Module Catalogue

ACE2158 : Research Methods for Food and Human Nutrition (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Iain Brownlee
  • Lecturer: Dr Gerry O'Brien
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to develop students' abilities to understand a variety of research methods relevant to the area of Food & Human Nutrition, as well as be able to run and plan their own research.
The module will also develop students' use of computer-based packages for data handling and analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will introduce students to the following key areas:
Defining the research problem (understanding Aims and Objectives)
Running a research project (resource management and data handling)
Quantitative research methods
Qualitative research methods
Sampling and collection of data
Data analysis (including use of statistical software)
Communication of research findings

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion114:0014:00Research and preparation of research proposal
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for in formative class test (problem solving exercise)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for in-class test (prof skill assessment)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading124:0024:00Lecture follow up and preparation for tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00Further reading around the subject
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures explain techniques and introduce their applications in food and nutrition-related research. Each topic covered is related to one of 2 assignments aimed at improving critical thinking and organisational ability.
Each lecture is associated with a tutorial session where the class is broken into smaller groups to benefit student understanding and act as a platform for the assessment. The tutorials will allow for practical experience with problem-solving, quantitative and qualitative research excercises using appropriate computer software. The tutorials provide an opportunity for both guided learning and hands-on skills development.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research proposal1M50Six pages maximum
Prof skill assessmnt1M50Analysis of a scientific paper. Two-hour structured in-class test.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MChemical calculations test. One hour in-class test.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The in-course assessments will develop the students' ability to consider all facets of preparing for and managing a research project. Students will develop their own research project. Students will also be tested on their ability to interpret and critically analyse results.

The resit examination tests students’ competence in the range of skills and techniques covered in the course.

Reading Lists