PHPS40700 Project (Human Nutrition)

Academic Year 2022/2023

The final year project will involve either a Research Project or a Literature Review. Students will be assigned an individualized final year project (and project supervisor) decided upon by the academic team. The decision of the academic team is final and no changes will be made.
Students will be notified of their assigned project by Week 2 of Autumn. Students will be expected to meet regularly with their project supervisor (or designate) in order to ensure timely completion of all aspects of the project.
All students will submit a near-complete, first draft of their final year project thesis in Week 1 of Spring. This will be corrected by the project supervisor and outline of corrections will be given to the student. Students will submit the completed final year project thesis four weeks after the first draft deadline (week 5 Spring). The specific first and final draft deadline dates will be specified each year by the Project Module Coordinator.
All students will complete a presentation outlining the hypothesis, methodology, findings and conclusions of their research project. The final year project presentations usually occur within about 4 weeks of the final year project thesis deadline.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

In addition to generic learning outcomes of final year project (research skills, appraisal of literature, critical thinking, and making and defending scientific arguments) successful completion of the project should lead to:
i. In-depth understanding of an advanced research topic, with the generation of new data / information / insight relating to the topic in order to advance the current state-of-the-art.
ii. Ability to undertake an academic study in a self-directed and professional manner.
iii. Aptitude to analyse and present the results of the scientific investigation accurately using statistical analysis appropriate to the properties of the data collected.
iv. Logical and valid conclusions based on the results of their data analysis.
v. Understanding of the implications of their research findings within the context of nutrition and human health.
vi. Effective research communication skills, with an appreciation of how knowledge must be adapted to suit the audience.
Learning outcomes are met and assessed by the completion of:
A dissertation (6000 words) reviewing in-depth the scientific literature related to the project.
An oral presentation in which this research or aspects of it are presented in a way that is interesting accessible and inspiring to both scientists and non-scientists.

Indicative Module Content:

Lectures: 20 hours
Project supervision: 24 hours
Autonomous student learning: 270

Total: 314

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active/task-based learning
Critical analysis and problem based learning
Critical writing
Individual presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
HNUT30170 - PWE (Human Nutrition)

Project (Human Nutrition) (HNUT40050), Project (Human Nutrition) (HNUT40190)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Presentation: Presentation Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: A research project or systematic literature review will be carried out under the supervision of a nominated supervisor. The assessment will take the form of a research thesis Unspecified n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Your project supervisor will provide feedback in relation to your project at project meetings. Students should schedule regular project meetings with supervisors / designate. The supervisor will provide feedback relating to the First Draft of the Final Year Project Paper.

Name Role
Professor Lorraine Brennan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sarah Browne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Clare Corish Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eileen Gibney Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Breige McNulty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Celine Murrin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Sharleen O'Reilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aifric O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Helen Roche Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Martina Wallace Lecturer / Co-Lecturer