Registration for the Fall 2014 course is now closed.

If you have any questions, please contact the Research Ethics Program at:

Please note that space in sections can no longer be guaranteed.

Syllabus: Fall 2014


Mary Devereaux, Ph.D.
Director, Biomedical Ethics Seminars; Assistant Director, Research Ethics Program & San Diego Research Ethics Consortium

Time and Location

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

Section Instructor Meeting Days Meeting Dates Time Location
I Devereaux Wednesdays 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10
1:00-3:00 pm BRF 4103
II Devereaux Thursdays
10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11
1:00-3:00 pm BRF 2A03

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 Faculty Panel (to be announced)
7 Social Responsibility
Whistleblowing (also: Gunsalus, 2010)