BND4402 - Dietetic practice 2 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food


Dr Simone Gibson

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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.


  • Major case oral presentation & extension questions (15 mins) (15%)
  • Major case written report (3000 words) (45%) (Hurdle)
  • Critical incident related to patient management - guided reflection & action plan (1500 words) (15%)
  • Ward round interview (30 mins) (10%)
  • Ward round nutrition care plan report (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.

Please note: The teaching dates for this unit vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates ( for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units are different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty's non-standard teaching datesFaculty's non-standard teaching dates ( page to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (

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.