Video instructions and help with filling out and completing How Form 5495 Ethics

Instructions and Help about How Form 5495 Ethics

Hi my name is James Ivana Tarkus I'm the Dean of the Graduate research school here at Western Sydney University welcome to our ethical research videos in his second video we talk about ethics - a group of researchers who advise you on the processes that they follow and some tips that I can give you I think approval or the ethics process isn't just about ticking the box it's really about thinking about how research is used in a way that can actually improve whether it be health or science or any type of outcomes and in the process of part you know doing an ethics application you actually start to think about how it is that we talk about certain things how we engage with certain ideas and I think it actually develops a researcher as a kind of agent for whether it be social change or advancement or innovation and ethics then becomes a vehicle in that sense and that application process which really asks you a lot of questions where you start to be able to think about how do I understand these ideas how do I want to get them across and that carries on in your research itself as well as in your writing and in other aspects where you begin to develop outside of this tick box process but this is a catalyst for it so when you first think about ethics as a few things you should have in place so one is some background in the area they don't the ethics committees don't want you researching something that's been researched a thousand times before so you need to know that you're doing something unique and novel you should probably put forward a protocol which is the journey a participant would go on so you would approach them in what way you're going to ask and ask them questions either over the phone face-to-face in an online survey so really put forward the journey and then once you've got that data what's the journey that data will go on so if you can map out the process that you expect it to take then you you're a long way towards understanding how you can then go and answer the questions in an ethics application so my advice to any student approaching an ethics approval process work closely with your supervisors don't do this on your own don't think you know it don't go off and submit it without it being reviewed and having assistance the other thing that I do with my students is I get them to look at other ethics submissions so I give them copies of other ethics submissions I give them copies of Flyers and demographics and consent and information sheets and that helps them enormous Lee and being able to put together the ethics approval but I would never ever expect my students to do it without help talk to other students about things that they've learned never be frightened to ring up the the ethics office they're there fantastic and they help with all sorts of things the other thing is when we submit an ethics application often they'll review it and they'll pick up where we may have missed out on things they'll send it back and we can quickly fix that so we don't have the delay on the other end so it's a really important part of being a student but you don't have to do this on your own what what do you want your final product to look like what what do you want your thesis to look like and where are you going to gather that data from and it might be lots of places it might be the literature it might be experts in the field it might be fellow students it might be the community you might go and just observe people without actually interacting with them all those bits of information if you write them up for your thesis you really do have to think about at what point may higher I have changed or interviewed a situation that I've gathered data whether it be observations conversations numbers facts and figures at what point have you intervened that you have been a presence there that you wouldn't normally have been in in order to get that data and if you are placing yourself in a position to get data then you probably need to be getting ethics to do that so the important piece for all students to remember and all researchers in general to remember is that ethics approval processes ethics clearance whatever you want to call it is actually a positive step that is actually something that allows you to reflect upon what you're doing and how you're engaging in your project this is helpful it should be viewed as constructive and in on the other side of the coin it should be treated as an opportunity for learning so ethic those who are engaged in providing ethical clearance also needed to treat it in that positive sort of way if we create a context where ethics is a burden where it's a sort of step that you have to go through and nobody really wants to take into account then I think it's it's we're not sort of taking full advantage of ethical considerations we need to treat it as a positive step in research and treat it as an opportunity to learn how to enhance our research so as not to affect others in a negative way so I would ask a supervisor in the first instance if that's your first protocol for your research I would ask the supervisor what type of methods they have used and how has that gone down with ethics how they have prepared their ethics applications if you can get some examples of what ethics applications look like if you can get some information things to