Ethics and Survival Skills Syllabus

Registration information can be found here.

This course is scheduled to meet on Wednesdays, 9am-11:50 am in the Cognitive Science Building, Room 003.

PLEASE NOTE: Scheduling correction.
The course begins January 11, NOT January 4.

Cognitive Science / Neurosciences / Pathology / SOM Interdisciplinary 241 / Anthropology 271


Michael Kalichman, Ph.D. 
Director, Research Ethics Program, 0612 

Philip Van Saun
Director, Continuity and Emergency Services, 0061 

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Who is the course for?

The course is open to the UCSD community. Although primarily intended for trainees in the experimental sciences, much of the material is relevant to other academic disciplines as well.

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide research trainees with an introduction to skills and resources relevant to successful careers in academia and with an opportunity to read, consider, and discuss 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. On successful completion of this course, students will:

  1. know more about rules, issues, options, and resources for survival skills and ethics
  2. understand the purpose and value of ethical decision-making 
  3. have a positive disposition toward research ethics

Course Format

Course topics will be covered by a combination of lectures, readings accessible on the Web, discussion in class, written assignments, and Web-based assignments. Attendance, participation in discussion 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.

Credit and Grading

This course is available for credit (i.e., pass/fail and/or a certificate of completion), not for a letter grade. To receive credit, you must complete all assignments, including attending all class meetings, and participating in class discussions. 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.

For a complete listing of assignments and due dates, please check the Assignments page.

Jan. 11 Introduction, Research Misconduct, Responsible Conduct, Overview of Course
Kalichman and Van Saun
Jan. 18

Science: What's reproducibility
got to do with it?
Anita Bandrowski

Current Events

Jan. 25

Group selection, Faculty questions

Risk sensing and Sensemaking
Van Saun

Feb. 1

Teaching and Learning
Gabriele Wienhausen

Faculty Panel

Feb. 8

Peer Review and Publication
Ajit Varki

Two-Minute Talks

Feb. 15

Implicit Bias
Mary Devereaux

Gaming, Develop vignettes
Van Saun with
Steven Adler and Allan Havis

Feb. 22

Otis Crockett

Mitigation strategies
Van Saun with
Doug Harvey

March 1

Crucial Conversations

Final scenario preparation
March 8 Scenarios 1 Scenarios 2
March 15 Scenarios 3 Scenarios 4