Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Simone Gibson


Synopsis, Case study and simulated learning will be used in this unit to support the teaching and learning of dietetic assessment and nutrition management principles, core communication and counselling skills and strategies for working with individuals. Dietetic assessment tools covered include: food composition and analysis, biochemical result interpretation, anthropometry, interpreting clinical and dietary data, the Dietitian's role in health care teams, professional practice guidelines, counselling theory and skill development.


At the completion of the unit students will have an applied understanding of:

  1. the use of a wide range of dietetic assessment tools with consideration of the limitations of application in working with individuals
  2. anthropometry and its use in nutritional assessment in the clinical setting
  3. the interpretation of biochemical, clinical, dietary, personal and social data relevant to nutritional care;
  4. methods for assessing food intake data and the analysis of food intake data in relation to nutritional standards in a variety of clinical contexts and settings;
  5. medical terminology and the processes for documentation in medical records;
  6. the skills and atrtributes required for effective communication in the clinical setting
  7. nutrition counselling theory and strategies to support dietary change
  8. food diversity and food composition as it relates to nutrition counselling
  9. effective nutrition care plan documentation


Examination: 40%
Assignments 20%
Practical exam (OSCE) 40% which is a hurdle to progress with BND3052

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Janeane Dart

Contact hours

6 hours (lectures, tutorial, clinical observation and placement)


Completion of Year 3 Semester 1 of Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics


BND3052 and must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics