IP & Ethics Syllabus Y4

IGERTMNM (Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials)

A collaboration between Norfolk State University, Cornell University, and Purdue University

Module II: Ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and Intellectual Property (IP)

Group: Sonny Penterman and Quincy Williams


This module is designed to educate IGERT trainees on ethics and responsible conduct of research as it pertains to the field of social and behavioral science. In addition, it will tie-in to a general project to develop learning materials for engineering education with an assessment of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITI) website based on Marzano’s “Top ten classroom methods that work”. By the close of the module, all trainees will complete the CITI “Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research” certification.


  • Educate IGERT trainees on responsible and ethical research practices for social and behavioral science
  • Assess evidence-based teaching methods that could be included in future IGERT-MNM modules
  • Complete first seven sessions of CITI Social and Behavioral RCR before start of module
  • Complete remaining three sessions + certification before the end of the ethics module

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe different forms of research misconduct.
  • Identify best practices for data management.
  • Differentiate between research advisor and mentor.
  • Explain benefits and risks of collaborations.
  • Describe the rights of human subjects in experimental trials.
  • Identify possible teaching methods we could use in the engineering education proposal project.

Student Evaluation:

  • Monitor questions and responses of trainees during the two days of presentations
  • Complete CITI Social and Behavioral RCR certification
  • Monitor trainees responses to interactive activity.


Module Schedule


Course Content




Create an account at Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Enroll in the “Social and behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research-RCR” course and complete first 7 sessions. https://www.citiprogram.org

Week 1

Overview of RCR. Presentations on research misconduct, data management, mentoring, and Marzano’s “Ten classroom methods that work.” Assignment of groups for simulation. Finish final three sessions of RCR training.

1. Two teams of IGERT trainees will work towards goal of obtaining score of 500 or better in educational simulation on collaborations. Decisions leading to highest score should be discussed among group members and presented the following week.


2. Write a short paper that evaluates the pedagogical value of the simulation in terms of Marzano’s top teaching methods.

Week 2

Presentation on human subject research and collaborations. Review of interactive activity, evaluation of pedagogical merits of interactive activity, and completion of RCR training.



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