NUT3007 - Work placement - 2018

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

Chief examiner(s)

Assoc Prof Maxine Bonham


Dr Tracy McCaffrey

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is based on submission of an expression of interest addressing key criteria required for work placement.

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (Flexible)


NUT2001, NUT2002, NUT2102 and NUT2103.


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nutrition Science.


Expression of Interest requirements are available on the Department Moodle Page.

Allocation to placements where possible will be based on student preferences. Companies have the right to interview students or delegate responsibility to the Department.

The Department reserves the right to make the final decision.


This unit allows students to undertake a work placement within their degree discipline for 12 weeks. The work placement will provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in real-life settings. Students will undertake approved projects for an employer, which will contribute to the organisation and facilitate the development of work place skills and application of knowledge to a practical situation. Students will develop understanding and skills relevant to job planning, time management and the requirements of working with others in a position of responsibility. To receive academic credit, students must complete the work tasks assigned to them as part of their placement. They must also complete a series of academic assessment tasks under the joint supervision of a representative of the sponsor and an academic from the Faculty.


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

  1. Accept responsibility for and manage, implement and evaluate their personal and professional development and show a commitment to life-long learning.
  2. Demonstrates insight and makes plans for continuous professional development in collaboration with peers and mentors to advance learning in Nutrition Science.
  3. Use negotiation, teamwork and conflict resolution skills to promote best practice.
  4. Critically evaluate relevant scientific evidence, communicate and apply findings to practice.
  5. Create solutions which match and solve problems identified in professional setting.
  6. Adopt effective project management, team work and communication skills and work effectively within the placement organisation.
  7. Adopt a questioning and critical approach in all aspects of project work.
  8. Organise, establish and document data, process and communication on a nutrition science issue into written reports and oral presentations to acceptable professional standards.


Placement component: 3 days a week for 11 weeks to be split between a number of work placement sites. Travel requirements: Domestic travel to some work placement sites may be required (dependent on placement site).


  • Project proposal (1,500 words) (30%)
  • Project report (1,500 words) (50%)
  • Project presentation (10 minutes) with reflective account (1,000 words) (20%)
  • Supervisor report (Ungraded) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

3 days (22.8 hours) per week (weeks 2-12) on work placement.

Notional hours of effort of the work placements is equivalent to at least 6 credit points.

8 hours classroom teaching (4 x 2hr sessions) total. Full day project presentations end of semester.

See also Unit timetable information

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