NUTR09023 2019 Public Health Nutrition Thesis

General Details

Full Title
Public Health Nutrition Thesis
Transcript Title
Public Health Nutrition Thesis
Code
NUTR09023
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
Department
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
Level
09 - NFQ Level 9
Credit
50 - 50 Credits
Duration
Stage
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Thomas Smyth
Programme Membership
SG_SPUBL_M09 201900 Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition SG_SPUNU_M09 201900 Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition
Description

The research project will allow the learner to investigate an area relevant to Public Health Nutrition, using knowledge skills and competencies acquired at earlier stages of the Master’s Programme, to research an area deemed appropriate by an academic Supervisor.  Learners will examine and define the issues/research problem, develop a research proposal, select and execute appropriate methodologies, analyse data, evaluate findings critically and draw justifiable conclusions, demonstrating self-direction and originality of thought. The learner will be allocated a supervisor who will advise on the direction of the work. Regular meetings with their supervisor will engage the student in discussion which will deepen their learning and motivation. These meetings will help the student to maintain focus and challenge them on hypothesis and approaches to their experimental design and implementation.  Throughout the period of research, the learner is encouraged to network with other researchers in academia and industry/sector (where an Industry link/project occurs) and to disseminate their research findings in oral and written format to both academic and professional audiences. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of research data and the presentation of research outcomes in the format of thesis, conference style presentation and viva.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Manage an independent research project with a support structure in place for supervision.

2.

Critically evaluate academic literature (and literature/technical information from a wide variety of other sources), to draw inferences from this body of knowledge to conduct an extensively focused critical review.

3.

Develop professional practice skills including research project management, time-management and scientific writing skills.

4.

Develop a research methodology and project plan for a research project.

5.

Conduct the project by selecting and applying appropriate research methodology/techniques and analyse the data according to accepted models of analysis.

6.

Interpret, critique and draw coherent conclusions from the research data generated.

7.

Produce a thesis/research project which meets postgraduate standards of technical expertise investigating the subject area outlined in the research proposal.

8.

Develop the skills to present and defend aspects of their research at seminars, conferences and vivas.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The thesis is an independent research project that will involve self‑directed learning in a core topic related to the programme. Students will avail of one to one supervision with a designated supervisor. This is a learner‑centered approach, where the learner will assume the responsibility for learning. Students will manage their time effectively to ensure that they maintain contact with their supervisor while also completing their project work. Regular meetings with their supervisor will engage the student in discussion which will deepen their learning and motivation. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of research data and the presentation of research outcomes in the format of thesis, presentation and viva.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment of this module will be based on:

 

  1. Thesis composed of a critical literature review of the research topic along with research paper drafted in a format a Peer-review journal standards. 
  2. Conference presentation
  3. Viva voce  

Repeat Assessments

Where a learner fails this module the Examiners will identify where the deficits in learning occurred. The learner will then have an opportunity to address these deficits and resubmit the project for a full re-examination, the next time this module is examined.

Indicative Syllabus

LO1) Manage an independent research project with a support structure in place for supervision.

Students will be expected to manage the research project (execute relevant methodologies and analyse data obtained, draw conclusions and prepare a thesis) combining independent study with support from supervisor(s).

LO2) Critically evaluate academic literature (and literature/technical information from a wide variety of other sources), to draw inferences from this body of knowledge to conduct an extensively focused critical review.

Students are expected to critically review key literature relevant to their chosen research area. They are expected to present and argue literature which clearly demonstrates increased knowledge and expertise in their fields, and where appropriate informs the development of further stages of their research project.

LO3) Develop professional practice skills including research project management, time-management and scientific writing skills.

Students will arrange regular meetings with Supervisors and provide up-dates of their work. Critical thinking skills will be developed through analysis of research data and the presentation of research outcomes in the format of thesis and other oral or written formats. A viva voce will be undertaken by the student, allowing them to present and defend their work to examiners. Students must demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of their research project. Questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence in familiar and unfamiliar areas.

LO4) Develop a research methodology and project plan for a research project.

Students will demonstrate and defend why they have chosen a topic, research process and format and submit a project proposal to the supervisor. Students should demonstrate ethical implications of the research and the development of an Ethics application, if required. Each project should contain a certain of novelty.

LO5) Conduct the project by selecting and applying appropriate research methodology/techniques and analyse the data according to accepted models of analysis.

Paradigms of enquiry, methodologies, methods of data collection, data analysis, tools and techniques are dependent on the project but must demonstrate clear relevancy to the research chosen. Students must be able to justify and clearly articulate these decisions, as the best fit for their research project. Explaining how chosen techniques are used to create, interpret and present knowledge.

LO6) Interpret, critique and draw coherent conclusions from the research data generated.

Students completed work will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competency that are required for a level nine award in this area.

LO7) Produce a thesis/research project which meets postgraduate standards of technical expertise investigating the subject area outlined in the research proposal.

The thesis will be presented and published in a manner appropriate to this award level e.g. Submission of thesis typed, bound and complying with IT Sligo`s Research Ethics Policy and Procedures. The thesis will be composed of a critical literature review of the research topic along with a research paper based on obtained results drafted in a format a Peer-review journal standards. 

The thesis will be dual graded by the internal supervisor and another examiner.

LO8) Develop the skills to present and defend aspects of their research at seminars, conferences and vivas.

Students will be required to present their research in a conference event on campus to promote their research findings, while also being encouraged to pursue other dissemination avenues.  Students will be required to complete a viva with both the internal supervisor and another examiner.Students must demonstrate a thorough understanding of all aspects of their research project. Questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence in familiar and unfamiliar areas. 

 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Thesis Project Individual Project 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
2 Conference presentation Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 15 % End of Term 1,2,3,5,6,8
3 Viva Voce Project Oral Exam 15 % End of Term 3,6,8

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Directed Learning Not Specified Research supervison 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Project specific books will be available from the library e-books facility.

Journal Resources

Specific to the research area under investigation.

URL Resources

URL Resources

This is project dependant, students will be guided by supervisor.

Other Resources

Other Resources

Supervisors may advise students of additional readings appropriate to their project.

 

Additional Information

Additional Information

Specialised training may be required dependant on the project, if so the supervisor and student will negotiate this requirement.