In this course, the word “scientists” is used in a broad sense. According to the Science Council of Japan, the word "refers to researchers and specialists engaged in activities that create new knowledge, or in the use and application of scientiﬁc knowledge, in all academic ﬁelds ranging from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences, regardless of which institution they belong to." (The Science Council of Japan, “The Code of Conduct for Scientists”; thus, engineers are included.) The ﬁrst aim of this course is to examine the values which scientists have to share through careful reading of various codes of conduct including those at Tokyo Institute of Technology. Then, by examining real cases of research misconduct and through e-learning (eAPRIN
By successfully completing this course, students will be able to
1) explain basic concepts such as “Academic Integrity,” "Responsible Conduct of Research," "Questionable Research Practice," "Research Misconduct," and “Compliance” by using concrete cases
2) demonstrate that they have fundamental knowledge on responsible conduct of research by completing the e-learning program called "eAPRIN<"CITI Japan>"
3) propose solutions for ethical problems using decision-making methods such as "Seven Step Guide."
4) explain major causes of ethical problems including research misconduct, by illustrating with real cases.
5) explain the necessity of "ethics program" and propose such programs which are appropriate to their own context.
6) explain the educational and learning objectives of science and engineering ethics education as well as educational methods to achieve those objectives
Code of Conduct for Scientists, Academic Integrity, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Questionable Research Practice (QRP), Misconduct, Compliance, Ethics Program, Ethics Education In Context
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||Specialist skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
This course is conducted in the mode of active learning incorporating group discussions and indivisual presentations. Thus, active participation in course activities is inevitable for successful completion of the course. A hybrid-type e-learning, i.e. combination of e- learning and group discussions, is an important component of the course.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||December 4 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Course guidance (contents, assignments, and policy) 2) Lecture on the educational and learning objectives of science and engineering ethics education as well as educational methods 3) Video on research misconduct||1) After the ﬁrst class, read the textb thoroughly. 2) After the class, read thoroughly the given in the class|
|Class 2||December 11 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Lecture on values which engineers and scientists should share 2) Lecture on research ethics program 3) Lecture on research ethics education in context||1) Submit an assignment on the code which a learned society to which you 2) Submit an assignment on the Code Scientists of SCJ|
|Class 3||December 18 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Lecture on educational methods and tools for ethics education in context: Part 1 2) Group discussion on how to implement ethics education program in each laboratory: Part 1||1) Submit an assignment on "The Lab" 2) Submit an assignment on research program|
|Class 4||December 25 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Lecture on educational methods and tools for ethics education in context: Part 2 2) Group discussion on how to implement ethics education program in each laboratory: Part 2||1) Submit a response sheet on research misconduct cases|
|Class 5||January 8 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Examination of real-world cases 2) Methods of ethical decision making 3) Ethics education by the case method||1) Prepare and submit a report on a research misconduct case|
|Class 6||January 15 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Student presentations on ethics program and discussion||1) Prepare a draft report on an ethics for the research lab to which you belong 2) Prepare a presentation on the above ethics program 3) Submit a certiﬁcate of completion eAPRIN program|
|Class 7||January 22 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 1) Student presentations on ethics education in context and discussion||1) Prepare a draft report on an ethics module for the research lab to which belong 2) Prepare a presentation on the above module|
|Class 8||January 29 (Wednesday), 16：50-18:20, Suzukakedai J232 １）Reﬂective discussion on science and engineering ethics education at Tokyo Tech||1) Submit the ﬁnal report on the ethics program 2) Submit the ﬁnal report on the ethics education module education module|
JSPS, For the Sound Development of Science -The Attitude of a Conscientious Scientist-, 2015
Other materials will be distributed at the first class meeting
JSPS e-learning Course
Japan Science and Technology Agency, "The Lab"
Other materials will be introduced at the first class meeting
1) Response Sheets and other assignments (10%)
2) Report on Ethics Program (30%)
3) Report on Ethics Education in Context (30%)
4) Participation and contribution to class activities including discussion (10%)
No specific prerequisites
(Please make sure to Indicate your name and affiliation)