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HDR training modules

As a research student, you will be required to complete HDR training modules during your degree.

The training modules are short, online training programs focussed on different themes. The University outlines certain modules that you need to complete as progress milestones toward your degree. Depending on your faculty or school, you may have additional modules you need to complete.

Each module will take about 20-30 minutes to complete and consists of a manual, tutorial questions and a multiple-choice quiz. You need to achieve at least 80% in the quiz to pass the module, but can make multiple attempts at the quiz if needed. 

As a domestic or international research student, you do not have to pay any tuition fees to complete the modules.

Required progress milestones

You will need to complete the relevant modules below to show progress towards your degree.

Module name

Faculty or school

Completion timeframe

Work, Health and Safety – Induction

All

Within two months of commencement

Consent matters

All

Within six months of commencement

Responsible Research Practice

All

Within six months of commencement

Ethics online training: Human Ethics – General

  • Architecture, Design and Planning, Business, Education, Law, Science
  • Health Sciences *

Within six months of commencement

Ethics online training: Human Ethics – Health and Medical

  • Health Sciences*
  • Optional: Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine

Health Sciences* within six months of commencement. For optional students, please discuss with your research supervisor

Ethics online training: Animal Ethics

All commencing students conducting research which involves animal ethics approval

Within six months of commencement

Biosafety All commencing students conducting research which involves biological materials

Within six months of commencement

Chemical safety training All commencing students conducting research which involves chemicals

Within six months of commencement

Laser safety awareness As directed by supervisors

Within six months of commencement

Radiation safety As directed by supervisors

Within six months of commencement

* If you're a research student undertaking research that does not require ethics approval, you need to complete Human Ethics – General. If you're a research student undertaking research involving human participants, you need to complete Human Ethics – Health and Medical.

Enrol in a module

The Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre will enrol all commencing students in the two compulsory modules; Work, Health and Safety, and Responsible Research Practice. 

If you're a student in Architecture, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law or Science, we will also enrol you in the 'Ethics Online Training' eCommunity, where you can access the three ethics modules.

We will send you an email when you have been enrolled.

If you need to complete a training module, and are not automatically enrolled, you can enrol yourself in the module.

Self-enrolment in a training module

To enrol yourself in a module:

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Select 'Courses' then 'All courses' in the menu on the left.
  3. Select 'Browse more courses'.
  4. Check the 'Open enrolment courses only' box and then select 'Search'.
  5. Find the HDR module you'd like to join and select '+Join this course'.

We have created a video demonstrating this process in Canvas (mp4, 7.9MB).

If you have problems completing the self-enrolment, email the HDR Administration Centre’s Operations team at hdrac.ops@sydney.edu.au

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Last updated: 26 October 2018

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