Skip Navigation
  • students
  • microscope
  • lab
  • crystals
  • first years

College of Graduate Studies

Essential Scientific Practices I, II, and III

Essential Scientific Practices I, II and III (CGS 710, CGS 711 and CGS 712) address the imperatives of performing biomedical research in an ethically responsible manner, the requirements facing scientists as they navigate the increasingly complex spectrum of regulations governing scientific practice, and the importance of effective scientific and social communication with a professionally and ethnically diverse audience.

CGS 710 Essential Scientific Practices I

Edward L. Krug, Ph.D. Course Director
BE 101, 876-2404
BioE Building, Room 112

CGS 710 is designed to introduce students to the regulations governing the conduct of biomedical research, and to aid in the development of essential scientific skills for addressing the more subjective aspects of the responsible conduct of research.

The format for most of the sessions is a short lecture followed by small group discussion of case studies facilitated by faculty, post docs, and senior graduate students. The class then discusses key features of the case/topic with a summary of the main issues by the instructor. Literature and on-line resources are provided to encourage continued study of each topic. To assure comprehension of the essential concepts, students repeat an on-line quiz until they attain a 100% score. This is a Pass/Fail course. Attendance is mandatory; please contact Dr. Krug should any problems or conflicts arise. Lectures and quizzes will be posted on Moodlerooms.

Tuesday, September 2

1:00 - 1:05 pm

Course Overview


1:05 -1:30 pm

Transitioning from Undergrad to Graduate School

1:30 - 2:10 pm

Program Exposure Session - Finding a Mentor

2:20 - 3:50 pmPostdoc Panel: Lessons LearnedMUSC Postdocs

Wednesday, September 3rd

1:00 - 2:10 pm

Questionable Research Practices

Krug and Facilitators

2:20 - 2:50 pm

Moral Reasoning in Resolving Conflicts

3:00 - 3:50 pm

Authorship/Accountability Issues


Thursday, September 4

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Peer Review and Plagiarism

Krug and Facilitators
2:10 - 3:00 pm

Data Selection and Record Keeping

3:10 - 3:50 pm
Intellectual Property & Entrepreneurship
Goodwin & Dixon Thiesing

Monday, September 8

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Reading the Primary Literature

2:00 - 2:50 pm

Scientific Presentation Skills (Oral)

3:00 - 3:50 pmLab Coat CeremonyWright and McGinty

Tuesday, September 9

1:00 - 1:50 pm

Animal Use in Research


2:00 - 2:30 pm

Conflict of Interest/Commitment

2:30 - 3:00 pmScientific Presentation Skills (Poster)Smolka
3:10 - 3:50 pm

Human Subjects Research


Saturday, September 13

9:00-9:30 am

Time Management & Career Planning


9:30-10:10 am

Effective Communication Strategies

10:20-10:50 amReporting Misconduct and Whistleblowers ProtectionKrug
10:50-12:00 pmEmerging Issues PresentationsClass
12:00-1:15 pmPicnic Lunch 
1:15-3:30 pmSuccessful Collaborations - Team ScienceWright & Krug
Faculty & Class
3:30 - 4:30 pm

Networking - Professional Challenges


CGS 711 Diversity in Science

Cynthia F. Wright, Ph.D., Course Director
BSB 402, Mondays: 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

In CGS 711, students address topics that pertain to concerns facing both under-represented minority and majority groups in the biomedical sciences. Topics discussed include how to succeed in the scientific community, hurdles and how to overcome them, and working in and developing a diverse workforce. Invited speakers discuss how they have succeeded in science and the obstacles they overcame. This is a Pass/Fail course. Attendance is mandatory-please contact Dr. Wright should any problems or conflicts arise. A draft schedule is posted below.

September 22

Drs. Willette Burnham/Danine Fleming

Welcoming Diversity

October 6

Dr. David Turner

Cancer Health Disparities
October 20

Postdoc panel

Cultural Diversity
November 3Dr. Howard Adams
Communication Barriers
December 1

Ms. Amy Herman

The Art of Perception

CGS 712 Scientific Writing

Edward L. Krug, Ph.D., Course Director
BE 101, 876-2404
Tuesdays BioE Building Room 112 (except as noted)

This course is designed to help students develop effective scientific writing skills, promote early and focused student-mentor interaction, encourage an appreciation of the benefits of giving and receiving constructive criticism, and introduce students to the mechanics of extramural funding. These goals will be accomplished by a variety of means, including formal lectures, small group discussions, workshops, and editorial feedback from professors.


June 2

1:00-1:50 pm
2:00-2:50 pm

"Fundamentals of Manuscripts and Proposals"
"Customizing Your Training and Career Goals"
E. Krug

June 9

1:00-1:50 pm
2:00-2:50 pm

"Extramural Grant Agencies and Fellowship Opportunities"
"Personal Preferences for Processing Information"
Training and Career Goals due

J. Ariail

June 16
9:00-9:50 am

Critique Session: Career and Training Goals drafts
"Getting to the Point in the Specific Aims Section"
Proposal Outlines due

June 23
9:00-9:50 am
10:00-10:50 am
"Library Resources"
T. L. Herbert
C. Moorer
June 30

9:00-9:50 am*
10:00-10:50 am

Critique Session: Specific Aims Drafts
"Writing an Effective Significance Section"
Review Group*
E. Krug
July 7
9:00-9:50 am
10:00-10:50 am
"The Peer Review Process"
"Administrative Necessities of Grant Applications"
E. Krug

July 14

9:00-9:50 am*
10:00-10:50 am
Critique Session: Significance Drafts
"The Approach Section: Design vs Method"
Review Group*
E. Krug
July 21
9:00-10:50 am"Statistical Considerations in Experimental Design"B. Wolf
July 28
9:00-10:50 am"Electronic Submission of Proposals"
R. Lee
A. Boehm
August 4
1:00-1:50 pm*
2:00-2:50 pm
Critique Session: Approach Drafts
"Summarizing Key Points in the Abstract"
Review Group*
E. Krug
August 11
9:00-10:50 am"Writing Constructive Critiques"
E. Krug
August 14-Peer Critiques due by 4:00pm - Keisha Vaughn, BE 101
*Location of Review Groups Sessions to be determined by individual facilitators

© 2012  Medical University of South Carolina | Disclaimer