Ethical and responsible research principles and practices

UPC Doctoral School
Cross-Training Courses
(Research methodology)

MIRI seminars (SIRI)

 

Lecturer:
Jordi Domingo-Pascual (Office: Campus Nord, D6-209)
Appointments via email

Responsible Conduct in Research and Innovation (RCiRI)

Ethics for Engineers, Researchers and Innovators (EthicsERI)

 

 

Estimated workload of each course: 20 hours of lectures plus recommended readings

Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS

 

 

 

Responsible Conduct in Research and Innovation

This course is offered in the Fall Semester

The planned schedule is a session per week (2 hours/week)

Schedule:    Friday, 11:00-13:00

Language:   English

Classroom: C6-E106

Dates:          October 2021 – December 2021

Course starts on October 8th

Estimated workload: 10 sessions (20 hours) plus recommended readings

Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS

The number of attendees is limited to 40 (first come first served)

Registration will be available in mid-September
No fees required

Registration is closed

More information (contact)

Outline of the course

All human activities have implications on our society. Research activity not only does but also the overall research system is based on trust. Then, responsible research conduct is of outmost importance. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of the rules and professional practices that are considered as responsible conduct of research and engineering. Ph. D. students, post-doctoral researchers and everybody involved in research and innovation must know the principles and practices that define a responsible conduct and the ones that are not appropriate and are identified as misconduct.

 

Topics include:

Introduction on Responsible Research and Innovation

Research misconduct

Authorship

Plagiarism

Peer reviews

Conflicts of interest

Mentor/mentee relationship

Collaborative research

Presenting the results

Intellectual Property

Information Privacy

 

 

Evaluation Method

Attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Attendance is required to receive credit for the course (requirements: minimum 60% of sessions and active participation in the debates).
Signatures of students will be collected during the session to demonstrate attendance.

 

MIRI students must deliver a discussion case at the end of the seminar.

 

 

Warming up readings:

Facebook’s Emotional Manipulation Study Is Just the Latest Effort to Prod Users. MIT Technology Review. July 1st 2014

“How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science” by Randy Schekman. The Guardian. December 9th 2013

“How science goes wrong” The Economist. October 19th 2013

 

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Ethics for Engineers, Researchers and Innovators

This course is offered in the Spring Semester

The planned schedule is one session per week (2 hours/week)

Schedule:    Friday, 11:00-13:00 (tbc)

Language:   English

Classroom:

Dates:          March – June, 2022

Estimated workload: 20 hours of lectures plus recommended readings

Equivalence in credits: 2 ECTS

The number of attendees is limited to 40 (first come first served)

Registration will be available in February

No fees required

Registration is closed 

More information (contact)

 

Outline of the course

All human activities have implications on our society. Professional exercise in engineering, being a researcher or running innovation projects imply making decisions that are not exclusively technical, they involve ethical considerations.

Theoretical sessions are complemented with numerous examples and study cases.

Well known and recent study cases will be used as the basis of the lectures. With the discussion of the cases theoretical concepts will be presented.

 

 

Topics include:

Ethics. Introduction and theoretical approaches.

Moral behaviour, psychological aspects, common principles.

Ethics in the profession of engineering.

Character and practical wisdom.

Moral responsibility of the engineer.

Ethics in making professional decisions.

Responsibility for safety and health.

Respect for persons.

Respect to people’s privacy and intimacy.

The right use of Technology.

Research and Innovation.

 

 

Evaluation Method

Attendance certificate will be issued at the end of the course.

Attendance is required to receive credit for the course (requirements: minimum 60% of sessions and active participation in the debates).
Signatures of students will be collected during the session to demonstrate attendance.

 

MIRI students must deliver a discussion case at the end of the seminar.

 

 

Reference textbooks

Ethics in Engineering Practice and Research (2nd Edition)

Author: Caroline Whitbeck

Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2011

ISBN 978-0-521-89787-6

 

Business Ethics in Action (2nd Edition) Managing Human Excellence in Organizations

Author: Domènec Melé

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited (Red Globe Press) 2019

ISBN 978-1-137-609175

 

[In Spanish]

Ética para ingenieros

Rafael Escolá Gil - José Ignacio Murillo Gómez

EUNSA 2000

ISBN 84-313-1744-2

 

 

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