EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RESEARCH METHODS

DTN4EPI

2021

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.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

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 subjectsDTN404 OR DTN3EPO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

SPSS Survival Manual

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJulie Pallant

Year2001

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherAllen and Unwin

ISBNN/A

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Chapter/issueN/A

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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

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Source locationN/A

Essential epidemiology: an introduction for students and health professionals

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

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

Year2011

Edition/Volume2ND EDN

PublisherCAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, UK, CAMBRIDGE

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

SPSS: analysis without anguish, version 18.0 for Windows

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorCoakes SJ and Ong C

Year2011

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherWiley

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Introduction to Epidemiology: Distribution and Determinants of Disease

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

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

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherCengage Learning

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

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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

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. Demonstrate advanced understanding of terms and definitions used in epidemiology and concepts of measurements of disease
02. Review and critically evaluate a range of different designs in nutritional epidemiology
03. Design an epidemiological nutrition study in practice
04. Critically reflect on the role of food and nutrition in preventing and causing disease
05. Apply technical skills to accurately assess dietary intake
06. Critically analyse and interpret a small population dataset using biostatistics
07. Evaluate the role of ethics in nutrition research and the ethics code of conduct as set out by the NHMRC

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGeorge Moschonis

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 41
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 41
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 31 - 41
One 2.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 41 and delivered via face-to-face.
As part of this students will complete 16-hours in computer labs weeks 3 to 10.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 1500-word assignment. Statistical programme used for data analysis.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7

One 20-minute multiple choice quiz (350 words equiv)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO4

One 1,000 word critical analysis assignment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO7

One 2 hour test (2,000 word equiv)Short answer questions

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO7