2023-2024 / PDOC0001-1

Principles of scientific integrity


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

-Definition and characterization of scientific frauds (or misconducts) on the basis of the classifications published by national (FNRS) and international agencies funding scientific research and of other sources. -Methods for studying scientific fraud. -Relationships between scientific fraud and low-quality experimental, methodological and social practices identified in many scientific fields ("bad science"). -Relationships between scientific fraud and the international system of funding and evaluating scientific production and scientists. -Suggested or adopted strategies aiming at reducing the growth of scientific misconduct.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

-Critical thinking. -More realistic knowledge of the real fonctionning of some aspects of contemporary science. -Reminding that the social responsability of scientists requires that they maintain high standards of ethical principles and methodolical quality in their eveyday work.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in applied statistics and panoramic vision of the contemporary scientific disciplines.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Analysis of specialized papers and seminars.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Analysis of specialized papers and seminars.

Recommended or required readings

Library. Specialized papers in the field of Science and Technology Studies.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Written report.

Work placement(s)

To be decided with the students.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



tél. 04.366.20.18 ezio.tirelli@ulg.ac.be

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