NUT4121 - Honours research project 1 - 2018

18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Helen Truby


Dr Kate Huggins

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Full year 2018 (On-campus)


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. 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 their research project and demonstrate competency in using the software programs required for these analyses; and
  5. demonstrate a high level of competency in oral communication skills to a specialist scientific audience.


Assessment from NUT4121 will contribute 20% to the final mark for Bachelor of Nutrition (Honours) 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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