This Code of Ethics and Ethical values in Research and Professional Conduct (the “Code”) serves as a code of professional conduct for Silicon City College faculty.

The major ethical issues in conducting research are:
a) Informed consent
b) Beneficence- Do not harm
c) Respect for anonymity and confidentiality
d) Respect for privacy.

Each of these basic principles of research ethics is discussed in turn:
•PRINCIPLE ONE    : Minimizing the risk of harm.
•PRINCIPLE TWO   : Obtaining informed consent.
•PRINCIPLE THREE : Protecting anonymity and confidentiality.
•PRINCIPLE FOUR  : Avoiding deceptive practices.
•PRINCIPLE FIVE    : Providing the right to withdraw.

5 Principles of research ethics in brief:
There are a number of ethical principles that should be taken into account when performing undergraduate and master's level dissertation research. At the core, these ethical principles stress the need to
(a) do good and
(b) do no harm; and the ethical principles mean that as a researcher, one need to:

  • obtain informed consent from potential research participants;
  • minimise the risk of harm to participants;
  • protect their anonymity and confidentiality;
  • avoid using deceptive practices; and
  • give participants the right to withdraw from your research.
  • The above Principles of Research is important not only for ethical reasons, but also practical ones, since a failure to meet such basic principles may lead to one’s research being
    (a) criticised, potentially leading to a lower mark, and/or
    (b) rejected by the supervisor or Ethics Committee, costing one’s valuable time.

    Protecting the anonymity and confidentiality of research participants is another practical component of research ethics.
    Research participants may be hurt in some way if the data collection methods used are somehow insensitive, there is perhaps a greater danger that harm can be caused once data has been collected. Permissions should be sought before such confidential information is disclosed.

    Deception is sometimes a necessary component of covert research, which can be justified in some cases.