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Academic and professional integrity

Code: MEAC16_6     Acronym: IAP

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Life Sciences

Instance: 2022/2023 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education Department
Course/CS Responsible: Academic and Clinical Education

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MEAC 11 Current Studies Plan 1 - 3 21 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Laura Virginia Pereira Teixeira Ribeiro

Teaching language



The curricular unit “Academic and professional integrity” is intended to provide, not only with the knowledge and skills for the responsible conduct of research, teaching and professional practice, as to identifiy questionnable conduct practices and fraud.

Learning outcomes and competences

This curricular unit is intended to assist students to increase their awareness of the importance of academic and professional integrity. At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Know and apply knowledge about core concepts of ethics and academic and professional integrity;
  2. Identify academic and professional questionable practices and fraud;
  3. Recognize the impact of questionable practices and fraud on academic and professional integrity;
  4. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding about similarities and differences between the ethical and deontological codes of academics and clinical professionals;
  5. Demonstrate compreensive understanding about the process of writing and publish a scientic paper;
  6. Recognize strategies to promote good conduct practices.

Working method



Definition of academic and professional integrity. The academic and professional environments and their impact on integrity. The scientific publication process: how to write, how to choose a journal and the authors, how to publish and review a paper. Ethical and deontological codes that rule teaching and clinical practice: knowledge and skills, general and specific duties, relationship with the students and clients, relationship between professionals and between institutions. Misconduct and fraud. Mechanisms promoting academic and professional integrity through education.

Individual and institutional responsibilities.

Mandatory literature

Universidade do Porto; Código Ético de Conduta Académica, Universidade do Porto, 2017
Martinson, B. C., Anderson, M. S., de Vries, R.; Scientists behaving badly, Nature, 2005
Bretag T. ; Challenges in addressing plagiarism in education. , PLoS Med 10(12):e1001574. doi: 10.1371, 2013. ISBN: 1932-6203
Sivasubramaniam, S. D.; Cosentino, M.; Ribeiro, L.; Marino, F.; Unethical practices within medical research and publication – An exploratory study. , International Journal for Educational Integrity. , 2021

Complementary Bibliography

The Lancet; Retractions: the lessons for research institutions, The Lancet, 2014
Fanelli, D.; Do pressures to publish increase scientists' bias? An empirical support from US States Data, PLoS One, 2010

Teaching methods and learning activities

The unit program involves a total of 21 hours distributed along three weeks, after working hours.

Students must acquire real and effective ethics and professional integrity, in addition to their knowledge and technical skills and reasoning.

The syllabus of this unit will be covered through lectures taught by different teachers. During the lectures, students will acquire / enhance their knowledge of key concepts related to academic and professional integrity. These lectures will also include the presentation of the research carried out by the various teachers in these areas, as well as the presentation of papers in order to maximize active participation and discussion among students. In addition, they can improve comprehension skills on various aspects of academic and professional integrity, through the presentation and discussion of simulated cases evaluated by ethics committees.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho escrito 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 60,00
Frequência das aulas 21,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

Attendance: 75 %.

Calculation formula of final grade

Assessment wil be based on the result of an essay on the topic of academic and professional integrity (100 %).
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