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 Heath, 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 ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectYes

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 subjectsDTN4EPI OR DTN404

Equivalent subjectsDTN4EPI

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Essential epidemiology: an introduction for students and Health Professionals

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

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

Year2011

Edition/Volume2nd Edn

PublisherCambridge University Press, UK,

ISBNN/A

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Introduction to Epidemiology: Distribution

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

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

Year2013

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PublisherCengage Learning

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Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPolgar S, Thomas SA

Year2014

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PublisherElsevier

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SPSS Survival Manual

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorJulie Pallant

Year2001

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAllen and Unwin

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

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Source locationN/A

SPSS version 23.0 or 24.0

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorIBM

Year2016

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherIBM - computer 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. 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 h 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 h 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 h 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*
Develop and present a research poster (1750 words equivalent) Poster based on research presentation applicable to disciplineN/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4
1 x 30 minute Module Multiple Choice Quizzes (500 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo15 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/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2