RCR Internet Course
This course is designed to cover a range of topics typically included in instruction about responsible conduct of research. Although it is intended to be appropriate to meet NIH training grant requirements for such instruction, it is up to the individual Program Director and his/her funding institute to determine whether this form of instruction will meet those requirements.
The content of this course is derived from courses taught by Dr. Michael Kalichman at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Dr. Francis Macrina at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The format of this course has been designed to take advantage of the strengths of the Internet while de-emphasizing methods better adapted for a classroom setting. In practice, this means that participants in the course must spend more time reading than would otherwise be the case for a lecture course.
The remaining primary difference characterizing this course is that it takes advantage of the Internet
as a communication tool. Although the course is designed to be used with different assignment
formats, Email discussion groups are a significant component of this course. While maintaining the
advantage of 24 hour access, Internet-based communication can meet the following goals: (1)
direct and ongoing interaction with the course director; (2) opportunity to develop and "verbalize"
personal stands with respect to a variety of ethical dilemmas; and (3) means to hear views of other
course participants from different backgrounds, disciplines, and possibly institutions.
The purpose of this course is to engage research trainees in reading about, considering, and
discussing the responsible conduct of science. The course is designed as an option for meeting
current federal regulations, which require that all NIH training grants provide training in the
responsible conduct of research.
This is not a traditional course. Within the constraints of the course schedule, each participant will
work at his or her own pace and time. Each of the topics is covered by a combination of one or
more of the following elements: text on the course Web Site, assigned readings in a text (e.g.,
Scientific Integrity), recommended readings available on the Web or in the library, written
assignments, and Email discussion groups. Participation in discussion groups and completion of
assignments are required for credit.
What are you required to do?
This course was created so as to give different institutions and organizations flexibility in how it is used. To determine which readings and assignments are required, you should review the Syllabus.