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FCK3310 Research Integrity 2.0 credits

The course discusses what is meant by research integrity and why it is important to conduct research in a way which allows others to have trust and confidence in the methods used and the findings that result from this. Examples of deviations from good behaviour in research are discussed in the lectures and group exercises.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3310 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Lectures and group assignments illustrate the following questions:

  • What is meant by misconduct in research?
  • Why is ethical behavior in research important?
  • Which is the responsibility of the scientist?
  • Misconduct in research - Why, where and when?
  • How common is misconduct, and which types of misconduct are most common?
  • Self-regulating mechanisms: Peer review and Reproducibility – is that enough?
  • How to deal with and how to report observed misconduct?
  • How to correct incorrectly reported results?

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the doctoral student should have the knowledge and ability to

  • assess what is meant by good research practice in different situations
  • plan and carry out research, and report research results in a way that meets the requirements of good research practice
  • counteract and, if necessary, report other reseearcher’s deviations from good research practice
  • contribute to keeping discussions about integrity of research alive in the research environment.

Course disposition

The course consists of four lectures, 2 h each, and group work to be reported during the lectures

The course consists of lectures given by the course leader and presentations of cases of research misconduct given by the students, with the presentations running in parallell with the lectures. Each student has to take part in the presentation of a case, prepared in groups of 3-5 persons. 

The course will run during two days from 10 to 15, with a break for lunch. This outline of the course means that the presentations of cases need to be prepared before the start of the course, and for this reason the applications for the course need to be made two weeks before the start of the course.

The course will allow ample time for discussion, not only about scientific misconduct (fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, FFP), but also about questionable research practices (QRP).

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

Recommended prerequisites

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PP slides shown during the lectures and handed-out material

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Attendance at all course occasions, participation in discussions and presentation of group work performed in groups

Other requirements for final grade

Active participation in all parts of the course

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FCK3310

Offered by


Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Christina Moberg, Organic chemistry, e-mail:; tel: 0702140404

Supplementary information

The course replases the course FKA3030.

The number of students will be limited to 20 and te course is compulsory for students following the program Chemical Sciences and Engineering and these students will therefore be given priority, while other students will be put on a waiting list.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at CBH/Chemistry