Web Exercises

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1. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) offers an extensive online training course in the basics of human subjects protections issues. Go to the public access CITI site at https://www.citiprogram.org/rcrpage.asp?affiliation=100 and complete the course in social and behavioral research. Write a short summary of what you have learned.

2. Philip Zimbardo provides extensive documentation about the Stanford Prison Experiment at www.prisonexperiment.org. Read several documents that you find on this website and write a short report about them.

3. Read the entire ACJS Code of Ethics at www.acjs.org. Discuss the meaning of each research standard.

4. There are many interesting websites that discuss philosophy of science issues. Read the summaries of positivism and interpretivism at 
prabash78.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/interpretivism-and-postivism-ontological-and-epistemological-perspectives/. What do these summaries add to your understanding of these philosophical alternatives?

5. The Belmont Report was the foundation for our modern research protections. Recently, the University of Minnesota sought to improve their research protections. Read the following article (http://news.sciencemag.org/education/2015/06/university-minnesota-overhaul-research-protections) and provide a summary of the improvements the university intends to make to current practices. Conclude with a statement about how these changes may or may not impact human subjects protections.

6. Visit the website of the Human Subjects Office for your college or university. Briefly explain the procedure for submitting IRB forms for conducting research.

7. Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website on Informed Consent: http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/consent/index.html. Using this information, draft an informed consent form for a research project you plan to conduct. What elements should you include on your form? What details can you leave out? Do you need to obtain both juvenile assent and parental consent? Would your research be exempt from the informed consent requirement?