Assessment Task: Draft Ethics Application

Task Details

In this assessment, you will demonstrate your understanding of public health ethics and research ethics by preparing an ethics application for submission to the FedUni Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). Additionally, you will create a Participant Information Sheet (PLIS) that communicates informed consent to potential participants in your research project.

Total Weight: This assessment carries a total weight of 40% in your course grade.

Instructions:

Part A: Ethics Application:

  1. Adherence to Ethical Guidelines: Review the ethical guidelines provided in your course materials. Ensure that your ethics application fully complies with these guidelines. Address elements such as risk assessment, informed consent, confidentiality, and potential conflicts of interest. Aim for ethical rigour and clarity in your application.
  2. Clarity and Organization: Organize your ethics application clearly and logically. Use headings and subheadings to help structure your document for easy readability. Ensure that your application flows logically and is easy to follow.
  3. Justification of Research: Provide a compelling and well-supported rationale for your research project. Explain its importance in the context of public health and its potential benefits. Ensure that you back your rationale with strong supporting evidence.
  4. Ethical Considerations: Thoroughly address all ethical considerations relevant to your research. This includes addressing potential risks, obtaining informed consent, ensuring confidentiality, and identifying and managing any conflicts of interest. Pay close attention to detail in this section.

Part B: Participant Information Sheet (PLIS):

  1. Clarity and readability readability: Create a Participant Information Sheet (PLIS) that is exceptionally clear, concise, and easy for your target audience to understand. Your PLIS should be written in plain language and free from jargon.
  2. Informed consent: The PLIS should effectively communicate informed consent. It should clearly explain the purpose of the study, potential risks and benefits, how participant confidentiality will be protected, and emphasize the voluntary nature of participation.
  3. Compliance with Ethical Standards: Ensure that your PLIS aligns perfectlywith the ethics application and complies with all relevant ethical standards. There should be consistency between what is stated in the ethics application and the PLIS.

Overall Quality:

  1. Overall Quality: The ethics application and PLIS should be of high quality, demonstrating your deep understanding of public health ethics and research ethics. Ensure that your work is free from errors, well-referenced, and professionally presented.

You should include at least 10 credible references not older than 10 years.

Submission:

  • Your completed ethics application and PLIS should be submitted as a single document in a either Microsoft Word or PDF document.
  • Include a title page with your name, student ID, course title, and date of submission.
  1. Page Size and Margins: Use standard A4 size paper (8.5" x 11") with 1-inch margins (2.54 cm) on all sides.
  1. Font: Use a clear and readable font such as Times New Roman or Arial.

o Font Size: Use a 12-point font size for the main text.

o Headings and Subheadings: Use a larger font size (e.g., 14-point or 16-point) for headings and subheadings to differentiate them from the main text.

  1. Line Spacing: Double-space throughout the document, including the main text, headings, and references.
  1. Alignment: Align the text to the left (also known as left-justified) for a clean and professional appearance.
  1. Paragraph Indentation: Use a standard 0.5-inch (1.27 cm) paragraph indentation for the first line of each paragraph.
  1. Page Numbers: Number all pages consecutively, usually in the header or footer. Typically, page numbers are placed in the lower middle.
  1. You should include at least 10 credible references not older than 10 years. You can us a broader range of references and evidence of reading.
  1. Referencing your work: the recommended referencing style for this course is APA 7th Edition. To learn more about APA referencing, visit the Fed University Library website via the below link

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