Course Outline

NUT101 Introduction to Nutrition

Course Coordinator:Bridget Horsey ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course introduces you to the field of nutrition including a focus on nutrition practice and career pathways, how knowledge in nutrition is developed, the many ways healthy diets can be defined and major nutrition related issues affecting the Australian population. You will develop some basic nutrition knowledge, skills in assessing sources of nutrition information and explore potential career options and consider specialisation within the rest of your degree.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On-campus workshop 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – A combination of pre-recorded videos, readings and associated activities. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Seminar introducing roles and career pathways in Nutrition and Dietetics. 3hrs Not applicable Once Only

Course Topics

  • Introduction to nutrition practice
  • Using nutrition research
  • Energy and macronutrients 
  • Nutrition science and the food system
  • Introduction to nutrition for sport and physical activity 

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Evaluate and describe the quality and credibility of two sources of nutrition information. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Develop an appropriate search strategy, accurately search for, and summarise scientific literature. Creative and critical thinker
3 Identify the knowledge, skills and attributes required for future nutrition practice and relevant study pathways. Creative and critical thinker
4 Describe scope of practice and professional development requirements for the nutrition profession. Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program SC019, AB101, SC354


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative feedback will be provided in workshops.  

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Creative Group 25%
1a. Formative - 1 page;
1b. 6 minutes
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 2 Written Piece Individual 25%
1200 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
60 minutes
Week 13 Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Nutrition Information Source Presentation
The goal of this task is to use a structured process to evaluate the quality and credibility of nutrition information and communicate your findings in a narrated PowerPoint presentation (or similar).
Product: Artefact - Creative
Submit: 1a Week 4; 1b Week 7. 
In this assessment task, you will be working in self-selected groups to prepare and present a short oral presentation (via a narrated PowerPoint or similar) that explains your findings from evaluating two sources of nutrition information. 

This task includes 2 components:Task 1a: As a group, you will develop a 1 page document to be submitted in week 4. This document should outline a plan of your narrated PowerPoint as well as a timeline which shows key tasks and allocation of tasks required to prepare the presentation. This is due in the week 4 tutorial and ungraded feedback will be given to each group. 

Task 1b: Your group will develop and submit a 6-minute narrated PowerPoint online. All students will be expected to contribute equally to the development and presentation of the narrated PowerPoint (or similar).
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Present a structured and informative presentation
Accurately use the critique framework
Synthesise the findings of the critique framework to make a determination of the quality and credibility of the information
Professional communication skills
All - Assessment Task 2:Information literacy report
The goal of this task is to use a structured process to develop a research search strategy, acquire literature, present an annotated bibliography and reflect on the experience.
Product: Written Piece
You will be provided with a range of nutrition research questions. You will choose one of these research questions to develop a search strategy, undertake a search for scientific literature and produce an annotated bibliography. 

Your report will be developed with the assistance of a provided template. The report will include your search strategy, your search results (first 15 results) and your annotated bibliography (including 5 entries). Your report will also include a short reflection on the process used in this task.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Develop a suitable search strategy
Undertake a search for scientific literature
Present scientific literature accurately in the annotated bibliography
Communicate clearly and concisely
Follow instructions given for presentation and organisation of the report
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination
The goal of this task is provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate understanding of key concepts taught in this course. This will include nutrition related roles, scope of practice, appropriate study pathways and relevant knowledge, skills and attributes required by nutrition professionals.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
You will complete an online examination in Week 13 of the semester.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Describe nutrition related roles
3 4
Identify scope of practice
Identify appropriate study pathways
Relevant knowledge, skills and attributes required by nutrition professionals

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Linda Tapsell 2013 Food, Nutrition and Health n/a OUP Australia & New Zealand

Specific requirements

Not Applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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