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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - HUN6804
Tracking Number - 5261

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2016-07-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: In review by OGS; Required for Nutrition and Dietetics Conc in MPH. GC appd; To USF Sys 4/21/16; to SCNS after 4/28/16. Nmbr 6910 apprd as 6804 Eff 7/1/16

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2015-09-03
  2. Department: Community and Family Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640500
  5. Contact Person: Lauri Wright
  6. Phone: 8139748261
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: HUN
  9. Number: 6804
  10. Full Title: Nutrition and Dietetics Research
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?: N
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Nutrition Research
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 100
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: Admission to the MPH in Nutrition and Dietetics program
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: This course teaches the investigative and analytical methods used in nutrition and dietetics related research. The course reviews research design, sampling techniques, data collection and processing, and interpretation of the results and ethics. The cour

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for accreditation
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is part of the accredited MPH/Dietetic Internship that will serve 38 dietetic interns throughout Tampa Bay. Evidenced-based practice is critical for entry-level dietetics practice.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Registered Dietitian with terminal degree in nutrition or closely-related field and practice experience in dietetics
  29. Objectives: At the completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate mastery level attainment of each of the following:

    1. basic descriptive statistics including measures of central tendency, dispersion, and relationships;

    2. basic measurement concepts including validity and reliability and the role of measurement in inquiry;

    3. common and differentiating features of basic, applied, and evaluation research;

    4. common and differentiating features of typical research designs (e.g. quantitative vs. qualitative, experimental vs. non-experimental, group vs. single-case);

    5. quality indicators in published research;

    6. ethical, legal, and diversity considerations in research studies.

  30. Learning Outcomes: • CRD 1.2 Apply evidence based guidelines, systematic reviews and scientific literature (such as the Academy’s Evidence Analysis Library and Evidence based Nutrition Practice Guidelines, the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Guideline Clearinghouse Web sites) in the nutrition care process and model and other areas of dietetics practice

    • CRD 1.4 Evaluate emerging research for application in dietetics practice

    • CRD 2.2 Demonstrate professional writing skills in preparing professional communications

  31. Major Topics: 1. Purpose and Implications of Research in Nutrition

    2. Population-Based Studies

    3. Intervention Studies

    4. Methods to Determine Dietary Intake

    5. Food Composition

    6. Biomarkers of Intake

    7. Methods of Data Analysis

    8. Considerations for Including Different Population Groups in Nutrition Research

    9. Translation of Nutrition Research

  32. Textbooks: Lovegrove JA, Hodson L, Sharma S, Lanham-New SA. Nutrition Research Methodology. Wiley: 2015.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: Course Readings, Online Resources and other purchases: None
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Students are expected to read the assigned materials carefully, apply course topics in thoughtful and critical responses to discussions. Students are expected to complete all assignments on time. Late assignments will be penalized by 20% for each 24 hours of tardiness or fraction thereof. Exceptions to this policy will be made only in the case of severe illness, documented family emergency, or similar problem.

    The final course grade will be determined according to the following percentages:

    90 – 100 = A

    80 – 89 = B

    70 – 79 = C

    60 – 69 = D

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: Assignments, exams and tests:

    ``` Discussions 20%

    Literature Reviews 30%

    Exam 30%

    Advanced Topics Paper 20%

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: All assignments and exams are due on the date/time specified. No makeup work after assignment due date accepted.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MPH, concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics
  39. Course Concurrence Information: None

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