Preparing a Research Ethics Application

  • Description

    Are you a student or faculty member undertaking a human participant research project, or undertaking research as part of your ministry or organisational responsibilities?  If so, you need to know what it means to conduct ethically sound research .

    In this nanocourse you review what is looked for in research ethics applications, and then think about how to prepare an acceptable application. When you have completed this nanocourse you should be competent and confident to prepare an ethics application for a research project you are undertaking.

    Course Outcomes

    This course will train you in preparing a research ethics application for review.

    Course content
    • Three categories of researcher
    • What is looked for in research ethics applications?
    • Writing your research ethics application
    • A checklist for research ethics applications
    • Prepare an application


    This course is authored by Allan Harkness, the founding dean of AGST Alliance (Asia Graduate School of Theology in SE Asia). Now resettled in New Zealand, Allan is a theological education consultant for LeaDev-Langham (NZ) and Overseas Council Australia, and Advisory Director of AGST Alliance. Allan has been on medical and human participant research ethics committees since the 1990s, in Singapore and New Zealand. He is presently a member of the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee and Chair of the AGST Alliance (SE Asia) Human Participants Ethics Panel. He also supervises doctoral candidates in their educational/social science research ventures.

    Delivery mode

    This is a self-paced online course. 


    2 hours of learning.

    ICETE Academy points

    2 points.

    Completion requirements

    You will need to complete the learning sections, prepare, and submit a research ethics application.

    Course enrolment key


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