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FOHS710 – Ethical Issues in Research

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Mitch Parsell
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
The conduct of research requires a high level of understanding in what constitutes ethical practice. All researchers need knowledge about what is ethical practice within their discipline and more generally, skills to recognise ethical dilemmas, analyse them and reach sound decisions about good practice. This unit focuses on The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. It uses a case study methodology to develop understanding of good research practice and systematic skills to evaluate ethical aspects of research. The unit will cover topics such as Human Ethics: consent and confidentiality; Research with special populations e.g. people with mental illness, those incarcerated or unable to consent or end-of-life participants; children; High risk to participant research e.g. medical devices, surgical techniques; Research with non-human animals; Ethics in academic life including authorship and intellectual property; Commercialising research; and misconduct in research. A core element of the unit is to make students aware of their own attitudes and values and to evaluate them with respect to legislative requirements.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  2. Reflect on the major ethical issues in a disciplinary specific area
  3. Think critically and make informed and logical judgments of the ethical dilemmas in research
  4. Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area
  5. Articulate clearly a coherent argument about an ethical dilemma in research in written and oral form to a variety of audiences

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Annotated Bibliography 30% Friday Week 4
Presentation 20% TBA
Participation 25% Continuous
Ethics Critique 25% Friday of Week 12

Annotated Bibliography

Due: Friday Week 4
Weighting: 30%

Annotated Bibliography of 15 items


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Presentation

Due: TBA
Weighting: 20%

Presentation of a case-based critical appraisal


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area
  • Articulate clearly a coherent argument about an ethical dilemma in research in written and oral form to a variety of audiences

Participation

Due: Continuous
Weighting: 25%

Participation in seminars/discussion forum


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Reflect on the major ethical issues in a disciplinary specific area
  • Think critically and make informed and logical judgments of the ethical dilemmas in research

Ethics Critique

Due: Friday of Week 12
Weighting: 25%

Ethics critique


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Reflect on the major ethical issues in a disciplinary specific area
  • Think critically and make informed and logical judgments of the ethical dilemmas in research
  • Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area
  • Articulate clearly a coherent argument about an ethical dilemma in research in written and oral form to a variety of audiences

Delivery and Resources

This unit is taught as a two hour active workshop. 

Unit Schedule

The unit is organised around four themes over 12 weeks:

  • The Problem (weeks 1-2)
  • The History of Ethics Committees (weeks 3-4)
  • The Philosophical Foundations of Ethics Committees (week 5-7)
  • Practical Issues Relevant to Your Research (weeks 8-12)

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html

Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/special-consideration

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

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Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Think critically and make informed and logical judgments of the ethical dilemmas in research
  • Articulate clearly a coherent argument about an ethical dilemma in research in written and oral form to a variety of audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Presentation
  • Participation
  • Ethics Critique

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Reflect on the major ethical issues in a disciplinary specific area
  • Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area

Assessment tasks

  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Presentation
  • Participation
  • Ethics Critique

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Reflect on the major ethical issues in a disciplinary specific area
  • Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation
  • Participation
  • Ethics Critique

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area
  • Articulate clearly a coherent argument about an ethical dilemma in research in written and oral form to a variety of audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation
  • Ethics Critique

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the principles and concepts of ethical research contained in The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Articulate clearly a coherent argument about an ethical dilemma in research in written and oral form to a variety of audiences

Assessment tasks

  • Annotated Bibliography
  • Presentation
  • Participation
  • Ethics Critique

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Reflect on the major ethical issues in a disciplinary specific area
  • Understand the principles of ethical standards by critiquing a disciplinary specific research area

Assessment tasks

  • Presentation
  • Participation
  • Ethics Critique