EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS

DTN4EPI

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology and epidemiological study designs and research concepts. These will be of direct relevance to the role of food and nutrition in the prevention, causation and management of disease. Nutrition measurement techniques for the assessment of diet and body composition of individuals and populations will be covered in depth. This subject covers sources of data on mortality and morbidity, measures of disease prevalence, incidence and risk, chance, bias and confounding variables of relevance to nutritional epidemiology. Standard parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques will be reviewed and students will have the opportunity to use statistical software programs to analyse a population dataset.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

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

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HZHSDP, HZNDP, HBHN and must pass DTN2PNU and 120 credit points at year level 1 OR must be admitted in one of the following courses: HMDP, HBHNHK and no other rule applies. All other students require subject coordinator approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects DTN404

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEssential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionalsPrescribedWebb, P. Bain, C. & Pirozzo, S. 20112ND EDN, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK, CAMBRIDGE
ReadingsResearch Methods in Health, 2nd EditionPrescribedPranee Liamputtong (2013)Oxford
ReadingsAn Introduction to Health Sciences Statistics.RecommendedMcKenzie S (2013)Elsevier
ReadingsSPSS Survival ManualRecommendedJulie Pallant 2001Allen and Unwin
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 advanced understanding of terms and definitions used in epidemiology and concepts of measurements of disease

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking

02. Review and critically evaluate a range of different designs in nutritional epidemiology

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Discipline Specific Competencies

03. Design an epidemiological nutrition study in practice

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Ethical/ Social Responsibility
Professional Practice
Discipline Specific Competencies

04. Critically reflect on the role of food and nutrition in preventing and causing disease

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Discipline Specific Competencies

05. Apply specialised technical skills to accurately assess dietary intake

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Teamwork
Ethical/ Social Responsibility
Professional Practice
Discipline Specific Competencies

06. Critically analyse and interpret a small population dataset using biostatistics

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing
Inquiry/ Research
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving
Teamwork
Professional Practice
Communication
Discipline Specific Competencies

07. Evaluate the role of ethics in nutrition research and the ethics code of conduct as set out by the NHMRC

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Ethical/ Social Responsibility

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Hong Kong, 2018, Week 05-16, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 05 - 16
One 30.0 hours seminar per study period from week 05 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word assignmentStatistical programme used for data analysis.35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 20-minute multiple choice quiz (333 words equiv)10 01, 04
One 800 word critical analysis assignment15 01, 02, 04, 07
Two 30 minute tests (1000 word equiv total)Multiple choice during semester20 01, 02, 04
One 60 minute test (1000 word equiv)Short answer questions20 01, 02, 03, 04, 07

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMatthew Quigley

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 41
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.
"As part of this students will complete 16-hours in computer labs weeks 3 to 10."

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 41
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via online.

Lecture Week: 31 - 41
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1500-word assignmentStatistical programme used for data analysis.35 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 20-minute multiple choice quiz (333 words equiv)10 01, 04
One 800 word critical analysis assignment15 01, 02, 04, 07
Two 30 minute tests (1000 word equiv total)Multiple choice during semester20 01, 02, 04
One 60 minute test (1000 word equiv)Short answer questions20 01, 02, 03, 04, 07