Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Integrity and Research Ethics

LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

DESCRIPTION The value of academic research lies in its reliability, which in turn depends on the adherence to codes of practice, the integrity and honesty of the researchers carrying it out, the research process itself, and the way results are disseminated. Maintaining the highest standards every step of the way safeguards both the reputation of the researchers as well as the sustained trust in their work and in the respective institutions under whose auspices the researchers carry out their research. This workshop tackles key aspects of research ethics and research integrity.

The sessions will be highly interactive, and participants will be expected to contribute actively to the discussions. Part 1 will cover ethical aspects of supervision, collaboration, authorship, plagiarism, data handling and publication of results with particular focus on science- and technology-based disciplines or humanities-related disciplines. Part 2 is a practical session consisting of two parts: a detailed explanation of the research ethics and data protection (REDP) form that all University of Malta (UM) researchers are required to fill in followed by a session where participants will collectively review and discuss a number of case studies on research ethics and research integrity that refer to the material covered in Part 1.


By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should be able to:

- define, interpret, and apply the fundamental principles of research integrity as defined in the university’s guidelines on research ethics and the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity;
- discuss, debate, and solve quandaries relating to research integrity issues;
- differentiate between ethical and unethical research and publication practices;
- understand the UM procedures for research ethics clearance and be able to fill in the REDP form required of all UM researchers.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This workshop is split into two parts – Part 1 and Part 2. Attendance is required in both parts. For Part 1, participants are to attend EITHER the session primarily aimed at science- and technology-based disciplines (Life Sciences, Medicine, Architecture and STEM) OR the session primarily aimed at humanities-related disciplines (Humanities, Education, Law, and Social and Behavioural Sciences).

Timetable Details

Semester 1

Occ A - Part 1
Life Sciences, Medicine, Architecture and STEM
Date: 5 Dec 2019; Time: 09:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours
Humanities, Education, Law, and Social and Behavioural Sciences
Date: 6 Dec 2019; Time: 09:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours

Occ A - Part 2 - Date: 11 Dec 2019; Time: 09:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Marie Briguglio
Dennis Mizzi
Patrick J. Schembri

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