Registration for the Spring 2014 course is now closed. Sections of this course have now started (effective March 31) and section assignments have been made. If you have any questions, please contact the Research Ethics Program at: However, please note that space in sections can no longer be guaranteed.

Syllabus: Spring 2014


Michael Kalichman, Ph.D.
Director, UCSD Research Ethics Program, Mail code 0612, 858-822-2027

Fred Bonkovsky, Ph.D.
UCSD Research Ethics Program

Camille Nebeker, Ph.D.
UCSD Research Ethics Program

John Wooley, Ph.D.

Time and Location

The course consists of 7 meetings.
You will be assigned to one of 6 sections, as scheduled below.

Section Instructor Meeting Days Meeting Dates Time Location
I Kalichman various Mon 3/31,
Mon-Fri 4/7-4/11,
Mon 4/14
2:00-4:00 pm MedEd 204
II Bonkovsky various Mon 5/19,
Tues-Thurs 5/27-5/29,
Mon-Wed 6/2-6/4
1:00-3:00 pm MedEd 223
III Bonkovsky various Mon 5/19,
Tues-Thurs 5/27-5/29,
Mon-Wed 6/2-6/4
3:30-5:30 pm MedEd 223
IV Nebeker Thursday Once weekly
April 17 - May 29
4:00-6:00 pm MedEd 204
V Nebeker Friday Once weekly
April 18 - May 30
4:00-6:00 pm MedEd 204
VI Wooley various Mon 4/14,
Mon-Fri 4/21-4/25,
Mon 4/28
3:00-5:00 pm MedEd 215

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to engage researchers in reading about, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of science. The course is designed as an option for meeting current NIH and NSF requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. Specific learning objectives with respect to research ethics include:
  1. To know rules, issues, options, and resources for research ethics

  2. To understand the purpose and value of ethical decision-making

  3. To have a positive disposition toward continued learning about research ethics

Course Format

Course topics will be covered by a combination of lectures, readings accessible on the Web, and discussion in class. In addition to those readings linked below, additional required readings may be sent out in advance of some class meetings. Attendance, participation in presentation groups and completion of assignments will be the basis for credit. NOTE: The course schedule or organization may be changed if necessary to better achieve the course objectives.


This course is available for credit (i.e., pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory or a certificate of completion), not for a letter grade. To receive credit for the course or for the purpose of NIH or NSF training requirements, you must complete all assignments. This includes attending all 7 class meetings, completing assigned readings, participating in class discussions, and contributing to group assignments. If you need credit for this course, but find that you cannot meet these requirements, then you should contact one of the instructors as soon as possible.


LECTURE TOPICS (Required Readings)
1 Introduction, Overview, and Research Misconduct
2 Data Management
Bias, Conflicts of Interest
3 Animal subjects
Human subjects
Stem Cells
4 Authorship
Publication and Peer Review
5 Collaboration
6 Social Responsibility
Whistleblowing (also: Gunsalus, 2010)
7 Faculty Panel (to be announced)