HNUT40270 Project FNH O/L

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is a core module within the MSc in Food, Nutrition and Health and it represents the integration of previous modules studied during the course. The module will build on FDSC40530 Research Design and Statistics with students applying their knowledge to the research process and designing a viable, original research project.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module student will be able to:
1. Develop an appropriate and original research question and design the research methodology to answer that question.
2. Analyse and interpret the research data appropriately in relation to the research question.
3. Report and critically evaluate the research and its findings in the context of existing research.

Indicative Module Content:

The module will cover critical analysis, applied research design and statistics, scientific writing in developing original and viable research.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning, peer and group work, critical writing, reflective learning, enquiry and problem-based learning, interactive tutorials.

This module will focus on creating authentic pieces of inquiry that result in a brief communication paper. This will involve enquiry and problem-based learning, it will use peer and group work to provide feedback and this will in turn require reflective learning as the feedback is applied to improve the final work. Active learning is used in the interactive tutorials.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT40130 - Research Design and Statistics

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Brief communication paper Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Analysis report and interpretation Week 8 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Experimental design and analysis plan Week 4 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The assessments are structured to breakdown the research project activity into two preliminary assessments that provide feedback that will enable students to build on the feedback and feed it forward into their final AT3 Brief communication paper. They will also have the opportunity to access peer feedback in small teams and get self-feedback when they self-assess the quality of their work against a detailed rubric. Post-assessment students will receive individual and group feedback.

Name Role
Ms Isobel De Stanlaigh Tutor
Ms Lauren Devine Tutor
Mr Patrick Elliott Tutor
Catherine Fallon Tutor
Dr Fiona Lalor Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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