The goal of this course is to provide students with a practical foundation in research ethics. Understanding how to make the best decisions in various ethical situations that may arise during a research career is essential for performing good science and being a good scientific citizen. This course will use lectures, case studies, and in-class discussions to cover situations you may encounter in a career in science. While not exhaustive, at the end of this course you should have a firm foundation to make good decisions if and when you are faced with potentially difficult ethical situations.
Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand what research ethics are, what kinds of situations they may be involved in, and to determine the best response to difficult situations.
- Describe how animals, humans, and infectious agents can be used in an ethical and safe manner.
- Recognize research misconduct and know how what your rights and responsibilities are in these cases.
- Explain how the research publication process works and how authorship is determined.
- Describe what responsibilities scientists have to the scientific community and to society as a whole