University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



GDIV 403 Interdisciplinary Seminar: Research and Scholarship Ethics is a one unit course offered in Fall and Spring quarters, open to graduate students (for credit) and post-docs (with a certificate of completion), designed as an option to meet NIH/NSF/NIFA requirements for training in RCR.

You can find GDIV 403 in the Schedule of Classes each Fall and Spring quarter, and register for this seminar through R'Web.

Course objectives:  The purpose of this course is to engage students in reading, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of research across different disciplines. The course is designed as an option for meeting current federal regulations, which require that all NSF grants and all NIH training grants provide training in the responsible conduct of research.

Course description: This course varyingly covers many topics, which might include:

            Research Misconduct

            Data Management

            Use of Human and Animal Subjects

            Collaboration and Mentoring

            Authorship, Publication and Peer Review

            Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

The format of this course is some lecture, with an emphasis on class presentation/discussion and individual writing assignments.

To complete this course, students must meet all of the following requirements:

1) Attendance and Participation:  Attend and participate in all ten meetings of the course, including a review of any assigned readings before the scheduled class time. If you know you will be unavailable for any of the sessions, please let me know as soon as possible.

2) Presentations of Current Events:  Students will choose a topic and will be asked to find a scientific or lay story/article/blog posting/video clip/novel/book that relates in some way to that topic.  The student will be instructed to use that material as a way to clarify or problematize key issues for the topic, and to engage the class in discussion. presentations, you should forward your plans by e- mail to the course instructor no later than 72 hours before your presentation is scheduled .

3) In addition to the above, there are 3 individual short writing assignments.


This one-unit course is available for satisfactory/no credit only, not for a letter grade. To receive credit for the course or for the purpose of NIH or NSF training requirements, the student must attend all 10 class meetings, complete assigned readings, participate in class discussions, and contribute to group assignments.

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Riverside, CA 92521
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Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238