Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics


Ms Janeane Dart



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit uses a range of clinical conditions and diseases as the foundation and basis for dietetic students to:

  • further develop their core dietetic practice skills and
  • develop skills in dietetic education and case management in the academic setting in preparation for placement.

There is an emphasis and focus on person centred care and using simulation and case based learning to provide a key platform for learning in this unit. Preparing students for individual case management clinical placement is a key focus of this unit.

Broader issues regarding healthcare systems and healthcare provision, management, ethics in healthcare and quality improvement are covered in this unit. Students' professional competencies are further developed and this unit supports fulfilment of prescribed competencies as outlined by the Dieticians Association of Australia.

The key themes explored in this unit are Theme 1: Personal Development and Professional Practice and Theme 3: Fundamentals of Health and Disease, coupled with partial integration of content and application from Theme 4: Food from Science to Systems.


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

  1. Examine the role of diet in the aetiology, prevention, and management of a range of clinical conditions and diseases in preparation for clinical case management
  2. Apply and integrate knowledge of science and disease into nutrition assessment and management of clinical cases including consideration of broader issues regarding healthcare systems and provision, management, ethics and quality improvement
  3. Progress core skills in the clinical dietetic process towards case management including prioritisation and discharge planning
  4. Integrate personal, social, clinical, cultural, physiological, ethical, environmental and economic factors into clinical reasoning and decision making in case management
  5. Apply an evidence based approach to clinical case management
  6. Identify and critically review evidence in clinical dietetics communicating practice applications
  7. Incorporate theories of behaviour change and learning theory in counselling and education skills to support effective dietetic case management
  8. Communicate appropriately and broadly using a range of methods both written and oral
  9. Reflect on practice extending self-awareness, insight and cultural competency linking to professionalism.


Exam (1 hour MCQ/EMQ mid semester exam and 3 hours exam) (40%) (Hurdle)
Case based portfolio (including guided reflection & evidence based education resource) (Individual) (6,000 words) (50%)
Self-developed placement resource (10%)

Workload requirements

24 hours/week contact time for week 1-9 plus self study.

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 120 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.


BND3202 and must be enrolled in courses 3404 or 4530.