Methods in Nutrition Practice

Course Information

These course outlines are a guide only. They are provided for the information of prospective students. Although every effort is made to ensure the most up to date information is provided, timetables often change each semester due to the availability of rooms and resources. Content (including lecture/practical topics, assessment and textbooks) is also regularly reviewed to ensure relevance and effective learning.

Unit of Study Overview

Please note that this Unit of Study will be discontinued effective 2013.

  • Basic concepts in Survey and Questionnaire design
  • Basic concepts in nutritional epidemiology
  • Statistical tools in epidemiology

Course Coordinator Contact Details

Ms Vincy Li

Room: 447

Telephone: 9036 3045



Credit average in NUTR2911 and NUTR2912


Lecture: Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm Civil Engineering Lecture Room 3

Tutorial/Practical: Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm (wk 1-13) Please see department for locations


Beagolehole, R., Bonita, R., Kjellstrom, T., Basic Epidemiology, 2nd Ed., World Health Organisation, Geneva, 2005, ISBN 924154465

Lowrance, M., Worsley, T., (editors) Public Health Nutrition - From Principle to Practice, Allen and Unwin, 2007, ISBN 978741751024

Lecture Outlines

Survey & Questionnaire Design

  • Data collection methods
  • Sources of health data
  • Survey and research protocols
  • Do's and Dont's of questionnaire design
  • Ethics applications
  • Pilot testing
  • Coding and analysing
  • Report writing
  • Focus group methodology


  • Descriptive statistics
  • Statistical inference
  • Probability testing

Nutritional Epidemiology

  • Hypothesis
  • Study design
  • Levels of evidence
  • Measures of frequency and association
  • Food borne outbreaks
  • Confounding and Effect modification
  • Selection bias
  • Measurement error
  • Causation
  • Assessing quality of research papers

Practical Course

  • Survey and questionnaire design
  • Searching library databases
  • Epidemiology tutorials
  • Statistics computer lab tutorial


  • Questionnaire design assignment
  • Focus groups assignment
  • End of semester examination