Course Outline

NUT110 Introduction to Dietetics

Course Coordinator:Anthony Villani (avillani@usc.edu.au) School:School of Health - Nutrition and Dietetics

2024Semester 1

UniSC 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 usc.edu.au for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course will introduce you to the Dietetic profession and your own program of study. You will learn and develop the key knowledge, attributes and skills required for dietetic practice such as professionalism, communication and using an evidence-based approach and how these apply to a range of practice environments. You will also be introduced to topics such as interprofessional collaboration, scope of practice, ethics in health care, Dietitians Australia, cultural safety and responsiveness, including important factors which impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ health outcomes. This course will also include an observational placement opportunity provided through the Dietetic clinic at UniSC.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Face-to-face workshops 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Nutrition and Dietetics discipline seminar 1hr Week 2 Once Only
Learning materials – Engagement with preparation materials for weekly workshops (e.g. worksheets, readings) 1hr Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Nutrition & Dietetics domains of practice; skills, knowledge and attributes
  • Dietitians Australia: the professional peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals in Australia  
  • An introduction to the Nutrition Care Process
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Resiliance and well-being
  • Interprofessional education and collaboration
  • Evidence based practice
  • Professionalism in health care
  • Reflection 
  • Ethics and scope of practice

 

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 Identify the diverse roles, knowledge and skills required to demonstrate excellence in dietetic practice Knowledgeable
2 Understand how the nutrition care process and an evidence based approach best informs dietetic practice Empowered
3 Examine the principles of professionalism in relation to ethical behaviour and scope of practice as it applies to the nutrition and dietetics profession. Ethical
4 Understand and acknowledge the importance of cultural awareness and responsiveness in accordance with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care including important factors which impact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ access to dietetic services and healthcare more broadly Knowledgeable
Empowered
Ethical
5 Identify the importance of interprofessional collaboration when working in multi-disciplinary healthcare teams Knowledgeable
Empowered
Engaged

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

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

Pre-requisites

Enrolled in Program SC302 or SC406

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

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

The provision of early feedback will occur via weekly recap sessions in the workshops. In addition, during the workshops students will be provided with exemplars related to each of their assessment items. 

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 Oral Group 40%
12-minute narrated PowerPoint presentation
Week 10 Online Submission
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Oral Individual 30%
1-page/slide poster presentation (e.g. using PowerPoint) supported with 5-minute narration.
Week 7 Online Submission
All 3 Written Piece Individual 30%
Two (2) reflections (max 500 words each)
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Group Presentation: Overview of Nutrition & Dietetics
Goal:
The goal of this task is to provide you with a creative opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the diverse roles, skills and attributes required for dietetic practice, whilst working in small groups.
Product: Oral
Format:
You will be required to work in small groups of no greater than 3-4 and create an innovative, and professional narrated PowerPoint presentation which promotes the benefits of studying Nutrition & Dietetics at UniSC. Your presentation may be as innovative and creative as you like. Your presentation must include key concepts relating to the diverse roles of dietetic practice, skills, knowledge and qualities required for dietetic practice, the role of Dietitians Australia (DA) as the peak body for nutrition and dietetic professionals, the DA national competency standards and how these relate to student learning at UniSC. Further details will emerge throughout the semester.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Describe the necessary knowledge, qualities and skills in order to successfully pursue a career in dietetics
1 3
2
Describe the diverse roles of dietitians working in different practice domains, accurately relating these roles to key knowledge and skills needed
1 3
3
Communicates clearly and fluently in both written and oral form
1 3
4
Works collaboratively within a team
1 3
5
Organisation, structure and overall presentation skills/output
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Nutrition Care Process Poster Presentation
Goal:
The goal of this task is to create an engaging and authentic electronic poster presentation (Pecha Kucha style) which demonstrates your understanding of the Nutrition Care Process.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Oral
Format:
In this task, you will be required to create an engaging and authentic electronic poster presentation (Pecha Kucha style) which demonstrates your understanding of the Nutrition Care Process. This will be supplemented with a 5 minute recorded narration of the content. Further details related to this assessment will emerge throughout the semester. This is an individual assessment
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Application and demonstration of knowledge of the Nutrition Care Process as a model when applied to patient care
2 3
2
Communicates clearly and fluently in both written and oral form
2 3
3
Organisation, structure and overall presentation of electronic poster
2
All - Assessment Task 3:Reflective writing
Goal:
The goal of this task is to produce two personal learning reflections based on content delivered throughout NUT110.
Product: Written Piece
Format:
Using a structured reflective model, you will be required to produce two independent reflections based on either of the following: a) cultural competency and awareness as it applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; b) Interprofessional collaboration in healthcare; c) your experiences on observational placement. Further details will be discussed throughout the workshops. This is an individual assessment.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Use of a structured reflective model in the articulation of evidence-based practice and principles of professionalism in dietetic practice.
1 3 4 5
2
Articulates viewpoint clearly and fluently as per academic standards
1 3

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. 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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

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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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

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