Course Outline

NUT302 Medical Nutrition Therapy 2

Course Coordinator:Hester Wright ( 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?


This course introduces you to the role of medical nutrition therapy in the prevention and treatment of clinical diseases and disorders. This course aims to develop your clinical knowledge, problem solving skills, and clinical reasoning relevant to nutrition disorders, including aetiology & pathophysiology, as well as the nutrition care process including assessment, diagnosis, nutrition intervention planning, intervention evaluation and outcome management.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus scheduled attendance. 3hrs Week 1 11 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus attendance. Refer to Canvas for schedule. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Learning materials – Asynchronous independent learning activities. Refer to details on Canvas. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Seminar – On campus attendance. 1hr Week 3 Once Only

Course Topics

Nutrition therapy for patients in acute care requiring nutrition support such as the critically ill, patients undergoing surgery, and patients with a range of clinical disorders/diseases requiring nutrition care. 


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 Demonstrate the appropriate application of the theory of clinical disease aetiology, pathophysiology, and nutrition-related consequences to the medical nutrition therapy of individuals with clinical diseases. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Demonstrate a problem solving approach in the provision of nutrition care for an individual with a clinical disease. Creative and critical thinker
3 Apply an evidence-based approach to inform the medical nutrition therapy for individuals with a clinical disease. Engaged
4 Constructs a nutrition care plan that demonstrates a client-centred approach that is culturally safe and responsive. Creative and critical thinker
5 Assess the nutrition care process to practice effectively within safe and ethical frameworks. 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”.


LFS303 and NUT351 and enrolled in Program SC406 or SC302


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed that students will have knowledge and skills in nutrition assessment, the nutrition care process and pathophysiology

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

In week 3 a formative clinical reasoning quiz will be completed and discussed in class in preparation for your summative task.

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 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
110 min
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 1b Activity Participation Individual 30%
15 minute oral task.
Week 10 In Class
All 2 Artefact - Professional Individual 20%
800 words
Week 12 In Class
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 30%
3 hours
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1a:Case-based learning
This task is designed to develop your problem-solving skills tailored to a specific disease which will help you gain confidence in the application of theory into practice.
Product: Quiz/zes
Weeks 3 and 7.
You will complete two quizzes throughout the semester which will step you through key critical thinking points while designing a nutrition care plan for an individual. Specific details and description of the task can be found on Canvas. 
The first quiz is a formative assessment piece and is due in week 3. Model answers and explanations to the questions will be provided and discussed in class, this feedback will help you in the completion of the summative quiz.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Apply a problem-solving approach to identify factors that influence nutrition and health outcomes in a given scenario
Use a client-centred approach in the application of evidence-based medical nutrition therapy theory
All - Assessment Task 1b:Clinical reasoning assessment
The aim of this assessment task is to demonstrate your clinical reasoning skills in the development of an individualised nutrition care plan using the nutrition care process in a timely manner.
Product: Activity Participation
You will be provided with a case study for which you will need to interpret and evaluate nutritional information in order to write a relevant and prioritised nutritional diagnosis/es and intervention plan (including goals, objectives and strategies) based on best evidence. You will use this to answer a series of questions to demonstrate your clinical reasoning skills during the oral task.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critically evaluate and analyse nutrition assessment information in a given scenario
Demonstrate the ability to recognise and prioritise nutrition problems considering best evidence
Use a client-centred approach in the application of medical nutrition therapy theory
Appropriately use evidence to justify the nutrition care plan.
Expresses clearly reasoned viewpoints that is logical and supported with credible evidence
All - Assessment Task 2:Care planning task
The purpose of this task is enable effective clinical handover to a member of the healthcare team to enable safe transfer of patient information.
Product: Artefact - Professional
You will develop a clinical handover using a standard framework in week 12 after a simulation-based learning activity. More information of the task can be found on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Delivery of a focused nutrition assessment and nutrition care plan that is appropriate and considered.
Delivery of a clear, coherent and credible clinical handover within a standardised framework.
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam
To demonstrate current knowledge of the theory of human nutrition and dietetics and related practice
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Written exam of 3 hours duration. The paper will consist out of various case scenarios during which theoretical knowledge relating to clinical diseases and nutritional disorders need to be applied to inform a client centred nutrition care plan as well as clinical judgement.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate knowledge of the aetiology, pathophysiology and medical nutritional therapy of clinical diseases and nutritional disorders
Apply theory to manage client-centred nutrition care for individuals
Apply scientific evidence and the medical nutrition therapy to the nutrition care process of an individual with a clinical disease or a nutritional disorder

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

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
Recommended Gandy J 2014 Manual of Dietetic practice 5th Edition Wiley & Sons
Required Marcia Nelms,Kathryn P. Sucher 2019 Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology 4th Ed Cengage Learning
Required Rowan Stewart 2022 Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 7th Ed n/a

Specific requirements

You will need to show evidence of mandatory requirements for field trips to Queensland Health facilities. You will also be required to undertake orientation and induction to SCHI facilities which includes online modules.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risks concerns may include working in an unknown environment as well as slip and trip hazards. 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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