Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Tracy McCaffrey


Monitoring and evaluation are essential components of determining nutritional status both at the individual and population level. Therefore the interpretation of information from dietary, laboratory, anthropometric and clinical studies is central to the work of nutrition science students. In this unit, students will examine the methodological applications and limitations surrounding dietary assessment, body composition and biochemical tests. Students will be enabled to critically employ research skills when analysing nutrition related data by identifying appropriate methods, in terms of precision, validity and reproducibility for assessing dietary intake, body composition and nutritional status using biochemical tests. Students will be exposed to a number of anthropometric and dietary intake methods, as well as nutrition screening tools routinely used in both the clinical and research settings.


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

  1. Assess food consumption at national, household and individual levels
  2. Communicate with individuals employing effective interview techniques
  3. Utilise a variety of dietary assessment methods with an understanding of precision, reproducibility and validity
  4. Assess anthropometry and body composition in individuals
  5. Assess nutritional status by interpreting relevant biochemical and pathology tests
  6. Estimate nutritional requirements of individuals
  7. Identify and utilise nutrition screening tools
  8. Employ effective research skills in analysing nutrition-related data.


Weighed vs. estimated food diary and individual/group nutrition assessment (3,000 words) (50%)
Anthropometric practical exam (500 words) (25%)
Multiple choice questions (1.5 hours) (25%)
Micronutrient lab test summary (Formative) (Peer assessment)
Interview skills reflection (Formative) (Peer assessment)

Workload requirements

On-campus: 6 hours per week of interactive lectures and workshops + 6 hours self-directed learning and completion of assessment tasks.

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