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NUTR71-114: Health Research Design and Planning May 2017 [Intensive - [May Bk Wk3 & Wk1]]

General information

This subject builds on the subject Evidence-Based Practice for Health Professionals to develop student competencies relating to research design and planning. Students will identify research methods most appropriate to their research questions and practice context, consider and submit ethics applications for review and develop research submissions for external peer review and funding consideration. Students are required to successfully complete this subject before progressing to research internships in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice or Master of Public Health Nutrition.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR71-114
Subject title:Health Research Design and Planning
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Self-Directed Study Session: x2 (Total hours: 16) - Self-directed study will be timetabled during the two-week intensive to support students to work at their own pace to complete required assessment.
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 3
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 4
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 18) - Seminar 5
Attendance and learning activities: Student must attend ALL sessions. Most sessions build on the work from the previous one. It is difficult to recover if a session is missed. Attendance in classes will be monitored. If a student has a legitimate reason for non-attendance they must notify the subject convenor as early as possible and provide documentation (i.e. absence form, medical certificate, statutory declaration). Participation in ALL classes is required in order to demonstrate professional competence. If a student fails to attend any less than 75% of the classes, they will not be eligible to pass the subject.


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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Formulate a clear research question from a practice problem
  2. Identify and select appropriate methods to investigate and resolve practice problems
  3. Critically review the literature
  4. Utilise ethical procedures in the research process
  5. Demonstrate skills in disseminating outcomes of research
  6. Plan appropriate statistical analysis methods to test research hypotheses


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Technical Document Data Analysis Plan and Report 20% Week 1 2, 6.
Oral Pitch Oral pitch of research project 20% Week 1 1, 3, 4, 5.
Project Plan Research Protocol and Ethics Considerations 60% Week 1 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

- Course and assignment overview - Designing research hypotheses and questions - Study design principles - Writing a research protocol

1, 2.

- Comparative design studies to test interventions - Designing observational and quality assurance studies - Designing qualitative research - Searching and selection for exemplar research papers

2, 3.

- Comparing narrative review and systematic review approaches. - Producing a compelling background of key literature - Creating a mindmap - Structuring a literature review - Notetaking - Writing styles and writing critically


- Writing clear research questions - Setting up a comprehensive search strategy - Optimising the use of reference management software

2, 3.

- Defining valid and reliable outcomes - Establishing data collection tools - Setting quantitative and qualitative outcome variables, methods and approaches


- Application research reporting tools (EQUATOR network) - STROBE; SPIRIT; PRISMA; RATs - Writing protocols accordingly to your project

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

- Descriptive and exploratory statistics - Introduction to SPSS software - Testing normality - Formulating hypotheses - Establishing sample size - Overview of common statistical tests - Interpretation of results in journal articles.

2, 6.

- What it means to be an ethical practitioner in research - Ethical study design - Regulatory approvals and the National Statement - Intellectual property, copyright & plagiarism - Navigating ethics forms and working through decision tree for establishing required ethics and governance approvals required


- What is a research pitch? - Do’s and Don’ts of Research Presentations - Planning and development of your research presentation


Delivered curriculum is dependent on student project design: STREAM 1 (quantitative research): - Sample size calculations - Hypothesis testing - Complex statistical analysis STREAM 2 (qualitative research): - Designing a qualitative analysis plan - Paper-based analysis and use of software (NVivo) STREAM 3 (systematic reviews) - Running Search & Excluding studies - Use of software systems incl REVMAN - Meta-analysis: Designing a meta-analysis plan


Developing a GANTT chart & prioritization - Introduction to GANTT charts - Task prioritization - Risk management - Project timeline - Time management

2, 5.
Approved on: Mar 17, 2017. Edition: 1.1
Last updated: May 3, 2017.