Graduate Master of Business Administration

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ID: 77246904
Course: Graduate Master of Business Administration (Master of Business Administration)
Supervisor: Smith, Ron
LREC: Kunamaneni, Suneel
SCHOOL: Jones, Brian
1 Involve direct and/or indirect contact with human participants?
2 Involve analysis of pre-existing data which contains personal or sensitive information not in the public domain?
3 Require permission or consent to conduct?
4 Require permission or consent to publish?
5 Have a risk of compromising confidentiality?
6 Have a risk of compromising anonymity?
7 Collect / contain sensitive personal data?
8 Contain elements which you OR your supervisor are NOT trained to conduct?
9 Use any information OTHER than that which is freely available in the public domain?
10 Involve respondents to the internet or other visual/vocal methods where participants may be identified?
11 Include a financial incentive to participate in the research?
12 Involve your own students, colleagues or employees?
13 Take place outside of the country where you are enrolled as a student, or for staff, outside of the UK?
14 Involve participants who are particularly vulnerable or at risk?
15 Involve participants who are unable to give informed consent?
16 Involve data collection taking place BEFORE informed consent is given?
17 Involve any deliberate deception or covert data collection?
18 Involve a risk to the researcher or participants beyond that experienced in everyday life?
19 Cause (or could cause) physical or psychological harm or negative consequences?
20 Use intrusive or invasive procedures?
21 Involve a clinical trial?
22 Involve the possibility of incidental findings related to health status?
23 Fit into any of the following security-sensitive categories: concerns terrorist or extreme groups; commissioned by
the military;
commissioned under an EU security call; involve the acquisition of security clearances?
If you believe you may need to answer yes to this question, please check here for further guidance before finalising
your decision.
Research Ethics Online
Blimp infused drone for monitoring agricultural applications
Please answer the following:
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Your study has been provisionally classified as Risk Category 2.
You must complete the remainder of this application, which will automatically be sent to your Research Supervisor
upon submission, who will review your application and decide whether to recommend ethical approval, request
revisions or reject the application.
If your Supervisor recommends approval of your project they will refer it to the Local Research Ethics Coordinator
(LREC) who will review your project and decide whether to grant ethical approval, request revisions, reject the
application or refer it to the appropriate School level group for review. For security-sensitive research, see the
Research Ethics Procedures for details of the approval process.
You will be notified of the outcome by email. You can also view the outcome on the ‘My Applications’ page of this
Is this project externally funded?
Please give a brief summary of your study (maximum 100 words).
Is this a group project?
If Yes, provide group member names:
Please give a brief overview of your study, including a summary of your aims and objectives:
Student Applicants
Start date of project
7th June 2021
Expected completion date of project
25th June 2021
Externally Funding
Project Summary
Monitoring agricultural applications such as crop health, vegetation indices, plant growth, crop yield forecasting and
water resources by coupling blimp with drones. Principally, the drawbacks of employing drone for agriculture
monitoring includes short flight time and cannot be operated under certain weather conditions. Whereas, these
challenges can be overcome through connecting drones with a blimp which provides better flight time and
preferable control and handling. Therefore, the farmers can remotely monitor the crops with latest technology to
provide sustainable farming, improve yield and increase overall from profitability to a great potential.
Project Group Members
Tejashwini Nara
Mukul Sharma
Shivam Rai
Athul Govind Prasanth
Jeswin Babu
Mohammed Shabeer Sahabath
1) Project Overview
The purpose of this project is to investigate how blimp infused drones could be commercially viable solution to
monitor agricultural applications.
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Please give a description of your methodology, including any data collection and analysis methods:
Please give a description of the main ethical considerations involved in the study:
If your study includes Human Participants (or their data), please give a description of who will be included:
If your study includes Human Participants, please give a brief description of the recruitment process, how you will
ensure voluntary participation, if (and how) informed consent will be obtained prior to participants taking part in the
study, and the right of withdrawal from the research process:
Please give a brief description of how, when and where the research will take place and whether there are any risks
and/or benefits involved:
Please specify what type of information/data will be collected/analysed and the source(s). In addition, specify if and
how you will ensure the anonymity of participants and keep information confidential:
Please give details of the planned dissemination and specify if the findings from the research will be published and
whether any permission is required for this:
The objectives of the study are as follows:
1. To conduct research in the field of drone coupled blip applications and scouting efficiency.
2. To create a business model around any such new product.
3. To investigate how a blimp infused drone could be manufactured using which materials, tolls and suppliers and
estimate the costs involved.
4. To apply analytical tools such as Analytical Hierarchy Process and/or Quality Function Deployment/House of
Quality to test the viability of the business idea.
2) Methodology
Primary data collection will be undertaken through online surveying of the individuals in the agricultural trades.
Secondary data collection will be undertaken via web research to investigate applications of agricultural drones and
to develop the business case.
An online survey questionnaire are as follows:
1. How high will these agricultural drones fly?
2. Which are the ideal weather states to fly drone above an area?
3. What type of advice can farmers receive from the pictures?
4. Which distances could the agricultural drones fly?
5. What are the principal benefits farmers could receive from using agricultural drones?
6. What are the benefits of missing smart agricultural machines and agricultural drones?
7. What will be the expectations for the market in the next several years?
3) Main Ethical Considerations
Participation in the study will be voluntary and will not involve collecting personal or sensitive information.
Responses will be treated with anonymity.
4) Human Participants
Primary data collection will be undertaken through online surveying of individuals in the agricultural trades.
5) Recruitment and Participation
I will be recruiting via the snowball method, using existing contacts and recommendations/referrals from
participants. I will provide potential participants with the participant information sheet and consent form by email.
Consent will be obtained by email or (as a last resort) verbal confirmation prior to commencing with data collection.
6) Risks and Benefits
There will be no face-to-face contact and this research will take place via the internet (online survey). There are no
risks beyond the ordinary risks of everyday life and using the internet. The benefit of the research will be to increase
knowledge about the potential applications of blimp infused drones to monitor agricultural challenges and
understand the effectiveness of the agricultural remote sensing product to the farmers.
7) Personal Data, Anonymity and Confidentiality
No personal information will be collected. Participants will be asked questions related to their profession that will not
be commercially sensitive. Responses will be anonymous.
8) Reporting and Dissemination
No dissemination or publishing of the research is planned.
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Will the research take place outside of the country where you are enrolled as a student, or for staff, outside of the
Is the research is a collaborative project (ie, it involves more than one institution):
Please specify if the project requires any other ethical approval or permissions not mentioned previously in this
application and how and when these will be obtained:
I have read an appropriate professional or learned society code of ethical practice:
For projects involving human participants, you must submit, where appropriate, the Participant Information
Sheet/consent form. You must also submit every communication a participant will see or receive. Failure to do so
will cause delays to the application.
9) Location of research
10) Collaborative Projects
11) Any other permission or external ethical approval required to undertake the project
Comply with Policy and Procedures
Yes : I confirm that I have read the Research Ethics Policy and relevant sections of the Research Ethics Procedures and
will adhere to these in the conduct of this project.
Yes : I confirm that I will undertake this project as detailed in the application. I understand that I must abide by the
terms of this approval and that I may not make any substantial amendments to the project without further approval. I
understand that research with human participants must not commence without ethical approval.
Yes : The results of the research should benefit society directly or by generally improving knowledge and
understanding. Please tick this box to confirm that your study has a potential benefit.
Note: If you cannot identify a benefit you must discuss your project with your Research Supervisor to help identify one
or adapt your proposal so the study will have an identifiable benefit.
Learned Societies
Please indicate the supporting documents submitted by ticking the appropriate boxes below:
Yes : Participant Information Sheet(s)
Yes : Consent Form(s)
No : Assent Form (usually for children participants)
No : Recruitment documents eg, posters, flyers, advertisements, email invitations, letters, web pages if online research
No : Measures to be used eg, questionnaires, surveys, interview schedules, psychological tests
No : Screening questionnaire
No : Letters/communications to and from gatekeepers/third parties
No : Evidence of any other approvals or permissions eg, NHS research ethics approval, in-country approval
No : Research proposal/protocol (no more than 2-3 A4 pages): It is not a requirement that this is included, however, if
this would help the understanding of a complex project by the reviewer(s), please include
No : Risk assessment from: Some projects may require a risk assessment form: see the Procedures document for
details (eg, projects involving a physical intervention, collecting data off-campus)
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Please upload your files here:
No : Approval documentation for projects involving ionising radiation
No : Confirmation of insurance and indemnity cover: Some projects need to be referred to the Insurance & Risk Officer:
see the Procedures document for details
No : Other document/s
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