NUTRITION RESEARCH MINOR PROJECT

DTN306

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will undertake a small research project in nutrition that can be taken individually or as part of a group project, where individual objectives for the student's project are met. The project will provide students with experience and skills in project management, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, critical analysis, and preparation of a scientific report. Students are expected to complete on-line modules, work independently in self-directed learning, and meet regularly with their project supervisor.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEmma Stirling

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following: HBFN, HBFNX, HOUA and have passed DTN201 and DTN404.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances, and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Research in the Health SciencesPrescribedStephen Polgar and Shane Thomas. 6th Edition, 2013Elsevier
ReadingsSPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using SPSSRecommendedJulie Pallant. 6th Edition, 2016Allen & Unwin

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically appraise the literature related to project area

Activities:
Self-directed modules which direct students on how to review articles. Further reinforcement with supervisor during meetings.

02. Design a data collection tool, and gain practical skills in data collection

Activities:
Students work closely with supervisor who will guide them through this aspect of the research process, including setting up a search protocol. Students may undertake a site visit (e.g., supermarket, lab assessment) or peer assessment for data collection.

03. Demonstrate understanding of and apply the principles of ethical conduct of research

Activities:
Students will follow ethical principles during their research project as per ethics approval, and will be guided through this process by their supervisor.

04. Analyse and interpret data using simple statistical techniques

Activities:
Students will detail data analysis and interpretation as part of their final project report. Supervisor will assist students with relevant analysis program where required.

05. Develop practical experience in communicating research findings using a multimedia presentation at a level appropriate for peers and key stakeholders.

Activities:
Students undertake a 10 minute multimedia presentation to report their project outcomes.

06. Write a research report in the format of an original paper or review paper

Activities:
Students submit a written report of their research.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Stirling

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 09 - 21
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 09 to week 21 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Record of literature searches (500 words equivalent)Assessed via supervisor who will review the record of searches during supervisory meetings.15 01, 02
10 minute multimedia presentation (1000 words equivalent)25 01, 04, 05
Final project report (3,000 words)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 3, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Stirling

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 35 - 47
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 35 to week 47 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Record of literature searches (500 words equivalent)Assessed via supervisor who will review the record of searches during supervisory meetings.15 01, 02
10 minute multimedia presentation (1000 words equivalent)25 01, 04, 05
Final project report (3,000 words)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 06