Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

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
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Zoe Davidson


This unit will focus on developing students as researchers. It builds on knowledge and skills developed in Year 1 on the role of evidence in nutrition science, statistics, epidemiology and research methods.It will embrace the concepts and application of systematic literature review and quantitative and qualitative data related to nutrition. Students will be supported to apply and practice these research skills in a safe classroom environment and via hypothetical models while applying real and relevant data collection and analysis tools to current, pertinent and important research questions in nutrition. The key theme explored in this unit is Theme 2: Determinants and Influences on Population Health and Nutrition coupled with partial integration of content and application from Theme 1: Personal Development and Professional Practice and Theme 3: Nutrition Fundamentals of Health and Disease.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Design a simple research study relating to a nutrition issue
  2. Define the process of systematic review
  3. Develop and implement a systematic review protocol
  4. Apply methods of qualitative and quantitative data analysis in confined settings
  5. Compare and contrast different research methodologies
  6. Applies principles of nutrition research project management via a hypothetical model
  7. Synthesise and communicate findings from scientific literature in the field of nutrition
  8. Extend communication skills and practice in the context of nutrition research
  9. Extend critical appraisal and enquiry skills.


Group literature review (4,000 words) (50%)
Individual scientific report (4,000 - 5,000 words) (50%)
Assessment task ethics forms (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

3 hours contact per week lectures/tutorials/teaching sessions on campus
9 hours self study and assessment related work.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in courses 3404, 4530 or 3956.