IRB Preparation Assignment

The IRB process is one that both doctoral learners and seasoned researchers encounter. The process serves in part to assure the protection of human subjects in research by documenting and evaluating the ethical considerations of the research study. Doctoral learners are required to submit approved dissertation proposals to IRBNet for institutional review. In this assignment, you will create a draft of the IRB documentation for your research study.

General Requirements:

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • Locate the IRB Research Center on the DC Network at
  • Carefully review all information in “Steps to Prepare and Submit an IRB Application” paying specific attention to Step 2, “Get Started with IRB and Video Tutorials.” This step includes general information regarding IRB and specific information regarding the required documents, roles and responsibilities of researchers, and the critical link, “Learner and Instructor Videos – Get Started with iRIS” that leads to several informative videos.
  • Locate the most current draft of your dissertation proposal.
  • Refer to directions in the Student Success Center for the submission of multiple documents.
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center.
  • You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin.


Review “Getting Started with IRB.”

Review “2016 Step-by-Step Instructions for Preparing and Submitting for IRB Review.”

Collaborate with your dissertation chair to create a list of the documents and forms you will need to submit for your IRB application. In addition to your dissertation research proposal, required forms and supporting documents may include but are not limited to the following:

  • IRB Application Form
  • CITI Training Completion Reports
  • Site Authorization Letter
  • Conflict of Interest Form
  • Confidentiality Statement
  • Informed Consent Documents
  • Recruiting Materials
  • Copies of surveys, instruments, interview questions, or measures
  • Permission letter(s) or email(s) to use the surveys or instruments

Complete the required IRB forms and prepare the supporting documents determined necessary during collaboration with your dissertation chair. Items such as site approvals or specific permission letters may be excluded if they have not been secured.

Submit the most recent version of your dissertation research proposal, the list of documents and forms needed, the completed IRB forms, and the prepared supporting documents to the assignment drop box for instructor review.

IRB Preparation


Less than Satisfactory


100.0 %Criteria

10.0 %Collaboration with Chair to Create Required Document List

Collaboration with the chair to create a list of required documents was not evident. A list of necessary documents was not submitted.

Collaboration with the chair to create a list of required documents was not done. A list of necessary documents was submitted but incomplete or inaccurate.

Collaboration with the chair to create a list of required documents was evident. An accurate and complete list of necessary documents was submitted.

90.0 %IRB Documents and Forms

Several of the necessary IRB documents and forms are not submitted. The incomplete nature of the submission would lead to certain rejection by the IRB.

Most of the necessary IRB documents and forms are submitted though some remain absent from the submission or some unnecessary documents and forms are submitted in lieu of those actually needed for the study. There are extensive errors in the forms. The submission would likely be rejected by the IRB.

All of the necessary IRB documents and forms are submitted. No unnecessary documents and forms are included in the submission. There are no significant errors in the forms that would cause the IRB submission to be rejected.

100 %Total Weightage

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