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  • Objectives
    The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is a pathway to the profession of dietetics. The course spans community and clinical practice components, with some components occurring outside normal university semesters. Within the learning activities of the course, a focus is placed upon the community practice of dietetics and its role in community health. The course enables students to specialise in an area of interest: Addiction Studies, Business Management, Counselling, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Exercise Science, Mental Health or Palliative Care.
  • Entry requirements
    A Bachelor degree in science or health. The entry undergraduate degree must include a full year of study of both biochemistry and human physiology at second or third year level. Suitable undergraduate units in these subjects are available as bridging units, but they must be completed before admission to this course. Special admission requirements Before undertaking any clinical placement, a student is required to have a Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record clearance, Working with Children clearance and a current first aid certificate.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Course description
    This course is not available for on-campus study by students on an International student visa.
    This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

    The course consists of four semesters of study (240 credit points) with the first three semesters available full-time or part-time. During Semester 2, Year 1 and Semester 1, Year 2, provision is made for the student to select a pair of elective units which reflect specific academic interests and career plans. The final semester is devoted to community and clinical practica which require full-time placement at sites other than the University. Each semester has a workload of 60 credit points.

    Year One - Semester 1
    July-November
    Unit           Description                                                         Points

    NUT4441    Nutrients and Metabolism                                     15
    NUT4442    Food Science Service and Systems                       15
    NUT4443    Nutritional Assessment and Anthropometry         15
    NUT4444    Public Health Nutrition                                          15

    Year One - Semester 2
    February-June
    Unit           Description                                      Points

    NUT4445    Advanced Concepts in Nutrition         15
    NUT4446    Medical Nutrition Therapy 1               15
    NUT4448    Nutrition Research Skills                    15
    Elective 1 #

    # This is the first of a pair of prescribed elective units selected by the student according to their particular interests and career plans. The pairs of prescribed elective units are listed below.


    Year Two - Semester 1
    July-November
    Unit           Description                              Points

    NUT5104    Dietetics Professional Skills         15
    NUT5105    Medical Nutrition Therapy 2         15
    NUT5107    Nutrition Research Project           15
    Elective 2 ##

    ## This is the second of a pair of prescribed elective units selected by the student according to their academic interests and career plans. The pairs of prescribed elective units are listed below.


    Year Two - Semester 2
    January-July
    Unit           Description                                                 Points

    NUT5108    Community Placement and Evaluation            15
    NUT5109    Food Service Placement and Evaluation         15
    NUT5110    Clinical Placement and Evaluation                   30

    Prescribed Electives
    For the prescribed electives, each student selects a pair of units from the list below. The units in each pair are listed sequentially and, in most cases, the first-listed unit of each pair is a pre-requisite of the second-listed unit. N.B. Students need to be aware that the 20 credit point units listed below attract a slightly higher fee than the 15 credit point units.


    Unit           Description                                             Points
    ADS5103    Understanding Addictive Behaviour            20
    ADS5203    Addiction Studies: Behaviour Change         20
    BES5100    Foundations of Business Knowledge          15
    BES5200    Business Development Knowledge             15
    COU5104    Humanistic Models of Counselling              15
    COU5106    Skills Training                                             15
    DCP5101    Issues in Palliative and Cancer Care          20
    DCP5102    Allied Health in Palliative Care                    20
    MAN5010    Management                                             15
    MAN4225    Small Business Management IV                 15
    MMP5101    Evidence Based Practice                             20
    PRH5304    Complementary and Alternative Medicines                                         20
    MMP5102    Evidence-based Chronic Disease Management                                 20
    MMP5103    Ethical and Legal Issues for Health Professionals                             20
    RMH4101    Foundations of Rural and Remote Mental Health Practice                  20
    RMH4102    Assessment and Practice in Rural and Remote Mental Health            20
    SPS4101    Strength and Conditioning 1 - Physiology                                           20
    SPS4105    Advanced Resistance Training                                                             20

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