Dec 12

CRA ExamFOCUS Study Notes 2018/19

CRA Research Administrator Exam ExamFOCUS Study Notes 2018/19

According to the Research Administrators Certification Council, the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) means that an individual has met the requirements of the Research Administrators Certification Council’s eligibility requirements and has demonstrated a level of knowledge necessary for a person to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator. Exam candidates would have to pass the written examination developed by the Council and administered in the form of computer testing by the Professional Testing Corporation. The multiple choice based examination would test a broad base of fundamental information required to meet the demands and responsibilities of the profession. The examination is based on the Council’s comprehensive BOK, which includes topics listed in http://www.cra-cert.org/CRAbodyofknowledge.html

Simply put, a research administrator needs to act as:
a contract administrator
a negotiator
a project manager
a record keeper
a bookkeeper

The CRA exam attempts to assess the knowledge of academic researchers via MC questions – this can become a problem as practical researchers are not always skillful in taking MC tests. ALSO, you must understand that the CRA exam is not about research skills. It is about the overall administration and management of the entire research effort. Therefore, a lot of “business management” kinds of concept are tested. Having rich academic research background is not enough – you have to be a good administrator and manager as well. Keep in mind, managing a research project is no different from managing a traditional business project. All business concepts, principles and practices would apply.

The BOK of the exam has a huge scope. Expecting full and complete coverage of all the knowledge items from a single source is unrealistic. You should use this book together with other study resources!

        

 

Table of Contents (2018/19 Edition)
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES, TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS 1
CONTENTS UPDATE 2
PAGE FORMATTING AND TYPEFACE 2
EXAM TOPICS COVERED 2
RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION 7
JOB ROLE OF A RESEARCH ADMINISTRATOR 7
SPONSORED PROJECTS 8
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 10
PRINCIPLES OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY 11
TYPES OF SPONSORS 11
SPONSORSHIP SERVICING AND PROPOSAL 12
OVERALL RESEARCH PLANNING 13
RESEARCH BUDGET DEVELOPMENT 16
STANDARD COSTING AND CAS 19
COST ALLOW-ABILITY 20
INDIRECT COSTS, F&A COSTS AND G&A ITEMS 23
TIMING AND METHODS OF AWARD PAYMENT 24
WHAT FAR IS ALL ABOUT, AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM A GRANT OR AN AWARD? 24
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS 28
UNIFORM GUIDANCE 29
OTHER IMPORTANT REGULATIONS 29
RESEARCH ETHICS & CONDUCTS 31
CODES AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 31
REAL LIFE EXAMPLE OF INFORMED CONSENT ELEMENTS 34
CONFIDENTIALITY AND INFORMATION RELEASE 35
DATA PROTECTION PLAN AND INFORMATION CODING/DELINKING 35
HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE ENVIRONMENT 36
BIOHAZARD AND RECOMBINANT DNA 37
HIPAA AND OTHER STANDARDS 37
RESEARCH PROJECT INVOLVING VERTEBRATE ANIMALS 39
RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS 40
THE ROLE OF THE ORI AND THE DEFINITIONS IT SPECIFIES 41
RCR 41
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 41
REGULATORY COMPLIANCE 42
MANAGING RESEARCH PROJECTS 44
OVERVIEW 44
PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND PHASES 45
PROJECT PROPOSAL AND PROJECT PLAN 47
PROJECT KILL AND HALT POINTS AND OTHER CONTROLS 48
PROJECT TIME MANAGEMENT 49
MANAGING PROJECT TEAM 52
PROJECT RISKS 53
RESEARCH PROTOCOLS, CONTROLS AND REPORT STRUCTURE 54
OVERVIEW 54
SAMPLE RESEARCH REPORT STRUCTURE 57
KNOWLEDGE ON ACQUISITION AND PROCUREMENT 60
OVERVIEW 60
REQUIREMENTS AND CONSIDERATIONS 61
PERFORMANCE BASED ACQUISITION PLANNING 63
SUPPLIER PRE-QUALIFICATION 65
SOURCE SELECTION PLAN 66
OTHER TOOLS AND METHODS FOR PROCUREMENT 67
RFP IN–DEPTH 69
METHODS OF PUBLICIZING PROCUREMENT NOTICE 71
A TYPICAL TENDERING AND BID EVALUATION PROCESS 72
COMMON PROCEDURES FOR PLACING ORDERS 73
KNOWLEDGE ON FEDERAL GRANTS 76
ADMINISTERING CONTRACT 80
DEFINITIONS … 80
CONTRACT FORM 83
THE MOST POPULAR FIXED PRICE CONTRACT TYPES 83
THE MOST POPULAR COST CONTRACT TYPES 84
OTHER POPULAR CONTRACT TYPES 85
CONTRACT NEGOTIATION 86
CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION 88
SPECIFICATIONS 90
DELIVERY OR PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS 91
CONTRACT COMPENSATION AND FINANCING 91
LIQUIDATED DAMAGES AND PARENT COMPANY GUARANTEES 94
LONG STOP DATES, COMPENSATION EVENTS AND RELIEF EVENTS 94
CONTRACT MONITORING, SPECIAL CHANGES AND ACCEPTABLE PERFORMANCE 95
CONCERN ON SUBCONTRACTING AND THE STEP IN RIGHTS 97
CONTRACT CLOSEOUT 98
TERMS OF A TYPICAL RESEARCH AGREEMENT 99
TERM 100
TERMINATION 100
PROTECTED INFORMATION 100
INVENTIONS AND LICENSES 101
ASSIGNMENT 102
EXPORT CONTROLS 103
BUSINESS CONTRACT LEGAL ELEMENTS 103
CAPACITY AND INSANITY 105
LEGAL AUTHORITY 105
SOURCE OF LAW AND JURISDICTION 106
OFFER, ACCEPTANCE, AND INVITATION TO TREAT 108
CONSIDERATION 110
DISCHARGING OR INVALIDATING A CONTRACT 112
CONTRACTUAL MISTAKES 114
VOID CONTRACT, VOIDABLE CONTRACT, AND UNENFORCEABLE CONTRACT 114
MISREPRESENTATION AND MISTAKE OF FACTS 115
SETTING THE ORDER OF PRECEDENCE 115
ENTIRE AGREEMENT 115
INSPECTION AND ACCEPTANCE 116
CHANGE ORDER PROCEDURES 117
EXPLICITLY SPELLED OUT REMEDIES 117
TERMINATION FOR DEFAULT/CAUSE 118
SATISFACTION CLAUSE 119
OTHER CLAUSES 119
AGENCY RELATIONSHIP IN THE CONTEXT OF LAW 121
ADR 122
SOME IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OF THE UCC ARTICLE 1 124
SOME IMPORTANT PROVISIONS OF THE UCC ARTICLE 2 AND 2A 126
GENERAL BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS 133
BASIC ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES 133
BASIC ACCOUNTING PRACTICES 135
DEPRECIATION AND VALUATION 138
BASIC MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES 139
ORGANIZATION SPAN OF MANAGEMENT AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL 143
BASIC OB MODELS AND THEORIES 145
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT 146
GROUP MANAGEMENT 148
BASIC CHANGE MANAGEMENT 149
BASIC STRATEGIC PLANNING 151
BASIC BUDGETING 152
PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT, ROI AND BENCHMARKING 154
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT 155
COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT 156
BUSINESS NEGOTIATION 158
BASIC MARKETING 159
MANAGING QUALITY 161
LEADERSHIP 163
TYPES OF BUSINESS ORGANIZATION 164
AGENCY THEORY 167
BUSINESS ETHICS 168
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 169
RECORDS MANAGEMENT 170
MANAGING TIME 171
MANAGING KNOWLEDGE 172
STAFFING 174
RISK MANAGEMENT 177

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