Title of the Project: Student Perspectives of Aerospace Engineering Macroethics Issues and Education
Principal Investigator: Aaron Johnson, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Michigan
By completing and submitting this survey you consent to allow us to use your responses in our research.
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1. KEY INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESEARCHERS AND THIS STUDY
Study title: Developing Critically-Conscious Aerospace Engineers through Macroethics Curricula
Principal Investigator: Aaron Johnson, Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
You are invited to take part in a research study. This form contains information that will help you decide whether to join the study.
Taking part in this research project is voluntary. You do not have to participate and you can stop at any time. Please take time to read this entire form and ask questions before deciding whether to take part in this research project.
2. PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY
The purpose of this survey is to assess students’ current and developing perceptions and awareness of macroethical issues in aerospace engineering. Macroethics refers to the collective social responsibility of the aerospace engineering. This survey research is important for developing effective curricula to address students’ existing concerns about macroethics issues and pose new questions that aid in their development.
3. WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDY
3.1 Who can take part in this study? This survey is available to aerospace engineering undergraduate students over the age of 18.
4. INFORMATION ABOUT STUDY PARTICIPATION
4.1 What will happen to me in this study? You will take a brief online survey asking about your perception and awareness of macroethics issues in aerospace engineering. The survey begins with questions where you rate your agreement with a set of statements. The survey then has open-ended questions where you are invited to provide a response. Finally, the survey ends by asking you some information about your identity.
As part of this research some students have a macroethics lesson in class and complete a post-lesson survey about their thoughts on the lesson. If you complete this survey and that post-lesson survey, we will link your responses through a unique identifier that is anonymous to us.
4.2 How much of my time will be needed to take part in this study? Participants will take this survey once. The survey is expected to take 15-20 minutes.
5. INFORMATION ABOUT STUDY RISKS AND BENEFITS
5.1 What risks will I face by taking part in the study? What will the researchers do to protect me against these risks?
There is minimal risk to this survey. We have minimized the risk by making the survey anonymous, so that the research team nor any aerospace professors will know whether you took the survey and what you responded. Furthermore, you do not have to answer any questions you do not want to answer.
There is a rare risk of discomfort, as you will be given difficult—but important— sociotechnical issues to think about. We minimize this risk by allowing you to skip any questions you do not wish to answer. There is a rare risk of breach of confidentiality, which is inherent in behavioral research. We will minimize this risk by de-identifying data so that it cannot be linked to a specific student and using this de-identified data for analysis. We will securely store the identifiable data for reference, in case we have a question about the de-identified data. Only de-identified data will be shared with other researchers.
5.2 How could I benefit if I take part in this study? How could others benefit?
You may not receive any personal benefits from being in this study. However, others may benefit from the knowledge gained from this study.
6. ENDING THE STUDY
6.1 If I want to stop participating in the study, what should I do?
You are free to stop the survey and leave the study at any time. If you leave the survey before you have finished, there will be no penalty to you. However, because the survey is anonymous, it will not be possible to delete any responses that you have already submitted.
7. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
7.1 Will I be paid or given anything for taking part in this study? You will not be compensated for your participation in this study.
8. PROTECTING AND SHARING RESEARCH INFORMATION
8.1 How will the researchers protect my information? The survey is anonymous, so that the research team nor any aerospace professors will know whether you took the survey and what you responded. If you happen to write identifiable answers to one of the open-ended questions, or if your described identity makes you identifiable, we remove this information from the data (i.e. we will de-identify the data) before sharing it beyond the research team.
8.2 Who will have access to my research records?
There are reasons why information about you may be used or seen by the researchers or others during or after this study. Examples include:
- University, government officials, study sponsors or funders, auditors, and/or the Institutional Review Board (IRB) may need the information to make sure that the study is done in a safe and proper manner.
8.3 What will happen to the information collected in this study?
We will keep the de-identified information we collect about you during the research for future research projects. We may also share this de-identified information with colleagues at other institutions.
8.4 Will my information be used for future research or shared with others?
We may use or share your research information for future research studies. If we share your information with other researchers it will be de-identified, which means that it will not contain your name or other information that can directly identify you. This research may be similar to this study or completely different. We will not ask for your additional informed consent for these studies.
9. CONTACT INFORMATION
Who can I contact about this study?
Please contact the researchers listed below to:
- Obtain more information about the study
- Ask a question about the study procedures
- Report an illness, injury, or other problem (you may also need to tell your regular doctors)
- Leave the study before it is finished
- Express a concern about the study
Principal Investigator: Aaron W. Johnson
If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or wish to obtain information, ask questions or discuss any concerns about this study with someone other than the researcher(s), please contact the following:
University of Michigan
Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB-HSBS)
2800 Plymouth Road
Building 520, Room 1169Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800
Telephone: 734-936-0933 or toll free (866) 936-0933
You can also contact the University of Michigan Compliance Hotline at 1-866-990-0111.
10. YOUR CONSENT
Consent to Participate in the Research Study
By moving on to complete this survey, you are indicating that you are at least 18 years old, have read and understood the above information, and agree to participate in this research study. You may access the above information at any time at this website.