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CL89 - Graduate Diploma of Nutrition


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 Graduate Diploma of Nutrition aims to develop your professional skills related to the study of human nutrition. You will be able to extend upon your existing knowledge of nutrition to undertake units in food science, nutritional assessment, medical nutrition therapy, public health nutrition and food service. You will also develop a high level of technical and evaluative skills so you can assess and implement recommendations for public health nutrition. The course also aims to develop high level communication skills so that you can interact positively with other health professionals or members of the community.

Please note that this is an exit-only award within the Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Career Information

The Graduate Diploma of Nutrition may provide graduates with a pathway into other postgraduate nutrition or medical courses. It may also further strengthen and enhance the knowledge of those that are already employed within the nutrition sector.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
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) GradDipNutn
AQF Level Level 8: Graduate Diploma

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
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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

This is an exit-only award, hence this is not applicable.

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

This is an exit-only award, hence this is not applicable.

Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Several units in the Graduate Diploma of Nutrition 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

Not applicable

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 inter-personal skills
  • 2. Demonstrate skills in research design, application and interpretation to implement best practice in nutrition
  • 3. Collect, interpret and assess 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.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas
4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 7 Total credit points: 48

This is an exit-only award within the N4405 Master of Nutrition and Dietetics course.

The Graduate Diploma of Nutrition and Dietetics is a 48 credit point (7 unit) masters course of 1-years duration. This is an exit-only award for the N4405 Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
NUTR28003 Nutrition Assessment in Practice
NUTR28001 Food and Nutrition Services in Dietetics
NUTR28002 Communication in Distance Health Care and 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
More Details
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