Aalto Research Ethics

This course is designed for doctoral students and recommended for first or second year of study.
Aalto University Learning Center by Tuomas Uusheimo

Course participation 

Course is designed for doctoral students and recommended for first or second year of study. This 2 ECTS course comprises of 46 hours of independent study and 8 hours of workshops with compulsory attendance.

All course correspondence will be sent to the participants’ Aalto email, so please check your email at the start of the course for more details on assessment tasks and course content. 


The course runs over 6 weeks from 4 September to 19 October.

Deadlines for assessments are as follows:
Assessment 1 – Wed 16.9.2020 - Ethical issues and challenges in my own research 
Assessment 2 – Mon 28.9.2020 - Peer Review 
Assessment 3 – Tue 29.9. – 9.10.2020 - Discussion board on ethical issues
Assessment 4 – Mon 19.10.2020 - Reflection and solutions to ethical issues
Assessment 5 – Mon 19.10.2020 – Deadline for online quizzes


For 2 ECTS course credits, you must attend both workshops. Workshops are held, if possible, in Otaniemi.

Workshop 1: Mon 07.09.20 - 14:15 - 18:00 (U8, Otakaari 1)
Workshop 2: Mon 12.10.2020 14:15 - 18:00 (U8, Otakaari 1)

Online study 

  • The course will be taught online (  Please note that this is a national doctoral Moodle site and you can login with your HAKA login details. 
  • Moodle materials are available in English and Finnish and most assessment tasks can be completed in either English of Finnish, with the exception of assessment 3, which is completed in English. 

Most of the course is self-directed and allows for great flexibility with when and where it is done. However, assessments have strict deadlines as outlined above. 

Learning outcomes 

At the completion of this course a Doctoral candidate is able to 

  1. recognise and analyse key research ethical questions 
  2. formulate ethical research plans and responses to ethical challenges by applying key
    ethical theories and approaches 
  3. recognise and understand key ethical principles guiding research and how they apply to research work
  4. understand the Finnish Responsible Conduct of Research guidelines, processes for
    dealing with research misconduct, and processes for applying research license or
    ethical review 
  5. identify rights and responsibilities as a researcher
  6. understand how ethical decisions and choices influence society and research community 

Evaluation criteria

The course is assessed as Pass / Fail. The course completion requires: 

  • active engagement with the course material
  • completing compulsory assessment tasks detailed above.

The course evaluation is based on adequately achieving learning outcomes as evidenced in the assessment tasks.


Dr Henriikka Mustajoki is the course coordinator. You can contact Henriikka on [email protected] or via Moodle message facility.

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