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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18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Helen Truby and Dr Kate Huggins


Each student will undertake a research project under the supervision of an approved member of the academic or research staff of Monash University. The choice of project and supervisor will be the responsibility of the student, in consultation with an academic advisor for the Nutrition and Dietetics unit. The research project will constitute the major portion of the students' work and will be conducted over a full year. For the purpose of unitisation, this unit will include the components of literature review and description of methods. Students will present their research proposal in a seminar format.


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

  1. gain experience in undertaking an evidenced-based review of the scientific literature in their discipline;
  2. discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed study design for their research project;
  3. describe the methodology required for their research project and summarise the logistical process involved in data collection;
  4. outline the main statistical methods that will be used in the research project and demonstrate competency in using the software programs required for these analyses;
  5. demonstrate a high level of competency in oral communication skills to a specialist scientific audience.


Assessment from BND4121 will contribute 20% to the final mark for Bachelor of Nutrition (Honours) degree comprising:
Evidenced-based literature review (100%)*
Oral research proposal
Draft methods chapter

*Note that full quantitative assessment of this task will be undertaken at the end of Semester 2 in conjunction with Thesis examination.

Workload requirements

Research project related work: 36 hours per week.

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