Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Janeane Dart


This unit uses chronic disease as the foundation and basis for dietetic students to develop and extend their core dietetic practice skills and build on what they have learnt in BND3XXX

Students are able to apply their skills within the academic setting in a case based learning approach and via experience in the healthcare setting which includes a 9 day individual case management placement. Students will also extend their foundation skills in evaluating evidence and applied research methods applying to nutrition and dietetic practice.

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


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

  1. Extend knowledge of the role of diet and relevant non dietary factors in the aetiology, prevention, and management of disease incorporating into practice
  2. Synthesise and communicate to peers key findings from the scientific literature and their relevance and application to nutrition and dietetic practice
  3. Conduct nutrition assessments and formulate dietetic practice recommendations and management strategies using an evidence based approach
  4. Practice individual case management in a simulated and healthcare setting
  5. Practice safely and professionally as part of a healthcare team working towards Entry Level Dietetic Competency (as defined by the DAA)
  6. Communicate appropriately and broadly using a range of methods extending into the healthcare environment.
  7. Extend teamwork skills in the academic and practice settings.
  8. Reflect on practice and evaluate self and peers


Students are required to complete an Individual Case Management placement experience to successfully fulfil the requirements for this unit. The placement is for a total of 9 days (3 days/week for 3 weeks in Weeks 10-12) at the same placement partner network the student has been orientated to in BND3001 in Weeks 1-6 of semester.


Assignments (35%)
Exam (3 hours) (35%)
Evidence Based Cases (1 formative, 2 summative) (30%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

This unit will run over Weeks 7-12 of semester with an average of 48 hours per week allocated including contact and private study hours. The majority of time allocated will be contact hours/placement hours with remaining time for private study.

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


A student must have passed a minimum of 96 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 Convenors.
A student must successfully complete BND3001 in order to commence with BND3101.


BND students only