UCT Ethics

UCT Ethics

UCT Ethics,

Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment

Ethics in Research

Ethics Applications

If you are planning to undertake research in the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment you will need to ensure that you have read the latest revision of the EBE EiR Handbook

EBE staff, students, as well as external persons or parties linked to EBE – planning to undertake research, must apply for ethics clearance.

For an overview of ethics application requirements in the Faculty, see:

  • Undergraduates;
  • Postgraduates;
  • Academic Staff.

Research involving UCT students and staff

For research involving UCT students as research subjects you will need additional approval from the Executive Director, Department of Student Affairs, Dr Moonira Khan

For research involving UCT staff as research subjects you will need to contact the office of the Executive Director, Human Resources, Ms Joy Henry

Submission Information

To access previously created applications, please login here.

To submit your application please consult the table below for the appropriate pathway for submission.

Four types of research are considered:

  1. Research that does not involve humans or animals.
  2. Research that involves interviews of human participants.
  3. Research that involves performance of clinical tests on humans.
  4. Research that uses or involves animals.

Depending on the type of research that you are conducting, the colour codes in the table below indicate the appropriate ethics committee that you should submit your application to (follow the relevant link in the legend below).

Applicant Does not involve

humans or animals

Interview of human participants Perform clinical tests on humans Use animals in research
Staff EBE EiRC Minimal Risk Declaration for Staff EBE Ethics in Research Committee (EiRC) Health Sciences EiRC Senate Animal Ethics Committee

 

External Researcher EBE Ethics in Research Committee (EiRC)
Undergraduate

(4th year Projects)

Construction Economics & Management

Civil Engineering

Postgraduate / Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering

ERC all / Postgraduate / Undergraduate

Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

Architecture, Planning and Geomatics

Architecture / Planning / Geomatics / Landscape and Conservation

Honours Research
*Masters < 120 credits
*Masters > 120 credits See above blue section EBE Ethics in Research Committee (EiRC)
All PhD Research EBE Ethics in Research Committee (EiRC)

* Please note: Masters’ applications include both MPhil and MSc applications.

 

Contact Persons Per Department:

Civil Engineering

  • Postgraduate – Rowen Geswindt
  • Undergraduate – Isabel Ncube

Mechanical Engineering

  • Postgraduate – Tasha Dilraj
  • Undergraduate – Rosalind Maree
  • ERC – Fazlin Harribi

Electrical Engineering

  • Postgraduate – Nicole Moodley
  • Undergraduate – Matthew Van der Westhuizen

Chemical Engineering

  • Postgraduate – Belinda Davids
  • Undergraduate – Bridgette Cloete

Architecture, Geomatics and Planning

  • Architecture and planning – Naomi Gihwala
  • Geomatics – Junita Abrahams
  • Landscape and conservation – Naomi Gihwala

Construction Economics and Management

  • Honours and undergraduate – Anastacia Haddon
  • Postgraduate – Mareldia Fagodien

Ethics in Research Committee – Bianca Cleenwerck

 

Faculty Of Commerce

Please read the Ethics in Research Handbook of the Faculty of commerce prior to your application.

Any person planning to undertake research in the Commerce Faculty should answer the following questions:

  1. Is your research making use of human subjects as a source of data? (you are using questionnaires, surveys, interviews, secondary data about people)
  2. Is there a possibility that your research could cause harm to a third party?
  3. Does your research involve the participation of communities?
  4. Is your research providing a service to a community?
  5. If your research is sponsored, is there any potential conflict of interest?
  6. Is your research in the field of Health? Please read the following document : Ethics in Health Research and read the additional note below.

Research within the Health Sector

The Commerce Faculty Ethics Board is not registered to grant approval to applications that are covered in the Health Act of South Africa and are defined as health research:

 “health research” includes any research which contributes to knowledge of-

(a) the biological, clinical, psychological or social processes in human beings;
(b) improved methods for the provision of health services;
(c) human pathology;
(d) Causes of disease;
(e) the effects of the environment on the human body;
(f) the development or new application of pharmaceuticals, medicines and
(g) the development of new applications of health technology;

Please see  http://www.health.uct.ac.za/fhs/research/humanethics/about. You are also required to submit an application to Commerce when submitting an application to Health Sciences.

The Application Process in the Commerce Faculty

Please see below what you need to do in order to receive ethics approval, based on the answer to the question above

Applicant

Answer to the question

Action

Undergraduate Student Your answer to any of the 6 questions above is YES then

 

Read the latest version of the:

  • Commerce Faculty Ethics Policy
  • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook
  • Download the Ethics in Research Application form (PDF or .Docx)
  • Submit the filled and signed application form to the Departmental EiRC representative

MANAGEMENT STUDIES STUDENTS :

Submit your application via the

  • Management studies online application system
Your answer to all of the questions above is NO Discuss with your course convenor
Postgraduate Student, doing my Honours, PGdip, Masters research (less than 90 credits)  Your answer to all of the questions above is NO You are not required to submit an ethics form.
Your answer to any of the 6 questions above is YES then

 

Read the latest version of the:

    • Commerce Faculty Ethics Policy
    • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook

 

  • Download the Ethics in Research Application form (PDF or .Docx)
  • Submit the filled and signed application form to the Departmental EiRC representative

MANAGEMENT STUDIES STUDENTS :

Submit your application via the

  • Management studies online application system
Master Student doing a research project with 90 credits or more  Your answer to all of the questions above is NO You are not required to submit an ethics form.
Your answer to any of the 6 questions above is YES then

 

  Read the latest version of the:

  • Commerce Faculty Ethics Policy
  • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook
Submit your online application via the link below: 

  • Online application system.
PhD student  Your answer to all of the questions above is NO You are not required to submit an ethics form
Your answer to any of the 6 questions above is YES then

Read the latest version of the:

  • Commerce Faculty Ethics Policy
  • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook
Submit your online application via the link below: 

  • Online application system.

   

A member of staff doing a research project Your answer to all of the questions above is NO You are not required to submit an ethics form.
Your answer to any of the 6 questions above is YES then

Read the latest version of the:

  • Commerce Faculty Ethics Policy
  • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook
Submit your online application via the link below: 

  • Online application system.
External Researcher

(student or staff member who are not part of the UCT community, including international researchers, NGOs or other organisations)

 

Your answer to any of the 6 questions above is YES then

Read the latest version of the:

  • Commerce Faculty Ethics Policy
  • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook    
Submit your online application via the link below: 

  • Online application system.

Should you have any questions regarding Ethics Applications, please speak in the first instance to the course convenor, your supervisor or your departmental representative:                                                         

Representative Department Email Address
Salah Kabanda Dept. of Information Systems Salah.Kabanda@uct.ac.za
Michael Harber College of Accounting Michael.Harber@uct.ac.za
Badri Zolfaghari Graduate School of Business (GSB) Badri.Zolfaghari@uct.ac.za
Edward Chamisa Dept. of Finance & Tax Edward.Chamisa@uct.ac.za
Tony Leiman School of Economics Tony.Leiman@uct.ac.za
Etiene Pienaar Dept. of Statistical Sciences Etiene.pienaar@uct.ac.za
Carren Field Dept. of Management Studies Carren.Duffy@uct.ac.za
Adiilah Boodhoo Dept. of Management Studies Adiilah.Boodhoo@uct.ac.za
Siphiwe Dlamini Dept. of Management Studies Siphiwe.Dlamini@uct.ac.za
Phillip De Jager Dept. of Finance & Tax Phillip.DeJager@uct.ac.za
Elvina Moosa Graduate School of Dev.Policy & Practice (GSDPP) Elvina.Moosa@uct.ac.za
Carlos de Jesus College of Accounting Carlos.Dejesus@uct.ac.za    

                                                   

Please find below some of the important documents:

  • University of Cape Town code for research involving humans
  • UCT Research Ethics For Research Involving Human Participants
  • Commerce Faculty Ethics in Research Policy
  • UCT Authorship principles
  • Commerce Faculty Authorship Principles
  • Ethics Clearance And Permission
  • Commerce Ethics in Research Handbook

Forms for applying to use UCT staff or students as human participants

  • HR194 – Access to UCT staff for research purposes
  • DSA 100 – Research access to students

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