BND3101 - Evidence based management - 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)

Evelyn Volders


Dr Simone Gibson

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


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 Coordinator.


BND3102 and must be enrolled in courses 3404 or 4530.


This unit uses chronic disease as the foundation and basis for dietetic students to develop and extend their core dietetic practice skills.

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 3 week 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 successful 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 the National Competency Standards for Dieticians in Australia (as defined by 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 3 weeks in Weeks 11-13.


  • Assignments (35%)
  • Exam (3 hours) (35%)
  • Evidence based cases (1 formative, 2 summative) (30%)

Workload requirements

This unit will run over Weeks 1-4 and 11-13 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.

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