Community Nutrition Practice

Course code NUDI2110Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Students are introduced to the role of a dietitian in a community setting, through a series of lectures and tutorials focussing on the theory and practice of health promotion and its application to dietetics. As part of this course, students will spend four consecutive weeks in a community health setting working in teams on a nutrition promotion project. The final date that a student may withdraw without academic penalty from this course is one week prior to commencement of the placement.

This course is Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics program.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesBy the end of this course students will be able to:
1. define community nutrition/public health nutrition and describe the role of a community dietitian-nutritionist/public health nutritionist.
2. describe and evaluate methods for examining determinants of nutrition problems in communities/sub-populations to inform development of nutrition programs.
3. collect, analyse and critically review data examining determinants of nutrition problems in communities/sub-populations to inform development of nutrition programs.
4. demonstrate skills in group work including:
- collaboration, teamwork, group negotiation and;
- working with other health professionals, stakeholders and partners in a community setting.
5. demonstrate skills in written and oral communication
6. demonstrate skills in project management.
7. critically reflect on their practical experience in the community/public health nutrition domain of practice.
ContentCourse content is focussed on students achieving knowledge and skills in the following areas:
1. the definition and role of a community dietitian-nutritionist/public health nutritionist.
2. introduction to the public health nutrition bicycle for planning, implementing and evaluating community/public health nutrition intervention, with focus on assessing the nutrition needs of the community/sub-populations
3. methods for assessing the needs of the community/sub-populations:
a. existing sources of data/literature reviews
b. qualitative and quantitative methodologies
4. teamwork, group negotiation and conflict resolving skills.
5. project planning and management and keeping to project timelines, including personal goal setting and reflection.
6. written and oral communication, including professional reports and presentations.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePUBH1080 Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Workshop
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassCOMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT : This exam must be successfully completed before students are allowed to progress to the professional practice component. (Objectives 1,2,3). Students are required to pass the examination in order to progress to the professional practice component and pass the course. Students with adverse circumstances will re-sit the exam at a later date dependent on their circumstance, and as organised by the course coordinator.. Students who fail the exam will not progress to placement in Week 9. They will be able to re-attempt the pre-placement exam during the supplementary exam period and if they pass proceed to placement at a later date as organised by the course coordinator.
Other: (please specify)COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT : Assessment of professional practice. The student will be assessed for competency in conducting needs assessment and professionalism in a community setting. (Objectives 1, 2, 3,4,5,6,7). Needs assessment report (group): Professional report completed prior (formative) and during the professional practice component (Objective 4, 5, 6)
Presentations - ClassPresentation on the placement project (group). (Objective 5).
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Seminar: for 7 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentStudents are required to pass the Assessment of Professional Practice in order to pass the course. This assesses their competency in conducting and reporting on a needs assessment in a community setting. Students with adverse circumstances will be able to complete the professional practice component (e.g. extra time to make up for days missed) at a later date as organised by the course coordinator. Students who fail the Assessment of Professional Practice will not be given an opportunity to re-attempt the placement. Pre-placement assessment tasks and formative evaluation by the supervisor during the placement provide students with the necessary feedback for remediation

Six of the specified sessions prior to the professional practice component (lectures and workshops) have compulsory attendance requirements, and students missing more than one of these will not progress to placement. Session attendance is monitored by the course coordinator via a signed class roll. Students who miss compulsory sessions due to adverse circumstances will be asked to complete a written task related to the content covered in the compulsory session.

Two of the specified sessions in Week 13 (seminar and workshop) have compulsory attendance requirements as attendance is required to complete the presentation. Students who miss compulsory sessions due to adverse circumstances will be able complete the presentation at a later date as organised by the course coordinator.
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics program who have completed at least 80 units of study. Prior successful completion of HLSC1000, CHEM1020, HUBS2505, HUBS2206, and NUDI2220.
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of HLSC1000, CHEM1020, HUBS2505, HUBS2206, and NUDI2220.
Compulsory Course ComponentPLACEMENT INFORMATION and REQUIREMENTS
This course includes a period of professional placement. The term professional placement includes all activities (clinical, fieldwork, industry placement, work experience) undertaken in a facility where patients or clients are seen and you are present as a student of the University of Newcastle. Placement is a compulsory course component of this course andplacement must be passed to pass this course.

To attend placement and pass this course students will need to demonstrate the following Placement Requirements prior to placement:

• a National Police Certificate
• a completed and signed NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement
• a completed and signed NSW Health Student Declaration
• all specified immunisations and evidence of immunity
• a completed NSW Health Form 2. - Tuberculosis (TB) assessment tool
• a completed NSW Health Form 3. - Student Undertaking/Declaration

International Students (additional requirements)

• Police Certificates from all previous countries of residence (translated into English and certified as a true copy)

All School of Health Sciences students have been made aware of these rules since enrolment into their Programs in year 1, and students have been provided with information and assistance to complete the necessary placement requirements. Any student excluded from placement because they are unable to demonstrate the above compulsory course components will not be able to pass this course and will be given a failed grade (FF) for the course. Any student not able to fulfil the requirements above, or who are unwilling to meet these requirements, is required to make an appointment with the course coordinator to discuss their progress in this course and their degree. No opportunities to vary placement will be provided to students unable to demonstrate the necessary placement requirements.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NUDI2110