Courses Details

NUTR701: Research Methods in Nutritional Sciences

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Leung, Cindy (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Advisory Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course is designed to introduce research methods to 1st year MS and PhD students. Overall, the course will help students engage on their individual research journey. Students should be prepared to discuss research ideas for further development throughout the course. We will discuss the typical format of reported research, including how and why each section is constructed. We will discuss strategies for conducting a review of the literature that clarifies what is known and unknown about their topic. The course will conclude by allowing students to develop their own research proposals, engage in the process of peer review, and present their final proposals to the class.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Develop a framework for understanding nutrition and public health research 2. Critically evaluate nutrition research 3. Formulate a scientific research question and relevant hypotheses for a given topic 4. Conduct a review of the literature 5. Understand the components of a research manuscript and styles of scientific writing 6. Practice the art of peer review and providing constructive feedback 7. Develop the major components of a research proposal