Evidence Based Practice and Research Skills for Dietitians

DET70001 25 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 79 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


50cp in MA-DIET Master of Dietetics

Aims and objectives

This unit will prepare students for evidence based practice in dietetics and equip them with research skills commonly used by dietitians. It will enable them to build and apply research skills in basic quantitative and qualitative research methods to assist with understanding, interpreting and appraising evidence whilst developing evidence based practice guidelines for dietetic practice. It will also include a 5 day research placement with practical and seminar components.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Distinguish between and interpret findings from the different types of research design commonly used in nutrition and dietetics.
2. Outline the principles of research planning and management.
3. Apply skills to formulate a clear research question from a practice problem.
4. Examine the scientific literature and evaluate the level of evidence that addresses gaps and challenges in areas of dietetic practice.
5. Present research findings in both written and oral form.
6. Select and apply appropriate statistical methodologies for analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

Courses with unit

Master of Dietetics