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Syllabus:

Master´s thesis (two-year), Food and Nutrition, 30 Credits

Swedish name: Masteruppsats i kostvetenskap

This syllabus is valid: 2019-01-14 and until further notice

Course code: 2KN020

Credit points: 30

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Food and Nutrition: Second cycle, contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Revised by: Head of Department of Food and Nutrition, 2018-11-19

Contents

This course provides opportunities to acquire a deeper understanding and practical application of research in the field of food and nutrition. During the course, students will demonstrate their ability to independently plan, carry out and present their research on a food and nutrition related topic. This involves formulating a research problem and objectives, selecting appropriate methods, analysing data and presenting results in relation to scientific articles and other relevant literature. The course includes a final seminar where the thesis is presented and discussed.
 
The expected learning outcomes are consistent with the corresponding course on ground level but this course on advanced level calls for a greater degree of autonomy, and, if appropriate, more advanced analysis.
 
The course consists of two parts:
  1. Project planning, data collection and initial analysis 12 credits.
  2. Analysis and production, presentation and defense of thesis 18 credits
 
 

Expected learning outcomes

Part 1. Project planning, data collection and initial analysis, 12 hp
On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Skills
  • Identify and formulate a defined research question within the field of food and nutrition.
  • Plan a data analysis in accordance with the chosen research method within a given time frame.
Analytical ability and attitude
  • Choose and motivate appropriate research methods in accordance with the chosen research question within a given time frame.
  • Apply an ethical approach towards own research.

Part 2. Analysis, and production, presentation and defence of thesis, 18 hp
On successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:
Skills
  • Search, collect and integrate relevant scientific literature in relation to own research question.
  • Process and analyse collected data with appropriate scientific methods.
  • Present results relating to own research question.
  • Independently produce a thesis within a given time frame and in accordance with established scientific standards for language and format.
Analytical ability and attitude
  • Evaluate and discuss strengths and limitations of the selected research method in relation to own research question.
  • Evaluate, critically interpret and discuss own research question in relation to relevant scientific literature.
  • Draw conclusions based on own results.
  • Discuss gender perspective and societal relevance in relation to own results.
  • Apply an ethical approach towards own research.
  • Independently present, discuss and defend own thesis.
  • Review, evaluate and discuss another student's thesis.

Required Knowledge

Univ: Pass grades in at least 90 ECTS in Food and Nutrition, including 15 credits thesis and at least 7.5 ECTS skill courses at advanced level or equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.

Form of instruction

Preliminary choice of subject of the thesis is made by the student in consultation with the course coordinator. Choice of research question and relevant research method/s is made by the student in consultation with the supervisor. The thesis is carried out individually with continuous supervision and mandatory participation in seminars. If students want to write together it should be discussed with the teacher acting as course coordinator.

 

Examination modes

Part 1. Examination is based on submission of supporting documents (a project plan and a preliminary analysis) and participation in mandatory supervision. This part of the course is graded pass (G) or fails (U).
 
Part 2. Examination is based on assessment of the thesis including work process, writing, presentation and defence. Also, a pass grade is required as an opponent for another thesis at the same level. This part of the course is graded pass with distinction (VG), pass (G) or fail (U).
 
To pass the course, pass grades must have been achieved in all the required parts of the assessment within time limits defined by the examinor. To pass the course with distinction (VG) part 2 must be graded VG.
 
For rules and regulations about the examination/assessment see the University’s Code of Rules and Procedures.
 
EQUIVALENCE
The equivalence of course credits (completely or partially) can be assessed (see the University’s Code of Rules and Procedures). An application can be made on a special form according to the Student Services directive.


 

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