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Responsible Conduct of Research (generic course)
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5232-19-03-19 
Enrollment deadline: 24/01/2019
Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C
Date and time29.01.2019, at: 00:00 - 00:00
Regular seats50
ECTS credits1.50
Contact personHanne Teilmann Møller    E-mail address: htm@ifro.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPeter Sandøe    E-mail address: pes@sund.ku.dk
Written languageEnglish
Teaching languageEnglish
Semester/BlockSpring Autumn
Exam formContinuous assessment under invigilation
Exam formCourse participation ; Writting assignment
Grading scalePassed / Not passed
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Project work7.00
Theory exercises2.00


The purpose of the course is to inform about current norms of responsible conduct of research and enable reflection on how to apply these norms.

The PhD student must be able to:

- describe and discuss various forms of Research Misconduct: Fabrication, Falsification, and Plagiarism.
- describe how to draw the line between Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices.
- describe how allegations of Research Misconduct are raised and the principles for handling suspicions of Research Misconduct.
- describe national and international institutions handling Scientific Misconduct or dealing with Questionable Research Practices.

The PhD student must be able to explain and apply norms of Responsible Conduct of Research for the following specific subjects:

- Documentation of scientific results
- Handling and keeping of scientific data
- Authorship
- Intellectual property rights
- Conflicts of interest and commitment
- Communication with the public

Aim and content

Learning outcome
The RCR teaching lasts one day and consists of four modules. Each module combines a lecture with student interaction.

Each course has about 40 participating PhD students.

Module 1: Overview of the field:
A brief history and a presentation of the institutions dealing with Research Misconduct and Questionable Research Practices.

Module 2: Authorship and the Vancouver Guidelines:
Presentation of the norms regarding publication, various kinds of deviations from these norms, and handling of the many grey zone issues to which the application of these norms give rise.

Module 3: Documentation of scientific results and handling and keeping of scientific data - Intellectual property rights standards, rights and duties.

Module 4: Conflicts of interest and commitment - Communication with the public

2 weeks after the Cource the PhD students hand in a 2 page essay (max.) in English in which they describe and discuss an aspect of their work that touches upon one or more of the issues on good scientific conduct that has been covered during the course and in the curriculum. For morer information please see http://ifro.ku.dk/RCR_assignment.pdf

The essay will be evaluated by teachers from the course.

Essays will be marked ‘Passed’ or ‘Not passed’. If the essay is marked ‘Not passed’ the student will receive written comments on how to improve the essay and have the opportunity to have the essay re-evaluated.

The course curriculum consists of the e-book, RCR – A Danish textbook for courses in Responsible Conduct of Research, by Karsten Klint Jensen, Louise Whiteley and Peter Sandøe (eds.).

Get the e-book: http://ifro.ku.dk/rcr.pdf/

Dates 2018/2019

13th November 2018

29th January 2019
9th April 2019
25th June 2019

One-day course from 8.45-16.30 on Frederiksberg Campus.

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