NUTR08011 2019 Nutrition Research Project
This module is intended to enable students to engage in an independent research project where they utilise the skills and competencies that they have acquired during their degree programme to research an area in relation to nutrition, food and health. Students will be given a fundamental insight into research methods and gain experience in the practical application of these skills
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Demonstrate the ability to critically review the literature in the area of the research topic
Plan and implement methodologies to collect, collate and analyse relevant data where appropriate
Interpret findings, discuss results with reference to the literature and identify key recommendations as a result of the research conducted
Source, interpret, critically review and apply appropriate and referenced literature from area of investigation
Present and communicate the research project in a variety of forms including oral and written
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Students will be expected to take responsibility for their own learning of their specific research topic under the direction and guidance of their project supervisor.
Module Assessment Strategies
This assessment strategy for this module is designed to focus students on the production of a research paper (including a critical review) and a oral presentation of their research findings.
The project is assessed in a number of ways:
Continuous assessment ‑ this is carried out by the project supervisor and relates to the manner in which the student plans, organises and manages their own time and data collection.
Research Paper ‑ the written report is assessed by the project supervisor and a second academic. This assessment evaluates the students ability to accurately record, interpret, evaluate and draw conclusions from their findings. This also gives the assessors an insight into the students understanding of the research area and the students ability to source literature, evaluate and interpret this literature and to place their own findings in context.
Presentation ‑ this presentation, carried out as part of an undergraduate nutrition conference, allows the student to demonstrate their ability to communicate their research findings in both presentation and oral form.
Viva - Students will undergo a short viva with the project supervisor and a second academic allowing the student to further demonstrate their knowledge of the research area.
Design a project plan indicating tasks and milestones to be completed within the allocated time frame.
Source, review and critically evaluate relevant literature in relation to the topic being investigated.
Develop and practice research methodologies
Analyse and interpret data collected using appropriate methods
Write a research paper/ dissertation on the project including a critical review
Present, defend and critically appraise the project during a poster presentation
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Project Paper||Continuous Assessment||Written Report||60 %||End of Semester||1,2,3,4,5|
|2||Continuous assessment progress||Continuous Assessment||Performance Evaluation||10 %||End of Semester||2,3,4|
|3||Oral presentation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||15 %||End of Semester||1,3,4,5|
|4||Oral viva exam||Continuous Assessment||Oral Exam||15 %||End of Semester||1,3,4,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Tutorial||Not Specified||Meeting with Supervisor||0.66||Weekly||0.66|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self-directed learning and practical research||12||Weekly||12.00|
Nutrition base journals