module specification

NF7P16 - Human Nutrition Dissertation (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19, but may be subject to modification
Module title Human Nutrition Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 600
 
10 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
290 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
300 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 10%   Project proposal (750 words) (Local Submission)
Coursework 20%   Supervisors mark for process
Dissertation 50%   Dissertation (8000 words)
Oral Examination 20%   Viva (20 minutes)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North - Not applicable
Spring semester North - Not applicable

Module summary

NF7P16
Human Nutrition Dissertation
Pre-requisites: Normally NF7015

The aims of this module are to allow the learner to undertake a detailed piece of original research either by the empirical collection of data or an original secondary analysis of existing data.

To build upon experience at undergraduate level and understanding of the research methodologies relevant to human nutrition and to demonstrate application of knowledge and skills developed through the Advanced Nutrition Research Techniques module. This module also aims to provide an opportunity for critical reflection of the research topic and self-reflection of learning, studying and research skills and knowledge.

This module is designed for learners to undertake a substantial piece of research in the nutrition subject field. The research project is intended to build upon the taught modules of the award and is underpinned by the (NF7015) Advanced Nutrition Research Techniques module. The dissertation is designed to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills developed throughout the award. As the largest piece of assessed work undertaken on the award, the dissertation will carry great significance with the assessment board as it will be seen as the clearest expression of the learners’ ability at postgraduate level.

Assessment: Will comprise of project proposal (750 words), Dissertation (8000 words) and a viva voce of 20 minutes where learners will defend their research submission.
To pass the module an aggregate mark of at least 50% must be obtained

Prior learning requirements

 NF7015

Syllabus

 Competence to undertake independent research on a contemporary nutrition issue will be developed as follows: LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7
Theoretical research/literature review: LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6 
Advanced information searching, interpretation and abstraction skills will be applied in the production of a theoretical framework. LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7
Ethical approval application LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7
Experimental skills will be applied in the design and execution of a laboratory - or field-based study. Analytical and evaluative skills will be applied to data appraisal and contextualisation. LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7
Statistical analysis LO3, LO5
Communication of results: LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7
Written presentation skills will be applied in the production of the project report. Oral presentation skills will be applied in the viva voce LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6, LO7

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module will require the learner to self-direct and manage their own independent learning experience. The area of research will be matched, as far as is possible with the research interest, expertise and existing research projects of the supervisor. Research topics will be identified during the earlier part of the course through formal discussions in tutorials between the learners, the module convenor and a supervisor who has suitable research interests. The supervisor may be a member of academic teaching or research staff within the University, or from outside in appropriate organisations where the supervisor is of sufficient academic standing. Topics will be chosen that give the opportunity for high-level research that advances the boundaries of current knowledge but gives the learner a realistic opportunity of completion. A total of 590 hours self-directed study would be typical for this module.
Upon arrangement by the learner, the project supervisor will initially assist in the following processes:
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 and statistical analysis
Individual supervisory support will form a key part of the teaching method, but ultimately, most of the learning will be learner-centred. Comments of the draft of the dissertation can be expected.
PDP: Learners complete a ‘personal statement’, the style of which would be appropriate to a job application and address questions such as - Where do you see yourself in 5-years’ time? What are your goals? What skills do you have to expand to meet these?

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module, learners should be able to:
1) Plan and execute a piece of original research relevant to the area of public health nutrition or sports nutrition depending on the MSc route.
2) Demonstrate innovation and originality of thought with respect to basic and applied research.
3) Select, execute and interpret appropriate statistical tests at an advanced level of capability using statistical software at an advanced level of competency.
4) Demonstrate an ability for self-managed time in the area of research.
5) Critically interpret and place their own research within the wider context of nutrition research.
6) Write a detailed dissertation in a rigorous scientific manner with correct use of English and defend it.
7) Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the role of research in the academic and professional development of the discipline, the philosophy of research and the function of learned societies and professional bodies.

Assessment strategy

1. Extensive literature review with evidence of an advanced critical evaluation of earlier related research (LO 5, assessed in dissertation).
2. Clarity of hypothesis formulation and outline of research proposal (LO 1, assessed in project proposal).
3. Design or adoption of relevant research methodology to the problem to be addressed, including its critical evaluation (LO 1, LO 2, assessed in project proposal and in dissertation).
4. Clear management of practical laboratory work or fieldwork (LO 4, assessed by supervisors mark for process).
5. Rigorous demonstration of research findings together with a comprehensive statistical analysis and interpretation (LO 2, LO 3, assessed in dissertation and viva voce).
6. Appropriate discussion of results and relevant and accurate conclusions (LO 2, LO 5, assessed by dissertation and viva voce).
7. Evidence of policy and/or practical implications of findings and the context of the research in general (LO 7, assessed by dissertation and viva voce).
8. Correct use of English, clarity of presentation and appropriate formatting of document (LO 6, assessed in dissertation)

Bibliography

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Cargill M. and O'Connor P.,2013. Writing scientific research articles: strategy and steps. 2nd Ed. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Creswell J., 2013.Research Design.4th Ed.London: Sage.
Lovegrove J, Hodson L, Sharma S and Lanham-New S. 2015. Nutrition Research Methodologies. London Wiley-Blackwell. (core)
Margetts, B. ed., 1997. Design concepts in nutritional epidemiology. 2nd Ed. Oxford: OUP. (core)
Walliman N., 2005.Your Research Project: designing and planning your work. 3rd Ed. London: SAGE
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