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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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton Full year 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Maxine Bonham


This unit provides the opportunity for students to work with an academic supervisor to conduct a focused research project in the broad area of human nutrition. The research project may be chosen from a list of projects available at the beginning of semester from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. During this unit you will have the opportunity to utilise and apply knowledge and intellectual, practical and other skills acquired throughout your studies to enable you to undertake your research project. A major output of this unit is the final project report.


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

  1. Apply appropriate research methods in order to carry out scientific research and recognise the significance and relevance of the data and results obtained.
  2. Integrate knowledge in the identification, description, analysis and solution of a research problem in the field of human nutrition.
  3. Articulate clear research aims, methods and rationale.
  4. Show appropriate skills in applying methods and techniques relevant to your chosen project.
  5. Show initiative and independence, and manage your time and resources effectively to complete a project within allocated time scales.
  6. Utilise relevant information sources for the planning, conduct and writing up of a project.
  7. Maintain accurate, accessible records of data collection, decisions made and their rationale in a reflective workbook.
  8. Utilise suitable software packages for data manipulation and the preparation of typewritten documents.
  9. Evaluate the experimental approach adopted and recognise its strengths and limitations, and compare and integrate your project findings with findings from previous work reported in the literature or elsewhere.
  10. Prepare a structured, coherent project submission, via a series of drafts that are subject to repeated improvement and updating.
  11. Engage in critical discussion of the conduct of your project and the significance of its findings in an oral defence (three minute thesis).


Oral presentation (10%)
Submission of thesis or systematic review (Project proposal 20%; Scientific paper 50%) (70%)
Reflective workbook or laboratory notebook (10%)
Supervisor report (10%)

Workload requirements

24 hours per week of project work and private study.

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Chief examiner(s)

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



Must be enrolled in course 3956.