Author: Sara Burke, 2002
Contributors: Dena Plemmons and Michael Kalichman, 2005-2010
One of the most common formats for delivering instruction is courses, consisting of repeated meetings generally with a lecture and discussion approach. Such courses:
The premise of the Ethics Across the Curriculum or Ethics In the Curriculum format is that ethical considerations in research, scholarship and practice should not be separated from other parts of the curricula across different disciplines and fields. The features of such programs are:
This course, which began in 1993, was designed for graduate students, and is presented annually in the spring term. This course explores a broad range of ethical and policy issues in research. Content is organized into 11 one-hour sessions, facilitated by different speakers, on such topics as authorship practices, human subjects in research, humane and responsible use of animals in research, scientific citizenship, access to research tools, “real life” ethical dilemmas, and mentoring. Scientific Integrity by F.L. Macrina is used as the course text, and readings are assigned for each topic. Course sessions include lectures, discussions, and analyses of case studies, and grade is determined by attendance and class participation. While developed for internal use, there are no restrictions in accessing or printing the site information, but author’s permission and appropriate source citation are required for use. There are no fees.
Jaime S. Rubin, Ph.D.
Mailman School of Public Health Building
722 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032-3702
Designed for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and presented annually since 1996, this 10-week course presents Responsible Conduct of Research topics in the context of academic “survival skills” (e.g., grant writing, giving talks, and finding a job). While the primary objective of the course is to provide ideas and resources to support achievement of academic and career goals, the ethics component can also be used to satisfy the NIH training grant requirement for instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research. Topics include mentoring; academic duty; research team management and leadership; experiment design; data collection, ownership, and sharing; teaching and presentation skills; scientific and grant writing; ethics for authors, reviewers, and editors; conflict of interest; career options, networking, productivity, and tenure. Each session consists of lecture, small group discussion, and assignments. Successful completion requires attendance, moderating and submitting an email case discussion topic, participating in all 5 email case discussion groups, and submission of a final case analysis paper. Updated annually, the course syllabus, assignments, and guidelines for case moderation and discussion are available online. Access is unrestricted, and there are no fees, but author permission and appropriate source citation are required for use.Scientific Ethics
Presented yearly since 1994, this 10-week course is designed specifically to review RCR topics. Each topic includes lecture, online text, assigned readings in the course text Scientific Integrity by Francis Macrina, supplemental readings available online or in the library, class discussion, written assignments, and Email discussion groups. Attendance, participation in discussion groups, and completion of assignments provide the basis for credit. Topics include introductory sessions on regulations, guidelines, ethics, and ethical decision-making as well as in depth sessions on data management, human subjects research, collaboration and mentoring in science, animal subjects research, publication and peer review, genetic technology issues, and conflict of interest. With the exception of the required text, the course syllabus and many other resources are available online. Access is unrestricted, and there are no fees.
Michael Kalichman, Ph.D.
Director, Research Ethics Program
University of California, San Diego
Research Ethics Program
Office of Graduate Studies and Research, MC-0003
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0003
This 16-week course, presented yearly since 1986, presents Responsible Conduct of Research topics in conjunction with the text Scientific Integrity. The course is organized around strategies to promote a learning environment of classroom interactions where students apply principles of responsible scientific conduct to solve discussion case problems. Discussion and writing assignments are used to monitor student accomplishment. Topics include introductory material, the VCU honor system, scientific record-keeping, data ownership and intellectual property issues, conflict of interest, mentoring, use of animals in research, authorship and peer review, human subjects research issues, genetic technology, and collaborative research. Other than the text, all materials are available online. Reading the site material is unrestricted, but author’s permission and appropriate source citation required for use, and download and printing are restricted. There are no fees.
Francis L. Macrina, Ph.D.