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EPM5024

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr L Bishop

Synopsis

Introductory approach to international and domestic law to research. Examination of legal approach to substantive issues such as consent, confidentiality, discrimination, contract, intellectual property and human rights as well as different international codes, guidelines and standards.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the operation of the legal system and the sources of law, both national and international;
  2. show familiarity with the roles and powers of the various legal institutions that have a role in regulating the legal context, from courts through to international organizations that set standards;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the key areas of law which affect research, including consent, confidentiality, discrimination, contract, intellectual property and human rights within national legal systems;
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the range of international codes and guidelines that affect research, and harmonization of the standards;
  5. identify the legal issues that arise in relation to proposals for research involving humans;
  6. distinguish legal from ethical issues and explain the respective roles of both in relation to research or humans;

and

  1. analyse a research project in terms of the legal and ethical issues that affect it.

Assessment

Written assignments (60%)
Contribution to online discussion forum (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Weekly reading as required and contribution to online discussion forum

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