DT6P02 - Dietetics Research Project (2023/24)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2023/24|
|Module title||Dietetics Research Project|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||45|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2023/24(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
The module aims to provide the learners with an opportunity to understand and develop the skills of critical appraisal, interpretation, analysis, defending and reflection through the design and/or execution of a dietetics and nutrition-focused research project.
In addition the module will develop advanced level knowledge of a specific area of the subject and allow learners to integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from other modules.
Learners will be able to develop skills in employability allowing the opportunity to demonstrate competence as independent learners, through the design and/or execution and completion of the research project.
In addition the learner will experience the process of nutrition research and develop professional, vocational and transferable skills to perform and present independent research.
Learners will produce a substantive professional scientific report on the findings and present these findings, orally, in a scientific manner.
This module aims to provide learners with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision making in complex and unpredictable contexts; and, the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.
Prior learning requirements
DT4005 Human Nutrition for Dietitians
DT5051 Macro and micronutrients
DT6056 Nutrition through the lifecycle (Dietitians)
The specified learning outcomes will be developed around a framework based on the following subject matter:
1. Principles of research design, data management, statistical analysis, and interpretation (1, 3, 6).
2. Research governance, research ethics (1, 6).
3. Qualitative and quantitative research methodology (1, 3, 6).
4. Application of research to nutrition and dietetic practice (5).
5. Principles of scientific enquiry, evidence informed practice, critical appraisal of the literature, evaluation of practice. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
6. Sources and grading of evidence, guidelines and systematic review and meta-analysis (2).
7. Scientific writing and communication skills (7).
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
This module will require the learner to self-direct and manage his/her own independent learning experience.
Research topics will be identified during the earlier part of the course through liaison with external health organisations or through research ideas developed by the learner or a member of academic staff.
Topics will be chosen that give the opportunity for learners to develop experience and
skills in research and provides a realistic opportunity of completion.
The module will be
delivered through a combination of lectures (9 hours) tutorials (3 hours), project supervision (6 hours) and self-directed study 285 hrs.
Upon arrangement by the learner, the project supervisor will initially assist in the
1) clarifying the terms of the research project
2) establishing a timetable for the research and dates for subsequent learner/supervisor meetings
3) directed background reading
4) study design, methodology, ethical approval (where necessary) and statistical
Supervisory support will form a key part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of
the learning will be learner centred. Supervisor meetings will continue periodically
through the project. A typical amount of contact time the learner can expect is six hours
with the supervisor. Each meeting will be logged, and a summary of the outcome should
be signed by both parties using the on-line journal function within WebLearn.
On completing this module learners will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of research methodology through the submission of a protocol and in the design and/or execution & completion of a research project or audit.
2. Critically appraise and review a body of relevant scientific literature.
3. Undertake appropriate analysis of original data, or reanalysis of current data.
4. Interpret ones owns findings in the context of current knowledge and literature.
5. Reflect on the design, execution, results and outcomes of the research project/audit in order to make recommendations for improvement.
6. Evaluate the impact or relevance of the research/audit on current professional practice.
7. Present the research study or audit in an accepted scientific manner, demonstrating appropriate presentation skills.
Assessment will comprise:
1) Research protocol (2000 words) outlining the background literature, rationale, research aims, questions and hypothesis, project design, methodology, proposed statistical analysis and considerations relating to research governance including ethics.
2) Presentation of research protocol (15 minutes) to provide formative and summative feedback on the progress of the dissertation.
3) Research paper (4000 words) a report written in the style of a peer-reviewed scientific journal publication. Requires the learner to conduct a research study, systematic-type review or audit and write up their research project in the standard format of a journal publication (i.e., abstract, background, methods, results, discussion, conclusion).
4) Poster presentation –A1 size, appropriate for scientific communication.
5) Five individual verbal presentation of poster.
Learners must obtain at least 40% to pass this module. In addition, learners must normally obtain at least 35% in each component of assessment within this module. A mark of between 35% and 39% may be compensated by other components.