Research ethics education

Tokyo Tech launched a systematic framework for research ethics education in AY 2019. At each School, students will gain necessary knowledge and skills associated with their field of expertise. As they move progressively through three levels toward a deeper understanding of research ethics, they are expected to review outcomes using a checklist.

Levels and target students

Level 1: 1st- to 3rd-year bachelor's students who have yet to start their Independent Research Project

Level 2: 4th-year bachelor's students who have started their Independent Research Project, and master's students

Level 3: Doctoral students

Note: Regardless of the above, students planning early graduation must complete level 1 before starting their Independent Research Project, then proceed to level 2 after starting the Project.

Progressive learning

Level 1:

Completion of Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses and First-Year Courses in research ethics; participation in orientation or briefing sessions offered by Departments or research laboratories; completion of e-leaning courses specified by Schools or Departments

Level 2:

Receiving guidance from academic supervisors or doctoral students in laboratory settings; completion of relevant Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses and Career Development Courses; completion of e-learning courses

Level 3:

Receiving individual guidance from academic supervisors in laboratory settings; completion of relevant Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses and Career Development Courses; completion of e-learning courses

Research Ethics Education FrameworkPDF

Research Ethics Education Framework_overviewPDF

Research ethics education and level checklists for Majors

Research ethics education and level checklists for majors | Research ethics education | Education promotion | Office of Education and International Cooperation, Tokyo Techouter

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The Institute for Liberal Arts and the Frontier Education Program offer courses in research ethics for AY 2019 as follows.

Liberal Arts (Humanities and Social Science) Courses

  • 100 level:
    Tokyo Tech Visionary Project; Science and Technology for Society; Ethics in Engineering A; Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Scientific studies on "well-being" and positive education) Introduction; Frontiers of Science and Technology*

  • 200 level:
    Science and Technology for Society; Ethics in Engineering B; Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Scientific studies on "well-being" and positive education)

  • 300 level:
    Liberal Arts Final Report; Science and Technology for Society; Ethics in Engineering C (it's cancelled in fiscal year 2020); Seminar on Transdisciplinary Studies (Scientific studies on "well-being" and positive education)

  • 400 level:
    Ethics in Engineering (Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences); Science and Technology for Society (Essence of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Career Development Courses

  • 500 level:
    Ethics of Scientists; Ethics of Engineers; Social Contributions through Research

  • 600 level:
    Ethics of Scientists and Engineers

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Courses offered by the Frontier Education Program

Research ethics resources

1. Tokyo Tech SPOC

Tokyo Tech Science, Engineering, AI and Data Ethics 2020; start on April 20th, 2020. Enrollment stops on Jan. 31, 2021 and course ends on Feb. 28, 2021.

Tokyo Tech Science, Engineering, AI and Data Ethics 2020 | edXouter

2. Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

For the Sound Development of Science (handbook for research integrity)

Research Integrity | Programsouter

el_CoRE (e-learning)outer

3. Association for the Promotion of Research Integrity (APRIN)

APRIN e-learning program (eAPRIN)

List of eAPRIN courses and contents

List of eAPRIN courses and contents (Japanese)PDF

4. Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

The Lab (visual education material distributed by JST)

THE LAB

Notes:

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Tokyo Tech SPOC, el_CoRE, and The Lab courses are available free of charge. As there are two types of access, single-user and multi-user, students planning to take courses are advised to ask department chairs, academic supervisors, or relevant administrative office staff which option is suitable.
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Tokyo Tech has a multi-user account for eAPRIN. User IDs and other required information will be provided to students as follows:

a. Undergraduate students not yet assigned to a laboratory

Faculty or administrative staff at the relevant School or Department will advise you at guidance or briefing sessions. For students who wish to start the course earlier, visit or contact us at the address below.

b. Students already assigned to a laboratory

Academic supervisors will notify you.

Contact information:

Research Ethics Educational Coordinator,
Student Division,
Student Services Department

Email ethic.student@jim.titech.ac.jp