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Seminar: Scientists and Ethics

Module IN9010

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Informatics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2011/2

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
SS 2022WS 2011/2

Basic Information

IN9010 is a semester module in German or English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered irregular.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 30 h 4 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


- Biographies of distinguished scientists (Einstein, Russell, Heisenberg, v. Braun)
- Research under dictatorships
- Faud, mistakes, and plagiarism,
- Ethics in computer science (Monitoring, freedom of the www, Open Source, Star Wars,...)
- Genetic research, intelligent design, animal tests.

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module, students are able to analyse and evaluate ethical aspects of different behaviour related to scientific research (goals of scientific research, procedure of research, and possible applications of research) as well as to present them in an adequate manner.



Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The students shall be prompted to study literature and to get familiar with the topics. They prepare and give presentations and write a seminar paper.


Slides, whiteboard, movies


Will be announced by supervisor before the seminar starts.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Type of assessment: seminar paper (10-14 pages) and a presentation with discussion (30-45 minutes) (weighting: 50/50)

The presentation grades the students' ability to present a given topic while the seminar paper examines the rest of the intended learning outcomes.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Seminar Scientists and Ethics
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