About this program

Sorting right from wrong in today's increasingly complex global research world is not a simple task. This internationally developed program is designed to provide researchers with a better understanding of their obligations and responsibilities, along with practical advice on how to deal with the challenging situations in which they may find themselves.

Research Integrity is supported by a Supplement giving full details on how it can be used by institutions to form a blended program that responds to NIH and NSF funding requirements.

Each course comprises 4-5 hours of online content plus an additional 25-32 hours of associated activities.

Higher Education View

The Epigeum Research Integrity courses will provide a common foundation for responsible behavior worldwide, and the training researchers, particularly students and beginning researchers, need but too often are not currently getting.

Professor Nicholas Steneck

University of Michigan

For

Undergraduate, graduate and early-career researchers

Lead Advisor

Professor Nicholas Steneck

University of Michigan

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Research Integrity

Course Module ID Core activities Additional activities Released Status
Research Integrity (Biomedical Sciences) RI 001 5.0 hours 31.5 hours Jul 2012

Overview

This course is designed to help researchers in the biomedical sciences to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as researchers
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Syllabus

This course covers all stages of the biomedical sciences research process. Information, practical advice and reflective activities in key areas:

  • Module 1: Introduction: mentoring, principles and professional responsibilities, dealing with misconduct
  • Module 2: Planning: research with human subjects, conflicts of interest, workplace safety
  • Module 3: Conducting: data collection, sharing and interpretation
  • Module 4: Reporting: plagiarism, authorship, peer review
  • Module 5: Responsibility to the public and society.

This course contains 13.5 hours of optional activity content and 18 hours of associated peer-to-peer and instructor-led activities.

Contributors

Author

Professor Raymond De Vries

Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

Reviewer

Dr Karen Melham

Researcher in Ethics, Centre for Health Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX), University of Oxford

Research Integrity (Natural and Physical Sciences) RI 002 4.5 hours 31.0 hours Jul 2012

Overview

This course is designed to help researchers in the natural and physical sciences to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as researchers
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Syllabus

This course covers all stages of the natural and physical sciences research process. Information, practical advice and reflective activities in key areas:

  • Module 1: Introduction: mentoring, principles and professional responsibilities, dealing with misconduct
  • Module 2: Planning: research with human subjects, conflicts of interest, workplace safety
  • Module 3: Conducting: data collection, sharing and interpretation
  • Module 4: Reporting: plagiarism, authorship, peer review
  • Module 5: Responsibility to the public and society.

This course contains 13 hours of optional activity content and 18 hours of associated peer-to-peer and instructor-led activities.

Contributors

Author

Dr Terry May

Faculty Conflict of Interest Information Officer, Michigan State University

Reviewer

Dr Richard Sugrue

Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Research Integrity (Engineering and Technology) RI 003 4.0 hours 25.0 hours Jul 2012

Overview

This course is designed to help researchers in engineering and technology to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as researchers
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Syllabus

This course covers all stages of the engineering and technology research process. Information, practical advice and reflective activities in key areas:

  • Module 1: Introduction: mentoring, principles and professional responsibilities, dealing with misconduct
  • Module 2: Planning: conflicts of interest, workplace safety
  • Module 3: Conducting: data collection, sharing and interpretation
  • Module 4: Reporting: plagiarism, authorship, peer review
  • Module 5: Responsibility to the public and society.

This course contains 11.5 hours of optional activity content and 13.5 hours of associated peer-to-peer and instructor-led activities.

Contributors

Author

Dr Lorelle Meadows

Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

Reviewer

Professor Janusz Bialek

Research Director, School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University

Research Integrity (Social and Behavioral Sciences) RI 004 5.0 hours 31.5 hours Jul 2012

Overview

This course is designed to help researchers in the social and behavioral sciences to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as researchers
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Syllabus

This course covers all stages of the social and behavioral sciences research process. Information, practical advice and reflective activities in key areas:

  • Module 1: Introduction: mentoring, principles and professional responsibilities, dealing with misconduct
  • Module 2: Planning: research with human subjects, conflicts of interest, workplace safety
  • Module 3: Conducting: data collection, sharing and interpretation
  • Module 4: Reporting: plagiarism, authorship, peer review
  • Module 5: Responsibility to the public and society.

This course contains 13.5 hours of optional activity content and 18 hours of associated peer-to-peer and instructor-led activities.

Contributors

Author

Professor Melissa Anderson

Professor of Higher Education, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, University of Minnesota

Reviewer

Dr Ren Yi

Director of the Higher Degree Research Office, Macquarie University

Research Integrity (Arts and Humanities) RI 005 4.0 hours 27.5 hours Jul 2012

Overview

This course is designed to help researchers in the arts and humanities to:

  • Know, understand and explain the key responsibilities they have as researchers
  • Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities
  • Be aware of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations.

Syllabus

This course covers all stages of the arts and humanities research process. Information, practical advice amd reflective activities in key areas:

  • Module 1: Introduction: mentoring, principles and professional responsibilities, dealing with misconduct
  • Module 2: Planning: conflicts of interest, workplace safety
  • Module 3: Conducting: collecting, sharing and interpreting research data and material
  • Module 4: Reporting: plagiarism, authorship, peer review
  • Module 5: Responsibility to the public and society.

This course contains 12.5 hours of optional activity content and 15 hours of associated peer-to-peer and instructor-led activities.

Contributors

Author

Dr Andrew Rawnsley

Executive Committee, UK Council for Graduate Education

Reviewer

Professor Karen Ross

Professor of Media and Public Communication, University of Liverpool

Expert contributors include

  • Professor Melissa Anderson

    Author

    Professor of Higher Education, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy & Development, University of Minnesota

  • Professor Raymond De Vries

    Author

    Professor, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School

  • Dr Lorelle Meadows

    Author

    Assistant Dean of Academic Programs, College of Engineering, University of Michigan

  • Professor Nicholas Steneck

    Lead Advisor, US Editor and Author

    University of Michigan

Development group members

  • Brunel University, United Kingdom
  • Dublin City University, Ireland
  • Durham University, United Kingdom
  • Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • European Molecular Biology Organization
  • King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia
  • Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • Macquarie University, Australia
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • NUI Galway, Ireland
  • University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
  • University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  • University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University