Research Integrity and Ethics

Unit code: UGR7003 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


Research Integrity and Ethics provides students with the opportunity to gain advanced level understandings of integrity and ethics in relation to the conduct of research in a range of disciplinary contexts. It will develop students' capacities to engage in current debates about research ethics and integrity, and to identify and develop positions on critical issues in research integrity and ethics in relation to their own research project area. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and critical understanding of fundamental principles and current debates about ethics and integrity in research;
  2. demonstrate familiarity with relevant national codes and university policies that impact research practice and appropriate conduct in various research environments
  3. identify key areas of ethics and integrity that relate to their own area of research practice;
  4. demonstrate ability to critically evaluate options and approaches to resolve issues in research integrity and ethics that may arise in their field of research
  5. critically defend a position in relation to research ethics and integrity as it relates to their own area of research practice and design of their own research project; and
  6. demonstrate skills of advanced written and spoken academic communication.


For Melbourne campuses

Pass mark 50%

Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 20%
Reflective portfolio on ethics and integrity in research (1500 words)
Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 60%
Paper on research ethics and integrity in relation to proposed research area, including essay plan (2500-3000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Poster presentation on an ethical or integrity issue in own field (1000 word equivalence)

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