NUTR09003 2019 Nutrition Research Methodologies

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition Research Methodologies
Transcript Title
Nutrition Research Methodologi
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Laura Keaver, Irina Uzhova
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_M09 201900 Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition

This module will introduce learners to both qualitative and quantitative research methods, different types of study designs used in nutrition research and its major limitations.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe and discuss key characteristics of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and reflect on their main advantages and challenges


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the problems encountered when designing and carrying out nutrition research


Gain an appreciation of key statistical issues including analysis, sampling, study size and statistical power issues


Be able to critically evaluate approaches to research in human nutrition


Compare quantitative and qualitative approaches and understand when these are best used singly or in combination

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time through both lectures and practicals.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% continuous assessment

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

Qualitative methods of data collection (interviews and observations), different methodological frameworks (e.g. grounded theory), methods of data analysis (e.g. content and thematic analysis, discourse analysis)

Quantitative methods of data collection: introduction to population - based studies, intervention studies 

Reliability and validity testing of nutrition surveys

Introduction to bias, confounding, sampling, statistical power and error

Ethical considerations; compliance; subject cooperation; development of good research practice; dissemination of research findings and ownership of data

AfN Code of Ethics and Statement of Professional Conduct. Practice of nutrition - legal issues, legislation, insurance and indemnity, research governance framework.  

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Assessment 100 % Any 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Self-directed Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-03-30 Nutrition Research Methodologies John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118554678 ISBN-13 1118554671

Nutrition Research Methodologies Edited by Julie A Lovegrove, Leanne Hodson, Sangita Sharma and Susan A Lanham-New 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 About the Editors: Professor Julie A Lovegrove, Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and Institute for Cardiovascular Research, Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, UK Associate Professor Leanne Hodson, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK Professor Sangita Sharma, Centennial Professor, Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health, Professor of Aboriginal & Global Health Research, Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta, Canada Professor Susan A Lanham-New, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Biosciences and Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, UK With website: A supporting companion website featuring illustrations and self-assessment questions is available at Other books in the Nutrition Society Textbook Series: "Clinical Nutrition, Second Edition" ISBN: 978-1-4051-6810-6 "Sport and Exercise Nutrition " ISBN: 978-1-4443-3468-5 "Nutrition and Metabolism, Second Edition " ISBN: 978-1-4051-6808-3 "Introduction to Human Nutrition, Second Edition " ISBN: 978-1-4051-6807-6 "Public Health Nutrition" ISBN: 978-0-632-05627-9 For further information, companion material for use with these textbooks, and full details of how to purchase them, visit:

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Krebs, L. J. (2015). Nutrition research methodologies. John Wiley & Sons.

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