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Responsible Conduct of Research Course

ECTS: 2 ECTS, (0.5 ECTS per module)

Number of students: 20

Katrine Astrup Jacobsen (SDUB)
Søren Jensen (TEK)
Kirstin Remvig (SDUB)
Evgenios Vlachos (SDUB)
Heidi Maglekær Jensen (TEK)
Davide Giacalone (TEK)

Language: English (Danish if only Danish speaking students participate)
Assessment: To pass the course, students are required to attend all classes and must upload the home assignments of modules 1, 3 and 4, as well as complete the e-learning session in module 2.

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The course introduces PhD students from engineering to basic concepts, principles, and norms concerning responsible conduct of research. By stimulating awareness, reflection, and discussion of academic integrity and good scientific conduct, the course supports young researchers in establishing responsible research practice, including conducting research in accordance with scholarly and societal rules, principles, and guidelines, as well as current practices at SDU.

The course addresses scholarly, ethical, and legal aspects of the research process, including research planning; data management; key elements of scholarly publishing, authoring and authorship.

Course overview

The course consists of four modules:

  • Module 1: Academia and responsible conduct of research
  • Module 2: Laws and regulations
  • Module 3: Research data management
  • Module 4: Publication, authorship, and peer reviewing

The form of the modules varies:

  • Module 1: Introductory lectures with group assignments
  • Module 2: Online learning session and lecture
  • Module 3: Introductory lectures with group assignments
  • Module 4: Introductory lectures with group assignments

Each module comprises three hours workload. For each module there is approximately two hours of preparation and/or follow-up.

All four modules must be completed.

The course is supported by SDU’s digital learning platform. Slides will generally be available after the teaching. The online session in module 2 will be open after first course day.

All assignments must be uploaded one week after the last course day.