NUTR08011 2019 Nutrition Research Project

General Details

Full Title
Nutrition Research Project
Transcript Title
Nutrition Research Project
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Subject Area
NUTR - Nutrition
LIFE - Life Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Thomas Smyth
Programme Membership
SG_SHUMA_H08 202200 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition

This module is intended to enable students to engage in an independent research project where they utilise the skills and competencies that they have acquired during their degree programme to research an area in relation to nutrition, food and health. Students will be given a fundamental insight into research methods and gain experience in the practical application of these skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate the ability to critically review the literature in the area of the research topic


Plan and implement methodologies to collect, collate and analyse relevant data where appropriate


Interpret findings, discuss results with reference to the literature and identify key recommendations as a result of the research conducted


Source, interpret, critically review and apply appropriate and referenced literature from area of investigation


Present and communicate the research project in a variety of forms including oral and written

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will be expected to take responsibility for their own learning of their specific research topic under the direction and guidance of their project supervisor.

Module Assessment Strategies

This assessment strategy for this module is designed to focus students on the production of a research paper (including a critical review) and a oral presentation of their research findings.

The project is assessed in a number of ways:

Continuous assessment ‑ this is carried out by the project supervisor and relates to the manner in which the student plans, organises and manages their own time and data collection.

Research Paper ‑ the written report is assessed by the project supervisor and a second academic. This assessment evaluates the students ability to accurately record, interpret, evaluate and draw conclusions from their findings. This also gives the assessors an insight into the students understanding of the research area and the students ability to source literature, evaluate and interpret this literature and to place their own findings in context.

Presentation ‑ this presentation, carried out as part of an undergraduate nutrition conference, allows the student to demonstrate their ability to communicate their research findings in both presentation and oral form.

Viva - Students will undergo a short viva with the project supervisor and a second academic allowing the student to further demonstrate their knowledge of the research area.

Repeat Assessments


Indicative Syllabus

Design a project plan indicating tasks and milestones to be completed within the allocated time frame.

Source, review and critically evaluate relevant literature in relation to the topic being investigated.

Develop and practice research methodologies

Analyse and interpret data collected using appropriate methods

Write a research paper/ dissertation on the project including a critical review

Present, defend and critically appraise the project during a poster presentation

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project Paper Coursework Assessment Written Report/Essay 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5
2 Continuous assessment progress Coursework Assessment Performance Evaluation 10 % End of Semester 2,3,4
3 Oral presentation Coursework Assessment Assignment 15 % End of Semester 1,3,4,5
4 Oral viva exam Coursework Assessment Oral Exam/Presentation 15 % End of Semester 1,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Tutorial Not Specified Meeting with Supervisor 0.66 Weekly 0.66
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed learning and practical research 12 Weekly 12.00
Tutorial Science Laboratory Tutorial/Guidance 1 Monthly 0.25
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.91 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources

Nutrition base journals

URL Resources


Other Resources


Additional Information