Dietetics

Why study Dietetics?

Dietitians apply the art and science of human nutrition to help people understand the relationship between food and health. They have a key role in the management of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, malnutrition, food allergy and intolerance. Dietitians also work toward the prevention of many diseases and conditions through nutrition education, health promotion and advocacy. You will gain practical experience in clinical and other dietetic environments and study chemistry, human biosciences, public health, research, food science, nutrition and dietetics.

We also offer a Bachelor of Human Nutrition.

Career opportunities

There is a growing demand for dietitians in Australia and overseas. Graduates are prepared for work in a range of fields including private practice, patient/client care in hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, community nutrition and public health, food service management, research, teaching and training, management, writing, media, marketing, public relations and the food industry (including product development, food regulation, safety, consumer nutrition education and nutrition marketing).

Dietitian versus nutritionist?

The difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist

In Australia, there is a distinction between the occupations of dietitian and nutritionist and only those who have completed a recognised course in dietetics can be employed as a dietitian.

Nutrition science involves the role of nutrients in growth, development, health and well-being in humans and animals. Nutritionists apply their knowledge of nutrition science and other sciences such as physiology and biochemistry to promote health and well-being.

A dietitian is also considered a nutritionist because they have studied human nutrition. In addition, dietitians complete specialised studies and supervised professional placements in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, evidence-based practice, food service management and community and public health nutrition. These studies qualify a dietitian to assess nutritional status, make nutritional diagnoses, and implement and monitor nutrition management plans.

For more information on practising as a dietitian, see the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Learning at La Trobe

Learning at La Trobe University involves your participation in subjects delivered in one of three typical modes: face-to-face, online and blended. Face-to-face may involve lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals. Online may involve learning activities that can be completed from any location and at varying times as long as you have access to the internet. Online assessment activities may involve creating and posting videos, blog posts or an online article. Blended learning will contain elements of face-to-face and online activities.

Courses

Local students

2016 - apply now

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent May be completed in less than three years with enrolment in more than two study periods per year
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR:
Online n/a
Year
2016
About this course
The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition aims to give you a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, and prepare you for a career in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. You'll study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and social and public health aspects of nutrition. When you complete the course, you may self-register with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist.
Career opportunities
Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist.
Prerequisite
To be eligible for entry into this course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Successful completion of two of the four open enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102.
- A Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*.
- A minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English).

* Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.
Fee amount
Fees are paid per unit. An up-to-date listing of unit fees for full-fee paying and Commonwealth Supported students can be accessed from Open Universities Australia.
Additional information
This subject is delivered via Open Universities Australia. All enrolment and application enquiries should be directed to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page at Open Universities Australia.

Open enrolment (i.e. no entry requirements) is available for four units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102. Successful completion of two of these four units meets the entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

Open Universities Australia offers four study periods each year. Subjects run for 12 weeks with study periods commencing in March, June, September and December.

Refer to the La Trobe University Handbook Entry for the course structure.
How to apply
Enrol in single subjects and apply for entry to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition at the Open Universities Australia Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Food and NutritionOnline

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice

Duration :
4.5 years full-time (4 years in an accelerated program)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne N/A
Year
2017
About this course
This combined degree prepares you to work as a dietitian through both theoretical knowledge and professional experience. You'll graduate with the skills you need to work in a diverse range of areas, from counselling patients to developing food products to optimising sports performance.

Your first year includes a range of health and human bioscience subjects as well as chemistry and food fundamentals, paired with an elective in your area of interest. In second year, you'll deepen your scientific knowledge through subjects in biochemistry, nutrition and disease, physiology, and how food functions in society.

In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings through more than 100 days of professional placement. This comprises 60 days in medical nutrition therapy (managing individual cases), 25 days of community or public health nutrition and 25 days of food service management.

You'll study with staff who are paving the way in dietetics and nutrition research. They include Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, a renowned researcher in the area of Mediterranean diet for metabolic health, and Dr Sue Shepherd, one of the world's leading experts in gastrointestinal nutrition and the founder of the Low FODMAP Diet, which has revolutionised the management of irritable bowel syndrome.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.
Career opportunities
After graduation, you may work in hospital patient care or in private practice. You could also specialise in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, or go into research, food regulation and safety, product development, nutrition promotion or public relations.
Professional recognition
Our graduates are eligible for registration with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process eg: details on work experience or reasons for applying. Non-Year 12 selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for a name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however an LTU branded badge must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remains the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Dietetic PracticeMelbourne

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent. This course may be completed in less than three years with enrolment in more than two study periods per year.
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus/ATAR:
Online n/a
Year
2017
About this course
The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition aims to give you a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, and prepare you for a career in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. You'll study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and social and public health aspects of nutrition. When you complete the course, you may self-register with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist.
Career opportunities
Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist.
Prerequisite
To be eligible for entry into this course, you must meet one of the following requirements:
- Successful completion of two of the four open enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102.
- A Tertiary Entrance Ranking of 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*.
- A minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English).

* Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.
Fee amount
Fees are paid per unit. An up-to-date listing of unit fees for full-fee paying and Commonwealth Supported students can be accessed from Open Universities Australia.
Additional information
This subject is delivered via Open Universities Australia. All enrolment and application enquiries should be directed to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page at Open Universities Australia.

Open enrolment (i.e. no entry requirements) is available for four units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102. Successful completion of two of these four units meets the entry requirements for admission to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

Open Universities Australia offers four study periods each year. Subjects run for 12 weeks with study periods commencing in March, June, September and December.

Refer to the La Trobe University Handbook Entry for the course structure.
How to apply
Enrol in single subjects and apply for entry to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition at the Open Universities Australia Bachelor of Food and Nutrition course page.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
0Online

Bachelor of Human Nutrition

Duration :
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Campus/ATAR:
Melbourne 66.75
Year
2017
About this course
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, preparing you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

Over three years, you'll study the value of food and the importance of assessing the right food choices through food chemistry and nutritional bioscience studies.

The first two years focus on human biosciences and foundations in nutritional science, such as food chemistry, nutrition and disease. In third year you focus on food science, nutrition through the lifecycle, and nutrition research methods. You can study a major in human physiology, genetics, microbiology or biochemistry, or choose subjects in public health and other disciplines.
Career opportunities
Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist. This course also provides prerequisites for entry into postgraduate courses, including those professionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements
Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.
Subject bonus
A study score of 25 in any Business equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.
Costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a lab coat ($30) and a dissecting kit ($40). These can be purchased anywhere and remain the students' personal property.

Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel may also apply.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
How to apply

Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Human NutritionMelbourne

Want to know more?

Feel free to ask us a question about any course for local students.

Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice (083317C/071313F)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
34 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This combined degree prepares you to work as a dietitian through both theoretical knowledge and professional experience. You'll graduate with the skills you need to work in a diverse range of areas, from counselling patients to developing food products to optimising sports performance.

Your first year includes a range of health and human bioscience subjects as well as chemistry and food fundamentals, paired with an elective in your area of interest. In second year, you'll deepen your scientific knowledge through subjects in biochemistry, nutrition and disease, physiology, and how food functions in society.

In your final two years you'll apply your knowledge in practical settings through more than 100 days of professional placement. This comprises 60 days in medical nutrition therapy (managing individual cases), 25 days of community or public health nutrition and 25 days of food service management.

You'll study with staff who are paving the way in dietetics and nutrition research. They include Associate Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, a renowned researcher in the area of Mediterranean diet for metabolic health, and Dr Sue Shepherd, one of the world's leading experts in gastrointestinal nutrition and the founder of the Low FODMAP Diet, which has revolutionised the management of irritable bowel syndrome.

The course structure lets you complete the required subjects for this four-and-a-half year degree in only four years.
English Language Requirements
Successful completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B certificate at postgraduate (EFS (75%) PG2a) level conducted by La Trobe Melbourne; for more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0;

TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English;

TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27;

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 85 per cent final result in a course;

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill score less than 68.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher.

or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
LTM Foundation Studies - 85 and at least two As including an A in English
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 93.4
International Baccalaureate - 35
GCE A Levels - 14
HKDSE - 2x Level 5
Sri Lankan A Levels - AAA
STPM - 11
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 5.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - VG/MVG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 80
Vietnam (Year 12) - 9
Indonesia (SMA) - 9
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 3.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Additional costs
Students should allow approximately AUD$200 for a name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however an LTU branded badge must be purchased from a university approved vendor; these items remains the student's personal property.

In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually) and a Working with Children Check (no cost). A First Aid 11 Certificate and/or CPR assessment may be required (AUD$160). The CPR component must be renewed annually. Please note this course is not conducted by La Trobe University. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 -AUD$500.

Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Additional information
Accelerated study program
Professional recognition
Our graduates are eligible for registration with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).
Career opportunities
After graduation, you may work in hospital patient care or in private practice. You could also specialise in managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, or go into research, food regulation and safety, product development, nutrition promotion or public relations.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Applied Science/Dietetic PracticeMelbourne

Bachelor of Human Nutrition (075872J)

Duration :
3 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
29 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This multidisciplinary course aims to give you a thorough understanding of human nutrition, preparing you for a range of careers in the promotion of health and fitness at individual and community levels.

Over three years, you'll study the value of food and the importance of assessing the right food choices through food chemistry and nutritional bioscience studies.

The first two years focus on human biosciences and foundations in nutritional science, such as food chemistry, nutrition and disease. In third year you focus on food science, nutrition through the lifecycle, and nutrition research methods. You can study a major in human physiology, genetics, microbiology or biochemistry, or choose subjects in public health and other disciplines.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): completion of English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 5B Certificate at postgraduate (EFS5 (70 per cent) PG1) level.

La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies: 70 per cent final result in a course.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

or approved international equivalent.

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe Melbourne's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe Melbourne's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.
Academic entry requirements
La Trobe Melbourne Foundation Studies - 75
Aust. Yr 12 (ATAR) 2015 (indicative only) - 65.85
International Baccalaureate - 25
GCE A Levels - 8
HKDSE - 3 x Level 4
Sri Lankan A Levels - ABB
STPM - 9.33
Norway Upper Secondary Certificate - 4.5
Sweden Slutbetyg - G/VG
All Indian Sen SC (Best 5 Subjects) - 70
Vietnam (Year 12) - 8
Indonesia (SMA) - 8.2
GAC Cert. IV - GPA 2.6
GAOKAO - see: the website

If you do not meet these entry requirements you might be interested in La Trobe's Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs, which provide an alternative pathway to La Trobe's undergraduate program. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

NB: The scores above are indicative only and may change based on the number of applications received and places available. Achieving the above listed scores does not guarantee an offer of a place.
Subject prerequisite
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics.
Additional costs
Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a lab coat ($30) and a dissecting kit ($40). These can be purchased anywhere and remain the students' personal property.

Additional costs of field trips - food, accommodation and travel may also apply.

Please note that all costs are approximate and are subject to change.
Professional recognition
Graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia for accreditation as an associate nutritionist. This course also provides prerequisites for entry into postgraduate courses, including those professionally accredited by the Dietitians Association of Australia.
Career opportunities
Graduates are likely to find work in food science, health science, and animal and human nutrition, or in the biological science field. Employers may include government bodies, community health centres, food companies, food manufacturing and processing, animal health companies and sports clubs.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

Please apply through VTAC if youre completing your VCE or International Baccalaureate (IB) in Victoria, or apply through UAC if youre completing your HSC or IB in New South Wales.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Human NutritionMelbourne

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Dietetics placements

You will undertake supervised professional placements in a variety of dietetic workplaces, including clinical environments such as hospitals; community and public health and food service. The third and particularly the fourth year of the course include a total 24-26 weeks full-time professional placement. During placement students will be exposed to men and women, at different stages through the lifespan from a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds in different states of health and disease including mental health and palliative care. You may see patients/clients/carers in distress, pain or experiencing grief. You must have a willingness to learn about and work with students, teachers and clients who may be different from themselves. Many of our clinical placement partners require that you receive preventative vaccinations prior placement to protect both themselves and their clients.

Teaching in the last 18 months takes place in a range of sites including University Clinical Schools. Placements are located throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria and in some cases you may have the opportunity to take a placement interstate. Travel and accommodation costs associated with placement are your responsibility. In the case of regional and rural placements you may apply for competitive scholarships.

Alternative pathways

If you have completed part or all of an undergraduate degree at another university, apply through VTAC for entry into the first year of the Bachelor of Applied Sciences/Master of Dietetic Practice. You can also apply for recognition of prior learning where appropriate if you have completed the first year of another course at La Trobe, you may be able to apply to transfer into the course.

We also offer a two-year graduate entry Master of Dietetic Practice.

For more information on practising as a dietitian, see the Dietitians Association of Australia.

Overseas study opportunities

Dietetic students have limited opportunities for exchange however the elective opportunities allow students to engage in some study opportunities abroad. You may be eligible for La Trobe's student exchange program.

A range of flexible elective options enables students in the Bachelor of Human Nutrition to participate in La Trobe's student exchange program student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Dietetics.

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