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: BMED19006 or NUTR12002

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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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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 37.5% 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 evaluations
Limiting final reporting to 2000 words made the task difficult.
Word length for final written report will be reviewed with the likelihood of being extended to ensure students are able to comfortably respond to the task requirements.
Action Taken
The word length for the written report was maintained at 2000 words. Additional explanation of approximate word count for each section of the report was provided and examples of previous reports were also provided to students.
Source: Student evaluations
Multiple Zoom tutorial sessions and journal club meetings were interesting and supportive of our understanding of topics.
Multiple opportunities for engaging with students and journal club meetings will be maintained in the unit.
Action Taken
Students again expressed gratitude for opportunity to participate in the online journal club meetings to support their learning about evidence based research, research methods and academic writing. Online journal club meetings to be continued.
Source: Unit coordinator
This unit is offered by distance mode only and managing delivery of asynchronous journal club meetings and oral presentations with all students is sometimes difficult.
Online delivery of the asynchronous journal club meetings and oral presentations can be difficult.
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
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Group Work