Course Outline

NUT401 Nutrition and Dietetics Research and Evaluation

Course Coordinator:Fiona Pelly ( School:School of Health - Nutrition and Dietetics

2023Semester 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?


This work integrated learning course is essential for preparation for professional practice as a dietitian and is a component of the honours project pathway.  Under the supervision of an experienced research supervisor, you will demonstrate competencies in nutrition and dietetics research workplace setting. You must complete a minimum of 20 full-time equivalent days over a placement block. 

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Placement – 190 hours of full-time placement in a dietetic research placement setting. Placement is allocated by the dietetic placement staff. 190hrs Not applicable Once Only

Course Topics

Applied research skills relevant to dietetic practice in a work integrated learning environment  

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?

24 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 professional competencies in a dietetic research practice setting Empowered
2 Apply an evidence-based approach to research activities in a dietetic research practice setting Creative and critical thinker
3 Practice within ethical, legal and professional boundaries and demonstrate compliance with the student placement code of conduct. Knowledgeable

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”.


NUT 333 and NUT301 and NUT302 and NUT312 and NUT361 and NUT309 and enrolled in Program SC302 or SC406


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

It is assumed that students will have basic knowledge of scientific research methods and statistical analysis, and foundation knowledge in nutrients, food science and nutrition assessment.

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

Formative feedback on progression towards meeting research competencies will be provided by the research supervisor in collaboration with the course coordination throughout the research placement. 

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 Placement performance Individual
Over 4 weeks, you will work in a group under the supervision of a research supervisor. Placement dates may vary for each student dependant on availability.
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
All 1b Plan Individual
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 1c Artefact - Professional Individual or Group
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
All 1d Oral and Written Piece Individual or Group
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
All 2 Code of Conduct Individual
Semester of enrolment
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) To be Negotiated
All - Assessment Task 1a:Professional competencies
You will demonstrate professional competencies as a dietitian that are relevant to conducting research. These are based on the Dietitians Australia National Competency Standards for dietitians. To do this you will undertake supervised research activities on placement.
Product: Placement performance
You will be assessed on your individual professional competencies at the end of the placement. Formative assessment items provide evidence of the development of competency.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Adopts a questioning and critical approach to practice
Applies ethical processes to research
Accurately documents and disseminates research placement outcomes
Applies appropriate research methods to the research placement activity
1 2
All - Assessment Task 1b:Research plan
You will produce a research plan for the duration of your research placement
Product: Plan
As guided by the supervisor and course coordinator.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates evidence towards competency development
All - Assessment Task 1c:Research artefacts
You will produce research artifacts as guided by your supervisor and course coordinator
Product: Artefact - Professional
As guided by the supervisor
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates evidence towards competency development
1 2
All - Assessment Task 1d:Dissemination
To disseminate research to stakeholders
Product: Oral and Written Piece
This may be through different mediums as negotiated by the supervisor and course coordinator
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Contribution to evidence that demonstrates your competency development
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Student code of conduct
This task enables you to become familiar with and demonstrate the requisite professional behaviours captured in the Code of Conduct for your discipline and work environment
Product: Code of Conduct
You are required to complete a minimum of 190 hours (full-time), consisting of full-time research placement. The research mentor and course coordinator will evaluate your performance. If you fail to meet the Student Code of Conduct, you may fail the course and can be withdrawn from the research activity immediately, as per the USC Workplace and Industry Placement - Procedures.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Behaviour that is in accordance with the student code of conduct
Completion of the required days of placement

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 Pranee Liamputtong 0 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice 4th Edition n/a
Recommended John W. Creswell,J. David Creswell 0 Research Design 5th edition n/a

Specific requirements

You will be required to participate in two weeks of research activities that assist with your skills in applied research as it related to Nutrition and Dietetics.  You will be assigned a research supervisor who will supervise and coordinate these activities.

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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