Research Methodology & Ethics
Research Methodology & Ethics (4610): (1 weighted high school science credit).
Students will study contemporary issues in scientific research while conducting independent research projects outside of class. Students are encouraged to select projects consistent with their strand or career goals. Course topics include research design strategies, data analysis and representation (with and without computer-assistance), norms of conduct for ethical research behavior, and the historical basis for current research regulations, among others. All students must conduct a review of the primary literature to support their research design assumptions, prepare and present a plan of their proposed research for institutional review and approval, conduct their studies and report their findings via formal technical paper as well as oral presentation. All students present posters in our junior science symposium, judged by professionals in various fields. All students complete application materials for the Tidewater Science and Engineering Fair, and participation in this, and other fairs, is highly encouraged. This course will serve as a preparatory course for the Honor Research and Mentorship Program.