BBSP 705 Rigor and Reproducibility in Research
Instructor: Rob Nicholas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The goal of this class is to introduce topics concerning rigor and reproducibility in research early in students’ careers (i.e. 2nd year in graduate school) in a campus-wide and consistent format to ensure that each trainee contributes to the integrity of UNC research culture. The importance of reproducibility and rigor in academic science has been highlighted in multiple publications in a myriad of journals, all describing the problems arising from irreproducible research and suggesting ways to increase rigor and reproducibility. This subject matter is both timely and important. The NIH now requires that all R, F, and T grants include a section addressing Rigor and Reproducibility, both for proposed research (R and F grants) and for training (F and T grants). We have based this class on addressing rigor and reproducibility at all stages of the classic scientific method of hypothesis testing (i.e. generating a hypothesis à designing an experiment à collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data à publishing), and identifying the areas in which one’s research can lead to incorrect conclusions and erroneous publications. Our goal is to make the class both informative and engaging and to foster class discussion based on real-world scenarios.