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HSN719 - Assessment Methods for Nutrition and Physical Activity Research

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

H511, H517 and H714 students: enrol via Cloud (online) mode.
H748 students: enrol via Campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne).
All other students: contact your enrolment officer to discuss enrolling via Campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne).

Unit chair:

Katherine Livingstone





Incompatible with: HSN305
Contact hours:

Campus: 5 x 2 hour seminars per trimester

Cloud (online): 5 x 2 hour cloud (online) seminars per trimester


This unit provides an overview of methods of measuring food intake, physical activity, energy expenditure and body composition at the individual and population level. Practical activities are undertaken to gain a strong understanding of issues in analysing and interpreting data relating to nutritional and physical activity status and body composition. The uses and limitations of each of the assessment methodologies are critically evaluated. Reference standards and Australian norms for nutrition, physical activity and anthropometry are examined. The interpretation of dietary, physical activity and body composition survey data is addressed along with an examination of the theory and practice of validation and measurement error.


Assessment task 1: Three cloud (online) multiple choice quizzes (15 questions each) 20%

Assessment task 2: Written report (1500 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Major assignment (3000 words) 50%

Prescribed texts

Gibson, R.S. 2005, Principles of Nutritional Assessment, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

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