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.
|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|
Applied dietetic practice in a Work Integrated Learning setting.
400 Level (Graduate)
|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|
Refer to the USC 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
Limited Grading (PNP)
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
|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||
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|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.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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