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Ethics and Responsibility in Science (SCIE90005)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCIE90005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

What is conflict of interest? What should a scientist do when he or she finds fraud is occurring on a scientific research team? How does a scientist write and defend an animal ethics submission and get it approved? What are the ethical issues associated with peer review? This subject is intended to give students a broad overview of research ethics in a scientific context. It will include topics on scientific integrity; conflicts of interest; data recording management; authorship and peer review; animal experimentation and regulations; privacy and confidentiality of records; and, finally, research in humans.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject students should:

  • be aware of the different ethical responsibilities of individuals in scientific workplace;
  • understand the ethical issues associated with data recording and storage and
  • reporting of research findings: develop first-hand experience in critical thinking and apprasial related to ethics

Generic skills

The subject will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own sense of intellectual integrity and ethics of scholarship.

They should build upon generic skills including:

  • the ability to critically assess and assimilate new knowledge through a range of information and communication technologies;
  • high level ability to engage in collaborative learning and confront unfamiliar problems in an academic environment.

They will learn how to apply these skills and be able to use them effectively in their professions and workplaces.

Last updated: 3 April 2019