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Dietary Assessment Methods, 7.5 Credits

Swedish name: Kostundersökningsmetodik

This syllabus is valid: 2012-01-02 valid to 2012-01-08 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2KN030

Credit points: 7.5

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Food and Nutrition: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

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

Responsible department: Department of Food, Nutrition and Culinary Science


The course deals with study design, the most common dietary assessment methods and their advantages and disadvantages as well as possible sources of error. The content of the course is made up of a theoretical part about basic nutritional epidemiology, different dietary assessment methods and ethical aspects of dietary research, and a practical part where the student uses different methods for data collection and analyses the results. Current research in the discipline of nutritional studies is examined and discussed. The course focuses mainly on problems that deal with exposure measurement errors that are examined and how these errors can be detected and possibly corrected. An important part of the course deals with validity measurement as well as and the assessment of dietary data in terms of validity and probability

Expected learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student shall be able to • understand the underlying principles of the most common dietary assessment methods and be able to use them • compare the strengths and weaknesses of different dietary assessment methods in relation to specific research questions and be able to argue for or against a method • describe different types of measurement errors associated with dietary assessment methods and understand the consequences these can have, as well as being able to recommend methods to detect and if possible correct the errors • discuss ethical aspects of dietary surveys.

Required Knowledge

Univ. Courses at least 90 ECTS in one subject. 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

This is a part-time distance learning course. Lectures, discussions, mandatory group- and individual assignments will be web-based. Access to Internet is therefore required. All teaching material will be in English. When foreign students take part in the course all group discussions and different assignments will also be in English.

Examination modes

Examination for this course is based on the submission of written assignments and active participation in web-based discussions. To pass the course, all work must be graded pass (G). The grade is based on a joint assessment of the different examining parts of the course. For rules and regulations pertaining to examination and assessment see the university’s Code of rules and procedures EQUIVALENCY CREDITS The equivalation of course credits (completely or partially) can be assessed. See the university’s Code of rules and procedures and equivalation. An application can be made on a special form according to the directive of Student Services.


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