Singapore University of Social Sciences

Biomedical Ethics

CET Course | SkillsFuture Claimable Course

Biomedical Ethics (BME201)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Science and Technology

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: School of Science and Technology


This course covers the ethics and morality of choices and decisions regarding medical research. It aims to develop a sense of heightened sensitivity and professionalism in bio-related research scientists and engineers.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Ethics and Professionalism in Engineering
  • Methods, Moral Concepts and Theories in Ethics
  • Responsible Conduct of Science
  • Ethics in Genetic Screening and Genetic Engineering
  • Ethics of Live-sustaining Biomedical Engineering Design
  • Bioethics regulations in Singapore

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the meaning of ethics, different ethical theories, and its applications in the area of biomedical sector.
  • Compare traditional and current issues in biomedical ethics.
  • Explain theories of ethics: teleological and deontological.
  • Discuss in depth about the pros and cons of each ethical problem presented, and compare and contrast the different ethical views in a same problem.
  • Apply the ethical decision tool as a guide in making an ethical decision.
  • Examine potential ethical dilemmas in their work as a biomedical engineer, (e.g. in research, allocation of life sustaining machine).
  • Recommend possible actions to be taken in responses to these dilemmas.
  • Identify the probable consequences of those actions.
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