SDSU has several options for training students in Responsible Conduct of Research. In addition to a web tutorial (www.responsibleresearch.org), Research Affairs offers a one- unit course each semester introducing eight core content areas that may influence the responsible conduct of research. These include: research misconduct; data management; use of animal subjects; use of human subjects; conflict of interest and commitment; authorship; publication and peer review; and collaboration and mentoring. The class is intended for graduate students across all disciplines involved in the conduct of research. The course engages students in reading about, considering, and discussing practices that promote responsible research as well as actions which compromise research integrity. The objectives are to: 1- increase awareness of ethical issues in research; 2- develop and refine skills needed to think through and resolve ethical problems; 3- learn relevant legal, institutional and professional standards; 4- know various campus, national and Internet resources; 5 - enhance awareness of responsible research practices. In addition, training may be offered within a specific center, laboratory, department and college. Opportunities for RCR training may be available through existing courses and within the research setting.
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