This unit of study introduces students to both qualitative and quantitative research methods that are essential tools for dietitians. Methods include the development of questionnaires and conduct of focus groups. Students will learn about study design and methods used in epidemiology to be able to critically analyse the scientific literature of nutrition and dietetics. An introduction to statistical tests with practical computer classes will also be included. Scientific writing techniques will also be covered.
3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial or practical work per week.
2.5 hour exam (60%), two assignments (10% and 30%)
Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellstrom T. Basic Epidemiology. 2nd Ed. World Health Organisation: Geneva, 2005 Lawrence M and Wolsely T (editors). Public Health Nutrition from Principles to Practice. Allen and Unwin 2007. ISBN: 978 174175 102 4. Chapter 14, pages 344-349
NTDT5601 and NTDT5503 and (NTDT5504 or NTDT5604)