HNUT20070 Population Nutrition Research

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will introduce students to nutrition research techniques commonly used, both in the field and laboratory settings.

Topics covered will include: study design, dietary intake assessment, body composition analysis, energy expenditure analysis and others. Both the application and theoretical background of such techniques will be dealt with in detail. Students will learn how to analyse and manage dietary intake data

The module will use a mix of online and face-to-face teaching methods.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
Display an understanding of the basic principles dietary analysis and measurements of body composition and energy expenditure using a variety of techniques.
Students will understand the structuring, planning and ethics involved in conducting basic nutrition research.
Student will understand how to analyse and interpret dietary intake data.

Indicative Module Content:

This module can be considered in 3 components.

1 - The theory of Nutritional Research, covering Dietary Intake, Body Composition and Energy Expenditure
2 - Practical demonstration of dietary intake, and body composition measurements.
3 - Development of statistical analysis skills using SPSS

The theory of the techniques in the above areas, and examples of how they are used in nutrition related research will be covered.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Computer / Statistical classes 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Human Nutrition 1 (HNUT10020)

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT10020 - Human Nutrition I

Nutrition Research Method. I (FDSC20070)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: Class Tests - Analysis of dietary intake data using SPSS. Week 10 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Develop research proposal outline - Group report outlining research idea, hypothesis, study design, methodology, ethical issues and proposed analysis. Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: End of semester written exam, covering topics from the semester. 2 hour written exam. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be given in a variety of ways. Worksheets will be graded and individual feedback given as submitted throughout the semester. Marks and feedback for the SPSS class test will be given within the required period.

Nutrition Research Methodologies - Nutrition Society Textbook Series