Title Short:

Research Integrity

Language of Instruction:

English

 

Module Code:

GS5110

 

ECTS Credits:

5

NFQ Level:

9                     EQF Level:

7

EHEA Level:

Second Cycle

Teaching Period:

Semester 1         

Module Level:   

PhD Generic

     

Module Description:

This module on Research Integrity will ensure participants are aware of the importance of responsible behavior as a fundamental component of quality research. The module covers issues surrounding research integrity from the planning stages, to conducting experiments and reporting of results. Topics such as plagiarism, authorship, proper data collection and storage, data analysis, data ownership as well as the responsibilities involved in working with animal /human subjects will be covered. Participants will be required to complete an assignment including a Research Student- Supervisor Agreement to be signed by their supervisor as well as to attend an online interactive workshop. This initiative in Research Integrity training for post-graduate students was pioneered by The Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM). To achieve 5ECTS credits the student must complete all of the following mandatory components: 1. Attendance at workshop, 2. Completion of online Epigeum course, 3. Completion of assignment, 4. The supervisor must approve and sign the Research Student- Supervisor Agreement. Results to be recorded on a Pass/Fail basis, with a Pass mark of 40%. Each student may only receive credit for this module once.

 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:

LO1

Know, understand and explain the key ethical responsibilities they have as a researcher

LO2

Identify the challenges they could face in meeting those responsibilities

LO3

Demonstrate awareness of strategies for dealing with pressures and difficult situations

LO4

Be aware of the policies and guidelines surrounding research integrity at NUI Galway

LO5

Explain the procedures they would follow and who they would contact when faced with research misconduct

Indicative Content

Research Integrity

This module in Research Integrity will ensure researchers understand their professional responsibilities. It provides practical advice on dealing with the complex issues that can arise while planning, conducting and reporting research. The online course is provided by Epigeum and is made up of 8 sections: Good Research Conduct, Irresponsible Research Practices, Planning Your Research, Managing and Recording Your Research, Data Selection, Analysis and Presentation, Scholarly Publication, Professional Responsibilities and Communication and Social Responsibility. Each section has an associated MCQ, all of which must be passed (>80%) to achieve an overall certificate of completion.

Special Regulation

To achieve 5ECTS credits the student must complete all of the following mandatory components: 1. Attendance at workshop, 2. Completion of online Epigeum course, 3. Completion of assignment, 4. The supervisor must approve and sign the Research Student - Supervisor Agreement. Results to be recorded on a Pass/Fail basis, with a Pass mark of 40%. Each student may only receive credit for this module once.

No Written Assessment

No Continuous Assessment 

No Oral, Audio Visual or Practical Assessment

 

Department-based Assessment

Assessment Type

Assessment Description

Outcome addressed

% of total

Marks Out of

Pass Marks

Sitting

Assessment Period

Assessment Date

Duration

Mandatory

Departmental Assessment

1

Written
assignment
to be
assessed
by module
owner.

1,2,3,4,5

20  

100

40

First Sitting

Semester 1

n/a

0

True

Departmental Assessment

2

Online
MCQs -to
complete
the online
Epigeum
course in
Research
Integrity, all
MCQs must
be passed (
>80%).
Unlimited
attempts
are allowed.

1,2,3,4,5

60 

100

40

First Sitting

Semester 1

n/a

0

True

Departmental
Assessment
3

Research
Student -
Supervisor
Agreement,
to be signed
by student
and
supervisor

 1,2,3,4,5  20  100  40  First Sitting  Semester 1  n/a     0  True

No Research         

No Study Abroad          

No Computer-based Assessment         

  The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time

Workload Type

WorkLoad Description

Learning Outcomes

Hours

Frequency

Average Weekly Learner Workload

Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)

The online course on Research Integrity is provided by Epigeum. All 8 sections of the course must be completed and passed.

1,2,3,4,5

43

Per Semester

3.58

Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact)

Students take note of all NUI Galway-specific policies, procedures, guidelines and points of contact with regards to research misconduct, in their assignment. Following self-directed study of
the material, MCQs must be passed. This MCQ tests the knowledge of the participants surrounding all 5 learning outcomes.

1,2,3,4,5

60

Per Semester

5.00

Tutorial   

Students must attend a 2 hour virtual workshop covering details on NUI Galway specific policies & procedures in relation to research integrity. The workshop includes an interactive discussion of good research practice, questionable research practices and research misconduct. Students will take part in group work on case studies of ethical dilemmas.

 1,2,3,4,5  2  Per Semester 0.17 

Total Hours

105.00

Total Weekly Learner Workload

8.75

Total Weekly Contact Hours

0.17

This module has no Part Time workload. 

This module does not have any book resources

This module does not have any article/paper resources

This module does not have any other resources