Research Project

    Unit code: HHN7901 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    336 credits of study within the Bachelor of Nutritional Science/ Masters of Dietetics OR 96 credits of student within the Masters of Dietetics.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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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