Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Students will learn the theory of nutrition education and communication with a key focus on its application to groups in the community. Students will apply both nutrition knowledge and health behaviour change to the process of nutrition education and communication to empower groups and/or the broader community to improve their own health through engagement, facilitation, education and collaboration.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate awareness of different modes of professional communication, and apply active listening, models of behaviour change to nutrition education and communication.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of communication on a range of platforms including written, verbal and social media/technology.

3. Demonstrate an ability to translate complex/scientific information into a simplified manner for communication to general population.

4. Describe the principles of adult education and communication for group processes.

5. Demonstrate skills required for successful facilitation and communication of nutrition information, including conflict management.

6. Apply the principles of marketing to promote healthy eating and influence dietary change.

7. Display effective active listening, interviewing and interpersonal skills.


  1. Defining nutrition education and different modes of communication (interpersonal, non-verbal, written and oral), adult education theory, models of health behaviour change and active listening.
  2. Communication of complex/scientific information in simplified ways.
  3. Adapting and tailoring communication appropriately for specific audiences to empower groups and communities to improve their health, inlucding marketing strategies.
  4. Communication skills for a range of platforms including written, verbal and social media/technology.
  5. Evaluating nutrition communication and education programs.
  6. Small group facilitation skills for effective communication.
  7. Stages in small group process and conflict resolution.

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 who are active in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Hons) (123369) program and have successfully completed NUDI3240 and NUDI3310.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Presentation: Oral presentation (mini Nutrition Education Session) *

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (Nutrition Education Program document) (Capstone) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

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

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Presentation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 8 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 11

2 x 4 hour oral presentations in weeks 11 and 12


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1

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.