NUTR07018 2019 Research Methods

General Details

Full Title
Research Methods
Transcript Title
Research Methods
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Owen Kenny
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition

Through this module, students will develop knowledge and understanding of fundamental research tools and methods, together with their application in an academic and/ or industrial research environment. Students will study the importance of quantitative and qualitative research design, literature review, critical thinking, peer review, scientific communication and research dissemination. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand the structure and basic principles involved in the development and execution of sound research design in the context of food and nutritional sciences.


Understand and develop strategies for the implementation of both qualitative and quantitative research study design methods.


Development of critical thinking skills to analyse and assess the quality of information from peer reviewed articles within food and nutritional sciences.


Recognition of policy and regulations that govern research study ethics at local, national and international level.


Understand the use and importance of communication during the dissemination of research study outcomes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module wll be facilitated through lectures which will foster learning through a range of practical and problem based learning to suit varying levels of experience and a diversity of learners.

Module Assessment Strategies

Progress and learning in this module will be evaluated by means of continuous assessment only to include both written and oral communication skills. Written assignments will evaluate students understanding of research design, ethics and  critical thinking ability. 

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

Principles of effective scientific research

Qualitative and Quantitative research design, processes and defensibility

Moral and ethical standards

Critical thinking and analysis of peer-reviewed articles 

Effective communication and dissemination of research study outcomes

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Oral exam Continuous Assessment Oral Exam 20 % Week 3 3,4
2 Written report Continuous Assessment Written Report 20 % Week 6 1,3,4,5
3 Presentation Continuous Assessment Group Project 20 % Week 9 1,5
4 Written report Continuous Assessment Written Report 40 % Week 12 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Library Funding/Intervention application 20 Once Per Semester 1.33
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-01-12 Nutrition Research Methodologies (The Nutrition Society Textbook) Wiley-Blackwell

A new book in the acclaimed Nutrition Society Textbook Series, Nutrition Research Methodologies addresses the rapidly advancing field of nutrition research. It covers the diverse methodologies required for robust nutritional research to ensure thorough understanding of key concepts, both for students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and for scientists working in nutrition research.

Combining theory with practical application, Nutrition Research Methodologies addresses both traditional research methods and new technologies, and focuses on a range of complex topics, including energy compensation, nutrient-gene interactions and metabolic adaptation. It also considers statistical issues as well as application of data to policy development.

  • Provides the reader with the required scientific basics of nutrition research in the context of a systems and health approach
  • Written specifically to meet the needs of individuals involved in nutrition research
  • Combines the viewpoints of world-leading nutrition experts from academia and research with practical applications
  • Accompanied by a companion website with a range of self-assessment material (

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Nutrition Research Methodologies (The Nutrition Society Textbook). Wiley-Blackwell.

Journal Resources

Access to online databases containing peer reviewed research articles 

URL Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information