Learn the functions of the Human Subjects Research Board, become familiar with the process at Indiana Tech, and structure your own application to this Board. (If you do not have a research project in mind, please use a published research article from a refereed journal of your interest and design the IRB based on what you have learned from the article concerning subjects and risk. You must also be able to establish other issues of consent.) Same rules apply for peer REQUIRED critical review, especially in all issues in informed consent.

Please attach your completed IRB for Indiana Tech for Human Subjects Research. (If you have used a refereed article that used human subjects in order to answer the questions on the Tech IRB, please asterisk and then disclose the article that you used to tease out the information.
Topic: IRB Proposal
For discussion in this module chapter, please study the Indiana Tech IRB paperwork for your research study.

After you have digested the procedures, do a search among other universities. The names may be a bit different. Some of called “university research review,” “human subjects board.” Sometimes the name is not “board” but “committee.” If all else fails in a Google, just call the university and someone will direct you to the paperwork part of the process. You may find different forms for different levels of research, such as undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or faculty.
Once you have downloaded documents from a couple of other universities, begin to do a comparison and contrast with the IRB documentation from Indiana Tech. Areas to consider: 1) What do you find that is similar, and 2) what is different? 3) What forms do you consider more complete? 4) What forms are confusing for young researchers? 5) Do you see possible ethics violations that could occur that Tech paperwork does not examine?

This is an example of a students response:




Indiana Institute of Technology

Fort Wayne, Indiana

The four institutions share the following:

1. Guidelines to determine which research activities are exempt from IRB approval.

2. Informed consent requirements and definition.

3. Procedures to follow according the level of risk.

1. Rose-Hulman IRB process is managed externally by Indiana State University, the other three institutions manage their own IRB committees.

2. Rose-Hulman policy list specific responsibilities for IRB administrators.

3. For some research activities, Auckland University of Technology requires the opinion of the legal division.

4. Indiana Tech policy is specific about not granting retrospective approvals (IRB application must be approved before starting any research activities).

5. The ethics policy at Auckland University of Technology includes requirements for instruments that are translated to the local language of study participants.