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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ibolya Nyulasi (Nutrition and Dietetics)


Case study based learning using practical applications will be studied to understand dietetic assessment and treatment principles. Dietetic assessment tools covered include: screening, biochemical result interpretation, anthropometry, appropriate use of enteral and parenteral nutrition, the Dietitian's role in health care teams, professional practice guidelines, counselling and group skill development, and an analysis of the increasing use of alternative therapies many of which are based on nutrition myths. The unit is taught in the centre of the clinical dietetics training in the clinics to provide a perspective on dietetic practice in all its forms.


At the completion of the unit students will have an understanding of:

  1. the use of a wide range of dietetic assessment tools with consideration of the limitations of each tool;

  1. anthropometry and its use in nutritional assessment. This includes varied techniques for the determination of body composition;

  1. methods for assessing food intake data;

  1. the analysis of food intake data in relation to nutritional standards;

  1. the interpretation of biochemical data relevant to nutritional care;

  1. medical terminology and the interpretation of medical records;

  1. the relevance of RDIs;

  1. food diversity and food composition;

  1. vitamin and mineral supplementation; and

  1. skills required for effective communication and documentation.


Examination: 40%
Participation in tutorial classes and reports: 20%
Practical exam (OSCE) 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Janeane Dart

Contact hours

6 hours (lectures, tutorial, clinical observation and placement)


Completion of Year 2 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics