NUTRITIONAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH SKILLS

DTN304

2021

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.

SchoolAllied Heath, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one of the following courses: HBFN, HBFNX or HOUA and must have passed HEA201.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsDTN404 OR DTN4EPI OR DTN3EPO

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsThis subject is offered via Open Universities Australia, late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval of your home course coordinator, please contact ASK La Trobe for assistance.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

SPSS Survival Manual

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AuthorPallant, J

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PublisherAllen & Unwin

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Food Works 10 Professional

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AuthorXyris/

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PublisherXyris/

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Other descriptionNutrition Analysis Software?

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Introduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of Disease

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AuthorMacera C.A., Shaffer, R., Shaffer, P.M.

Year2013

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PublisherCengage Learning

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SPSS 23/24/25

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AuthorIBM

Year2016

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PublisherIBM - computer software

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Other descriptionStatistical analysis software

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Demonstrate and apply understanding of epidemiological terms, definitions and concepts used in measurements of disease
02. Critically review and evaluate the methodologies of different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology
03. Apply skills in nutrition related data collection and management including measurement and assessment of anthropometry, dietary assessment and body composition of individuals
04. Analyse small population datasets using biostatistics and interpret results in accordance with the NHMRC ethical code of conduct

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, OUA study period 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 23 - 34
Four 1.00 h lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 23 to week 34 and delivered via online.
Online synchronous Sessions

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 23 - 34
Eight 1.00 h scheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 23 to week 34 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 23 - 34
Twelve 2.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays at night from week 23 to week 34 and delivered via online.
Asynchronous - facilitator led discussion and online learning activities

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Assessment task 1: 3 Part Research project (2,750-words equivalent)

1.Identify research question and conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment 20%
2.Data cleaning, descriptive and inferential analysis 25%
3.Results presented in Research Poster 25%

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

2 x Module Quizzes (total time 60 minutes - 1,000-words equivalent)

Module 1 & 2 Quiz: single attempt, timed Module 3 & 4 Quiz: single attempt, timed

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

On-Line, 2021, OUA study period 4, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 49 - 0
Four 1.00 h lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Online synchronous Sessions

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 49 - 0
Eight 1.00 h scheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via online.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 49 - 0
Twelve 2.00 h unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays at night from week 49 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Asynchronous - facilitator led discussion and online learning activities

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Assessment task 1: 3 Part Research project (2,750-words equivalent)

1.Identify research question and conduct an anthropometric and dietary self-assessment 20%
2.Data cleaning, descriptive and inferential analysis 25%
3.Results presented in Research Poster 25%

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo70 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

2 x Module Quizzes (total time 60 minutes - 1,000-words equivalent)

Module 1 & 2 Quiz: single attempt, timed Module 3 & 4 Quiz: single attempt, timed

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4