NUTR13001 - Public Health Nutrition

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will develop student understanding of public health nutrition, which encompasses the biological, social and environmental dimensions of health in promoting and maintaining the nutritional health of populations. Nutritional issues facing population groups in Australia and the role of public health practitioners in promoting health and preventing disease will be considered. Frameworks, policies and legislation relating to nutrition and health promotion practice will be explored along with practical aspects of public health nutrition practice.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
Prerequisite: NUTR12002 or NUTR12001

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 70%
2. Group Work 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 90.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 62.50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Unit Evaluations
Unit content was delivered in a manner that created connections with real-world applications.
The manner of delivering learning content and providing explicit examples of how learning is relevant and can be applied in practice, will be maintained.
Action Taken
Learning material during live recorded tutorials was related back to real-world circumstances.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflection
In comparison to 2021, the changes made to the Practical and Written assessment task in 2022 (in response to the COVID 19 pandemic), did not adequately promote student engagement and understanding of public health nutrition issues facing Australians.
The Practical and Written Assessment task implemented in 2021 should be reconsidered for implementation in 2023 if social restrictions and lockdowns related to COVID19 are no longer of relevance.
Action Taken
Due to easing of social restrictions, The practical and written assessment task was reverted back to the 2021 version in 2023, with additional clarification of requirements for each sub section of the Assessment Tasks in the Assessment Guide on Moodle.
Source: SUTE Qualitative feedback
Assessment tasks were complex and challenging.
Consider reviewing the assessment tasks and including a roadmap with checkpoints of progress goals for each assessment task to enable the students to self-monitor whether they are tracking appropriately during the term.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator and Discipline Lead self-reflection
Consider changing the delivery of the weekly content to promote engagement in students.
The unit's weekly content delivery will be reviewed and changes to structure may be applied if needed.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine ecological issues of food supply and food policy.
  2. Interpret government policy on nutrition guidelines, food standards and food regulation legislation.
  3. Describe food consumption trends and nutrition related problems of at-risk Australian groups and communities.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of public health nutrition concepts and how they relate to the health of our populations and communities.
  5. Undertake research which illustrates systematic analysis of a current issue in public health nutrition.
  6. Demonstrate skills in data collection, analysis and reporting of public health nutrition data.
  7. Demonstrate skills in group education for public health nutrition promotion.

Per NPC1118

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10