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-ordinatorEmma Stirling

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. To critically analyse and be able to design epidemiological studies in nutrition.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

02. To be able to critically appraise epidemiological studies in nutrition.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

03. To understand and apply the concepts of measurement of disease, including prevalence, incidence and risk, chance, bias and confounding.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

04. To reflect on and synthesise the role of food and nutrition in the prevention and causation of disease.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

05. To effectively apply skills in the measurement and assessment of dietary intake of individuals and populations.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

06. To effectively apply skills in the measurement and assessment of anthropometry and body composition of individuals and population groups.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

07. To effectively apply skills in biostatistics and be able to analyse and interpret a small population dataset.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

08. To reflect on and synthesise the principles of ethics to the conduct of nutrition research.

Activities:
Online learning activities.

Subject options

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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-ordinatorEmma Stirling

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*
One 1500-word assignment35 01, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 2-hour written examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 07, 08
One 20-minute multiple choice test10 01, 03, 04
One 500-word critical analysis assignment15 02

Online, 2018, OUA Study Period 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEmma Stirling

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*
One 1500-word assignment35 01, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 2-hour written examination40 01, 02, 03, 04, 07, 08
One 20-minute multiple choice test10 01, 03, 04
One 500-word critical analysis assignment15 02