EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH SKILLS FOR NUTRITION

DTN3EPO

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you 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. You will cover 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 you will have the opportunity to use statistical software programs to analyse a population dataset.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesIn addition to the participation learning activities, namely lectures and workshops, you will also need to allocate time in completing non-assessed learning activities, assessment preparation and other related work to facilitate and support your participation in this subject. In terms of non-assessed learning activities, these include discussions forums, online Q&As and quizzes related to concepts, terms and definitions in epidemiology, research methods and biostatistics. Lastly, you will also have the chance to attend weekly drop-in sessions, where you will be able to receive further guidance from the tutors, but also discuss and clarify and concerns you might have.

Capstone subjectYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: HZHSDP, HZNDP, HBHN, HBNTS 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 subjectsDTN4EPI AND DTN404 AND DTN304

Equivalent subjectsDTN4EPI

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Introduction to Epidemiology: Distribution

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

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

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCengage Learning

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

SPSS Survival Manual

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJulie Pallant

Year2001

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAllen and Unwin

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Essential epidemiology: an introduction for students and Health Professionals

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorWebb, P. Bain, C. & Pirozzo, S.

Year2011

Edition/Volume2nd Edn

PublisherCambridge University Press, UK,

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorPolgar S, Thomas SA

Year2014

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherElsevier

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

SPSS version 23.0 or 24.0

Resource TypeWeb resource

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorIBM

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherIBM - computer software

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

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

COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply understanding of terms and definitions used in epidemiology, and concepts of measurements of disease.
02. Appraise different study designs used in nutritional epidemiology.
03. Apply appropriate skills and techniques to manage data related to dietary intake, anthropometry and body composition.
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

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.00 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.00 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
As part of this workshop, students will be based in computer labs

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Research poster (1750 words equivalent). 

N/AOtherIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

1 x 30-minute Module Multiple Choice Quizzes (500 words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

One 90-minute Final Exam Test (1500 words equivalent). This exam will also include a critical appraisal part of different study designs.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2