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.

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336 credits of study within the Bachelor of Nutritional Science/ Masters of Dietetics OR 96 credits of student within the Masters of Dietetics.

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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Professional Practice Placement assessment of competency in relevant domain elements of the National Dietetic Competency Standards 10%
Report Project proposal (750 words) 15%
Research Paper Presentation of research project in the form of a journal manuscript (4000 words) 60%
Poster Individual poster presentation and defence of research project (10mins) 15%
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit (Hurdle requirements)

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