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NTDT5602: Methods in Nutrition Research

This unit of study introduces students to both qualitative and quantitative research methods that are essential tools for dietitians. Students will learn about observational and experimental study designs using examples from the scientific literature in nutrition and dietetics. Students learn how to critically analyse the literature to conduct systematic reviews as well as development of nutrition and dietetics guidelines. Students will explore qualitative research including interview, survey and focus group techniques, and coding and analysis. An introduction to statistical hypothesis testing with practical computer classes will also be included. Students will gain experience writing abstracts for conferences and presenting their work and gain full knowledge of ethics in research and publishing. These skills in critical thinking and evaluation will be essential for ongoing development in becoming an Accredited Practising Dietitian especially for the full semester of research in year 2, and all projects in placements. Learning is facilitated by interactive lectures, tutorials, and workshops.

Code NTDT5602
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6
NTDT5601 and NTDT5503 and (NTDT5504 or NTDT5604)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. critically appraise diet and nutrition literature to enable evidence-based practice.
  • LO2. apply and interpret both qualitative and quantitative research methods including design of a survey and research protocol including describing strengths and limitations.
  • LO3. apply the process and justification for a human ethics application.
  • LO4. conduct basic statistical analysis and interpret statistics in research papers.
  • LO5. learn about dissemination and present research findings in oral and written form
  • LO6. To gain an understanding about the process of conducting a systematic literature review including GRADE.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.