EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH SKILLS FOR NUTRITION

DTN3EPO

2019

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 Allied Health,Human Serv & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

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 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, DTN4EPI

Equivalent subjects DTN4EPI

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,
ReadingsIntroduction to Research in the Health SciencesPrescribedPolgar S, Thomas SA (2014)Elsevier
ReadingsSPSS Survival ManualPrescribedJulie Pallant 2001Allen and Unwin
TechnologiesSPSS version 23.0 or 24.0RecommendedIBM 2016/2017IBM - computer software
ReadingsIntroduction to Epidemiology: DistributionPrescribedMacera C.A., Shaffer, R, Shaffer, P.M. (2013)Cengage Learning

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply 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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

02. Appraise different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology.

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

03. Apply appropriate skills and techniques to manage data related to dietary intake, anthropometry and body composition.

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops, online directed learnings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

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

Activities:
Interactive lectures, practical classes and workshops
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Hong Kong, 2019, Week 04-12, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSkye Marshall

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 04 - 12
One 30.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 04 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Develop and present a research poster (1750 words equivalent)Poster based on research presentation applicable to discipline45 01, 03, 04
1 x 30 minute Module Multiple Choice Quizzes (500 words equivalent)15 01, 02, 04
One 90 minute Final Exam Test (1500 words equivalent)This exam will also include a critical appraisal part of different study designs.40 01, 02

Melbourne, 2019, Summer 3, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 06 - 07
Eight 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 06 - 07
Ten 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"As part of this workshop, students will be based in computer labs"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 06 - 07
Eight 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Develop and present a research poster (1750 words equivalent)Poster based on research presentation applicable to discipline45 01, 03, 04
1 x 30 minute Module Multiple Choice Quizzes (500 words equivalent)15 01, 02, 04
One 90 minute Final Exam Test (1500 words equivalent)This exam will also include a critical appraisal part of different study designs.40 01, 02