants as appropriate.
Contact Dr. Simon Whitby
The following resource will be provided for students
Students are expected to provide the following
Those who wish to participate in this module must have computer access to the internet.* An ISDN connection is preferable. (Those with dial-up connections may experience difficulty engaging with Module Resources such as Video and Audio transmissions.)
Students are expected to provide their own:
*The course is supported by the University of Bradford's Virtual Learning Environment where course material is located and distributed, and assignments are submitted. Related online networking e-platforms are utilised for communication with the course moderators and for communication amongst participants who will be required to conduct online groupwork. The University of Bradford cannot take responsibility for unforeseen network and/or computer disruptions, interuptions or failure. Local computer hardware and software and network problems and failures are entirely the responsiblity of course participants.
Director: Dr Simon Whitby
Tel: +44 (0)1274 23 4187
3 Hours Per Week: 1.5 hours lectures and 1.5 hours seminars.
Participants will conduct a further 12 hours of online groupwork over the course of 12 weeks.
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