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HNSC 7931X Principles of Nutrition Research: Home

Prof. Xinyin Jiang's Fall 2020

Instructor

Associate Professor: Xinyin Jiang, PhD, RD
Email: XinyinJiang@brooklyn.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-951-5000 Ext. 2738
Location: IH- 4110 C
Office hours: 3:00-4:00 W   

Xinyin Jiang.

Syllabus

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Course Information

Examination of experimental design as applied to nutrition research, including intervention, observational, survey, and animal models. Development of research topics; methods of data collection; interpretation and presentation of results; ethical considerations; application of principles for development of research proposals and evaluation of the nutrition literature. (Prerequisites: advanced coursework in Nutrition and a course in Biostatistics)

After successfully completing this course, you are expected to be able t:

  1. Objectively evaluate nutrition research
  2. Design a nutrition and health related study
  3. Write a research proposal
  4. Collect research data to fulfill study objectives
  5. Analyze study data and interpret the results
  6. Write a manuscript

Readings:

Students are required to read assigned articles before class in order to participate in discussions in class.

Exams

There is no exam for this class

Attendance and Participation:

Class attendance for in-person sessions is mandatory. You can take 1 unexcused absence without any point deduction. However, if you need to have additional classes off, you will need to obtain approval from the instructor. Otherwise, 1% of your grade will be deducted for each absence. A maximum of 5% of your grade can be deducted due to poor class attendance. Students are also expected to actively participate in class discussions and group work, which will be evaluated by peer reviews in the middle and end of the semester, as well as by the instructor. Attendance and active participation in class will take up 5% of your final grade.

Grade Distribution

Item

Grade Percentage

Due Date

Proposal draft 1

20%

9/23/2020

Proposal final

10%

10/28/2020

Proposal review

10%

10/7/2020

CITI training completion

5%

9/30/2020

Structured interview

20%

11/4/2020

Term paper draft 1

20%

12/9/2020

Term paper final   

10%

12/20/2020

Attendance

5%

 

IMPORTANT: The final grade will not be curved, and no extra credit projects are planned.

 

Number-letter grade equivalents
Numerical grade Letter Grade
97-100 A+
93-96.9 A
90-92.9 A-
87-89.9 B+
83-86.9 B
80-82.9 B-
77-79.9 C+
73-76.9 C
70-72.9 C-
67-69.9 D+
63-66.9 D
60-62.9 D-
Below 60 F

 

Tentative Lecture Schedule
Date Topic Assignment Due Readings
8/26

Introduction

  Wk 1
9/2 Literature search and citation (library)    
9/9 Research question and research proposal Research question submission
Survey question submission
Wk 3
9/16 Research design I: observational study   Wk 4
9/23 Research design II: intervention Term project proposal draft 1 Wk 5
9/30 Research ethics CITI training completion Wk 6
10/7 Proposal review  (mock NIH study section) Critique of proposal Wk 7
10/21 Quantitative data collection (questionnaire, structured interview)
Finalize the survey
  Wk 8
10/28 Qualitative research Proposal final version Wk 9
11/4 Preclinical studies (in vitro, animal research) Term project survey data/ structured interview submission Wk 10
11/11 Data analysis and result interpretation   Wk 11
11/18 Use of databases and medical records   Wk 12
12/2 Meta-analysis and systemic review   Wk 13
12/9 Term project presentation Term paper first draft  
12/20  

Term paper final version

 

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Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure:

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  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  •  Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.
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Number-letter grade equivalents
Numerical grade Letter Grade
97-100 A+
93-96.9 A
90-92.9 A-
87-89.9 B+
83-86.9 B
80-82.9 B-
77-79.9 C+
73-76.9 C
70-72.9 C-
67-69.9 D+
63-66.9 D
60-62.9 D-
Below 60 F

 

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