Ethical Consent Procedure
Computer Science Department,
Chair and Coordinator(s):Xianghua (Jason) Xie
Ethics Committee Members:
Ethical approval is required for experiments involving human participants at Swansea University. At the Department of Computer Science, this is dealt with by its Ethics and Risk Assessment Committee, the chair of which is Associate Professor Robert S Laramee .
This page contains information to support preparation of an application for ethical approval, including example documents and a description of procedures to follow.
Requirements for an application within the Department of Computer Science
Your application has these components:
Please ensure that all paperwork is securely held together or in a folder, and submit it to Jason (Xianghua) Xie in the Computer Science Office, room 313 Faraday Tower. He has a pigeon hole there. Applications are in printed form. Electronic submissions are not acceptable. (If electronic resources are to be used, such as an on-line questionnaire, please provide printed copies as well as the location of the on-line material.)
Getting a response
If possible, the Committee will respond to applications within 7 working days. This turnaround time should not be taken for granted, and a reasonable amount of time should be left between submission of the application and the planned start of the study. Please be aware that the Committee may request further information, or require changes to be made to the experimental procedures and materials before approval can be given. You will receive a written response to your application, giving approval or detailing further steps that are required before the application is resubmitted. If you have an especially urgent case, stop by Bob's office, room 508 Faraday Tower.
Scope of feedback
The Committee is not intended to provide feedback on the quality of the research and experimental methodology that is described in applications. Any response will focus on the ethical considerations involved in the application.
Pilot studies require ethical approval before they can be carried out. The Committee considers a pilot study to be an investigation into the efficacy of the experimental design, where individuals who have not been involved in designing the experiment are subjected to the experimental procedures and conditions.
Re-application for approval
If the experimental procedures or materials change at any time after approval has been given, experimentation must stop and a further application must be submitted, describing the changes. The Committee expects and requires that approved applications held on file are an accurate description of the experimentation that took place.
Applications that only generally describe one or more experiments in a series, or integrate multiple experiments such that the procedures and materials for each experiment are not individually distinguishable, will not be approved. 'Blanket' approval for a number of loosely-defined experiments on a topic will not be given.
We have based documents and the process on those used by the University of Waikato SCMS, available at their ethical consent pages.
This page is maintained by Robert S. Laramee. |
In case of comments, questions, suggestions, or collaboration ideas, send email to: r.s.laramee "at" swansea.ac.uk.