Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2015 (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.


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

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


Assessment from BND4111 will contribute to 15% to the final mark for Bachelor of Nutrition (Honours) degree comprising:
Multiple choice quiz (10%)
Critique of a scientific paper (70%) including a hurdle oral presentation
Reflective commentaries on seminars (20%)

Workload requirements

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

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