IP & Ethics Syllabus Y3

IGERT MNM ( Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials ) A collaboration between Norfolk State University, Cornell University, Purdue University

Module IV: Ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Intellectual Property (IP)

Group: Marc Murphy, Oluwakayode Bamiduro, Rabia Hussain

Advising Professor: Dr. Suely Black

MODULE DESCRIPTION:

This module is designed as an overview of research ethics (bioethics) and intellectual property (IP) for biomedical applications. It will familiarize students with key principles, guidelines, real world applications, and the special legal implications of IP for biomedical technology. The module will also review some key features of bioethics that have been established over the years, as well as address emerging ethical concerns associated with rapid advances in new biomedical technologies. Lastly, students will be introduced to key principles that outline responsible research conduct in compliance to an established code of ethics that are unique to biomedical research practices.

Students will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned each week to analyze and assess common IP and ethical issues/disputes (case studies) that often arise within the medical industry and academia. These assessments will be part of our weekly homework assignments. Overall, our goal for this module is to make sure that trainees have a solid foundation in some of the key areas of IP, bioethics, and responsible research conduct as it pertains to biomedical research.

 

Expected Outcomes:

 

1. Trainees will understand the general principles that define bioethics in the context of biotechnology and biomedical technology.

2. Trainees will know where to find of specific websites, journal articles, and organizations that serve as the best resources on academic ethics, RCR, and IP.

3. Trainees will understand the intricacies of conceptualizing, filing, and defending a patent (in terms of money, time, and opportunity cost to their research) within the medical industry and academia.

4. Trainees will be fully aware of the ethical responsibilities and expectations for all researchers in compliance to a comprehensive code of ethics.

STUDENT EVALUATION

  • Weekly reading assignments (general outline of bioethics, IP, and RCR)
  • Weekly written assignments
    • 3 Weekly assignments (Weeks 1-3)
    • Weekly assignments will consist of two or more case studies in which trainees will summarize their response to these case studies.
    • The trainee’s response to these case studies are expected to be based on what they’ve learned from the module (this includes supplementary material).
    • These case studies will be thoroughly discussed during the beginning of each
    • meeting (excluding the first meeting).
    • The swift pace of this module stresses that assignments be completed on time.
    • Each trainee is expected to participate in the discussion.

MODULE EVALUATION:

At the end of module an online survey will be conducted to know about the opinion and expectations of participants. Suggestions for improvement will be asked too.

MATERIALS

Resources:

1. Case-study word files provided by Rabia

2. Links/pdfs of articles in Science, Nature, and other influential journals on bioethics, RCR, and IP.

Module Schedule

Week 1

1 hour and 30 minutes:

Presentation by Dr. Seth Marder on “Ethics an IP”, followed by discussion.

10 minutes reflection on syllabus, module description, expected outcomes and evaluation.

HW for next week will consist of general MCQs based on Dr. Seth’s presentation.

Week 2

10-15 minutes: Discussion of Q&A responses of 1st HW.

1 hour and 10 minutes: Bioethics lesson: Exploring distinct sets of ethical questions that pertain to life sciences, biotechnology, and biomedical technology. Introduction and discussion of case studies that is pertinent to biomedical issues. Presentation might include some short videos from experts of the field.

Expected Outcome: Students will learn in general about “Bioethics” and will apply that knowledge to judge the case studies given in HW and discussed in class.

Evaluation: HW will be given in the form of case studies followed by MCQs.

Week 3

10-15 minutes: Discussion of Q&A responses to Bioethics lesson and reflection by students.

Presentation about patents ~ 20 minutes by Mr. McGraw

50 minutes: Intellectual Property lesson: understanding the impact IP may have on the way biotechnology and biomedical technologies develop.

Power point presentation on IP along with case studies and/or short videos from expert of the field.

Expected Outcome: Students will learn in general about “IP” and will apply that knowledge to judge the case studies given in HW and discussed in class.

Week 4

10-15 minutes: Discussion of Q&A responses to IP lesson and reflection by students.

1 hour and 10 minutes: Responsible Conduct of Research lesson. Go over principles of the RCR, Power point presentation on RCR along with case studies and/or short videos from expert of the field.

Expected Outcome: Students will learn in general about “RCR” and will apply that knowledge to judge the case studies discussed in class.


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