Course Outline

NUT400 Nutrition and Dietetic Skills

Course Coordinator:Hester Wright (hwright@usc.edu.au) School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2020Session 8

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?

Description

This is an advanced course for Bachelor of Dietetics students. The course draws on the knowledge, skills and competencies you have developed throughout your program and provides you with the opportunity to test and apply dietetic skills in preparation for Work Integrated Learning placement. This course runs as an intensive program prior to commencement of WIL placement.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Tutorial/Workshop 1 3hrs Not applicable Not Yet Determined

What level is this course?

400 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 ability to provide appropriate nutrition education based on best evidence. Empowered
2 Demonstrate effective communication skills, professional judgement and nutrition education interview skills for individual client management. Engaged
3 Use critical thinking and professional judgement to construct a patient-centred nutrition intervention. Sustainability-focussed

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”.

Pre-requisites

NUT351 and (NUT352 or(NUT306 and (NUT308 or NUT309))and enrolled in Program SC302 or SC353

Co-requisites

NUT361 and NUT302

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Limited Grading (PNP)

Pass (PU), Fail (UF). All assessment tasks are required to be passed for successful completion of the course.

Details of early feedback on progress

In week 2 of this course, a draft copy of your Pebblepad portfolio will be peer reviewed in your tutorial/ workshop.  

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Portfolio Individual
2500 words (equivalent).
Online ePortfolio Submission
All 1b Oral Individual
30 minute interview
In Class
All - Assessment Task 1a:PebblePad Portfolio (formative)
Goal:
This task is designed to prepare you for Work Integrated Learning where you need to provide patient-centred nutrition education and counselling in a timely manner.
Product: Portfolio
Format:
Part A. PebblePad portfolio (summative) 
You will develop diet-disease relationship statements referring to the pathophysiology, aetiology, disease consequences, management through medical nutrition therapy, and identify appropriate nutrition education resources of specific disease states in a PebblePad portfolio. You will use the portfolio in week 2 as part of class activities and will be provided with peer feedback on your portfolio content. The portfolio will help you to prepare for the simulated nutrition education interview and contribute to the evidence of competence in conducting a nutrition education interview.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Translates the diet-disease relationship into practical advice on eating through: Critically reviewing and analysing an individuals’ social, cultural, economic and environmental influences to construct a nutrition education plan
2
Displaying critical judgement in the application of knowledge of nutrition science, health and disease, food and food preparation methods
3
Identifying and prioritising key nutrition issues based on all available information and negotiates intervention plans in collaboration with client
4
Tailoring communication to enhance a client’s understanding whilst maintaining professional language and clarity of the education given
5
Displaying effective active listening, interviewing and interpersonal skills
6
Assessment criteria are mapped to the course learning outcomes.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 1b:Simulated nutrition education interview
Goal:
This task is designed to prepare you for Work Integrated Learning where you need to provide patient-centred nutrition education and counselling in a timely manner.
Product: Oral
Format:
Part B. Simulated nutrition education interview This assessment task will be conducted in week 3.  The simulated nutrition education interview will require you to conduct a client/patient nutrition education session on a mock patient. This task provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate nutrition education, communication, and interview skills that you have acquired throughout the course. Such skills will include the ability to explain the diet-disease relationship using appropriate resources, the use of professional language (e.g. use of nonjargon terminology), the clarity of the education given, your ability to listen and effectively respond to the client, and your ability to conduct a dietary interview.  During week 3 you will be given opportunity to practice nutrition education interviews with your peers. This will enable you to seek feedback on your skills and identify areas for improvement to help you demonstrate competency in the interview.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Translates the diet-disease relationship into practical advice on eating through:  Critically reviewing and analysing an individuals’ social, cultural, economic and environmental influences to construct a nutrition education plan
2
Displaying critical judgement in the application of knowledge of nutrition science, health and disease, food and food preparation methods
3
Identifying and prioritising key nutrition issues based on all available information and negotiates intervention plans in collaboration with client
4
Tailoring communication to enhance a client’s understanding whilst maintaining professional language and clarity of the education given
5
Displaying effective active listening, interviewing and interpersonal skills

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 Holli B and Beto JA 2017 Nutrition counselling and educational skills: a guide for professionals 7th Edition Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Required Thomas, B. and Bishop, J. 2014 Manual of Dietetic Practice 5th Edition Wiley-Blackwell, USA
Required Escott-Stump, S. 2015 Nutrition & Diagnose-related care 8th edition Wolters Kluwer
Required Stewart R. 2015 Handbook of clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, 5th Edition Australian Dietitian

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

This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC.

In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.

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.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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