Nutrition and Dietetics Clinical Practice

Course code NUDI4240Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Develops students' dietetic practice competencies to entry level standard in accordance with the professional requirements of the Dietitians' Association of Australia. This consists of 10 weeks of clinical placements within a dietetic department. There is no face-to-face teaching on campus but tutorials may be held as necessary.

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

The final date that a student may withdraw without academic penalty from this course is 1 week prior to commencement of the placement or 2 weeks into the semester whichever is the earlier date.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesBy the end of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge sufficient to ensure safe practice as per DAA National Competency Standards for Entry-Level Dietitians (NCSELD)
2. Competence in the collection, organisation and assessment of data relating to the health and nutritional status of individuals and groups as per DAA NCSELD
3. Competence in the management of nutrition care for individuals as per DAA NCSELD
4. An organised, professional and ethical approach to work as per DAA NCSELD
Content1. Application of nutrition and dietetic knowledge in clinical and food service practice.
2. Setting personal goals for learning experiences.
3. Reflecting on learning experiences.
4. Written communication and documentation in the form of nutrition care plans and case studies.
5. Individual and group education experience.
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionStudents who fail the clinical practice component of NUDI4150 may enrol in NUDI4240 without disadvantage.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNUDI3310, NUDI3220, NUDI3240, NUDI3300, NUDI3230, NUDI3250.
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal1. Formal examination, graded. Relates to objectives 1,2 & 3
Other: (please specify)2. Essential skills and pass in the written exam and assignment is an essential criteria to pass this course. Students must pass this course to complete the program.
Other: (please specify)3. Written ungraded competency based practical assessment by placement facilitator on the completion of each practical placement. Assessed as an ungraded pass, criteria stated in student placement manual. Relates to objectives 1,2,3 & 4.
Other: (please specify)4. Submission of written assignment. Assessed as graded. Relates to objectives 1,2 & 3
Contact HoursClinical: for 40 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Program ComponentPrior successful completion of NUDI3310, NUDI3250, NUDI3300, NUDI3240, NUDI3230, and NUDI3220. WorkCover approved First Aid Certificate.
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 fulfill 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.