In the implementation of almost all theses, various forms are needed. This text covers four of them:
You can find them in the Student’s Guide under Studies > Thesis, under the subheading ’Other forms needed for your thesis’. Save all the forms you use in your thesis and the confirmations received for them in Wihi.
Participation Information Sheet and Participant Consent Form
The subject confirms their consent either by signature or by email. If they confirm it by message, save the entire email response in Wihi, scanned in a way that shows the sender's email address. Also, ensure that the email response is from the specific personal email address of the sender and the response clearly indicates what they are consenting to. Instruct the respondent to copy the text from the form into the response message.
Relationship between the forms
You have likely gathered information in your previous studies through interviews, observations, or surveys. In those cases, the described forms were not needed, as studying is considered household use where they are not required. However, it is still important to handle the processing of those materials with special care and ethics. The thesis differs from your previous learning tasks in that the thesis is a public document in status. Therefore, a different permit process is applied to it compared to previous exercises.
Research Permit Form
If your research subject is an organization, you may need a separate permit from that organization to conduct the research. Ensure this in good time before starting the work. Organizations requiring such a permit usually already have a ready-made form for this purpose, so use it. The research permit form in the Student Guide is intended for situations where the research subjects are students or staff of Humak.
For Surveys, the Process Is Slightly Different
The use of the aforementioned templates and forms is particularly relevant in situations where people are being interviewed or observed. However, in surveys as well, informing and obtaining unambiguous consent are essential. Information is included in the introductory statement of the survey (cover letter), and a separate section is added to the form where the respondent specifically indicates their desire to participate in the research.
If you are unsure about which forms and templates you need for your thesis, contact your thesis supervisor.
In your thesis, you are developing online education for institution X. For this, you want to find out what experiences the students at the institution have on this matter. You conduct an extensive anonymous survey and also interview some students. Proceed as follows: