Course Outline

NUT406 Nutrition and Dietetics Placement 2

Course Coordinator:Judith Tweedie ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Semester 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 Work-Integrated Learning course is essential preparation for professional practice as a dietitian. Under the supervision of an experienced supervisor, you will demonstrate skills and competencies in nutrition and dietetic workplace settings. They include medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food service systems. You must complete a minimum of 45 full-time equivalent days rostered over one or more placement blocks.  Academic staff allocate placement.  This placement is a component of the total required for professional accreditation of 100 days.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Placement – A minimum of 45 full-time equivalent days rostered over one (1) or more placement blocks in a dietetic practice setting. Placement is allocated by the academic staff. 338hrs Refer to Format Once Only

Course Topics

Applied dietetic practice in a Work Integrated Learning setting.

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 nutrition and dietetic practice workplace setting Engaged
2 Apply an evidence-based approach to nutrition and dietetic practice, facilitating and advocating for optimal food choices for individuals, groups, communities and /or populations Empowered
3 Communicate and collaborate effectively with individuals, healthcare service providers, stakeholders, groups and communities in practice environments. Engaged
4 Critically appraise and use an evidence-based decision making approach to solve problems and create realistic solutions in a range of practice environments. Creative and critical thinker
5 Recognise the multiple factors that influence nutrition, health and the provision of nutrition and dietetic services. Sustainability-focussed
6 Practice within ethical, legal and professional boundaries and demonstrate compliance with the student placement Code of Conduct Ethical

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”.


NUT301 and NUT302 and NUT312 and NUT361 and enrolled in SC406 or SC302


Not applicable


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

Formative feedback will be provided by the Academic Placement Supervisors on the progression of professional competencies, from artefacts uploaded to an e-portfilio and through collaboration with the Placement Workplace Supervisor

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?
Blended learning 1 Placement performance Individual
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
Blended learning 2 Code of Conduct Individual
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
Blended learning - Assessment Task 1:Professional Competencies
The purpose of this course is for you to develop and demonstrate professional competencies as a dietitian. To do this you will undertake supervised Work Integrated Learning and perform the tasks of a dietitian working in a professional setting.  A key element of this assessment is to demonstrate your competencies in working professionally using nutrition and dietetic theory in a professional practice setting.
Product: Placement performance
Over a minimum of a 45-day (9 weeks) placement period, you will work either individually or in pairs (depending on the context of the placement) under the supervision of appropriately qualified dietitians to develop skills in dietetic practice.   The Academic Placement Supervisors/Course Coordinator will notify you of the dietetic practice setting/s in which you will be placed.  

You will be assessed on your professional competencies by the Academic Placement Supervisors/Course Coordinator in collaboration with the Placement Workplace Supervisor.  The specific competencies assessed will relate to the type of professional practice setting. These are based on the Dietitians Australia (DA) National Competency Standards for Dietitians. Demonstration of meeting competencies will be through:
a)	An e-portfolio. You will complete the e-portfolio during placement, and upload project artefacts and complete e-portfolio tasks which align with the relevant DA competencies. 
b)	A structured interview or meeting between yourself, Placement Workplace Supervisor and Academic Placement Supervisor/s. This will consist of questions and discussions which align with the relevant DA competencies. The strategies used as evidence will be determined by the placement setting and described in the assessment instructions on Canvas.  

Formative Feedback will be provided by the Academic Placement Supervisor/s, on the progression of professional competencies. This will be based on artefacts and tasks uploaded and completed in your e-portfolio and through collaboration with the Placement Workplace Supervisor.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Safe and effective nutrition and dietetic practice
Recognition of the multiple factors that influence health, nutrition and dietetic services.
Communication and collaboration with individuals, healthcare providers, stakeholders and groups considering the perspective of others to optimise nutrition outcomes.
Evidence-based decision making, problem solving and realistic solutions to nutrition and service delivery issues.
Prioritisation of key issues, and advocates for change to facilitate optimal food choice and eating behaviours for individuals, groups, or populations.
1 2
Planning, implementation and evaluation of nutrition care and services in collaboration with individuals, stakeholders, healthcare service providers, groups, communities, or populations.
1 2
Blended learning - 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 45 days of professional practice placement. To be eligible to pass, you are required to complete this placement satisfactorily according to assessment criteria.  The Academic Placement Supervisor/s and Course Coordinator, in collaboration with your Placement Workplace Supervisor, 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 workplace 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 45 days of placement plus pre-placement modules

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
Required Rowan Stewart 0 Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 6th Australian Dietitian
Required Rowan Stewart, Angela Vivanti and Esther Myers 0 Nutrition Care Process Terminology n/a Australian Dietitian
Required Joan Gandy 2019 Manual of Dietetic Practice 6th John Wiley & Sons
Required Marcia Nelms,Kathryn P. Sucher 2019 Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology n/a Cengage Learning
Required Roger Hughes 2010 Practical Public Health Nutrition n/a John Wiley & Sons
Recommended Rowan Stewart 0 Nutrition and Dietetics Clinical Placement Survival Guide n/a Australian Dietitian

Specific requirements

Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the timing and length of placements in the program and plan for these accordingly. All fourth-year placements are full-time (i.e. five days per week). Occasionally, placements will require students to work outside normal business hours and it is likely that some placements will occur away from the Sunshine Coast.  

Costs related to travel, accommodation, uniform (USC student dietitian blouse/ shirt), and other expenses incurred to attend placement are the student’s responsibility. 

Individual placements are coordinated on a state-wide basis and, therefore, students should be prepared to undertake placements outside the local geographical area.  This includes planning for the potential inability to be able to undertake paid employment during placement and for travel, living and accommodation expenses associated with placements.

Students are required to comply with all mandatory requirements to be eligible for placement.

Students will be required to complete pre-placement online modules for orientation and preparation for placement prior to commencement of placement.  Online modules are to be completed in the second week of January 2022.

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

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

You must contact your Course Coordinator and provide the required documentation if you require an extension or alternate assessment.


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