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RCR Courses and Education

CSU promotes outstanding research and scholarly activity performed in a manner that models ethical professional behavior.  The university has a number of course listings that focus on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and meet federal standards for providing trainees with formal ethics training.

NOTE : The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training cannot be substituted for Human Subjects Training required for individuals involved in Human Subjects Research or Laboratory Animal Use Training for individuals involved in the use of animals in their research. 

CSU RCR COURSES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

Course Title Description
ATS 693 Research in Atmospheric Science

Fall. The intent of this seminar-style course is to introduce graduate students and early career postdocs to the research process, the responsible conduct of research, and the MS and PhD degree processes in the Department of Atmospheric Science. Research topics will range from conceptual (developing research questions, time management) to practical (keeping research notebooks, laboratory safety) and ethical (data manipulation, intellectual property) considerations. This course is designed to satisfy federal agency requirements for face-to-face training in responsible conduct of research. View the preliminary syllabus. 1 credit hour.

BC 601 Responsible Conduct in Biochemistry

Spring (every year).  Design of experiments; error and fraud; publishing/grant application submission, scientific misconduct, classic examples of fraud, case studies.  View a syllabus. 1 credit hour.

BMS 610 Managing a Career in Science

Fall.  Survival skills for coursework; survival skills for research.  View a syllabus.  1 credit hour.

CBE 693 Chemical and Biological Engineering Seminar I

Fall. The intent of this seminar-style course is to introduce new graduate students and interested undergraduates to research, the PhD process, and the graduate chemical engineering program. Research topics will range from conceptual (developing research questions) to practical (keeping research notebooks, laboratory safety). This course may also be of interest to undergraduates considering a MS or PhD degree. This course is designed to satisfy federal agency requirements for training in responsible conduct of research.  Review the preliminary course schedule.  1 credit hour.

CHEM 601 Responsible Conduct in Chemistry Research

Spring.  Scientific misconduct, fraud, publishing and intellectual property, ethics of job hunting and negotiating, case studies, social responsibility of scientists.  1 credit hour.

CHEM 580A1 Responsible Conduct in Chemistry Research

Spring (even years).  Appropriate conduct in research, publishing, intellectual property decisions, job hunting, and negotiating; social responsibilities of scientists.  1 credit hour.

CM 666 Science and Ethics

Spring (odd years).  Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering.  1 credit hour.

ERHS 568 Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Toxicology

Fall. Toxicology as applied in public (regulatory) and private (pharmaceutical, industrial) sectors. 3 credit hours.

GEOL 601 Geoscience Approaches and Thesis Proposals

Fall. Weekly lectures and seminar discussions on: the nature of scientific research, the nature of scientific literature, finding and reading research articles, writing, editing and rewriting in the sciences, budgeting for research projects, and ethics of science.  View a syllabus. 1 credit hour.

GRAD 544 Ethical Conduct of Research

Fall/Spring. This is a 1 credit course that will meet for 8 weeks, for 2 hours a session. You may enroll in the course through ARIES registration, or you may audit the course by contacting Carolyn Broccardo.  The course will fulfill the RCR training requirements for grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes for Health (NIH), and USDA - NIFA. View a syllabus.  1 credit hour.

HDFS 550 Research Methods I

Spring. Design and execution of research in Human Development and Family Studies; research proposal preparation; quantitative research design and considerations; responsible conduct of research. View a syllabus. 3 credit hours.

HES 692 Health and Exercise Science Orientation Semester

Spring, Summer.  View a syllabus. 1 credit hour.

MIP 654 Research Policies and Reguations

Fall.  Reviews CSU and federal policies, rules, and regulations on integrity, use of humans and animals, authorship, data, genetics, ect., using case studies.  1 credit hour.

PHIL 666 Science and Ethics

Spring (odd years).  Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering.  View a preliminary syllabus.  3 credit hours.

PSY 692E (CRN 74038) Perceptual & Brain Sciences-Ethics in Psychological Research

Fall. Ethical considerations in psychological research. Ethical and responsible conduct in science and professional relationships. View a syllabus. 1 credit hour.

STAT 501 Statistical Science

Fall. The goals of this course are (1) to give students exposure to a wide range of opportunities for work in the field of statistics, (2) to give students an opportunity to learn who our faculty members are and the areas of research in which they work, and (3) to provide students rules and guidelines for responsible conduct of research as a statistician working on campus. View a syllabus. 1 credit hour.

 

If you would like assistance in developing an RCR course, contact Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office (RICRO). phone: (970).491.1553

EXTERNAL LINKS FOR MORE RCR TRAINING:

Office of Research Integrity (ORI) presents:  “The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct”.  This is an interactive movie that allows viewers to make ethical and life decisions as one of four characters.  The outcome of the film is determined by the decsions, good or bad, made by the learner.  http://ori.hhs.gov/TheLab/

American Association for the Advancement of Science. Integrity in Scientific Research.
http://www.aaas.org/page/integrity-scientific-research-video-series

Stanford University. Principal Investigator Responsibilites at Stanford University.
http://www.stanford.edu/dept/DoR/PIship/

University of New Hampshire. Responsible Conduct of Research.
https://rit.sr.unh.edu/training/rcr.shtml