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Ethics: the background
All interpersonal interactions, and especially those on a professional basis, require ethical behaviour on the part of those involved. Certainly Assignment 3, and possibly Assignment 2, involves the willing participation of others. Therefore, you will need their permission to ‘use’ the interaction for study purposes. This kind of practical research falls under the University’s code of ethics, and as a result there are forms that need to be filled in, and protocols adhered to.
(The following is taken from the website of the human research ethics department of the graduate research college, http://www.scu.edu.au/research/ethics/index.php/3/.)
Human Research Ethics
Ethics and ethical principles extend to all spheres of human activity. They apply to our dealings with each other, with animals and the environment.
Welcome to the Southern Cross University human ethics web pages. This resource is maintained by the Division of Research in conjunction with the Southern Cross University Human Research Ethics Committee. Inside you will find information and resources about human research ethics at SCU.
You will find forms and links to assist you with the planning and design of ethics applications on human research, the process of applying for ethical clearance, and the ethical conduct of research.
At SCU, the conduct of research involving the participation of humans must comply with the provisions of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research [www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/e35syn.htm]
What is human research?
Human research is conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue. Broadly, it involves human beings in:
· taking part in surveys, interviews or focus groups;
· undergoing psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatment;
· being observed by researchers;
· researchers having access to their personal documents or other materials;
· access to their information (in individually identifiable, re-identifiable or non-identifiable form) as part of an existing published or unpublished source or database.
Researchers are required to be familiar with the National Statement when designing and conducting their human research and when submitting ethics applications to the HREC for review and approval.
SCU is committed to the ethical conduct of research and ensures that its’ researchers maintain the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research and teaching. [http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/publications/synopses/e72syn.htm]
How to get ethics approval
You need to ask the person you wish to interview and/or record for their consent to use the conversation for study purposes. You do this by asking them to read and sign an ‘Informed Consent Form’. You can use the form below. You must include this form when you hand in your assignment.