Ethics Online Training Suite

These online eClass courses are free to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty/staff.

Academic Integrity and Ethics Training

  • Graduate students taking these ethics courses may, with consent of their department, use each course for one hour towards the eight hours of the Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement. Ethics courses taken after June 18, 2018 may not be used towards the Professional Development Requirement.
  • For your records, a certificate is generated upon completion of the course.


Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism | Self-Enrol


Academic Integrity and Research Ethics Training Credit: 2 hours with departmental approval

The purpose of this course is to help you better understand the issue of academic integrity with specific attention given to plagiarism. The course will deepen your understanding of plagiarism and why it happens. You will learn about the different types of plagiarism, develop strategies for avoiding plagiarism, and will learn about how to to avoid it. Examples are provided in each module, which not only educate you on the various types of plagiarism, but also test your understanding of plagiarism. The knowledge you develop in this course will strengthen your research and writing habits, help you avoid plagiarism in your own work, and will build your confidence as an academic writer.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Define plagiarism and identify potential consequences of plagiarism as it relates to the University of Alberta Code of Student Behaviour;
  • List the types of plagiarism and evaluate writing examples for plagiarism;
  • Discuss the reasons student plagiarize and identify strategies to avoid plagiarism;
  • Differentiate between material that does and does not need to be cited;
  • Identify correct strategies for paraphrasing and evaluate examples; and,
  • Identify campus resources that support students in avoiding plagiarism through writing support and education in proper citing


Academic and Research Integrity | Self-Enrol

Academic Integrity and Research Ethics Training Credit: 1 hour with departmental approval |

This course will explore integrity issues in the graduate student setting. Academic integrity, research integrity, academic dishonesty and research misconduct will all be discussed. The module features many examples and animated case studies where you can test your knowledge. You will find the last unit particularly helpful as it explores ethics approval, data retention, record keeping and negotiating authorship.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define academic integrity and research integrity and apply these definitions to your own academic context;
  2. Analyze examples of academic and research misconduct to identify the causes and effects of these offences; and
  3. Develop a sense of personal responsibility for promoting integrity in academic and research work on campus.

Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneur's Guide | Self-Enrol

Academic Integrity and Research Ethics Training Credit: 1 hour with departmental approval

This course offers an introduction to intellectual property. The course will introduce students of the basic definitions and types of intellectual property, including trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and copyrights. These topics will allow students, entrepreneurs and/or inventors to use this knowledge to make strategic decisions regarding the application for intellectual property protection. Some topics we will touch on include: How do you file for various types of intellectual property? How do you know if you have intellectual property? What rights do intellectual properties give a society, company and inventor?

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  1. Provide a basic definition of intellectual property and be able to identify and distinguish between the different types of intellectual property protection.
  2. Define and provide examples of trademarks, patents, trade secrets and copyrights.
  3. Explain who owns different types of intellectual property in unique scenarios and the necessary steps in applying for intellectual property protection.
  4. Apply this new knowledge to future business ventures (either as an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur)