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:
Spring. This graduate course offers an introduction to conducting and interpreting animal science research. Primary objectives of the course include acquiring the skills to design and conduct animal science research and to understand technical publications resulting from scientific study. Additionally, a section of this course will focus on core competencies of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and fulfill CSU’s face-to-face training requirement for trainees funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and USDA–NIFA. 3 credit hour. View a syllabus
Spring. 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. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus
**NOTE: BC360 is restricted to Biochemistry undergraduate students.
Fall Semester. The course is designed as an elective for upper division Biochemistry majors who are interested in research ethics and the responsible conduct of research (RCR). It is primarily targeted to students who are currently engaged in, or plan to engage in, undergraduate research opportunities, and/or for those students who are interested in graduate studies in the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Students who are not on a research track are also welcome to take the class. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus
Spring (every year). Design of experiments; error and fraud; publishing/grant application submission, scientific misconduct, classic examples of fraud, case studies. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus
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. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus.
Spring. Scientific misconduct, fraud, publishing and intellectual property, ethics of job hunting and negotiating, case studies, social responsibility of scientists. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus.
Spring (odd years). Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering. 1 credit hour.
Spring (every year). Research ethics, human research ethics, research misconduct, animal research ethics, IRB protocol procedures, team science, authorship, quantitative survey methods, qualitative survey methods, data collection / management, standard operating procedures for research, collection and management of biologic samples, community engaged research methods, global health research, decolonization, research dissemination. 2 credit hours.
One credit, 8 week course reviewing CSU and federal policies of research integrity, ethical frameworks, use of human and animal subjects, data, publications and financial management. Each topic area will be introduced by special guest speakers followed by discussion of specific examples and case studies. This course will fulfill the RCR training requirements for grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF) and USDA-NIFA. View a syllabus
Fall. The conduct of science, role of scientific publications, publication process, proposal writing, responsible conduct of research, and professional ethics. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus
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 . 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
Spring. Design and execution of research in Human Development and Family Studies; research proposal preparation; quantitative research design and considerations; responsible conduct of research. 3 credit hour. View a syllabus.
This class will discuss research and academic integrity, the responsible conduct of science, research & experimental design, an overview of basic and “scientific” writing skills, how to read/interpret scientific writing, and inferential statistics. 3 credit hour. View a syllabus
Spring (every year). Scientific communication, scientific method, mentoring, networking, data management, ethics and responsible conduct in research. 3 credit hours.
Fall, Instructor Claudia Gentry-Weeks ONLY – not the the section for the MS program
This course explores ethical issues in big data research. It examines big data research through an applied interdisciplinary approach to ethical issues surrounding collection, use, reporting, and preservation of big data. In addition, we will discuss topics related to the responsible conduct of research. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus
Spring (odd years). Ethical issues of research on humans and animals; biosafety; fraud and deception in science; genetic engineering. 3 credit hour. View a syllabus
This graduate seminar offers an introduction to qualitative field research methods used in the social sciences. The course is designed to give you an overview of the logic of qualitative research, process of research design, major types of qualitative data collection methods, techniques of data analysis, and the responsible conduct of research. 3 credit hour. View a syllabus
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. 1 credit hour. View a syllabus
Fall. This course provides graduate students in research-oriented natural resource degrees an introduction to scientific research and graduate study from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students learn to critically read, analyze and synthesize published research, frame problems, and ask research questions within and across biological, physical and social science disciplines. Students articulate an individual philosophy of science and positionality statement, develop science writing and communication skills, and learn responsible research conduct. View a syllabus
If you would like assistance in developing an RCR course, contact Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office (RICRO).
External links for more RCR training:
Research Integrity Office (RIO) 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 decisions, good or bad, made by the learner.
National Institutes of Health
Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Integrity in Scientific Research
University of New Hampshire
Responsible Conduct of Research
Need additional training in data analysis? CSU is now offering a Certificate in Data Analysis.