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BITC407 Advanced Health Research Ethics

Complex and controversial areas of research theory and practice, including the use of deception, research involving animals, longitudinal research, healthy volunteer research studies, genetic research.

Paper title Advanced Health Research Ethics
Paper code BITC407
Subject Bioethics
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,081.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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BITC 406 or BITX 406
BITX 407
Limited to
DipGrad, GDipBHL, MBHL, MHealSc, PGDipHealSc
Students who have not passed the normal prerequisite may be admitted with approval from the Director of the Bioethics Centre.
Teaching staff

Convenors and Lecturers: Professor Lynley Anderson and Associate Professor Neil Pickering

Paper Structure

Eight modules.

Assessment: Two coursework essays

Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

The seminars and lectures for BITC407 are AV-linked.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Describe and critically analyse ethical complexities and controversial aspects of research theory and practice.
  • Be sensitive to the way in which ethical complexities and controversies arise as a result of the multiple aspects of the context of research theory and practice.
  • Describe and critically analyse some of the ethically controversial and complex aspects of health research.
  • Describe and critically analyse the ethical issues arising from the research context.
  • Describe and critically analyse the ethical considerations of research in new and emerging health technologies (e.g. genetics), specific non-technological areas of research (eg longitudinal research) and psychological research.
  • Describe and critically analyse situations where regular ethical expectations are difficult to achieve: where the participant may be paid; where there is deception in research.
  • Describe and critically analyse some of the conflicts inherent in health research in clinical areas (eg multiple roles as healthcare provider and researcher).
  • Describe and critically analyse the ethical issues associated with research on animals.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41