Course Outline

NUT407 Dietetics Professional Practice

Course Coordinator:Tania Wiesmayr-Freeman ( School:School of Health and Behavioural Sciences

2022Session 6

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?


This Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course is essential preparation for professional practice as a dietitian.  You will demonstrate skills and competencies in professional practice and ethical and professional behaviour within a nutrition and dietetic workplace setting. This course is designed to show your skills in professional leadership. Academic staff allocate placement and you must complete a minimum of 190 hours (full-time) consisting of professional placement and online learning.  This WIL course 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 – 190 hours of WIL, consisting of full-time placement and online learning (full-time). Academic staff allocates WIL placement. 190hrs Not applicable Once Only

Course Topics

Dietetic services within a workplace setting


Business planning

Preparation for future work in dietetic practice

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 and safe practice in nutrition and dietetic services within a workplace setting. Engaged
2 Demonstrate leadership and a a commitment to excellence in nutrition and dietetic practice. Engaged
3 Demonstrate effective communication with individuals, and collaborates within teams, encompassing the needs and perspectives of others. Engaged
4 Practice within ethical, legal and professional boundaries and comply with the student placement Code of Conduct. Ethical

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”.


Not applicable


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/Course Coordinator on the progression of professional competencies, from artefacts uploaded to an e-portfolio, modules completed on Canvas 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?
All 1 Placement performance Individual
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
All 1 Code of Conduct Individual
Refer to Format To be Negotiated
All - Assessment Task 1:Professional Competencies
The purpose of this WIL course is for you to develop and demonstrate professional competencies as a dietitian. To do this you will undertake supervised WIL experience and perform the tasks of a dietitian working in a professional setting. You will also complete online learning activities to demonstrate skills in professional leadership. A key element of this assessment is to show your competencies in working safely, effectively, collaboratively, and professionally.
Product: Placement performance
You will work in a workplace setting (full-time equivalent) under the supervision of appropriately qualified dietitians to develop skills in nutrition and dietetic practice. You will also work on online modules through the semester relating to communication and professional leadership. You will be assessed on your professional competencies by the Academic Placement Supervisor/Course Coordinator in collaboration with the Placement Workplace Supervisor. The competencies assessed will be specific to the workplace setting. Demonstration of meeting the Dietitians Australia (DA) National Competency Standards for Dietitians will be through:
a)	E-portfolio. This portfolio will be completed during the semester and you will upload project artefacts and complete tasks which align with the relevant DA competencies 
b)	Completion of online modules submitted through Canvas
c)	An online interview (10 minutes). This will consist of a series of predetermined questions, which require you to demonstrate your achievement of competencies 
d)	Feedback from the Placement Workplace Supervisor on professional competencies

Formative Feedback will be provided by the Academic Placement Supervisor/Course Coordinator, on the progression of professional competencies. This will be based on artefacts and tasks uploaded and completed in PebblePad and through collaboration with the Placement Workplace Supervisor.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Communication and collaboration with individuals or within teams considering the needs and perspective of others.
Leadership and commitment to excellence of practice
Safe and effective nutrition and dietetic practice
All - Assessment Task 1: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 placement plus online modules. 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
Complete the required WIL placement, course learning activities plus pre-WIL 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. 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 Rowan Stewart 0 Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics 6th Australian Dietitian
Required Rowan Stewart 0 Nutrition Care Process Terminology n/a Australian Dietitian
Required Joan Gandy 2019 Manual of Dietetic Practice n/a John Wiley & Sons
Required Marcia Nelms,Kathryn P. Sucher 2019 Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology n/a Cengage Learning
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 WIL courses in the program and plan for these accordingly. All fourth-year WIL courses are full-time (i.e. five days per week). 
Occasionally, WIL placements will require students to work outside normal business hours.
Costs related to travel, accommodation, uniform (USC student dietitian blouse/ shirt), and other expenses incurred to attend a WIL placement are the student’s responsibility.
Students are required to comply with all mandatory requirements to be eligible for WIL placements.
Students will be required to complete pre-WIL placement online modules prior to commencement of the course. 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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