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HUNT441 Research Methods

Examination methods and principles used in research. Develops skills to interpret, critically evaluate, and apply research in the nutritional sciences.

The ability to interpret, critically evaluate, and apply research principles are key qualities sought by employers. This paper will allow you to develop these skills through a variety of different research designs and principles related to health and human nutrition.

Paper title Research Methods
Paper code HUNT441
Subject Human Nutrition
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 2 (On campus)
Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,748.85
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Associate Professor Katherine Black

Paper Structure
The paper covers:
  • Evidence-based nutrition
  • Reviewing and assessing literature
  • Research design, data collection, analysis and interpretations
  • Ethical considerations
Teaching Arrangements

The Distance Learning offering of this paper is taught remotely.

Two 2-hour classes per week

Textbooks are not required for this paper. Students will be provided with readings.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Research, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Lifelong learning.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of HUNT 441 students should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate methods to different research questions and settings
  • Retrieve and critically interpret nutrition research literature and evaluate the quality of research studies
  • Identify the stages and describe the tasks involved in each stage of the nutrition research process
  • Describe ethical research principles
  • Interpret basic statistical models used in nutrition research
  • Describe the uses, strengths, and limitations of different research approaches
  • Apply appropriate nutritional assessment methods to different research settings

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system