HNE-26306 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health II

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture10
Practical58
Group work7
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. O van de Rest
ir. PJM Hulshof
Lecturer(s)CWM Perenboom
ir. PJM Hulshof
dr. JHM de Vries
dr. ir. NM de Roos
Examiner(s)dr. ir. O van de Rest

Language of instruction:

Dutch

Assumed knowledge on:

HNE-25806 Research Methodology for Nutrition and Health I.

Contents:

Students will obtain increased knowledge, understanding and basic practice skills in methods that are commonly used in nutritional research to determine:
- body composition;
- dietary intake;
- energy expenditure;
- physical activity;
- biomarkers (biochemical, functional, and physiological parameters ) of nutrient intake and disease;
- nutrigenetics, epigenetics and nutrigenomics.
After learning about the theoretical background, students will perform selected measurements in subgroups, will participate in measurements of others and will analyse and report on the results of the measurements in a research report. The final results will be presented orally and by means of a written scientific report. At the end of the course the report will be discussed with the teachers and fellow students and feedback will be given. Further, students will learn about the process of translating scientific findings in nutritional research to recommendations for the general population or health claims and the interaction between scientists and society.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this courses students are expected to be able to:
- have increased knowledge and understanding of commonly used research methods on body composition, dietary intake, energy expenditure, physical activity, biomarkers of nutrient intake and disease, nutrigenetics, epigenetics, and nutrigenomics;
- have basic skills with some of the commonly used research methods on body composition, dietary intake, energy expenditure, physical activity, biomarkers of nutrient intake and disease, nutrigenetics, epigenetics, and nutrigenomics using a protocol or manual;
- under supervision, set up and perform selected measurements relevant to these fields;
- write a scientific research report that describes the performance, results and interpretation of the measurements performed to answer the research question of the research proposal (as prepared in research methodology i);
- present the research report in a scientific manner;
- have increased knowledge and understanding on the process how results of nutritional research are used to formulate recommendations or support claims;
- have insight into the interaction between nutritional scientists and society.

Activities:

- besides lectures;
- students will participate in various practicals;
- tutorials;
- skills training and e-learning modules.

Examination:

- written research report: 60% of final grade;
- practical performance: 30% of final grade;
- oral presentation of research report: 10% of final grade;
- active participation in mandatory activities (practicals, presentations).
Note: in principle, grades will be assigned per group. However, if necessary, the expert may decide to grade (some of) the group members individually. All grades will be based on a pre-defined rubric.

Literature:

The course is supported by the Blackboard learning environment.

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Compulsory for: BVGNutrition and HealthBSc6AF