EARTH 495 - Methods in Research for Natural Sciences
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

This course covers the approaches to conducting research in the natural sciences, including the tools and methods of research; the processes for performing research; the mechanisms for communicating research results; and the responsible conduct of research.

This course meets the NSF/NIH requirements for the responsible conduct of research.

The following topics are covered on responsible conduct of research:

  • appropriate citation of sources and avoiding plagiarism
  • authorship and publication practices and responsibilities
  • acquisition, management, ownership and sharing of data
  • research misconduct, including data fabrication and falsification
  • personal, professional and financial conflicts of interest
  • supervisory and mentoring relationships and responsibilities
  • responsibilities of collaborative research
  • protection of human beings and welfare of laboratory animals when research involves human participants and animal subjects

Text: “On Being A Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition” by the National Academies. It contains case studies on advising and mentoring, research misconduct, authorship and the allocation of credit, and many other topics related to scholarly integrity in research.

Course Requirements:

Grade will be based on participation in class.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate and graduate students doing sponsored research in the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Class Format:

One hour lecture per week if full-term, or two hours of lecture per week if half-term.

EARTH 495 - Methods in Research for Natural Sciences
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
F 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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