Understanding Research Discussion

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Understanding Research Discussion

The purpose of this discussion is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the material. Approach your response as though it is a mini essay with complete sentences, distinct paragraphs, and correct spelling and punctuation. Grammar and spelling matter. Online courses demand the same standard of academic communication and use of grammar as face-to-face courses.

Using a minimum of 300 words, provide a thorough response to the following prompts:

  1. Design a study to answer some question of interest to you. Describe the pros and cons of the research method you select (e.g., experiment, correlation, survey, naturalistic observation, longitudinal, cross-sectional). How will your research participants be selected? What ethical considerations should be made to ensure that your study would conform to the scientific community’s expectations of ethical research?
  2. Review the Ethics and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study section of Chapter 2, as well as a thorough description of the study located on the Tuskegee University website – https://www.tuskegee.edu/about-us/centers-of-excellence/bioethics-center/about-the-usphs-syphilis-study(Links to an external site.). Why is this study unethical? How were the men who participated and their families harmed as a function of this research?

In addition, you are expected to provide a supportive and/or reflective comment to the post of one classmate. In order to receive the maximum possible 15 points, you must accurately and thoroughly answer each part of the discussion prompt using at least 300 words (including the prompt in your response is not included in the word count) and comment on the post of one of your classmates.

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