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7020A Responsible Conduct of Research – Advanced

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that all pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees receive training in the responsible conduct of research at a frequency of no less than every four years. This advanced course in the responsible conduct of research is for the more experienced (5th year) graduate students and postdocs. (All pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees are required to take the first instance of the RCR course in year one of training.)


This advanced course will cover the following topics: 

  • Overview of RCR and Policies

  • Data Management Practices and Problems

  • Mentor and Trainee Responsibilities and Relationship Issues

  • Authorship and Publication – Balancing Expectations and Realities; Strategies for Success

This is a four week course. The first session will be a general overview and review of institutional, professional and national policies. The other three sessions will include a 40-45 minute lecture followed by small breakout group sessions (1 hour) to review scenarios and problem-based case studies.

This course fulfills an NIH retraining in RCR requirement and is required for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in the 5th year of training.  

REQUIRED MATERIALS: Course readings will be distributed or made available as pdf files.

PREREQUISITES: 1st year Responsible Conduct of Research

STUDENT PREPARATION: N/A

SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: No

UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: N/A

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS:To satisfy this advanced course, attendance at every session (lecture and breakout) is required. Missing a session (due to illness or professional travel) will require the submission of a make-up assignment in order to satisfactory complete the course.

CREDIT HOURS: N/A