Course Outline

NUT301 Advanced Public Health Nutrition

Course Coordinator:Judith Maher ( School:School of Health - Nutrition and Dietetics

2023Semester 2

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.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you will develop the values, knowledge and skills for community public health nutrition practice through service learning, case-based work, team learning and simulation. You will integrate and apply best practice processes for development, planning and managing public health nutrition projects. This course is based on a socio-ecological approach to practice, evidence informed and integrates values of justice, equity and collaboration. You will have the opportunity to co-design and plan the evaluation of a nutrition project during the course.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Case and group based learning activities 3hrs Week 1 11 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Online mediated learning activities 2hrs Week 3 3 times
Learning materials – Online activities including videos, quizzes, readings 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Fieldwork – E-mediated service learning project 15hrs Week 1 Once Only
Seminar – Advocacy seminar 1hr Week 12 Once Only

Course Topics

  • Orienting practice within the socio-ecological framework
  • Community engagement and professional formation through service learning
  • Best processes for planning PHN intervention
  • PHN decision making within an ethical and evidence based framework
  • Developing and assessing strategies for implementation
  • Evaluating PHN practice – types, methods and processes

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth 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 Appraise and integrate evidence to inform public health nutrition practice Empowered
2 Synthesise and prioritise information and stakeholder perspectives to foster partnerships Sustainability-focussed
3 Plan, co-design and construct a sustainable public health nutrition program using best processes for program planning Empowered
4 Justify decisions using a public health nutrition lens Ethical
5 Examine practice considering public health nutrition principles and suggest strategies to enhance future practice Creative and critical thinker

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”.


(NUT306 or NUT352) and NUT205


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Understanding of behavioural change theory; Foundational knowledge of public health and health promotion; Ability to search academic databases to locate relevant scientific literature; Knowledge of nutrition assessment methods; Nutrition (& food) knowledge; Interpersonal skills; Needs assessment

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 via ZOOM will be provided to your teams in week 3 that will assist you in undertaking the tasks and producing artefacts relating to the E-portfolio to curate your portfolio to achieve learning outcomes.

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 1a Written Piece Individual 0%
500 words
Week 6 Online Submission
All 1b Portfolio Individual 50%
2250 words
Week 9 Online ePortfolio Submission
All 2 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
20 minutes & project plan
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1a:Reflection
To reflect on a selected experience or task completed in NUT301.
Product: Written Piece
You will write an 500-word reflection as per assessment instructions and submit through CANVAS.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appropriate use of model
Appropriate description of context/experience
Evaluate learning and development
Plan strategies to enhance future practice
All - Assessment Task 1b:E-Portfolio
In this assessment task, you will undertake and reflect on a range of practice based tasks to demonstrate your learning.
Product: Portfolio
You will produce an e-portfolio that showcases how you have achieved the relevant learning outcomes and developed graduate attributes. You will present a range of outputs completed as part of NUT301 course work. In addition, using Borton’s reflective framework, you will reflect on a range of individual and group-based practice informed tasks/experiences that integrate theory and practice. This will include but is not limited to contributing to a service learning project. Formative feedback will be provided in week 3 that will assist you to curate your portfolio to achieve learning outcomes.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Appraise and integrate evidence to inform public health nutrition practice
Use best processes for planning PHN practice
Connect and evaluate practice considering PHN principles
Reflect and plan relevant strategies to enhance your future practice
Collaborate with peers and stakeholders toward a shared goal
All - Assessment Task 2:Final oral examination & project plan
The end of semester oral VIVA exam and project plan will assess the creative and critical thinking and ethical decision making underpinning work undertaken during semester
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Students will be given a case study 2 weeks prior to the oral exam. In groups of two, students will develop an abridged project plan based on the case using a template provided by the lecturer. A 20 minute oral VIVA exam will be scheduled during the central exam period and will be based on the case study.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Plan, design and construct a sustainable PHN program using the bicycle model
Justify decisions using a PHN lens
Application and use of evidence based public health approaches to inform project development
Use of health promotion principles and strategic frameworks to inform project development
Uses a decision making process that facilitates stakeholder partnerships

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.


Period and Topic Activities
Week 1. Course Introduction; Project governance/Management
Week 2 - 4. Module 1: Intelligence gathering
Service learning project
Week 5-7. Module 2: Planning & implementing action
Service learning project
Week 8 - Self directed learning
Drop-in only
Week 9-12. Module 3: Evaluation & Reflection
Week 13. Revision
Self directed learning

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 Roger Hughes 2011 Practical Public Health Nutrition n/a John Wiley & Sons

Specific requirements

Electronic device

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:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
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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