CL88 - Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics aims to develop your professional skills related to the practice of dietetics to influence the management of medical conditions and enhance general wellbeing through nutritional intervention and dietary changes. Throughout this course, you will develop a high level of technical and evaluative skill so you can assess and implement recommendations for best practice in dietetics. You will develop advanced skills and knowledge in food science, nutritional assessment, medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food service, which can be applied in the nutrition and dietetics workplace through industry or clinical placement. The course also aims to develop high level communication skills so that you can interact positively with patients, other health professionals or members of the community.

Please note that CQUniversity is applying for Program Qualification from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and delivery of this course will be subject to accreditation outcomes from the DAA. As per the accreditation requirements of DAA this will be delivered with substantial face-to-face delivery.

Career Information

A dietitian is a health professional who contributes towards the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of illness by optimising the nutrition of populations, communities and individuals. Dietitians have a defined and recognisable body of knowledge and utilise scientific principles and methods in the study of nutrition and dietetics, applying these results to influence the wider environment affecting food intake and eating behaviour. The scope of dietetic practice is such that dietitians may work in a variety of settings and have a variety of work functions.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MNutn&Dtcs
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must have completed an Australian Bachelor degree, or equivalent qualification, from a recognised tertiary institution that demonstrates sufficient knowledge of:

  • Chemistry/Biochemistry - study equivalent to a total of half a year of successful full time higher education study. This equates to four units of study.
  • Human Biology/Physiology - study equivalent to a total of half a year of successful full time higher education study. This equates to four units of study.


English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or

  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 overall with a minimum 7.0 for Reading and Writing and 7.0 for Speaking and Listening, or

  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.


Security Requirements

The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics includes 100 working days of placement in the industry. Students must satisfy specific pre-clinical safety and security requirements prior to each placement, including a clear criminal record check, and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public, at significant risk whilst on placement. Students are required to meet all mandatory requirements to attend work placements, including Working with Children checks. Students who have a criminal history check disclosure prior to commencing the course or recorded in the duration of the course are required to have their fitness for placement assessed on a case by case basis by the University or in conjunction with the placement provider or State Health Department (as appropriate). Where a student has a criminal history check prior to enrolment in the course, the student may be required to apply for clearance through the applicable State Health Department to determine fitness for placement prior to enrolment in the course. A student may be declared ineligible for placement based on the nature of the criminal history disclosure, the inability to perform required tasks, or if the student may be determined a risk to clients, staff or other stakeholders.

Health Requirements

Students must satisfy specific pre-placement health and safety checks prior to each placement and must disclose any condition that may put themselves or the public at significant risk whilst on placement. During placement, students will be working with patients at hospitals, clinics, or within the community. Students are required to ensure that all immunisations as per requirements of the placement provider are completed before they proceed on work placement.

Assumed Knowledge

Nutrition, Bioscience or Health Science

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CL89 - Graduate Diploma of Nutrition
Professional Accreditation

CQUniversity is applying for Program Qualification from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and delivery of this course will be subject to accreditation outcomes from DAA.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Several units in the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics have compulsory attendance at Residential Schools. Some units will also be delivered only in an on-campus mode with mandatory weekly practical sessions, lectures and tutorials.
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Practicum/Work Placement

NUTR29005 - This unit embodies the work-integrated learning experience requirements of the accrediting body, DAA. These requirements are that students must be engaged in placement for 100 working days in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service or Public Health Nutrition. This unit addresses the placement requirements for Public Health Nutrition.
NUTR29004 - This unit embodies the work-integrated learning experience requirements of the accrediting body, DAA. These requirements are that students must be engaged in placement for 100 working days in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service or Public Health Nutrition. This unit addresses the placement requirements for Medical Nutrition Therapy.
NUTR29008 - This unit embodies the work-integrated learning experience requirements of the accrediting body, DAA. These requirements are that students must be engaged in placement for 100 working days in Medical Nutrition Therapy, Food Service or Public Health Nutrition. This unit addresses the placement requirements for Food Service.

Predicted Enrolments

Year Number of Students
First Year 25
Second year 30
Third Year 35
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Communicate effectively with clients and other stakeholders using appropriate professional and interpersonal skills
  • 2. Demonstrate skills in research design, application and interpretation to implement best practice in nutrition and dietetics
  • 3. Demonstrate skills in the collection and assessment of data relating to the health and nutritional status of individuals, groups or communities
  • 4. Demonstrate leadership, ethical and cultural competence skills to collaborate with clients and stakeholders to positively influence the nutritional outcomes for individuals and communities
  • 5. Employ evidence-based practice within the context of the nutrition and dietetics profession
  • 6. Practice competently in the delivery of food service systems, medical nutrition therapy or public health nutrition, as required by the Dietitians Association of Australia
  • 7. Demonstrate all competencies through a broad range of activities in accordance with the requirements of the Dietitian Association of Australia.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 14 Total credit points: 96

CQUniversity is applying for Program Qualification from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and delivery of this course will be subject to accreditation outcomes from DAA.


Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR28001 Food and Nutrition Services in Dietetics
NUTR28002 Communication in Distance Health Care and Practice
NUTR28003 Nutrition Assessment in Practice
MEDS21003 Medical Science Research Project 1
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR29001 Dietetic Practice and Nutrition Care Process
NUTR29002 Medical Nutrition Therapy
NUTR29003 Advanced Public Health Nutrition
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR29004 Clinical Placement
NUTR29005 Public Health Nutrition Placement
NUTR29006 Evidence in Nutrition Research and Practice
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR29007 Facilitating Behavioural Change
NUTR29008 Food Service Placement
NUTR29009 Sports Nutrition
NUTR29010 Dietetics Business and Practice Management
More Details
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