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Mandatory Doctoral Course: Research Ethics (on-campus in Düsseldorf)

Course code
RES800, ELEC834
Course type
Doctoral Program Lecture
Weekly Hours
HS 2023
Prof. Dr. Fabiola Heike Gerpott
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.
Day 1: Introduction & Ethics Proposal Part I
  • Many shades of grey: Moral dilemmas
  • How to write an ethics proposal: Informed consent forms

Day 2: Ethics Proposal Part II, Ethical Challenges Conflicts & Data Handling

  • Filling in an ethics application form for an ethics application Part II
  • Reviewing an application for ethical approval (feedback session)
  • Case Study Academic Misconduct
  • Research Data Management: Guest speaker Hossam El-Zalabany
  • Time to work on group presentations

Day 3: Team Presentations Open Science

  • Team presentations:

o What did you sign up for? The DFG recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice (specific focus on (co-)authorship, e.g., exchanging authorship favors with colleagues, faculty members demanding authorship on a publication coming out of a dissertation)

o What is open science? An introduction to principles of transparent and reproducible research

o How to publish open access?

o New publication processes to increase transparency (RRs, results-blind submissions, and the difference to pre-registration)

o Plagiarism and Peer Review

  • Wrap-Up: Open Topics & Final Thoughts
Date Time
Monday, 18.09.2023 13:00 - 18:00
Tuesday, 19.09.2023 08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday, 20.09.2023 09:00 - 13:00
Upon completing the course, you should be able to…
  • Analyze and review the work of others on ethical standards
  • Evaluate your own research in terms of ethics procedures
  • Plan your data handling and analysis plan for studies
  • Critically discuss publications policies
  • Consider alternative routes in the publication process
  • Conduct open and reproducible research
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During the course, you are expected to…
  • … actively participate in the class room (30%)
  • … write an ethics proposal for your own research (40%)
  • … present an ethics-related topic with your team (30%)
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