module specification

NU6P01 - Human Nutrition Research Dissertation (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Human Nutrition Research Dissertation
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 300
240 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
50 hours Guided independent study
10 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 75%   Dissertation 6,000 words
Practical Examination 25%   Practical Supervisor Mark
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Not applicable -

Module summary

This module allows students to integrate the knowledge and skills gained at other levels and demonstrate competence as independent learners by undertaking a critical review or a research project
The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications. Specifically it aims to introduce, and enable the student to acquire, skills and capabilities appropriate to nutrition research
To develop a critical appreciation of the process of the research technique with emphasis on error,  bias, confounding factors, validity, reproducibility and precision
To consolidate the understanding and appropriate use of statistical analyses in research and the use of statistical software packages
To integrate the knowledge and skills acquired from other modules
To search, access and retrieve background information using appropriate databases such as Web of Knowledge and Medline
To produce a substantive professional scientific report on the findings.
This module will also provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some 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


The final year Nutrition Project is the culmination of the taught programme, allowing students to integrate the knowledge and skills gained at advanced level and demonstrate competence as independent learners. Students will either undertake a critical review in a subject area of their choice or a research project. It is in this module that the integration between nutrition, exercise and health will be fully and critically explored. The project allows the student to move away from a textbook approach to learning and to critically evaluate the literature in the area of health eating and health enhancing physical activity. LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Tutorial (2 hours) will introduce the module, including delivery of the statistical component and guide them in their project choice following on from their project preparation report.
One-to-one tutorials with the allocated supervisor (8 hours) to assist in the planning and execution of the project with guidance for directed activities (50 hours). Self-managed time and private study to plan, execute, analyse and write up the project (240 hours)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Plan and execute a research-based project with appropriate consideration to the following where relevant (LO1):
a) background reading and literature search
b) hypothesis formulation
c) methodology design including consideration of time scale
d) ethical considerations
e) data gathering (including meta-analysis), organisation, statistical analysis and presentation
f) formulation of conclusions based upon the experimental findings including placement of findings within the context of current knowledge and opinion
g) referencing and indexing

Interpret an appropriate statistical test where appropriate; be able to use statistical software
Demonstrate skills in report writing, presentation and production (LO2)
Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of research in the development of the discipline, the philosophy of research and the function of Learned Societies, particularly the Nutrition Society (LO3)
Apply initiative and personal responsibility to problem solving, make decisions, and formulate future plans in complex and unpredictable contexts, developing innovative and creative approaches (LO4)

Assessment strategy

Formative feedback will be provided during scheduled supervision throughout the dissertation period. Summative written feedback will be provided on the standard module submission form.