I. Introduction

This module is a modification of the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Online Training Module for the Social Sciences and Humanities, originally written by L.L. Wynn, Paul H. Mason and Kristina Everett and modified by Dr. Denise L. Bailey.

This free educational resource examines the particular ethical issues raised by research involving human participants, with a focus on dental research. The training module is divided into 5 basic parts. You can start and stop reading at any point in the module, and you can close it and return to it later. After you have reviewed the entire module, there is a quiz that tests your comprehension of the material.

It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. In other words, others may download, redistribute, remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as they credit the original authors and license their new creations under the identical terms. All derivative work must also be non-commercial in nature. (c) 2008 Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/ for more information.


  1. History of research ethics violations and regulation
  2. Basic tenets of ethical research practice
  3. Ethics Controversies: Case Studies
  4. Doing research in Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Island communities
  5. Quiz

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