The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The transition from the university learning context into the professional workplace environment and the integration of theoretical concepts and knowledge to real world skills and experience is an important component of any students' professional career commencement.

This course allows students to implement the theory and learning obtained during their degree program in real life work settings by providing the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills during placements in an industry setting and environment for practicing Nutritionists and Food Technologists.

It provides an overview of how to prepare for career commencement and allows students to understand the expectations of them in an industry context by offering work-integrated learning.

This course covers both theory and practice. The first part of the course is a series of lectures and workshops covering written and oral communication skills, developing a curriculum vitae, job applications skills, career planning, professional conduct, teamwork and business skills, organisation and management methods, and confidentiality and privacy issues. The second part of the course involves 80 hours of industry work experience with a placement in a professional setting.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. How to set personal goals for learning and to reflect on the learning experience

2. How to set personal career goals and effectively begin planning a professional career

3. How to write a curriculum vitae and job application letter and prepare for interviews

4. How to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, within an industry setting

5. How to demonstrate professional behaviour in actions, attitudes and demeanour

6. Demonstrate that they have work experience in industry and have gained useful professional skills

7. Work management, both autonomously and as part of a team

8. The types of roles within the Community and Private Nutritionist Practice and Food Industry and understand the relevant industry bodies

9. The relevant legislation for the Food & Nutrition industry.


The topics addressed include

  • Professional code of conduct and obligations - cultural, gender, privacy, confidentiality, socio-economic, medico-legal and child protection issues
  • Work health and safety and risk assessments of venue/environment, equipment and workplace procedures
  • Communication skills and conventions, including written, oraland non-verbal communication and team work
  • Professional development and careers in the Food Science and Human Nutrition industry
  • Job application strategies


Students must have completed 40 units of 3000 level FSHN courses to enrol in this course.

Students must have a Credit grade point average to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

To facilitate success in this course, students are expected to have successfully completed 100 units of core courses of the BFSHN Program.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Exercises and Questions *

Written Assignment: Written Assessments

Presentation: Oral Presentation

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Practicum: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend and pass the one-week intensive lecture series prior to commencing placement

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must participate in and submit reports for a minimum of 80% of scheduled tutorial sessions and obtain a passing grade of at least 50%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Three hours per day for four days


Face to Face Off Campus 80 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The industry placement (practicum) is 80 hours and is organized between the student, the Placement Officer and the placement providerlly in a way that is mutually acceptable to the student and the placement provider.


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Two hours per day for four days plus four hours for one day over the one week period