PHBA8100 Research ethics and professional standards Emneplan

Engelsk emnenavn
Research ethics and professional standards
PhD Programme in Behavior Analysis
10 stp.


General admission requirements for the Ph.D. Degree in Behavior Analysis


Students will be able to:

  • describe and discuss the values and rules of behavior analysis through primary and secondary source writings on ethics and professional issues (e.g., submitting or reviewing original research)
  • describe and discuss professional codes of conduct relevant to specific fields of work in behavior analysis
  • describe and discuss the application of these value systems and professional codes to their own clinical, educational, and research activities
  • follow the guidelines set down in the APA Publication Manual when publishing scientific work and when participating in public discussions
  • exhibit honesty, objectivity, integrity, carefulness, openness, respect for intellectual property, confidentiality, responsible publication, responsible mentoring, respect for colleagues, social responsibility, non-discrimination, competence, legality, animal care (if relevant), and human subjects protection
  • describe and discuss institutional review board processes and human subjects research guidelines
  • describe and discuss the logic and ethical application of single-subject and traditional group designs


Ethics in clinical work, research and publication of research results, with emphasis on the core values of behavior analysis 

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

The course consists of 1 introductory meeting, 6 - 12 seminars of 4 x 45 minutes, and a final seminar (4 x 45 minutes). The introductory meeting takes place 2 weeks ahead of the main part of the course. At this meeting, the structure, content and purpose of the course are presented. The students are asked to give short presentations of their Ph.D. projects, and describe how the course is relevant to it. The main purpose of this early session is to help the students to start systematic work with the course readings.

The seminars target central themes from the course readings for discussion and reflection. A high level of student participation is expected. During this time, students will produce several reaction papers (3 - 4 pages double spaced), and a final presentation of one central theme from the course. Themes are assigned by the lecturers.

The final seminar consists of a discussion of the presentations, which are distributed in advance as papers not to exceed 10 pages double spaced, and introduced by each candidate in a short (3 minute) session. Course teachers mediate the discussions.

Arbeidskrav og obligatoriske aktiviteter

  • All papers approved,
  • attendance in at least 80 % of the seminars, and
  • approved paper presentation in final seminar.

Vurdering og eksamen


Portfolio requirements: 4 reaction papers

Hjelpemidler ved eksamen



Pass / Fail




No overlap with existing courses.