NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH SKILLS

DTN404

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology, the main study designs and research concepts of direct relevance to the role of food and nutrition in the prevention and causation of disease. Nutritional epidemiology techniques for the assessment of diet and body composition of individuals and populations are covered in depth. The course covers sources of data on mortality and morbidity, measures of disease prevalence, incidence and risk, chance, bias and confounding. Standard and non-parametric statistical techniques will be reviewed and you will have the opportunity to analyse a population dataset. You will acquire knowledge and skills that form the foundation for research practice in nutrition.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: HBFN, HBFNX or HOUA and must have passed DTN201.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects DTN4EPI

Equivalent subjects DTN4EPI

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 Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of DiseasePrescribedMacera C.A., Shaffer, R., Shaffer, P.M. (2013)Cengage Learning

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate and apply understanding of epidemiological terms, definitions and concepts used in measurements of disease

Activities:
Online learning activities.

02. Critically review and evaluate the methodologies of different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology

Activities:
Online learning activities.

03. Apply skills in nutrition related data collection and management including measurement and assessment of anthropometry, dietary assessment and body composition of individuals

Activities:
Students conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment to compile a population dataset

04. Analyse small population datasets using biostatistics and interpret results in accordance with the NHMRC ethical code of conduct

Activities:
Students analyse data from a dataset comprised of student self-assessed data and interpret results of statistical tests in a report format

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 49
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day in week 49 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research report assignment (equivalent 1500 words)This assignment is written in the style of a journal article. Students initially conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment, which provides a 5% milestone and use these data to answer a research question35 01, 03, 04
4 x Module Quizzes (total time 2 hours - 2000 words equivalent)Module 1: single attempt, timed (10%) Module 2: single attempt, timed (10%) Module 3: mastery (10%) Module 4: short answer (15%)45 01, 02, 04
Critical appraisal (equivalent 1000 words)20 02

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 22 - 34
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 22 to week 34 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Research report assignment (equivalent 1500 words)This assignment is written in the style of a journal article. Students initially conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment, which provides a 5% milestone and use these data to answer a research question35 01, 03, 04
4 x Module Quizzes (total time 2 hours - 2000 words equivalent)Module 1: single attempt, timed (10%) Module 2: single attempt, timed (10%) Module 3: mastery (10%) Module 4: short answer (15%)45 01, 02, 04
Critical appraisal (equivalent 1000 words)20 02