Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


The learning for this course includes communication skills, dietary intake assessment skills, critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. The course will also introduce Healthy Conversation Skills, which is a model of health communication that facilitates opportunistic communication with clients in the clinical context. An introduction to the types of strategies that dietitians can use to encourage behaviour change as part of the counseling process will be covered.

Students will attend practical placement in a clinical setting and attend skill based workshops to reach professional competency in dietary intake assessment and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Nutrition Care Process including writing PES statements, goals, objectives and strategies for change. It is important to note, there will be compulsory clinical and workshop attendances throughout the semester.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with the client

2. Demonstrate Healthy Conversation Skills

3. Demonstrate an ability to collect relevant information from a client using appropriate questioning skills

4. Organise, interpret and assess data relating to the health and nutritional status of the individual

5. Demonstrate critical thinking and clinical reasoning through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process

6. Demonstrate reflective practice and professionalism


1. Communicating with clients and the professional interview

2. Nutrition care process (ADIME)

3. Healthy Conversation Skills

4. Dietary intake collection and analysis as part of the assessment process

5. Facilitating lifestyle changes

6. Stages of change, barriers to change, motivational interviewing


Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics(Hons). Co-requisite - concurrently enrolled in NUDI3220

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Viva Voce: Prac Viva *

Professional Task: Clinic (P/F) *

Written Assignment: Clinical Reasoning

* 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:

  • Workshop: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Viva Voce: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face Off Campus 16 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks

Students to attend fortnightly weeks 2 to 12. All students attend workshop in weeks 1 and 13.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.