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Ethics Approval for Courses

HREC may grant ethics approvals for courses in which a cohort of students undertake short duration research projects. Course approval applications are subject to the same process (including risk assessment) as other applications, and may be reviewed at E1, E2 or E3 level depending on the degree of risk.

To apply for course approval, the course coordinator should submit an ethics application in the online system prior to the commencement of the course. The application should cover the component of the course requiring ethics approval (e.g., the research project that students will undertake) according to the curriculum of the course.

Once ethics approval has been granted, a Course Coordinator Report must be submitted to the Human Research Ethics Officer (humanethics@unisa.edu.au) each time the course is offered. This report must include a list of all students who will be covered by the course approval, as well as the titles of their projects and the names of the organisations where the research/activity is to be undertaken.

Course Coordinator Report Form

Confirmation that all students are covered by the course approval must be received before students commence their research. The course coordinator is responsible for identifying projects that do not fall within the scope of the course approval and directing these students to apply for individual ethics approvals for their projects.