Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Helen Truby and Dr Kate Huggins


A weekly course over 12 weeks on research skills including: study design, use of relevant databases, spreadsheets, statistical analysis software, how to search and summarise the scientific literature, best practice in data presentation, qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis and skills in evidenced based review and critical analysis of scientific writing.


On completion of the unit, students will:

  • be able to explain different study designs and interpret data drawn from the scientific literature relating to nutrition
  • have developed skills in conducting a literature search and in undertaking an evidenced based review
  • to be able to explain major methodologies used for qualitative research
  • display competency in the use of relevant databases, spreadsheets and statistical analysis software
  • explain the issues covered in making a submission to an Ethics committee for approval of projects
  • exhibit a high level of competence in oral presentation to their peers
  • have experience in participating in scientific discussions


100% for assignments providing a critique of a scientific paper in a selected area of interest and a reflective commentary on seminars given by nutrition scientists. Assessment from BND4111 will contribute 15% to the final mark for BND3865 Bachelor of Nutrition Honours

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Contact hours

Lecture/tutorials: 2 hours per week; assignments and self-directed learning: 8 hours per week