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Short presentations and interactive sessions to examine examples of bad research design, shoddy results and scientific misconduct giving you the opportunity to consider day to day scientific methods through a critical lens.

Course Aim

What kind of scientist are you?
Are you dodgy and deceptive, with a sense of entitlement and runaway ambition leading you to fudge data, hack p-values and regard publication by any means as more valuable than the scientific truths of the universe!?
Or, would you describe yourself as an honest, open and accountable researcher with high standards and a disinterested approach, entirely motivated by your small contribution to collective knowledge?

Whoever you are, you are welcome to this workshop which uses short presentations and interactive sessions to examine examples of bad research design, shoddy results and scientific misconduct giving you the opportunity to consider day to day scientific methods through a critical lens. By the end participants will be equipped with the means to identify quality science and conduct their own research with integrity.

Course content

1. Tragedies! - The slippery slope to scientific misconduct
2. Interactive session: Where did it all go wrong? Misconduct case studies.
3. Bad behaviour in clinical and laboratory science.
4. Interactive session: Can you spot shoddy science?
5. Why your PI hates you, and vice versa


Course Format

This course will take place as a workshop with presentations interspersed with interactive sessions.

Course length

Total course length is 3 hours (3 sections of 30 min lecture plus 2 interactive sessions of 30 mins).

Participant numbers

24

Booking Instructions

Please read the updated instructions before booking. 

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions for course booking and attendance. These have been updated for Trinity Term 2019.

*** NEW COURSES ***

Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff - second round for applications opens Tuesday 23 April

'Academic English' courses available at the Oxford University Language Centre to help international students and staff improve their academic communication.

Limited spaces available for non-RDM MSD research staff on the RDM Learning and Development programme

iSkills for the Medical Sciences Division: Introduction to Mendeley (run by Bodleian iSkills) - book now for places during April-July.

Mixing it up mixed research methods course at the Department for Continuing Education (free for Oxford DPhil students) - 23 April to 11 June

Three Minute Thesis Competition launched, deadline 25 May 

Writing a medical conference abstract 11 June

How and why to undertake a systematic review 21 June 

Forthcoming events

Scientific Computing in MATLAB

Research Skills

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 to Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 9am - 5pm

This course is scheduled in Trinity term.

Poster production

Research Skills

Thursday, 09 May 2019, 9.30am to 12.30pm

PLEASE NOTE: This course is run by IT Services Learning Centre (ITLC). The 'Apply for this course' button will take you to the ITLC booking process. This course is scheduled to run in Hilary and Trinity terms.

Preparing for Learning and Teaching at Oxford

Teaching Skills

Monday, 13 May 2019, 10am to 4.30pm

This course is scheduled each term.

X-Ray Crystallography

Research Skills

Monday, 13 May 2019, 10am to 4.30pm

This course is scheduled only in Trinity term.

Writing and publishing research papers

Communication Skills Research Skills

Tuesday, 14 May 2019, 9.30am to 4.30pm

This course is scheduled in all three terms.

Experimental Design: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Research Skills

Wednesday, 15 May 2019, 9am to 5pm

This course is scheduled each term.