NUTRITION RESEARCH MINOR PROJECT

DTN306

2019

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 Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAshley Ng

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following: HBFN, HBFNX, HOUA and have passed DTN404 or DTN304.

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)

02. Design and implement 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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)

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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)

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 5 minute multimedia presentation to report their project outcomes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)

06. Demonstrate the ability to communicate research findings in a scientific manner in the format of an original paper or review.

Activities:
Students submit a written report of their research.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2019, OUA Study Period 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAshley Ng

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*
Research proposal (1,000 words)25 01, 02
5 minute multimedia presentation (250 words equivalent)15 01, 04, 05
Final project report (3,000 words)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 06

Online, 2019, OUA Study Period 3, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAshley Ng

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*
Research proposal (1,000 words)25 01, 02
5 minute multimedia presentation (250 words equivalent)15 01, 04, 05
Final project report (3,000 words)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 06