t.BA.MI.MESA.23HS (Medical Ethics and Safety) 
Module: Medical Ethics and Safety
This information was generated on: 18 July 2024
Medical Ethics and Safety
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Version: 3.0 start 01 February 2024

Short description

Digitalization in healthcare, health apps, online diagnostics, patient dossiers, big data in clinical research... Medical informatics also touches on ethical aspects. The module "Medical Informatics and Safety" includes a basic introduction to medical ethics. Basic ethical concepts and theories are developed on the basis of applied questions of medical ethics and use cases. The topic of "Safety" delves deeper into one of the core values of ethics, the protection of the well-being of patients and users, by examining the potential hazards posed by medical applications and systems. The necessary steps required to make medical applications safe enough for use are highlighted. We also look at argumentation theory and research ethics.

Module coordinator

Nordström Karin (nord); Melanie Werren (werb)

Learning objectives (competencies)

Objectives Competences Taxonomy levels
The students are able to explain and apply basic concepts and theories of medical ethics. Professional competence, communication competence Understand, apply

...are able to reflect on and deal with medical ethical issues on the basis of case studies and use cases with reference to medical ethical theories.

Interpretative competence, action competence Analysis, apply
...can explain and reflect on the central topics of "safety" in the field of medical informatics. Professional competence, interpretative competence Understand, Analysis
...can deduce the security relevance of an application and what this means for their own role in development and use. Interpretative competence, action competence Analysis, apply

Module contents

  • Basis concepts and theories of medical ethics
  • Biomedical principles
  • Medical ethics and data
  • Medical ethics and artificial intelligence
  • Safety
  • Research ethics
  • Professional ethics

Teaching materials

  • texts, papers
  • Use cases

Supplementary literature




Teaching language

(X) German ( ) English

Part of International Profile

( ) Yes (X) No

Module structure

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Description Type Form Scope Grade Weighting
Graded assignments during teaching semester POP A presentations in groups oral, interactive deepening of the preparation task  30 minutes 1-6 20%
End-of-semester exam POP B
written, with cheat sheet 60 minutes 1-6 80%


The proof of performance for the module is composed of two partial performances:
  • POP A:  presentation in groups: all students of the same group recieve the same grade.
  • Overall grade: The module grade is formed from the achieved points of the partial POP A and B.
If individual group members do not participate or are insufficiently committed, the person responsible for the module reserves the right to demand an individual substitute performance from them.

Written or oral re-examination. Students with an unsatisfactory module grade who have completed both parts of the module performance record are admitted to the re-examination.

Legal basis

The module description is part of the legal basis in addition to the general academic regulations. It is binding. During the first week of the semester a written and communicated supplement can specify the module description in more detail.


Course: Medizinethik und Safety - Vorlesung
Medizinethik und Safety - Vorlesung


  • No module description is available in the system for the cut-off date of 02 August 2099.