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BND2031

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kylie Gray

Synopsis

This unit examines psychological factors affecting health and health care treatment throughout the various stages of life. Nutrition knowledge gained in other units of the course will be supplemented by introducing the broader context of how people's psychological needs may influence eating behaviour and responses to health related dietary change. A developmental framework will be used to consider establishment of normal feeding and eating behaviours and development of feeding problems and eating disorders. A major emphasis in the unit will be on psychological aspects of acute and chronic illnesses and psychological processes within the family that may affect interventions.

Objectives

At the completion of the unit students will have an understanding of the psychological factors and cultural issues associated with:

  1. feeding in infancy and development of the infant-parent relationship;

  1. normal child development and presentation of eating problems in children under 5;

  1. eating problems in prepubescent children;

  1. adolescent eating problems;

  1. eating problems in adulthood and the relationship of early eating problems to more serious eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia and obesity;

  1. chronic illness and trauma;

  1. renal, gastrointestinal disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease;

  1. students will learn to apply the knowledge they have gained in direct interactions with patients from differing ages across the life span; and

  1. to reinforce links between theory and practice through practical exercises and discussions of observations made at clinical settings.

Assessment

Examination (2 hours): 50%
Essay (1,500 words): 30%
Practical Behaviour Change Reports(2): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kylie Gray

Contact hours

3 hours per week (lectures and tutorials)

Prerequisites

Completion of Year 1 Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics