Courses and Education


CSU promotes outstanding research and scholarly activity performed in a manner that models ethical professional behavior.  The university has a number of course listings that focus on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and meet federal standards for providing trainees with formal ethics training.

NOTE: The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training cannot be substituted for Human Subjects Training required for individuals involved in Human Subjects Research or Laboratory Animal Use Training for individuals involved in the use of animals in their research.

CSU RCR COURSES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

PHIL 666Science and EthicsSpring (odd years).  Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering.  View a syllabus 3 credit hour

Course Title Description Credit Hours
ATS 693 Research in Atmospheric Science Spring. The intent of this seminar-style course is to introduce graduate students and early career postdocs to the research process, the responsible conduct of research, and the MS and PhD degree processes in the Department of Atmospheric Science. Research topics will range from conceptual (developing research questions, time management) to practical (keeping research notebooks, laboratory safety) and ethical (data manipulation, intellectual property) considerations. This course is designed to satisfy federal agency requirements for face-to-face training in responsible conduct of research. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
BC 601 Responsible Conduct in Biochemistry Spring (every year).  Design of experiments; error and fraud; publishing/grant application submission, scientific misconduct, classic examples of fraud, case studies.  View a syllabus 1 credit hour
BMS 610 Managing a Career in Science Fall.  Survival skills for coursework; survival skills for research.  View a syllabus 1 credit hour
CBE 693 Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar I Fall. The intent of this seminar-style course is to introduce new graduate students and interested undergraduates to research, the PhD process, and the graduate chemical engineering program. Research topics will range from conceptual (developing research questions) to practical (keeping research notebooks, laboratory safety). This course may also be of interest to undergraduates considering a MS or PhD degree. This course is designed to satisfy federal agency requirements for training in responsible conduct of research. View a syllabus. 1 credit hour
CHEM 601 Responsible Conduct in Chemistry Research Spring.  Scientific misconduct, fraud, publishing and intellectual property, ethics of job hunting and negotiating, case studies, social responsibility of scientists. View a syllabus. 1 credit hour
CM 666 Science and Ethics Spring (odd years).  Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
FSHN 580A2 Food Science and Human Nutrition: Responsible Conduct of Research One credit, 8 week course reviewing CSU and federal policies of research integrity, ethical frameworks, use of human and animal subjects, data, publications and financial management. Each topic area will be introduced by special guest speakers followed by discussion of specific examples and case studies. This course will fulfill the RCR training requirements for grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and USDA-NIFA. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
GEOL 601 Geoscience Approaches and Thesis Proposals Fall. Weekly lectures and seminar discussions on: the nature of scientific research, the nature of scientific literature, finding and reading research articles, writing, editing and rewriting in the sciences, budgeting for research projects, and ethics of science. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
GRAD 544 Ethical Conduct of Research Fall/Spring. This is a 1 credit course that will meet for 8 weeks, for 2 hours a session. You may enroll in the course through ARIES registration, or you may audit the course by contacting .  The course will fulfill the RCR training requirements for grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), and USDA – NIFA. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
HDFS 550 Research Methods I Spring. Design and execution of research in Human Development and Family Studies; research proposal preparation; quantitative research design and considerations; responsible conduct of research. View a syllabus. 3 credit hour
HES 600 Research Design This class will discuss research and academic integrity, the responsible conduct of science, research & experimental design, an overview of basic and “scientific” writing skills, how to read/interpret scientific writing, and inferential statistics. View a syllabus 3 credit hour
HES 700 Professional Skills for the Research Scientist Areas of emphasis include successful grant writing, authorship, scientific presentations, the peer review process, responsible conduct of science, research ethics, and career opportunities/considerations. View a syllabus 3 credit hour
MIP 654 Research Policies and Reguations Fall.  Reviews CSU and federal policies, rules, and regulations on integrity, use of humans and animals, authorship, data, genetics, ect., using case studies. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
NSCI 580A2 Ethical Issues in Big Data Research This course explores ethical issues in big data research. It examines big data research through an applied interdisciplinary approach to ethical issues surrounding collection, use, reporting, and preservation of big data. In addition, we will discuss topics related to the responsible conduct of research. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
PSY 550 Perceptual & Brain Sciences-Ethics in Psychological Research Fall. Ethical considerations in psychological research. Ethical and responsible conduct in science and professional relationships. View a syllabus 1 credit hour
SOC 610 Methods of Qualitative Analysis This graduate seminar offers an introduction to qualitative field research methods used in the social sciences. The course is designed to give you an overview of the logic of qualitative research, process of research design, major types of qualitative data collection methods, techniques of data analysis, and the responsible conduct of research. View a syllabus 3 credit hour
STAT 501 Statistical Science Fall. The goals of this course are (1) to give students exposure to a wide range of opportunities for work in the field of statistics, (2) to give students an opportunity to learn who our faculty members are and the areas of research in which they work, and (3) to provide students rules and guidelines for responsible conduct of research as a statistician working on campus. View a syllabus 1 credit hour

If you would like assistance in developing an RCR course, contact Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office (RICRO).

EXTERNAL LINKS FOR MORE RCR TRAINING

Office of Research Integrity (ORI) presents: “The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct” This is an interactive movie that allows viewers to make ethical and life decisions as one of four characters. The outcome of the film is determined by the decisions, good or bad, made by the learner.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Integrity in Scientific Research
University of New Hampshire
Responsible Conduct of Research

Need additional training in data analysis? CSU is now offering a Certificate in Data Analysis.

Office of Research Integrity (ORI):

Basic Research Concepts (BRC)
ORI Releases Infographics Series
New Video Case Studies on RCR Topics Released

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