Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Professional Practice 1

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Food Sciences and Nutrition

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is targeted to assist students in familiarising themselves with the various practical nutrition settings. It consists of mentored student visits in a relevant learning environment within the community, industry or healthcare related settings as selected by the coordinators. It also includes practicals targeted to introduce students to methods of assessing nutritional status, body composition and diet, statistical methods used for the evaluation of nutritional status amongst other nutrition research skills. Students will also be introduced to study planning and presentation including design and report writing.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with a reflective and hands on experience required to perform nutrition research, which complements the theoretical knowledge on the required code of practice, legal and ethical obligations required for the nutrition profession in Malta;
- To enable students to appreciate, inquire and effectively engage with nutritional and other healthcare professionals in various settings;
- To equip students with the skills required to undertake nutrition research.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Describe and report on the role of the nutritionist as part of the multidisciplinary team, within different settings as experienced during the site visits;
- Compare the different scientific methods and study designs used in nutritional research;
- Compare the various methods used in nutrition research including the assessment of energy requirements and expenditure, nutrient intakes, their strengths and limitations;
- Describe the different methods used to analyse foods using different food composition tools.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Draft a reflective report on site visits to various settings;
- Use and critically evaluate techniques used for nutritional study design and nutritional status assessment at an individual and a population level;
- Use selected methods to analyse food composition;
- Record, collate, analyse and critically evaluate data using basic statistical tests; and
- Design methodology and perform research required to determine energy and nutritional status.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Lovegrove, J.A., Hodson, L., Sharma, S. & Lanham-New, S.A. (2015). Nutrition Research Methodologies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Group Learning, Indep Study, Practical & Seminar

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Logbook SEM2 No 50%
Report SEM2 No 50%


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