Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Simone Gibson


This unit is predominantly a placement based unit to support students' progression and entry level competencies in individual case management in a healthcare setting.

The key themes explored in this unit are Theme 3: Fundamentals of Health and Disease, Theme 1: Personal Development and Professional Practice and Theme 4: Food from Science to Systems as students' progress and integrate their dietetic practice skills and competencies working in the healthcare environment. There is partial integration of content and application from Theme 2: Determinants and Influences on Population Health and Nutrition.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of science, nutrition, diet and disease into assessment, education, and management of clinical cases in a healthcare environment
  2. Integrate personal, social, clinical, cultural, dietary, economic, environmental, ethical, medical and physiological factors into clinical reasoning and decision making in client centred case management in the healthcare environment
  3. Achieve entry level competencies to support individual case management across a range of clients
  4. Apply an evidence based approach to clinical case management
  5. Integrate knowledge of food service systems and processes into case management
  6. Exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills in all professional interactions with peers, colleagues, clients and other stakeholders in the healthcare and academic environments.
  7. Work effectively as a member of the dietetic and broader healthcare team
  8. Practice safely, effectively and professionally
  9. Reflect on practice extending self-awareness, insight and cultural competency.


Each student will be allocated to a healthcare site of a placement partner of Monash University and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics for a total of 36 placement days. University staff are involved in final placement assessment and signing off of entry level competency for the profession for the relevant units.


Oral presentation & extension questions (20 mins) (15%)
Abstract development (250 words) (5%)
Executive summary of case (1,500 words) (15%)
Inter-professional teamwork assignment (2,000 words) (20%)
Critical incident related to patient management - guided reflection & action plan (2,000 words) (20%)
Oral interview (15 mins) (10%)
Case summary (1,500 words) (15%)
Placement Portfolio (Hurdle) (Pass / Fail)
Practical competencies (Ungraded hurdle)

Workload requirements

Students will spend the majority of time for this unit allocated to a healthcare setting (8 Weeks of either 4 or 5 days per week - a total of 36 days). Students will also be expected to attend tutorials and presentations in the academic setting (scheduled around placement commitments) with the remaining time allocated for private study. Students are expected to attend placement for the equivalent of full time hours (7 hours/day) during their scheduled placement weeks. It is also expected that students undertake private study outside of placement hours.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


A student must have passed a minimum of 144 credit points of units deemed satisfactory and relevant in content and depth by the Nutrition and Dietetic Department Selection Officer in conjunction with the Unit Coordinator.


BND students only.