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M3.  Building a responsible research culture at ANU


As a research leader you will play a prominent role in fostering and maintaining a research environment of intellectual honesty, integrity, scholarly and scientific rigour in an environment where increased demands relative to research performance place increasing pressure on researchers to deliver outcomes. This module examines the context in which research operates and the resultant requirements for responsible research principles and practices. The ANU specific governance framework for relevant policy, legislation and codes of practice will be explored. Situations that amount to questionable research practice and those that could result in research misconduct will also be discussed, as there may be significant implications for individuals, research leaders and the University where departures from the principles and practices of responsible research occur.


This module considers responsible conduct in research and how you can take maximum advantage of the university's governance and compliance requirements to build research strength and leadership. It aims to give you an understanding of the trust placed in people and institutions that conduct research. You will also gain an appreciation that robust research requires integrity embodied in a commitment to intellectual honesty and personal responsibility for one's action.

Learning outcomes:

After completing this module you should be able to:

  • locate and recognise the 'Codes of Conduct for Research' that prescribe standards of work performance and ethical conduct expected of all persons engaged in research;
  • describe the situations where research requires approval by an ethics committee, safety committee or other regulatory committee or authority;
  • recognise the obligations to the university and community in undertaking publicly-funded and sponsored research;
  • define what constitutes a failure to conduct research responsibly and major forms of misconduct;
  • identify key sources of information, advice and further education on specific issues relating to research conduct.


  • Researchers at all levels, including PhD students and research management staff

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