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Nutrition Research Proposal MED5480

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Students work in small groups on a research proposal, presenting and writing documentation (covering literature, rationale, hypothesis, experimental design, methods, outcome measures, impact statement, dissemination plan, cost and staffing) to answer a specific research question.


The course will be delivered with weekly sessions at the end of semester one and beginning of semester two.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Students are required to complete a research proposal. Students work in groups to produce the proposal although some written elements are individual to each student. After submission of the written document students must defend their proposal individually to a panel in an oral examination
The breakdown of marks for the proposal is 5% reflective statement, 5% peer evaluation, 25% panel interview, 35% individual research proposal introduction, 30% group proposal.

Course Aims

This course aims to allow students to acquire skills in developing a research idea and hypothesis and consider all aspects of a research proposal.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Identify gaps in the published evidence, through critical review, and develop relevant research proposals.

■ Critically evaluate experimental designs and methodology and be able to select those appropriate for a research question.

■ Critically discuss the ethical issues relating to a research proposal

■ Critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of both their peers and themselves within a team.

■ Work effectively in teams and project manage to complete complex tasks

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.