Surrey University Stag

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR NUTRITION AND EXERCISE 2 - 2022/3

Module code: BMS3057

Module Overview

This module will provide a broadly-based review of current methods employed in experimental nutrition and sport & exercise sciences, with hands on practical aspects in statistics, epidemiology, study design, body composition, physical activity assessment and dietary intake measurements as well as experience in scientific writing and critical reviews.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

LANHAM-NEW Susan (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B400

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 80

Lecture Hours: 20

Seminar Hours: 5

Tutorial Hours: 5

Practical/Performance Hours: 20

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 10

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS2076 Research Methods for Nutrition and Exercise I

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Overview of key aspects of scientific study design
• Description and practical application of epidemiological studies
• Assessment and practical experience of body composition measurements
• Assessment and practical experience of physical activity methodology and dietary assessment tools
• Overview and practical use of different experimental techniques in nutritional science and sport & exercise sciences 
• Understand the application and background to  epidemiology and it’s implications for public health nutrition and physical activity
• Be able to undertake a critical analysis of the design and implementation of intervention projects and statistical analysis of datasets.
• Practical Statistical Coursework feedback and revision tutorials

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - STATISTICS (1500 WORDS) 30
Examination Online ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM (2HRS) WITHIN 4HR WINDOW 70

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking, understanding of the taught topics and extra reading

Thus, the assessment strategy for this module consists of:


  • Coursework Practical on Statistics (Submission of 1500 word report with practical analysis of a dataset and simple/applied Statistics in either Nutrition Sciences or Exercise Sciences).  Marked by Professor SA Lanham-New

  • Submission deadline 3 weeks after the lecture/practical has run

  • Final exam (linked to all learning Outcomes)



Formative assessment and feedback:


  • Feedback on essays (written feedback on essay and one-to-one feedback, as requested)

  • Generic post-coursework feedback (on-line)

  • Feedback on final exam (written feedback on exam scripts, one-to-one feedback, as requested, with generic on-line feedback)


Module aims

  • To provide a broadly-based review of current methods employed in experimental nutrition and sport & exercise sciences
  • To provide theoretical frameworks for the applications of experimental techniques and provide bases for selection of appropriate experimental methods in experimental nutrition and sport & exercise sciences
  • To provide an understanding of the terms epidemiology and nutritional epidemiology, introduce the important scientific concepts in study design, research protocol development and calibration of methods of investigation
  • To introduce the important design strategies and interpretation of nutritional and physical activity epidemiological studies and other relevant data and databases together with an understanding of key statistical issues including sampling, study size and statistical power
  • To demonstrate analysis and evaluation of data; application of statistical methods and use of computer packages
  • To provide a framework to understanding the important concepts in the design and implementation of intervention projects and the methods required for monitoring and evaluating effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To provide practical experience in body composition measurements, physical activity assessment and dietary intake measurements.
  • To provide experience in scientific writing and critical reviews

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Select experimental methods appropriate to a particular experimental objective and design for both nutrition sciences and exercise sciences KC
002 Appreciate the limitations of presently available experimental methods used for both nutrition sciences and exercise sciences. KCT
003 To provide a detailed understanding of anthropometric data in the context of nutrition and exercise sciences KCP
004 Define and have a working knowledge of epidemiology and demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamental scientific concepts of study design for nutrition sciences and exercise sciences KCT
005 Appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of a range of methods for assessment of dietary intake and physical activity levels. KCT
006 Appreciate and understand the important design strategies of nutrition and exercise epidemiology studies and the correct procedures for interpretation of data. KCT
007 Be able to undertake a critical analysis of the design and implementation of intervention projects and statistical analysis of datasets. CPT
008 Communicate experimental findings clearly in written form, with discussion and critical evaluation relevant to current literature. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures
• Practicals: Critical thinking & digital literacy
• Tutorials
• Coursework
• Advised extra reading, including scientific papers and reviews
 

 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Food Science and Nutrition BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Nutrition BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Nutrition and Dietetics BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.