Pre-Approved Courses for Advanced Training

Successfully completing one of the following pre-approved courses or workshops will satisfy the advanced RCR training requirement.

Faculty willing to develop a course to meet the requirements of advanced RCR training may refer to our materials online

Coursework Options

BL5025—The Scientific Profession (2 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Amy Marcarelli (ammarcar@mtu.edu)
Offered in spring. Contact the instructor for more information.

The practice of sciences for graduate students, including how to plan a research project, grantsmanship, publication, navigating the job market, and timely issues (e.g. ethical conduct, diversity and bias, etc.).


FW5811/UN5001—Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research in Natural Resources (1 credit)
Instructor: Dr. Andrew Storer (storer@mtu.edu)
Offered on demand in the summer. Contact the instructor for more information.

This three-day course offered between spring and summer semester will offer training in advanced RCR topics. The class will draw on examples relating to natural resources where possible, but is open to all students.


HU5711/EH5711—Bioethics (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Syd  Johnson (lsjohnso@mtu.edu)
Offered in fall. Contact the instructor for more information.

Examination of key bioethical issues, with an emphasis on problems in biomedical research ethics, novel therapies and developing technologies.  Topics include disability, quality of life, research with vulnerable populations, research on animals, genetics technologies, and biomedical enhancement.


MEEM 5010—Professional Engineering Communication (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Nancy Barr (nbbarr@mtu.edu)
Offered in fall. Contact the instructor for more information.

This course will introduce graduate students to t he conventions of professional engineering communication such as composing technical memos and a variety of reports (test, design, progress , etc.).  Students will learn and practice creating effective visuals for reports and slides and also develop and deliver presentations individually and in groups. Students will also learn and apply ethical decision-making and critical t hi n king skills.  The course is designed for students interested i n a career i n applied engineering and management.


MEEM 6010Engineering Research Communication (2 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Nancy Barr (nbbarr@mtu.edu)
Offered in spring. Contact the instructor for more information.

This course will guide graduate students through the process of conducting and publishing research in an ethical manner in technical journals and presenting that research at conferences and other venues. Students will receive regular, relevant feedback on their writing and presentation skills and will be expected to provide constructive feedback to their colleagues in the course. The course helps graduate students in engineering with their research-specific communication tasks. Students will work one-on-one with the instructor to complete a journal article, conference paper, proposal, etc., make progress on their dissertation, or other agreed- upon projects. Students will also learn the standard components of advanced writing tasks, including abstracts, literature reviews, CVs, proposals, critiques, and more. Also, students will deliver a complete scientific presentation with visual aids in a research colloquium format.


PSY5000—Advanced Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit)
Instructor: Dr. Susan Amato Henderson (slamato@mtu.edu)
Offered on demand in summer. Contact the instructor for more information.

This course will meet requirements for RCR education for human subjects research. All advanced and program-specific RCR requirements, except animal subjects and intellectual property, will be covered. Program-specific requirements use the American Psychological Association (APA) ethical principles.


SS5201—Cultural Dimensions of International Immersion and Research (1 credit)
Instructor: Dr. Kari Henquinet (kbhenqui@mtu.edu)
Offered in the fall. Contact the instructor for more information. This course is designed for Peace Corps Master's International students or other graduate students preparing for cross-cultural fieldwork.

Students reflect on their culture and assumptions about the world; discuss conducting research responsibly; consider structural, material, and historical dimensions of social problems and social change; and explore how to live and work effectively with people from other cultural groups.


SS6002—Research Design (3 credits)
Instructor: Chelsea Schelly (cschelly@mtu.edu)
Offered in the spring. Contact the instructor for more information.

This course is a general overview of issues on conducting social science research. Rather than provide students with in-depth knowledge of any particular method, this seminar  will be the first step for graduate students in developing their professional and methodological knowledge about the trade-offs of various methods of data collection, the strengths and weakness of different types of analysis, and the components of rigorous research design generally. This course is meant to introduce you to the diversity of thought and approaches to social science research; it is not meant to be specialized training course preparing you with the skills and experience to master a particular method.


UN0500—Effective Scholarship (1 credit)
Instructor: Dr. David Dixon (dcdixon@mtu.edu)
Offered on demand in fall and spring. Meets during the first five weeks of the semester for two hours per week. This course may be taken as an overload in research-only mode with no approval needed. Although this course satisfies the advanced RCR requirement, students may not count it towards their required credits to complete their degree. No tuition charged, but students are charged a lab fee.

Course meets federal requirements for responsible conduct of research training for graduate student.  Students who pass the course will be awarded a certificate of completion.  This class may not be counted toward the required credits to complete a degree (i.e., may not be listed on a graduate degree schedule).


UN5500—Research Integrity Workshop (1 credit)
Instructor: Dr. Mike Bowler (mjbowler@mtu.edu)
Offered on demand in summer. Contact the instructor for more information.

Three 4-hour workshops introduce students to the principles, practices, and regulations of responsible conduct of research.