Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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
Monash Passport categoryIndustry Linkage (Act Program)
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Claire Palermo


This fieldwork will challenge the student to integrate their academic training and to synthesise knowledge into a practical community or public health nutrition project. The unit requires students to participate in the program planning cycle towards addressing a public health or community nutrition issue for the workplace setting. Students will gain confidence by participating in a work environment and provide tangible benefit to their participating setting. Students will gain entry level knowledge in all areas of nutrition and dietetic practice. Principles of information evaluation, workload management, communication, teamwork and responsibility for project management will be developed.


By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. utilise nutrition and health related data and scientific literature in identifying nutrition problems in the community
  2. illustrate the integration of public health and health promotion theory and epidemiology into practice in community or public health nutrition settings
  3. employ the program planning cycle and determine goals, objectives and plans for dealing with nutrition issues in the community
  4. adopt effective project management, team work and communication skills and work effectively within the placement organisation
  5. collect and evaluate the literature related to a community or public health nutrition issues and apply research and evaluation findings to practice
  6. organise, establish and document data, process and communication on a community or public health nutrition issue into written reports and oral presentations
  7. adopt a questioning and critical approach in all aspects of practice and evaluate practice on an ongoing basis.


Project proposal (20%)
Project report (40%)
Poster presentation (20%)
Portfolio (20%)

Workload requirements

8 weeks full-time (5 days per week) plus 20 hours self directed study.

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Chief examiner(s)

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


NUT3082 or equivalent


Must be enrolled in courses 3404 or 4530.