NUTR29007 - Facilitating Behavioural Change

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The focus of this unit is to develop dietetic and nutritional communication, counselling and behavioural change skills. This unit will prepare you for professional dietetic practice and develop your confidence in practice. Within this unit, you will increase your skills in individual and group counselling by integrating a range of learning, educational, communication, counselling, self-management and behaviour change theories into the delivery of client-centred, individual and group-based educational sessions. As part of this process, you will gain practical skills to translate pathophysiological, dietetic and nutritional knowledge into effective diet-disease relationships that increase a client’s sense of self-efficacy and motivation to change. You will then learn how to turn this level of expertise into educational materials that are user-friendly and encourage the client’s ongoing self-management. Consequently, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to develop and deliver effectively written and communicated health and nutritional messages to individuals and groups at a level that is required for entry-level practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


  • NUTR29001 Dietetic Practice and the Nutrition Care Process
  • NUTR29002 Medical Nutrition Therapy

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 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) 45%

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

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the current use of established and emerging behaviour change theories and techniques within contemporary dietetic practice
  2. Demonstrate competency in translating pathophysiological and technical information into practical and actionable advice appropriate for a range of audiences
  3. Apply the principles of learning, education and communication theories in a client-centred dietetic counselling
  4. Demonstrate effective counselling and communication skills in the delivery of dietetic education tailored to specific audiences in dietetic practice.

Learning outcomes of this unit are linked to the following domains of the 2015 Dietitian Association of Australia (DAA) National Competency Standards for Dietitians in Australia:

  • Domain 1: Practises professionally
  • Domain 2: Positively influences the health of individuals, groups and/or populations to achieve nutrition outcomes.
  • Domain 4: Collaborates with clients and stakeholders

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8