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17ABBEBI - Ethics in Biomedical Engineering

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17ABBEBI KZ 2 2+0
Václav Navrátil (guarantor)
Václav Navrátil (guarantor)
Department of Health Care Disciplines and Population Protection

The course introduces students to basic ethical issues in applied ethics due to a future career orientation. It develops students' ability to think in ethical contexts, discuss, argue and defend their views in ethical dilemma situations which brings medical environment.


graded credit:

Elaboration of essay on the topic in the field of bioethics.

Seminar work must meet the formal structure, ie. 5-25 pages of written text. Text can be added graphics, image attachments, spreadsheets or other material that was used when writing.

The work should be structured in the introduction, theoretical and practical part of the conclusion.

The text essay student demonstrates that he can handle a defined range of technically specified topic using literature.

Most are valued his own invention and the benefits and the ability to critically reflect and compare the compile literature, the practical part may be in the form of essays.

Work must include a list of references and resources, quotes, according to standards (ISO 690 and ISO 690-2)

Topics will be consulted with students because of their interest in the issue.

Design topics are located in study materials.

The student selects a topic no later than 8 week semester, he writes the selected topic to form by the teacher.

Students send the seminal work in electronic form in doc format. 14 days before the scheduled date of final mark on the e-mail address of the teacher and himself credit fetches a copy job.

Students graded assessments orally demonstrates knowledge and ability to discuss the issue, defends his views, and argues in defense of the essay.

Syllabus of lectures:

Schedule for time of absence of the core teacher:

02. 10. class from 8:00 to 10:00 (2 hours)

09. 10. class from 8:00 to 10:00 (2 hours)

16. 10. class from 8:00 to 12:00 (4 hours)

23. 10. class from 8:00 to 10:00 (2 hours)

30. 10. class omitted

06. 11. class from 8:00 to 10:00 (2 hours)

13. 11. class from 8:00 to 12:00 (4 hours)

20. 11. class omitted

28. 11. class from 8:00 to 12:00 (4 hours)

04. 12. class omitted

11. 12. class from 8:00 to 12:00 (4 hours)

18. 12. class from 8:00 to 10:00 (2 hours)

First Ethics as a philosophical discipline. Basic terminology of ethics. The concept lege artis

Second Past and Present of applied ethics (bioethics, medical ethics).

Third Legal standards (international and national). Bioethics Convention. Ethical codes. The relationship between ethics and law.

4th Patients' rights and their role in the humanization of medicine.

5th Informed consent. Privacy Policy, breaking the silence. Retention of conscience.

6th Ethical issues in geriatrics, palliative care, disability or helplessness. Quality of life and human dignity

7th Euthanasia and assisted suicide

8th The issue of abortion

9th assisted reproduction

10th Genotechnologie-cloning, stem cells, embryonic research, the issue of genetic testing

11th Ethical issues of organ transplantation

12th Research in medicine and its regulation

13th Ethical problems of introducing new technologies - artificial organs

14th Ethical issues associated with alternative medicine, advertising and allocation of resources for health

Syllabus of tutorials:


Study Objective:

The goal of the course is to raise ethical awareness and to give necessary knowledge and skills. Students will learn to understand ethical dilemmas and to come to sound decisions in their practice.

Study materials:

[1] Povinná literatura

[2] HAŠKOVCOVÁ, H.: Informovaný souhlas. Praha: Galén, 2007.

[3] HAŠKOVCOVÁ, H.: Lékařská etika. Praha: Galén, 2002.

[4] KOŘENEK, J.: Lékařská etika. Praha: Triton, 2004.

[5] MUNZAROVÁ, M.: Zdravotnická etika od A do Z. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2005.

[6] ONDOK, J. P.: Bioetika, biotechnologie a biomedicína. Brno: Triton, 2005.

[7] Úmluva o lidských právech a biomedicíně. Praha: MZd ČR, 2000.

[8] Současně platné etické a zákonné normy

[9] Doporučená literatura

[10] HAŠKOVCOVÁ, H.: Manuálek o etice a vstřícném chování pro zdravotní laboranty. Praha: Galén. 1998

[11] MUNZAROVÁ, M.: Eutanázie nebo paliativní péče. Praha: Grada, Avicenum. 2005

[12] MUNZAROVÁ, M. A KOL.: Proč NE eutanazii, aneb Být, či nebýt. Praha: Ecce Homo. 2008.

[13] SVATOŠOVÁ, M.: Hospice a umění doprovázet. 5.vyd. Praha: Ecce homo 2003.

[14] ŠIMEK, J., ŠPALEK, V.: Filozofické základy lékařské etiky. Praha: Grada. 2003

The course is a part of the following study plans:

Additional materials for the combined form of studies: 
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