At the end of this course, you will be able to:
The course balances a pragmatic “must know” perspective, which can and must be acquired easily and fast, with more conceptual developments aimed at opening you up to the uncertainties and risks that are specific to your scientific domain. We hope those will trigger your interest and guide you along your career, because, as you’ll see, with the immense potential of Information Sciences and Technologies to transform our societies, come great responsibilities for the scientists who push them forward.
What does integrity in research mean and why is it important to follow an ethical conduct when carrying your research work? “Doing what's good” is a matter of personal values, and it may not seem an appropriate topic for a university course. Shifting to a “doing what’s right” perspective introduces room for questioning: do I know what’s right, or rather, is there a process to determine this? Upon entering a PhD programme, you are moving from a student’s position, where your main responsibility was to acquire and demonstrate acquisition of knowledge, into a position of producing knowledge. This creates new relationships with coworkers and your hosting institutions, new expectations in your ability to produce knowledge properly and new responsibilities towards science and society in general.
To help you understand these changes, and because regulatory texts now demand that all doctoral students be trained in research integrity and ethics, the STICs doctoral school of the University Paris-Saclay provides this course to all its students. It covers the following topics:
The Doctoral Contract (researcher as a subject under law and an employee),
Research Integrity (producing science correctly),
Research Ethics (producing science responsibly),
Computer and Information Ethics (how these apply to your research context),
Intellectual property (researcher as a producer and consumer of value),
Scientific Communication and Internet Ethics (disseminating knowledge publicly),
Privacy and Personal data (protecting our digital selves),
Emerging issues in Computer and Information Ethics (what’s next).
This course is addressed to all PhD students and researchers in Information & Communication Sciences & Technologies, with no particular prerequisites. Several doctoral schools in France validate the certificate delivered by this course as the mandatory training in scientific integrity and research ethics mandated by the ministerial ruling of 2016 regarding doctoral training. If you are a PhD student, you are advised to contact your doctoral school to check if they will validate this training as such.
The evaluation is focused on the “must know” part of the curriculum. It consists of about 100 multiple-choice questions. Those are meant to ensure the main rules and guidelines have been acquired, not to assess your ability to reason and develop critical thinking in this area, no matter how much we’d like to trigger that motivation.
You are free to:
Under the following terms: