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Research Administration Certification Program

Instructor Information
General Instructors:   Javeria Kazi, Denise McGuire and Beverly Rymer
Module Instructors:   Each module will have content instructor(s). Refer to each module for contact information.
Office:   316 Ezekiel Cullen Building
Office Hours:   You may contact the general instructors via email anytime there is a need; otherwise you may contact the individual module instructor.
Office Phone:   713-743-9104 (For all instructors)

*Note: If an underlined web link in this syllabus does not work when clicked, cut and paste the web address into your browser address window.

Course Description
The Research Administration Certification Program (RACP) is an online training program sponsored by the Division of Research (DOR) for University of Houston (UH) faculty and staff. It is designed to disseminate comprehensive instruction/information pertinent to research administration at UH.

For the participant of RACP, certification will allow him/her to better assist the faculty with departmental research administration. Federal government requirements affecting faculty sponsored projects require knowledgeable research staff to effectively assist UH researchers. The overall goal is excellence in research administration that contributes to the University’s Tier One status.

Certification Policy and Requirements
MAPP 08.01.01 (see copy of Policy in Resources folder): Each UH college, department, and unit business administrator must ensure compliance with the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) Guidelines and obtain certification through RACP. OCG will notify principal investigators, department chairs, deans, division heads, and the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of any instances of non-compliance with OCG Guidelines, as appropriate.

Effective FY2013, DOR requires UH staff managing sponsored projects to complete or renew their UH RACP certification every five years in order to maintain the ability to certify research expenditures in their departments. Please note that this policy includes pre-award and post-award staff.

Course Objectives
The participant will:

  • Identify the UH mission with special emphasis on the research mission and experience the academic environment as it relates to research administration.
  • Examine the key components of the entire process of sponsored project administration, including pre-award, post-award, and compliance roles.
  • Identify the compliance requirements for conducting research involving human and animal subjects, biohazards, conflict of interest, responsible conduct of research, and research misconduct.  
  • Apply the fundamentals of Export Control, Effort Reporting, and E-Verification.
  • Identify the components and information required to develop a competitive proposal as well as how staff can assist their faculty with development and submission of proposals.
  • Identify the steps for successful proposal processing and submission.
  • Examine the key components and processes of award negotiation and acceptance. 
  • Apply research administration concepts for effective grant management.
  • Apply the fundamentals of the UH closeout policy, cost overruns, and financial reporting for sponsored projects.

Course Structure
Lessons, course materials, and resources will be available the Programs for Excellence in the Administration of Research (PEAR) system available through AccessUH.uh.edu. Through PEAR, RACP will incorporate diagrams, videos, and other online resources, which allow for the delivery of subject material in a dynamic manner. Course materials will be accessible for self-designated learning and study time, as well as to store, print, and revisit.

Participants will join in interactive online activities, during the duration of the module (see schedule below).

The following schedule shows each module that will be available. You will have two weeks to complete each module. We are currently transitioning the RACP class from blackboard to a new training software (PEAR ) that is not quite ready yet. When the training module is up and running, we will provide the schedule with dates for each of the sessions listed below

Module 1: The Academic Research Environment
Module 2: Sponsored Projects Overview
Module 3: Compliance (IRB, IACUC, COI)
Module 4: Compliance (export control, effort reporting, others)
Module 5: Proposal Development and Processing
Module 6: Negotiation and Acceptance of Awards
Module 7: Award Management 1
Module 8: Award Management 2
Module 9: Closeout and Financial Reporting
Cut off time for each module is 11:59 P.M. CST on the last day listed of the module.

Grading will be based on the following module requirements:

  1. Homework Assignments:  Each module will have assignments stemming from case study readings, conducting online research, and/or a hands-on application problem and solution.
  2. Module Evaluation Tests: An exam will be administered covering the content of each module.
  3. Discussion Participation:  Participation is essential to success in this class. All participants are expected to attend the introductory face-to-face meeting (8/6/2013) and to contribute to online discussions. OCG staff will facilitate the discussions. The interactions between participants and OCG staff are aimed at enhancing learning beyond the content presented in the modules.

Final grades will be drawn from the total number of points the participant earns throughout the course for each of the four assessment criteria. The following table lists the requirements (the same for all modules) and their point values.

Course Assessment Points per Module Maximum Points
Homework Assignments    
Module Evaluation Tests    

In order to achieve certification, the student must have 75% or more of the maximum points (i.e. 675 points or more).  No exceptions will be made.

Course Materials

Reference Books

The OMB circular A-81 provides the information needed for this class online. Participants are encouraged to print a copy and keep it handy as a reference guide.

Recommended Resources
Research Administration and Management, Elliott C. Kulakowski, Lynne U. Chronister, Research Enterprise, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2006.

Note: See Resources folder in Blackboard and individual modules for additional resources.

Commitment to Integrity - Netiquette
All students in this course (and other UH employees) are expected to maintain a high degree of professionalism, commitment to active learning and participation in this class, and integrity in their behavior in and out of the classroom. Please access the netiquette rules that will be followed in this class from the course Resources list in Blackboard.

Course Activities

  1. READING:  Required reading materials will be posted on the web and on Blackboard for each module. Reading the OMB Circulars is strongly recommended. Reading materials will be used as a reinforcement or complement to in-class materials. Additional readings will be assigned in each module, where relevant.
  2. MODULE PRESENTATIONS can be viewed, stopped, and replayed as many times as needed during the periods of availability.
  3. VIDEO CLIPS are incorporated into presentations that participants will be instructed to watch.
  4. EMAIL/COLLABORATION:  Participants are encouraged to communicate and collaborate with their classmates.  
  5. MODULE EVALUATION TESTS:  There will be an exam for each module.

Each participant’s grades will be posted in his/her PEAR account.

Important Note Any form of academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, may be reported to your supervisor.

Course policies are subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to check PEAR for corrections or updates to the syllabus. Any changes will be announced through PEAR Announcements.

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