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Responsible Conduct of Research

ECTS credits: 1 (+1 extra by writing an individual paper)


Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Semester/quarter: Q1 – Autumn 2016
Hours per week: 2 full course days
Capacity limits: 20


Objectives of the course:

  • Providing junior researchers with a general introduction to responsible conduct of research 

  • Enabling junior researchers to reflect on the scientific, social, ethical and legal responsibilities involved in their own scientific research


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course the PhD student should be able to:

  • Describe relevant aspects of responsible conduct of research

  • Describe and use relevant tools to promote responsible conduct of research

  • Describe and discuss social, ethical and legal aspects of scientific research

  • Analyze selected cases related to responsible conduct of research, including his or her own research

Compulsory programme:
Active participation and one written assignment (app. 5 pages)

Course contents:

  • Scientific research and ethics

  • Ethical decision-making

  • Data aquisistion and management

  • Mentoring and collaboration

  • Authorship, publication and peer review

  • Misconduct in research

  • Conflicts of interest and scientific objectivity

PhD student + participation in the GSST Introduction day. 


Name of lecturers:
Kristian H. Nielsen and invited speakers


Type of course/teaching methods:
Mixture of lectures, seminars and group work



Adil E. Shamoo and David B. Resnik 2009. Responsible conduct of research. 2. ed. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. Available as e-book through AU Library (on campus access):  


Course homepage:


Course assessment:
Based on active participation and written assignment (passed/not passed). One extra ECTS can be gained by writing an additional individual paper (app. 10 pages) that draws on additional literature.


Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics and Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University



  • Wednesday, 5 October 2016 at 9-17 (week 40)
  • Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 10-16 (week 43)


International Centre and PhD House
Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4
Building 1650
8000 Aarhus C

  • Wednesday, 5 October 2016: Conference room 1
  • Wednesday, 26 October 2016: Conference room 1


Deadline for registration is Wednesday, 14 September 2016. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Friday, 16 September 2016.

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

How to register for the course:

Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail two days after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list

Registration for participants from Aarhus University.

Registration for participants from other universities.

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Karen Konradi, GSST (

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Revised 16.05.2017