Dietetics and Nutrition

Scientific Methodology

Integrated course, 1.00 ECTS


Course content

This semester is designed to deepen the content provided in the course “Introduction to Scientific Methodology“, especially concerning the methods of empirical social research (data acquisition – questionnaire and interview); students also write a short scientific paper to practice the techniques of academic writing: thematic scope, structure, argumentation, citing, excerption and review of literature.

Recommended literature:
Specialist literature (latest editions):
Karmasin, Ribing, Die Gestaltung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten;
Brezina & Grillenberger, Schritt für Schritt zur wissenschaftlichen Arbeit in Gesundheitsberufen.
Kleibel & Mayer, Literaturrecherche für Gesundheitsberufe
Müllner, Erfolgreich wissenschaftlich arbeiten in der Klinik.
Franck, Stary, Die Technik des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens.
Schülein, Reitze, Wissenschaftstheorie für Einsteiger.
Diekmann, Empirische Sozialforschung. Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen.

Lecture, exercises, presentations, discussion.

Learning outcomes

Students learn to engage in lifelong learning and continuing training to constantly adapt their knowledge and skills to the latest medical scientific findings in order to ensure high professional quality and contribute to the further development of the profession.

On completion of the module students will be able to:
--> research current scientific findings at a national and international level;
--> research current scientific findings at a national and international level in accordance with the requirements of evidence-based practice and interpret research papers in their discipline;
--> formulate research issues relevant to the subject;
--> select and implement relevant scientific research methods and process the data acquired to answer subject-specific questions;
--> use scientific findings and phenomena for professional and scientific development;
--> elaborate on specific topics of dietetics and case studies in their bachelor thesis using scientific methods.
--> implement the knowledge obtained in research, science, industry and the restaurant sector and perform therapies in accordance with professional and scientific findings and experiences.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Assessment methods and criteria

written/oral exam