Assignments

If you find that you are unable to complete all course requirements, please contact the instructor for your section to discuss your options as soon as possible.

  1. Attendance and Participation

    To receive credit for completing this course, you must attend and participate in all seven meetings, including a review of assigned readings before the scheduled class time. Attendance at the first meeting is required, there is no option for a make-up assignment. Use of computers or phones in class is not permitted unless for course readings, assignments, or questions.

    If you must miss a class, please contact the course instructor and review options for alternate assignments at: Missed Lectures.

  2. Leading Discussions 

    You will lead a discussion about a topic of your choice, or one assigned by the course instructor, either individually or as a group of 2–3 people. If you are having trouble finding information on your topic, you can check these resources. So that the course instructor can help you in designing and carrying out a creative approach to encourage discussion and interaction, you should:

    1. Ask questions if anything isn’t clear or you need help.
    2. Forward an outline of your plans to the course instructor no later than 5 days before your scheduled presentation.
    3. Forward a final version of your presentation and any other materials you plan to use to the course instructor no later than the day before your presentation.

    Your presentation should consist of 3 components:

    1. Introduction:
      • Focus on something compelling, essential, or problematic about the topic, as suggested by or evidenced in your readings and/or a current event.
      • Be brief. No more than 2 minutes; if using PowerPoint slides, no more than one slide - with large font.
    2. Current Event:
      • Find something timely (within the past year), interesting, and relevant with Google, Pubmed, Retraction Watch, newspaper, or science publications (popular or professional).
      • To search, just use various combinations or keywords to highlight issues of interest in combination with "research ethics" or "science," etc. It is ideal, but not essential, that the story should be about research.
    3. Discussion:
      • Part of your presentation can be didactic (e.g., brief "lecture"), but the goal is to engage the class in discussion.
      • Many options for promoting discussion are described, on the linked website: Discussion Tools.
      • The focus of your discussion might be the current event, a case study, a video, or some exercise you design.
  3. Faculty Panel

    During the final class meeting, several faculty and/or research group leaders will join us to answer your questions and for an open discussion of the ethical dimensions of the practice of science. While it is hoped that all members of the panel adhere to the highest ethical and regulatory standards, their role as panelists is only to share their own research practices and perspectives.

    • You are required to provide questions to be asked of the faculty panel.
    • The instructor will provide guidance on question format and content, when the questions are due, and how they will be handled during the faculty panel.
  4. Evaluation 

    Before and/or after completion of the course, you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire to assess knowledge, perceptions, and/or attitudes relevant to the course. These questionnaires are important for assessing the impact of the course.