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NUTR71-114: Health Research Design and Planning May 2022 [Intensive - Weeks 17-18]

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 Dietetic Practice.


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 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Self-Directed Study Session: x8 (Total hours: 16) - Self-directed study will be timetabled to support students to work at their own pace to complete required assessment.
  • Seminar: x10 (Total hours: 70) - Seminar
  • Self-Directed Study Session: x4 (Total hours: 34) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Student must attend ALL sessions (including remote classes). Most sessions build on the work from the previous one. It is difficult to recover if a session is missed. Attendance in classes (including remote 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 (including remote classes) is required in order to demonstrate professional competence. If a student fails to attend any less than 75% of the classes (including remote), they will not be eligible to pass the subject. This subject includes Compulsory Learning Activities. Students must attend and participate in all Compulsory Learning Activities and attend 80% of classes (including remote classes) to pass the subject. The following ACEND core knowledge and competencies are mapped to this subject – CRDN 1.5 'Conduct projects using appropriate research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis' and Program specific competency 1 'To contribute to the design of appropriate research projects'. The assessment task description provides details of the assessments that each of these is mapped to. A full description of all ACEND core knowledge and competencies is available on the Program's community iLearn site.


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Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into CC-63041 - Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

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 Draft ethics application, maximum word limit will vary by study design and will be determined by the field limits in the online NHMRC HREA Ethics template. This assessment is mapped to the following ACEND core competencies: CRDN 1.5. A full description of all ACEND core knowledge and competencies is available on the Program's community iLearn site. 20% In Consultation 2, 4.
Project Plan Research Protocol, 2000 words. This assessment is mapped to the following ACEND core competencies: Program competency 1. A full description of all ACEND core knowledge and competencies is available on the Program's community iLearn site. 60% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Oral Pitch Oral pitch of research project. 10 mins + 5 mins question time 20% In Consultation 1, 3, 4, 5.
  • * 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

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- Using Endnote - Producing a compelling background of key literature - Developing a search strategy - Critically reviewing a study protocol - Searching in PubMed


- Identifying and applying a study protocol reporting checklist - Writing styles: descriptive and critical writing - Manuscript authorship and title page - Establishing eligibility criteria, sampling strategy, recruitment methods

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Delivered curriculum will cross research project designs and methodologies. Quantitative: - Descriptive and confounding variables - Defining outcomes types - Validity and reliability of data collection tools - Planning data sources and timepoints of data collection Qualitative: - Sources of qualitative data -Coding and theme generation

Delivered curriculum will cross research project designs and methodologies. Quantitative: - Descriptive and exploratory statistics - Introduction to SPSS software - Testing variable assumptions - Formulating hypotheses - Establishing and calculating sample size - Overview of common statistical tests - Interpretation of statistical results in journal articles Qualitative - Thematic analysis: - Key concepts and methodological frameworks - Planning thematic analysis with rigor - Paper based analysis - Software for thematic analysis - Interpretation of thematic analysis in journal articles

- History and landmark codes of ethics in human research - Practising research ethically - Ethical study design - Informed consent process - Regulatory approvals in health care settings and the National Statement - Intellectual property, copyright & plagiarism - Navigating ethics forms and working through decision tree for establishing required ethics and governance approvals required - Planning, contributing to, and assuming responsibility in the ethical approval process


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


Developing a GANTT chart & prioritization - Introduction to GANTT charts - Task prioritization - Time management - Project timeline - Data management and handling - Resource management: equipment, budget, resources.

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Approved on: Mar 3, 2022. Edition: 1.7