NUT5004 - Food for dietetic practice - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food


Dr Judi Porter

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is focussed on extending students' food composition, food therapeutic and food systems knowledge to support dietetic practice with integration and application in the practical and placement setting. There is extension of students' research and problem solving skills in managing placement based food service challenges. Students' personal and professional competencies are further developed. This unit supports fulfilment of prescribed competencies as outlined by the Dietitians Association of Australia. The teaching and learning strategies will encompass lectures, group teaching, tutorials, practical sessions, self-directed learning and a placement based project. Placement may take place outside of regular semester times. Students must have valid police check, WWC check and immunisation certificates in order to participate in clinical placements

The key themes explored in this unit are Theme 4: Food from Science to Systems and Theme 3: Fundamentals of Health and Disease, coupled with partial integration of content and application from Theme 1: Personal Development and Professional Practice and Theme 2: Determinants and Influences on Population Health and Nutrition.


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

  1. Integrate food composition and practical food knowledge to a range of therapeutic applications to support dietetic practice.
  2. Compare, contrast and evaluate food service systems across healthcare settings including key regulatory and accreditation systems relevant to food service management.
  3. Demonstrate technical skills in analysis and evaluation of a food service system.
  4. Formulate and communicate strategies to provide safe and nutritious food in food service settings.
  5. Implement, evaluate and disseminate results of activities that support delivery of quality nutrition and food standards within a food service.
  6. Apply research practice skills and innovative problem solving to food service management challenges.
  7. Apply the principles of management in food service including organisational management, human resource management and production management.
  8. Utilise reflection, professional and personal communication and teamwork skills.


Students will be allocated placement sites to conduct a food service project for 20 days. This placement will be arranged by the University however students will be responsible for travel and accommodation costs if required.


  • Written Placement Project report (4,000 words) & Presentation pair (10 minutes) (40%)
  • Practical manual & guided reflection (3500 words) (30%)
  • Individual oral presentation of training module for food service/health care staff (20 minutes) (10%)
  • Menu Analysis Executive Report (2000 words) (20%)

Hurdle: Professional Behaviour Appraisal Form (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

There is an average of 12 hours per week allocated including contact and private study hours during the theory component. The placement is 20 days at 8 hours per day, thus averaged over a semester contributes an additional 12 hours per week. There is no exam for this unit. The placement in a food service setting may need to be outside of regular university semester times.

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 (

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Chief examiner(s)

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

Nutrition science



NUT5003. Must be enrolled in course M6002.