Focused Area of Study

Overview of the Focused Area of Study

Purpose

The purpose of the FAS is to provide an additional track in which Coordinated Master’s Program (CMP) or online MS students can select a focused area of study in place of a research-oriented thesis. The FAS permits an in-depth focus of a particular aspect of dietetics in which the CMP student is interested in specializing. The FAS option is appropriate for CMP students who want to be employed in work settings other than research following graduation.

Requirements

  • Four (4) credits of NUTR 6900 Directed Nutrition Research registered in 2 credit hour increments fall and spring semester of second year. Hours will be registered under the FAS Coordinator who also serves as the  committee chair.
  • A total of two (2) elective courses. In addition to the required NUTR elective for all students, one (1) additional three (3) credit FAS elective is required. The FAS elective course can be within or outside the department (5000 level or above). Elective courses must be approved by the supervisory committee and included in the program of study submitted to graduate tracking.
  • A supervisory committee consisting of 3 members is required. The chairperson must be the FAS Coordinator. The remaining 2 supervisory members must be career line department faculty members that preferably have expertise in the chosen focused area of study.
  • Submit an IRB if required by the supervisory committee.
  • Present a formal written and oral FAS proposal to the supervisory committee.
  • Submit a formal written FAS summary report to the supervisory committee.
  • Present the FAS Final Oral Defense to the supervisory committee.
  • Ensure all “T” grades are changed to final grades.

Student Responsibilities

  • Take the lead in the FAS project
  • Provide supervisory committee and program of study forms to the department administrative officer.
  • Schedule all meetings with FAS coordinator/ chairperson, and supervisory committee members.
  • Communicate regularly with supervisory committee and include the FAS coordinator on all FAS project-related communications to the supervisory committee.
  • Prepare a timeline for graduation with the assistance of the FAS Coordinator using the FAS checklist.
  • Follow through on all deadlines and requirements.
  • Be punctual and professional at all times.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Review written FAS Proposal one to two (1-2) weeks prior to proposal presentation date and provide feedback to student prior to proposal.
  • Attend the oral FAS proposal presentation.
  • Provide suggestions for the preparation and writing of the FAS Final Summary Report.
  • Review and provide suggestions for the written FAS Final Summary Report prior to final oral presentation date.
  • Attend the FAS Final Oral Defense.
  • Complete electronic graduate tracking.
  • Change all “T” grades to a letter grade upon student successfully completely the FAS Final Oral Defense.

FAS Proposal

The purpose of the proposal is to ensure that the CMP student has planned a focused area of study and that the course work and FAS project are integrated. It is the CMP student’s responsibility to arrange the date, time and place for the proposal with approval of the supervisory committee members.

  • Two-three specific aims for the FAS project must be approved by the FAS Coordinator/ Committee Chair (or committee expert) prior to drafting proposal.
  • A public notice must be posted in the Department window consisting of the presentation title, date, and location at least seven (7) days in advance of the FAS proposal date.
  • The FAS Proposal is in two forms: written and PowerPoint. Prior to writing the first draft of the proposal, students must submit an outline of the proposal to the FAS Coordinator for organizational approval. Once approved, students may begin working on the written proposal.
  • The written proposal will be sent to the FAS Coordinator/Committee Chair in advance of setting a proposal date prior to the FAS proposal date to allow for editing.
  • Once approved by the Committee Chair, the revised proposal will be sent to all supervisory committee members a minimum of one (1) week prior to the FAS proposal date.
  • Writing Expectation: It is expected that the CMP student will carefully review the written proposal prior to sending it to the Committee Chair. The CMP student will do one of 3 things; have the proposal reviewed (at no cost) by the University of Utah Writing Center Marriott Library 2ndFloor, 801-587-9122; have the proposal reviewed by an editor at the students expense (example: Chris Pickett cpickettuu@gmail.com 801-244-6665), or prior to writing the proposal register for an appropriate writing class (WRTG 6000 – Writing for Publication, WRTG 7080 – Writing in the Health Sciences).
  • The thirty (30) minute proposal presentation will be in PowerPoint form.

Written FAS Proposal Format

The written FAS Proposal will be five to seven (5-7) pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), double-spaced, 12 font, and include the following sections (with headings):

  1. Title Page. Format page as outlined in the Handbook for Theses and Dissertations from The Graduate School website
  2. Introduction: Provide background of the FAS topic and the significance of the topic for the CMP student and nutrition field. The introduction concludes with the project purpose statement.
  3. Specific Aims: Include two or more specific aims for the FAS.
  4. Description of the FAS Project: Provide an overview of the project and information on the methods, instructional materials, learning experiences, evaluations, and any other pertinent details of the project.
  5. Additional Elective Classes: List elective classes and describe how the classes will contribute to the scope and knowledge of the FAS.
  6. Capstone (if appropriate): Describe how the capstone experience will contribute to the FAS.
  7. References: Papers should have at minimum of five to ten (5-10) references. These references should be in the style of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. CMP Students are required to use reference manager software. Students can purchase Endnote online or through the Software Licensing Office for a discount. It may also be available on some Nutrition Clinic computers.

FAS Summary Report

After completing the FAS project, students will prepare a final summary report. The student’s supervisory committee will direct and provide suggestions for the preparation and writing of the report while the student is enrolled in NUTR 6900 Directed Nutrition Research.

  • Recommended Schedule:
    • Fall Semester 2nd Year NUTR 6900 (2 credit hours): read literature and appropriate textbook chapters to gain further knowledge of FAS, prepare and present proposal, complete FAS project. See FAS checklist for suggested timeline.
    • Spring Semester 2ndYear NUTR 6900 (2 credit hours): write FAS Summary Report and present Final Oral Defense.
  • Initial draft of the FAS Summary Report is sent to the Committee Chair for feedback and revisions in advance of setting an oral defense date prior the anticipated date of the FAS Final Oral Defense.
  • Once the Committee Chair approves the summary report, the summary report is sent to the remaining supervisory committee members no later than one (1) week prior to the FAS Final Oral Defense.
  • The FAS Summary Report must be approved by all supervisory committee members prior to presenting the FAS Final Oral Defense.
  • To protect against plagiarism, students may be requested to run their Summary Reports through the program “Turn It In” to check for plagiarism.

FAS Summary Report Format

The FAS Summary Report should be at least ten to twelve (10-12) pages in length (excluding title, reference pages, and appendices), double-spaced, 12 font, and page numbers on bottom center. The FAS Summary Report should follow the format outlined in the Handbook for Theses and Dissertations from The Graduate School website (excluding table of contents and chapter pages). The summary report includes the following:

  1. Title Page (formatted according to the Handbook for Theses and Dissertations from The Graduate School website)
  2. Abstract: Include summary of project in 300 words or less including 1-2 introductory sentences, purpose, objectives, methods, results/outcomes, and concluding statement. Do not include section headings. Note that the abstract should be written last and is simply a concise summary of the FAS project.
  3. Introduction: Provide background of the FAS topic and the significance of the topic for the CMP student and the nutrition field. The introduction concludes with the FAS purpose statement.
  4. Specific Aims: Clearly state the specific aims/objectives of the FAS.
  5. Description of the FAS Project: Provide information on the FAS project by including an overview paragraph and the following subheadings and information:
    1. Methods: include procedures, instructional materials, and learning experiences.
    2. Results: include outcomes and evaluations.
    3. Discussion: include significance of project, limitations, future directions, and concluding paragraph
  6. References: Papers of this scope should have at least ten to fifteen (10-15) references. These references should be in the style of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics or The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
  7. Appendices (if applicable): Include any materials used in the FAS (lesson plans, recipes, evaluation forms, book chapter, etc.)

FAS Final Oral Defense

Students will give a forty five (45) minute Final Oral Defense (considered the Final Summary Report required for graduation) on their FAS following supervisory committee approval of the FAS Summary Report .

  • Final pass/non pass status in NUTR 6900 is dependent upon completion of BOTH the FAS Summary Report and the FAS Final Oral Defense.
  • Students must post a public notice in the Department window consisting of the presentation title, date, and location at least seven (7) days in advance of the FAS Final Oral Defense date.
  • The forty-five (45) minute oral presentation will be in PowerPoint format.
  • Following the FAS Final Oral Defense there is an open forum for oral examination by department faculty with questions covering any aspect of the student’s coursework and training.

Students will prepare a pdf file of the Final FAS Summary Report including all materials that were developed, surveys used, appendices, references etc., and send to their supervisory committee, FAS coordinator, and Department Administrative Officer. The pdf file will be put on a shared electronic drive for future access.


Graduate Student Electronic Tracking System (GTS)

The student is required to ensure the following are completed prior to graduation.

  • Prior to the FAS Proposal the student will complete and submit the supervisory committee form and program of study form to the department administrative officer
  • Notify department administrative officer of the FAS Final Oral Presentation completion date.
  • Confirm all “T” grades are replaced with final grades.

Contact Us

Coordinated Master’s Degree Program in Dietetics

Anna Rose Reitz
Administrative Assistant-Academic Affairs
Phone: 801-581-6730
Email: anna.rose.reitz@hsc.utah.edu

Jean Zancanella, MS, RD
Graduate Advisor
Phone: 801-581-5280
Email: jean.zancanella@hsc.utah.edu