Expected learning outcomes
Having completed the course, the student should have
- developed an advanced understanding the ethical aspects underpinning academic research, particularly with respect to issues of academic integrity and different aspects of plagiarism including self-plagiarism as well as data fabrication and manipulation
- developed an advanced understanding of legal aspects for academic research, with particular emphasis on privacy both at the national and international level
- developed an understanding of legal and ethical issues as well as procedural knowledge required in experimental work and involving experimental data, particularly when handling human subjects
- developed analytical skills allowing the review of research and research proposals to identify potential legal and ethical issues.
- Concepts of academic integrity
- Plagiarism and self-plagiarism
- Research methods and requirements for data retention as well as reproducibility
- Manipulation and fabrication of research data and results and safeguards against these
- Ethical aspects of research, particularly affecting privacy
- Design, review, and conduct of research involving human subjects
Teaching Methods (additional text)
- Seminar discussions
Form(s) of Assessment
Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)
Students must provide two papers. One is a term paper on a topic chosen by the student in coordination with the lecturer (see below), the other is a final report which at least two other areas beyond those covered by the student in the term paper must be described concisely.
- Term paper: 67%
- Final report: 33%
- Both parts must be passed.
Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)
Evaluated by external examiner.
The whole subject must be repeated.
Students are required to prepare a term paper on one of the subject areas covered in the course in coordination with and approved by the lecturer and must provide a presentation of results and findings in a seminar. The delivery date for the term paper is arranged individually to match the seminar schedule.
Textbooks, monographs, and research articles including but not limited to:
D. Elliott, J. E. Stern:
Research Ethics: A Reader.
University Press of New England. Hanover, NH, USA (1997).
P. A. Griffiths (ed.):
On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research.
National Academy Press, Washington D.C., USA (1995).
N. R. Romm:
Accountability in Social Research.
Kluwer Academic Press. New York, NY, USA (2001)
J. M. Ziman:
An Introduction to Science Studies: The Philosophical and Social Aspects of Science and Technology.
Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK (1984)
The course will be limited to 12 students except by arrangement with the lecturer.