Scientific Research and Ethics course page

You can find information on course completion and lecture schedules on this page.

Structure of the course

The course consists of two parts:

A. An online course (max. 5 weeks) covering general ethical topics applicable to all fields of research. This part of the course is shared by all Finnish universities. This part of the course is available in Finnish (only) in the Spring session and in English (only) in the Autumn session;

B. Field-specific lectures (6 h). Students must attend all lectures of at least one of the field-specific topics (1 – 3) listed below. This part of the course is available in English (only) in the Autumn session, and in Finnish (only) in the Spring session.

In order to pass this course, students must successfully complete both parts (A & B) of the course either in a single semester, or within two consecutive semesters. It is recommended (but not obligatory) that the course be completed in the order A-B.-B.

The online course (part A) can be found at https://findocnet.fi/ . Students can familiarise themselves with the online course material in advance (folder "Research Ethics" and within that "Research Ethics - Open Learning Course"). However, it is not possible to complete any tasks, or gain any credits, in this open learning environment outside of the formal course schedule for each semester. This can only be done in the Oulu University Research Ethics Course environment.

For the Spring 2023 session, the Oulu University Research Ethics Course environment will be opened on 13 March 2023 and closes on 23 April 2023.

Students who have registered for the course will be sent an e-mail with instructions on how to access the Oulu University Research Ethics Course environment (part A) on 10 March 2023. Please note  that email will only be send to student.oulu.fi or oulu.fi email address found in Peppi.

Responsible teacher for the course: Jarmo Pulkkinen.

Field-specific lectures

In the Spring 2023 course, the field-specific lectures (part B) may be followed either in the lecture room or via direct video link (see below for the address), or via a recorded video stream.

The schedule for field-specific lectures (obligatory “attendance” in all sessions of at least one of the following topics (1 – 3) is as follows:

1. Human sciences

All lectures online (see Zoom video link)

  • Mervi  Heikkinen: Thu 23.03.2023 10:15-12:00,  SÄ102
  • Tiina Keisanen: Thu 30.03.2023 08:15-10:00, SÄ102
  • Jarmo Pulkkinen: 

2. Health and biosciences

All lectures in online (see Zoom video link)

  • Jouko Miettunen: Wed 15.03.2023 10:15-12:00, P107 (specific zoom video link

  • Riitta Veijola: 

  • Hanna-Marja Voipio: 

 3. Technology, Natural Sciences and Environment 

All lectures online (see Zoom video link)

  • Riitta Keiski: Fri 24.03.2023 12:15-15:00, SÄ118

  • Aarne Mämmelä: Tue 28.03.2023 12:15-15:00, M101

The links to the recorded videos of each field-specific lecture will be sent to all students who have registered for the course a few days after each lecture.

Important: All students must ensure that their contact data in Peppi is up to date.

Data management lecture: Thu 16.03.2023 10:15-12:00, Online

Consulting hours for the course

Optional (i.e. if needed/desired) consulting hours for the course (online):

Consulting hours do not include any lectures. They are intended for students in need of guidance with regard to the course in general. Students may also use e-mail (jarmo.pulkkinen@oulu.fi), if in need of guidance.