Course Outline

NUT351 Medical Nutrition Therapy 1

Course Coordinator:Hester Wright ( 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.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 explores the role played by therapeutic diets in the treatment of chronic disease and other nutritional disorders. You are introduced to the principles of the nutrition care process and you will gain knowledge and experience in nutrition assessment techniques and intervention strategies as applied to chronic disease and other nutritional disorders.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus attendance 3hrs Week 1 11 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – Refer to Canvas for details. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Learning materials – Pre-class activities to be completed asynchronised. 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Fieldwork – Visit to UniSC Dietetic Clinic. 2hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Once Only

Course Topics

  • Applying the nutrition care process in the delivery of nutrition care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Aged care
  • Malnutrition
  • Gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Paediatric nutrition

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 Apply knowledge on the aetiology, pathophysiology, and nutrition-related consequences of clinical diseases and nutritional disorders to medical nutrition therapy. Knowledgeable
2 Construct and present a nutrition care plan using the nutrition care process model to provide culturally appropriate, safe and client-centred nutrition care for nutritionally vulnerable individuals. Engaged
3 Demonstrate critical thinking in the application of evidence-based practice when providing nutrition care to individuals. Creative and critical thinker
4 Critically reflect on effective and appropriate application of dietetic skills when gathering and evaluating nutrition information from individuals. 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”.


NUT110 and NUT202 and NUT232 and (LFS202 or (LFS203 and BIM202) 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 foundation knowledge in nutrients and nutrition 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

In week 4 of this course you will write a formative quiz to prepare you for the summative quiz (Task 2). In week 5 you will present a case study in a small group and receive in-class feedback  in preparation for your summative task 1.

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 Artefact - Professional Group 35%
Part 1. 20-min Powerpoint. Part 2. 25-min Powerpoint
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 1b Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece Individual 10%
500 words
Week 13 Online Submission
All 2 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
110 min each
Refer to Format In Class
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 35%
minimum 2 hours
Exam Period To be Negotiated
All - Assessment Task 1a:Nutrition Care Plan
To apply the nutrition care process in the delivery of medical nutrition therapy to an individual with a clinical disease or nutrition disorder.
Product: Artefact - Professional
This is a small group task in which you will develop a nutrition care plan following the Nutrition Care Process Model. 

Part 1 is a formative, which is due in week five (5) in the tutorial class and will contribute 0% to your final grade.
Part 2 is a summative, which is due in week seven (7) and will contribute 35% to your final grade. This task consist out of a narrated PowerPoint presentation. Find more information of the task in the task instruction sheet on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Critically evaluate and analyse nutrition assessment information in a given scenario
Demonstrate the ability to recognise and prioritise nutrition problems based on appropriate interpretation of all relevant assessment data
Use a client-centered approach that is culturally safe in the application of medical nutrition therapy and appropriately monitored and evaluated.
Appropriately use evidence to justify the nutrition intervention plan
Expresses clearly reasoned viewpoints that is logical and supported with credible evidence
All - Assessment Task 1b:Reflection piece
This task requires you to reflect on the observation of a nutrition consultation and participation in a simulated learning experience to help bridge the gap between theory and practice in delivery of nutrition care to an individual.
Product: Artefact - Professional, and Written Piece
You will visit the Ochre Dietetic clinic to observe a nutrition consult on a real client and you will participate in a simulation-based
learning activity where you will gather nutrition information from a mock client.
You will use these experiences to write a 500 word reflection piece as per assessment instructions and submit through Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will be assessed on your ability to describe practical skills and knowledge used in gathering nutrition assessment information during a patient encounter.
You will be assessed on your ability to describe key learnings or insights gained from observation and simulation experiences during the semester
You will be assessed on your ability to plan how you might enhance or improve your gathering of nutrition assessment information in future.
You will be assessed on your ability to convey ideas clearly and fluently in written form.
All - Assessment Task 2:Case-based reasoning task
This task is designed to develop your critical thinking skills in the development of a nutrition care plan tailored to a specific disease and patient needs.
Product: Quiz/zes
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 4. 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 due in week 12.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates accurate knowledge and sound understanding of the aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical nutrition consequences and dietary needs relating to chronic diseases and nutritional disorders
Apply a problem-solving approach to identify factors that influence nutrition and health
outcomes in a given scenario
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
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of clinical nutrition issues of vulnerable individuals.
Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the aetiology, pathophysiology, nutritional consequences and evidence based medical nutritional therapy of chronic diseases and nutritional disorders.
Demonstrates critical thinking and clinical reasoning in the application of best evidence when providing nutrition care to nutritionally vulnerable individuals.

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 Joan Gandy 2019 Manual of Dietetic Practice 6th edition John Wiley & Sons
Required Marcia Nelms,Kathryn P. Sucher 2019 Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology 4th edition Cengage Learning
Required Rowan Stewart 2022 Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 7th edition n/a

Specific requirements

Students will require a placement shirt for simulated activities.
Students are required to comply with all mandatory requirements of Queensland help to complete simulation-based learning activities in relevant healthcare facilities.

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:
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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