Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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18 points, SCA Band 2, 0.375 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Palermo


This unit is predominantly a fieldwork experience that will challenge students to integrate their academic training and to synthesise knowledge into a practical public health nutrition project based in a community setting. The unit requires students to manage a project that addresses a public health nutrition issue. Students will participate in program planning within a work environment and provide tangible benefit to their participating organisation. Students will be responsible for designing a project, collection and analysis of data and synthesis of findings into a report. Principles of information evaluation, workload management, communication, teamwork and responsibility for project management will also be developed.

The key theme explored in this unit is Theme 2: Determinants and Influences on Population Health and Nutrition coupled with partial integration of content and application from Theme 1: Personal Development and Professional Practice and Theme 4: Food from Science to Systems.


  1. Apply the social, environmental, economic and political determinants of nutrition status to a priority public health nutrition area.
  2. Plan, implement and evaluate systems based, population health approaches and solutions to priority nutrition issues.
  3. Apply the research process using appropriate methods of collection and analysis for both qualitative and quantitative data.
  4. Contribute to an evidence-based, population approach to improve population nutrition health in a community setting.
  5. Advocate for policy change to benefit health and nutrition outcomes for populations.
  6. Employ critical and scientific writing and communication skills to document and report findings to professional and scientific audiences.
  7. Practice professional leadership to promote the role of nutrition.
  8. Establish effective working partnerships, networks, collaborations with a range of team members and stakeholders.
  9. Adopt a questioning and critical approach in all aspects of practice and evaluate practice on an on-going basis.
  10. Achieve entry level competencies to support community and public health nutrition practice.


30 hours per week for 7 weeks plus an additional 2 days site/project orientation.


Project proposal (20%) (group)
Project report (40% which includes 10% worth of Individual Peer Assessment) (group)
Poster presentation (10%) (individual)
Objective structured oral exam (hurdle task) (30%)
Portfolio (hurdle) (ungraded)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

30 hours practicum per week for 9 weeks

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


BND1002 Evaluating the Evidence: Nutrition and Population Health


BND and BNutSc students only