Science Research Ethics

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Science Research Ethics - Quiz

This quiz is designed to test the ethical approach that you would taken in given scenarios.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    You find a backpack in an abandoned corner which contains an android tablet, a wallet (with $500) and a book. In the book you find the name, address and contact details of the owner. What would you do?
    • A. 

      Leave the bag there thinking that the owner would come and take it.

    • B. 

      Leave the book and bag, taking the wallet and tablet

    • C. 

      Contact the owner of the items.

    • D. 

      Take some cash, contact the owner and return the remaining items

  • 2. 
    For your research, you are using chemicals that are considered toxic. Upon completion of your research, you have to dispose the toxic waste which would need treatment prior to disposal to make it harmless. This procedure would cost you a lot of money. Which of the following procedures would you adapt?
    • A. 

      Conduct partial treatment so that the toxic waste is not as harmful and then dispose it.

    • B. 

      Treat the toxic waste making it harmless and then dispose it.

    • C. 

      Do not conduct treatment and dispose the toxic waste in the landfill, saving your research funds.

  • 3. 
    Suppose you're the sole breadwinner of the family and you've recently lost your job. Your house has been repossessed, your child is malnourished because of inadequate food and you are in desperate need for cash to buy food for your family.You find a backpack in an abandoned corner which contains an android tablet, a wallet (with $500) and a book. In the book you find the name, address and contact details of the owner. What would you do?
    • A. 

      Leave the book and bag, taking the wallet and tablet

    • B. 

      Contact the owner of the items. Explain him your situation and ask for help.

    • C. 

      Take some cash, contact the owner and return the remaining items

    • D. 

      Leave the bag there thinking that the owner would come and take it.

  • 4. 
    You have recently published a paper in a high ranking journal in collaboration with another and lab. When your assistant goes to learn the procedure, she is suspicious of the technique and reports this to you. You send a control for analysis when the other lab was expecting your sample and you receive fabricated results. Your collaborator denies this and breaks the collaboration. What action would you now take?
    • A. 

      Report the falsified data, work in collaboration with an established lab to validate the data for the published research to protect your labs future.

    • B. 

      Do not report the falsified data fearing retraction of paper and credibility of your lab.

  • 5. 
    You are the advisor to the chief of a traditional village in a Pacific island nation. For a traditional ceremony, offerings of food made from turtle meat to the chiefs is required for the successful completion of the ritual. You are aware of the endangered status of turtles. However, not including turtle meat would be thought of as bad omen. There are fifty guests who are invited to the ceremony. What would your advice be to the chief?
    • A. 

      Let's ignore the endangered status of the turtles and slaughter the turtles to feed all the invited guests.

    • B. 

      Convince the chief to slaughter only one turtle so that the ritual is complete and include other food for the guests.

  • 6. 
    You are creating a bio-sensor as part of your research. You need to test the sensor using mice. Which of the following procedures would you employ?
    • A. 

      Use one mice and fake the results for the required number of tests.

    • B. 

      Use as many mice as you can get so that you have good results.

    • C. 

      Outline the required number of mice that you need for validation, use extra mice just for precautionary measures.

    • D. 

      Outline the required number of mice that you need for validation and use that number only with careful procedures.

  • 7. 
    You work in an office where you have printing privileges. Your son's assignment is due and he was not able to completely print his assignment at home as the printer's ink finished. What would you do?
    • A. 

      Complete the remaining printing in a printing shop taking a break and covering for the time missed during the lunch period.

    • B. 

      Complete the printing in a printing shop during office hours.

    • C. 

      Use the office printer to print the remaining document.

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