Training on Research Integrity
A. Online Training for Research Integrity
NTU has developed online courses in partnership with Epigeum aimed at teaching the key elements of Research Integrity (RI) so as to empower researchers with the knowledge required to uphold NTU’s standards in research integrity and ethics. The 2 online courses offered by NTU are:
- Epigeum Research Integrity Course - Concise (ERIC-CONCISE); for faculty members.
- Epigeum Research Integrity Course (RI-ERIC); for graduate research students and research staff.
(1) Epigeum Research Integrity-Concise (ERIC-Concise)
- This is to be completed within 6 weeks of appointment for new faculty.
- This course takes up to 2 hours to complete in one continuous sitting but you are permitted to continue the programme at a later time.
- For successful course completion, (1) ALL course content is to be viewed and (2) a score of at least 80% is required for the Quiz. Multiple attempts are permitted. Click here (v1.0 updated 16 Oct 2019) for instructions on accessing and completing ERIC-CONCISE on Workday.
- Course certification is valid for 4 years from date of issue, and faculty are required to be re-certified through completion of the ERIC-Concise Recertification (Faculty) course. Reminders will be sent via Workday.
- Faculty can access ERIC-CONCISE via Workday > Learning > Required for You. Or click this link to access Workday.
(2) Epigeum Research Integrity Course (RI-ERIC)
Comes in 5 separate programmes catered to the different colleges and schools in NTU.
Graduate research students and Research staff are required to complete at least one of these tracks.
- Research Integrity Programme for Arts & Humanities
- Research Integrity Programme for Biomedical Sciences
- Research Integrity Programme for Engineering & Technology
- Research Integrity Programme for Natural & Physical Sciences
- Research Integrity Programme Social & Behavioural Sciences
A summary of the subjects covered under each of these 5 tracks is as shown below:
- The course is compulsory for the following groups from NTU and NIE:
- All Research Staff must complete the RI-ERIC online research integrity course within 6 weeks of their join date. For successful course completion on Workday, (1) ALL course content is to be viewed and (2) a score of at least 80% is required for the Quiz. Click here (v1.0; updated 16 Oct 2019) for instructions on accessing and completing RI-ERIC on Workday. This certification is valid for 4 years, thereafter research staff must complete the ERIC-Concise Recertification (Research) course on Workday.
- All Postgraduate research students must complete the Research Integrity Course in their first semester in NTU (course code ERWA01), and the course results (P/F) will appear in their transcripts. Thereafter, students are required to renew their certification at the end of Year 3 by completing ERIC-CONCISE-STUDENT on NTULearn.
- Coursework students, if required by their Schools/Institutes to complete the research integrity course, they can self-enroll to ERIC-STUDENT on NTULearn (effective 11 Oct 2019) via this link. The guide for self-enrolment and completing this course can be found here.
NOTE: RI-ERIC on NTULearn is closed effective 2 Oct 2019. Certificates of prior completion can no longer be retrieved. Students may write to firstname.lastname@example.org to verify course completions.
- The course takes 8 hours to complete in one continuous sitting but you are permitted to save and continue the programme at a later time.
- An 80% score is to be attained to pass the course. Multiple attempts are permitted.
- Research staff can access RI-ERIC via Workday > Learning > Required for You.
- Graduate research students will be auto-enrolled into ERWA01 and ERIC-CONCISE-STUDENT on NTULearn in their first semester of study and towards the end of their Year 3 candidature, respectively.
- Coursework students can self-enroll to ERIC-STUDENT via NTULearn using your network ID and password. Please choose the track that is specific for your School.
B. Session Recordings from Seminars and Workshops
1) NTU President's Talk on Research Integrity
On 6th October 2017, a second high level meeting on research integrity was held at the EMB learning studio. This was a follow up to the first held on 8th June 2017, and was targeted at senior management and members of the newly formed Research Integrity Committee.
The talk was chaired by NTU President and covered the measures implemented to promote the responsible conduct of research in the University. He also touched on the need for greater faculty involvement in research integrity matters.
Click here to access the session's recording and log in with your username and password when prompted.
2) Research Integrity and the Graduate Student
Held on 4th October 2017, the course titled "Research Integrity and the Graduate Student" serves as an introduction to key aspects in the responsible conduct of research. Prof Tim White also reviews case studies and highlights common pitfalls that graduate students are to be wary of in relation to research activities and publications.
To access the course, log in with your username (domain\username) and password. Click here to download the course slides.
3) Course on Research Integrity
The Course on Research Integrity is an annual course conducted by Prof Tim White, Prof Kingsley Bolton and Prof Peter Looker, for IGS/MSE graduate students. The most recent course was conducted on 11 August 2017 and the recordings of these lectures can be found below. When prompted, log in with your username (domain\username) and password.
Serves as an introduction to graduate students on what constitutes responsible research activity and how one can be a responsible scientist. The lectures also cover common areas of research misconduct and what steps research students can take to avoid facing potential allegations of improper conduct of research.
These recordings cover the use of the Turnitin plagiarism checker at NTU and include a guided quiz on reading academic writing with an understanding of academic integrity.
4) Research Integrity "Train the Trainers Workshop"
Held from February to May 2018, the Research Integrity "Train the Trainers" Workshop was conducted by Prof Tim White for the RIC members. This workshop serves as an training guide on Good and Bad Science and Mentoring & Responsible Conduct of Research.The workshop covers the Research Integrity teaching material, content delivery and recommended content to be provided to graduate students. The workshop resources can be found here. When prompted, log in with your username (domain\username) and password.
For workshops and events conducted by RIEO, please click here.