Course Syllabus for

Research Ethics in practice
Praktisk forskningsetik

KET090F, 4 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2014
Decided by: FN2/Eva Nordberg Karlsson
Date of establishment: 2015-01-19

General Information

Division: Chemical Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching languages: English, Swedish


To highlight the consequences of improbity in research.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to describe the ethical pit falls for a research project, from idea to publication.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to independently identify the discrepancy of right and wrong in his/her own and others research projects.

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be familiar with the ethical dilemmata within the research society.

Course Contents

1. The content of the book will be discussed at two seminar occasions. The book covers ethical issues, exemplified in detail, from fraud, plagiarism, stole ideas, through collegial protection. 2. Discussion of a number of ethical issues and case studies, for instance: • highlighting of concepts such as "retracted", • some ethical quiz, handed out, true or not, • recent cases of fraud, some famous cases, • soft science versus hard science, • individual task, search on the web, and • the Central Ethical Review Board

Course Literature

Broad, W. & N., W.: Sanningens Dödgrävare.. Simon & Schuster/Mannerheim & Mannerheim, 1983.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Seminars, miscellaneous. Individual tasks and reading the book.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written assignments, miscellaneous. Participation in the seminar discussions and completion of individual tasks.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: PhD candidate.
Assumed prior knowledge: None.
Selection criteria: None.

Course Occasion Information

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