• Class Number 8327
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Bruce Smyth
    • Prof Bruce Smyth
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course is used for two purposes.

1. To run special courses that may be offered only once (for example, due to the availability of an academic visitor).  Assessment will be set by the lecturer and may include assignments, essays, exams and presentations.

2. To allow outstanding students to conduct independent research programs in consultation with a supervising academic. Assessment will be negotiated between the student and supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

To allow outstanding students to conduct independent research programs in consultation with a supervising academic.

Research-Led Teaching

Many of the real-world examples of ethical dilemmas will come from the lecturer's prior and current projects.

Required Resources

Israel, M. (2015) Research ethics and research integrity for social scientists (2nd ed). London: Sage.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Why ethics and research integrity matter; course overview None
2 Research integrity and benefits; beneficence; respect None
3 Ethics protocol elements in detail None
4 Materials - Information sheets; consent forms etc None
5 Ethical issues in quantitative research None
6 Ethical issues in qualitative research 1,000 essay (2 x 500 words) on 2 ethical dilemmas
7 Ethical considerations specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples None
8 Ethical considerations specific to criminology (incl people who may be involved in illegal activities) None
9 Ethical considerations specific to children and young people None
10 Ethical considerations specific to people/research in other countries Ethics protocol due (~3,000-4,000 words)
11 Ethical considerations specific to mental health research (incl those who may be unable to give consent due to mental/cognitive/medical reasons) None
12 Revision Class test (2 hours: 20 multiple choice; 4 short answer questions)

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
1000-word essay on 2 ethical dilemmas 20 % 27/08/2019 17/09/2019 1, 2, 3, 5
Ethics Protocol in ARIES Play mode 50 % 15/10/2019 28/10/2019 4
Class test 20 % 29/10/2019 29/10/2019 1,2,3,4,5
Participation -- attendance & Wattle forum discussion 10 % 22/07/2019 22/10/2019 1,2,3,4,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 27/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

1000-word essay on 2 ethical dilemmas

1000-word essay on 2 ethical dilemmas (500 words on each dilemma)

20% of total mark

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 15/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4

Ethics Protocol in ARIES Play mode

The first piece of summative assessment is an ethics protocol. This assignment should be completed using the ONLINE ARIES protocol (PLAY mode) available at: https://aries.anu.edu.au/play/content/ASP/ANULogin.asp


In order to complete this assessment, you are required to attend an ARIES training session. In the event that you are unable to attend the ARIES in-class training, you will need to attend one of the sessions offered by ANU Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

Objective of this piece of assessment

·      To encourage students to think through the ethical issues, and to gain famialirity with completing an online protocol

50% of total mark

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Class test

2 hour class test covering course content (20 multiple choice; 4 short answer questions):

20% of total mark

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 22/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 22/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Participation -- attendance & Wattle forum discussion

10% of total mark (5% attendance; 5% participation in Wattle forum discussions)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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