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    Basic ethical aspects of health research on humans: questions arising in research from conception, design and conduct, to dissemination of research results; the role and challenges of ethical review of research; Māori in research; and research in vulnerable populations.

    About this paper

    Paper title Health Research Ethics
    Subject Bioethics
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,111.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

    Entry to Bioethics postgraduate papers assumes that the student has completed an undergraduate degree or has completed BITC 301 Bioethics or a 300-level paper in a related subject (e.g. in Philosophy, Politics, Law, Health Sciences or Life Sciences).

    Teaching staff

    Convenors and Lecturers: Professor Lynley Anderson and Associate Professor Neil Pickering

    Paper Structure

    The paper covers questions arising in research from:

    • Conception, design and conduct to dissemination of research results
    • The role and challenges of ethical review of research
    • Māori in research
    • Research in vulnerable populations

    Assessment: Four assignments (100%)

    Teaching Arrangements

    The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

    The eight audiovisual seminars and lectures for BITC 406 are AV-linked.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Be able to describe and analyse the ethical dimensions of research practice and have a practical knowledge of how to apply these in research practice
    • Be sensitive to particular ethical issues arising out of research design, research method and proposed participants
    • Understand the ethical notions commonly utilised in the analysis of ethical issues in health research (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice) and how these are applied in practice (informed consent, confidentiality etc)
    • Describe the history and development of ethical review with examples from the New Zealand context
    • Understand and be able to describe the structure and process of ethical review in New Zealand
    • Describe and critically analyse the basic justifications for carrying out health research and for study design and choice of method
    • Describe and critically analyse the ethical issues inherent in differing research methodologies
    • Describe and critically analyse the ethical considerations of research with Māori and other indigenous populations
    • Describe and critically analyse the ethical considerations of research on vulnerable populations, children, migrants, psychiatric patients, etc
    • Describe and critically analyse the duties of the researcher to the research environment and the participants of research


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Thursday 12:00-13:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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