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Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 3
  • Minimum of 1 library resource for initial post

Introduction
Ethics in research is of paramount importance and most modern researchers and institutions go to great lengths to follow appropriate guidelines. That being said there was a time in the not too distant past that ethics were an afterthought. Also, there are still many gray areas and some unscrupulous individuals. So let’s explore some examples of poor ethics in research.

Initial Post Instructions
Conduct internet or library research, and locate an example of unethical research. If you need some inspiration chapter three of your textbook is filled with examples but don’t use them for your post. After you find an example, describe the study for the other students and discuss what the ethical issues were in the study. Finally, if appropriate, suggest another method to conduct the research in an ethical manner.

Secondary Post Instructions
When you reply to your fellow students compare and contrast your study and theirs. Also, fill in any gaps that the student may have in the application of ethics.

Writing Requirements

  • In addition to one initial post, respond to at least two peers.
  • Initial Post Length: minimum of 250 words
  • Secondary Post Length: minimum of 200 words per post
  • Using APA format, incorporate appropriate in-text citation(s) referring to the academic concept with corresponding references page for the initial post.

Grading and Assessment
Meeting the minimum number of postings does not guarantee an A; you must present an in-depth discussion of high quality, integrate sources to support your assertions, and refer to peers’ comments in your secondary posts to build on concepts.

Course Learning Outcome(s): 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
1.   Understand the language of research.
5.   Develop verbal and written communication skills
6.   Learn computerized statistical analysis and presentation
7.   Critically evaluate research, being able to differentiate shoddy research from good research
8.   Be able to evaluate programming, therapies, policy, etc. 

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