12 x 2-hour computer labs per semester
1 Admission into MND-Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
2 NUTD9130 - Research and Critical Thinking in Nutrition and Dietetics A
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
NUTD9230 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
This topic requires students to have an understanding of human nutrition as it applies to the clinical and public health setting. In addition, students are required to have an understanding of the fundamentals of nutritional epidemiology and introductory biostatistics.
Assignment(s), Presentation
Topic description

This topic will build upon the skills and knowledge gained in Topic A to further enhance student knowledge of evidence based nutrition and dietetic practice and the application of these in the field of nutrition and dietetics. After an introduction to critical appraisal techniques and literature searching methods, students will be provided with an opportunity to evaluating current controversies and recent developments in the field, as they appear in the scientific literature via participation in a journal club and the completion of a critical appraisal of the literature on a topic of interest in the nutrition and dietetic field. The topic emphasises the individual and collective responsibilities of continuing education in professional practice.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide an opportunity to critically evaluate studies in human nutrition and dietetics
  • Expose students to a range of current controversies and recent developments in human nutrition and dietetics
  • Extend skills in scientific writing and presentation
  • Foster an appreciation for lifelong learning and evidence based practice in human nutrition and dietetics within a professional development framework
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply their knowledge in the critical appraisal of the evidence base for current controversies and recent developments in human nutrition and dietetics and make recommendations for practice and future research
  2. Present the outcomes of research covering all aspects of the research process using communication strategies suitable for scientific audiences
  3. Actively participate in seminars and understand and experience the responsibilities and rewards of professional development