2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)



UOW Course Code:




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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Delivery Mode:


Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757647


The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) 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, south-eastern regions of 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:

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 Use effective and appropriate communication skills in providing information, advice and professional opinion to individuals, groups and communities.
4 Collect, organise and assess data relating to the health and nutritional status of individuals, groups and populations.
5 Apply critical thinking, collaborative practice and judgement in: a. Management of client-centred nutrition care for individuals; b. Planning implementation and evaluation of nutrition programs with groups, communities or populations as part of a team; and c. Management of components of a food service system to provide safe and nutritious food to groups and individuals.
6 Demonstrate initiative and judgement using a professional, ethical and entrepreneurial approach advocating for excellence in nutrition and dietetics.
7 Demonstrate an understanding of management principles in the provision of nutrition services and products.
8 Independently plan and execute a research project in regard to nutrition and dietetics practice.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), 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 credit 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 Science degree.

High achieving students may be offered entry into the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) (Dean's Scholar) by invitation from the Course Coordinator.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI160Scientific Literacy6Autumn
MEDI150Fundamental Concepts in Food and Nutrition6Autumn
MEDI100Human Structure and Function6Autumn
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.
CHEM101Chemistry IA: Introductory Physical and General Chemistry6Autumn
CHEM104Foundation Chemistry: Properties of Matter6Autumn
BIOL103Molecules, Cells and Organisms6Spring
MEDI112Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II6Spring
MEDI151Healthy Ageing6Spring
Plus ONE subject from the following list:
CHEM102Chemistry 1B: Structure and Reactivity of Molecules for Life6Spring
CHEM105Foundation Chemistry: Reactions and Structures6Spring
Year 2
BIOL213Principles of Biochemistry6Autumn
CHEM215Food Chemistry6Autumn
MEDI211Control Mechanisms Physiology6Autumn
MEDI231Measurement of diet and health promotion6Autumn
STAT251Fundamentals of Biostatistics6Spring
BIOL214The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism6Spring
MEDI251Nutritional Epidemiology6Spring
MEDI212Introduction to Pathophysiology6Spring
Year 3
MEDI362Research in Human Nutrition6Autumn
DIET467Dietetics Care 112Autumn
MEDI363Community and Public Health Nutrition6Autumn
DIET468Dietetics Care 212Spring
MEDI355Nutrition and Food Innovation6Spring
DIET466Food Service Dietetics6Spring
Year 4
MEDI369Nutrition in Practice6Annual, Autumn
DIET461Dietetics Research Project18DIET Annual
DIET454Practical Studies in Nutrition and Dietetics24DIET Annual, DIET Autumn

Compulsory Work Placement / Online Component

This course contains a total of 800 hours over 20 weeks of compulsory work-based placements. 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) students must provide a completed National Criminal Record Check and a Prohibited Employment Declaration Form. For further information, refer to the Additional Information section.

In conjunction with the placement component undertaken in the final year, students also undertake a research project which demonstrates learning outcomes related to research and evidence based practice.


The class of Honours awarded is based on a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) formula in accordance with Method 3 as defined in the Coursework Rules

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) 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: 15 March, 2021