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 three 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.

C. Data management lecture (2 h). 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 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.

The online course (part A) can be found at https://findocnet.fi/ . Students can familiarize 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 2024 session, the Oulu University Research Ethics Course environment will be opened on 11 March 2024 and closes on 14 April 2024.

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 8 March 2024. 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 2024 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 (in Finnish, Zoom)

  • Tiina Keisanen: 14.3.2024 at 12.15-14.00, Zoom
  • Mervi Heikkinen: 18.3.2024 at 14.15-16.00, SÄ105 (Linnanmaa)
  • Jarmo Pulkkinen: 15.3.2024 at 12.15-14.00, SÄ112 (Linnanmaa)

2. Health and biosciences

All lectures in online (in Finnish, Zoom)

  • Jouko Miettunen: 27.3.2024 at 12.15-14.00, P117 (Kontinkangas)
  • Riitta Veijola: 13.3.2024 at 14.15-16.00, P117 (Kontinkangas)
  • Hanna-Marja Voipio: 19.3.2024 at12.15-14.00, L101A (Kontinkangas)

3. Technology, Natural Sciences and Environment

All lectures online (in Finnish, Zoom)

  • Aarne Mämmelä: 11.3.2024 at 13.15 - 16.00, L7 (Linnanmaa)
  • Riitta Keiski: 28.3.2024 at 13.15-16.00, L7 (Linnanmaa)

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 they follow the email student.oulu.fi, which is in contact information in Peppi.

Data management lectures

In the lecture the content of data management plan (DMP) is introduced and data management in general. Content includes also the introduction to possible data storages, opening of data and metadata.

Data management lecture: 14.03.2024 at 10.15 - 12.00

Consulting hours for the course

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

  • Mon 11.3.2024 at 10.15-12.00
  • Tue 12.3.2024 at 10.15-12.00
  • Mon 18.3.2024 at 10.15-12.00

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.