Research and evaluation skills are used by dietitians in all aspects of their role. This unit builds on the students' understanding of the research process and provides practical training in research skills relevant to undertaking research in the health sciences.  Within this unit students will be introduced to aspects of planning a specific research project, developing methodology (qualitative and quantitative), analysing results and reporting of data. It also addresses research approaches, ethical and economic considerations, technical writing skills, information retrieval skills and methods of communicating research data for health science research. This unit will also introduce students to common statistical techniques and statistical analysis software packages.

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240 credits from Bachelor of Nutritional Science OR Appropriate Bachelor degree for graduate entry students.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the research process including design, ethical issues and evidence-based practice;  
  2. Investigate a nutrition and dietetic related topic through critical review of the literature;  
  3. Recommend and interpret appropriate statistical approaches for the analysis of qualitative and quantitative data and evaluate results to draw conclusions; and  
  4. Exemplify scientific writing skills.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online test (2) (30mins each) 20%
Report Project proposal (750 words) 25%
Literature Review Literature review of a nutrition related topic (2500 words) 40%
Presentation Presentation of project proposal and literature review (10mins) 15%

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