Research Project

Unit code: HHN7901 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Footscray Park


Research is core to safe and innovative dietetic practice. This unit will support students to develop skills in research project management, as well as data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination. Students will be supported to develop and undertake a research project relevant to dietetic practice. This will include consideration of funding and ethical aspects of the project, as well as the development and justification of a research methodology. Students will conduct their project, analyse and interpret the results and develop skills in dissemination of findings through written and oral media.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate all considerations in the planning and conduct of a research project relevant to dietetic practice;
  2. Devise and undertake a research project relevant to dietetic practice;
  3. Exemplify academic writing skills for publication; and
  4. Defend and translate research finding for a variety of audiences.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 10%
Professional Practice Placement assessment of competency in relevant domain elements of the National Dietetic Competency Standards
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 15%
Project proposal (750 words)
Assessment type: Research Paper
Grade: 60%
Presentation of research project in the form of a journal manuscript (4000 words)
Assessment type: Poster
Grade: 15%
Individual poster presentation and defence of research project (10mins)

Required reading

No required text. Required reading materials from key academic journals and text books will be identified and linked through VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

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