IDT8000 - Research Ethics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report 100/100

Course content

The course will cover general concerns in research ethics as well as research ethics issues that may be specific to the candidate's own research.

The general topics covered in the form of lectures are:

  • Academic integrity including plagiarism, self-plagiarism
  • Research data and result bias, manipulation, and fabrication
  • Research methods and requirements for verifiability and reproducibility
  • Handling of personal and sensitive information
  • Research with dual-use implications

Learning outcome

On completion of the module, candidates will possess the following:


  • Overview of research ethics; the institutional arrangement and ethical standards
  • In-depth understanding of requirements and methods for ensuring the verifiability and reproducibility of scientific results
  • Understanding of the scientific, ethical and legal implications of scientific misconduct in the planning, execution or reporting of the research
  • Knowledge of legal and ethical requirements for the acquisition, handling, and storage of personal and sensitive information
  • Awareness of the obligations of research to society


  • Ability to identify ethical and legal issues and requirements in the conduct of research
  • Ability to discuss causes and means for the prevention of misconduct and questionable research practices
  • Ability to identify research applications outside the intended domain raising ethical and legal concerns

General Competence:

  • Ability to reflect on own and others research practice and its adherence to ethical standards

Learning methods and activities

The module will be offered every semester. The module will consist of two days of lectures combined with self-study and a final seminar day.The module will be taught based on a combination of lectures and a term paper. Lectures are to introduce key topics in reseach ethics, while the term paper will rely on literature self-study discussing one of the topics provided by the module leader(s); the term paper take the form of a group work. The results of the term paper will be reflected and discussed in the final seminar day. Candidates and groups of candidates must submit an outline for their term paper consisting of a working title, abstract, and key references no later than eight weeks after the start of the semester.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80% attendance

Further on evaluation

Assessment will be based on the term paper to be graded Pass/Fail. Group term papers will be assessed jointly. The course requires 80% attendance.

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to one of the following programs: PHCOS, PHTK, PHELKT, PHET, PHIT, PHMA, PHISCT.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  2.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Ethics
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies


Examination arrangement: Report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Report 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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