Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject addresses the knowledge and skills that form the foundation for competent practice in dietetics. In this subject students are introduced to the nutrition care process (also called the dietetic care process) and will begin to develop skills in nutrition assessment and nutrition diagnosis. The theory and practice of the key components of nutrition assessment will be covered, including anthropometry and body composition, dietary assessment and clinical assessment. A range of tools and systems for nutrition assessment will be explored. Through case-based learning, students will apply and integrate their knowledge and skills to begin formulating nutrition diagnoses and setting goals aimed at addressing nutrition problems in health and disease. This subject provides key learning and skill development for individual dietetic case management (clinical dietetic practice) and progression to DTN4DPA (Dietetic Practice Theory and Case Management A) the following semester.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrea Bramley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites If the student is enrolled in HMDP - Master of Dietetic Practice then no rule applies. If the student is enrolled in HZHSDP - Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Dietetic Practice then must pass 240 credit points.

Co-requisites DTN4LPN

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsGriffith University handbook of nutrition and dieteticsPrescribedStewart, R ed 20114TH EDITION GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, AUSTRALIA, SOUTHPORT, QLD
ReadingsNutrition Counselling and Education Skill DevelopmentPrescribedBauer, K.D., Liou, D and Sokolik, C.A., 20122ND EDN, CENGAGE LEARNING, BELMONT, CALIFORNIA, USA: WADSWORTH
ReadingsPrinciples of Nutritional AssessmentPrescribedGibson, R.S., 20052ND EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, USA, NEW YORK
ReadingsManual of Dietetic PracticeRecommendedThomas, B and Bishop J Eds 20074TH EDN, WILEY-BLACKWELL, UK, OXFORD
ReadingsNutrition through the life cycleRecommendedBrown, J.E., Isaacs, J., Krinke, B., Lechtenberg, E., Murtaugh, M., Sharbaugh, C., Splett, P., Stang, J., Wooldridge, N., 20114TH EDN, CENGAGE LEARNING, USA, BELMONT, CALIFORNIA, WADSWORTH

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrea Bramley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
One 2,000-word nutrition assessment portfolio.40
one 30-minute practical skills testHurdle Requirement: Must Pass this assessment item in order to pass the subject overall35
one 60-minute written examinationHurdle Requirement: Must Pass this assessment item in order to pass the subject overall25