2018 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) | 2018

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Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar)



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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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On-campus (Face-to-face)

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The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) provides rigorous training in nutrition science and an introduction to professional practice. Core areas of study include biochemistry, physiology and areas of practice including clinical dietetics, community and public health nutrition and food service systems management. The degree includes a 4th year Honours thesis, including research in practice.

Clinical experience will be undertaken in general and specialist hospitals in the Illawarra, Sydney and rural areas, as well as in a variety of community and industrial settings.

Graduates are eligible for membership of the Dietitians' Association of  Australia and professional recognition as a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with nutrition and dietetics.
2 Integrate knowledge of research principles and methods associated with nutrition and dietetics practice.
3 Collect, organise and assess data relating to the health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations.
4 Apply critical thinking, collaborative practice and judgement in all areas of practice including the management of client-centred nutrition care for individuals; planning, implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs with groups, communities or populations as part of a team; and in effective management of components of a food service system to provide safe and nutritious food to groups and individuals.
5 Demonstrate initiative and judgement using a professional, ethical and entrepreneurial approach advocating for excellence in nutrition and dietetics.
6 Demonstrate an understanding of management principles in the provision of nutrition services and products.
7 Independently plan and execute a research project in regard to nutrition and dietetics practice.
8 Demonstrate high level professional practice, collaboration and communication, critical thinking and reflection to a level above the expected entry level of practice for a dietitian.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar), a candidate must successfully complete at least 192 credit points in accordance with the course structure and recommended subject progression table below.

Students must achieve a minimum of a distinction average across the first two years of their program to be permitted to continue into the third year of the degree and are required to maintain this overall level of achievement to progress into the fourth year. Students who fail to achieve this grade will be transferred to the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Honours degree.

In conjunction with the placement component undertaken in the final year, students also undertake a Honours thesis which demonstrates learning outcomes related to research.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI110 Human Growth Nutrition and Exercise 6 Autumn
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
Please select one of the following two subjects:
Note: Students who have achieved a mark of 65% or more in NSW HSC Chemistry or equivalent must select CHEM101 and CHEM102. All other students must select CHEM104 and CHEM105.
CHEM101 Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM104 Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter 6 Autumn
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
PSYC101 Introduction to Behavioural Science 6 Autumn, Summer 2018/2019
SOC 103 Introduction to Sociology 6 Autumn
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6 Autumn
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6 Spring
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MEDI150 Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition 6 Spring
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life 6 Spring
CHEM105 Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures 6 Spring
Year 2
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6 Autumn
CHEM215 Food Chemistry 6 Autumn
MEDI211 Control Mechanisms Physiology 6 Autumn
MEDI231 Measurement of diet and health promotion 6 Autumn
STAT251 Fundamentals of Biostatistics 6 Spring
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6 Spring
MEDI251 Nutritional Epidemiology 6 Spring
MEDI213 Nutritional Physiology 6 Spring
Year 3
MEDI362 Research in Human Nutrition 6 Autumn
DIET467 Dietetics Care 1 12 Autumn
MEDI363 Community and Public Health Nutrition 6 Autumn
MEDI369 Nutrition in Practice 6 Annual, Autumn
DIET468 Dietetics Care 2 12 Spring
DIET466 Food Service Dietetics 6 Spring
Year 4
DIET460 Dietetics Research Practice 48 DIET Annual

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Components

This course contains a total of 800 hours of compulsory work-based placements, complete over 20 weeks. This course may also contain compulsory components to be completed online.

All students will need to comply with the relevant occupational screening policy and vaccination requirements before placement. NSW Health can provide details of necessary vaccinations. In order to enrol in professional practice subjects, all UOW Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) students must provide a completed National Criminal Record Check and a Prohibited Employment Declaration Form. For further information, refer to the Additional Information section.

Professional Recognition / Accreditation

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) program has full accreditation with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), making all graduates eligible for the credential of Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Accredited Nutritionist (AN). Graduates can also apply for membership to the Nutrition Society of Australia (see NSA website).

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 26 February, 2018