Research Planning and Statistics

    Unit code: HHN6901 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    240 credits from Bachelor of Nutritional Science OR Appropriate Bachelor degree for graduate entry students.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

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