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.
|Student Contribution Band||SCA Band 2|
|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
|Pre-requisites or Co-requisites||
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).
|Class Timetable||View Unit Timetable|
Compulsory Residential School
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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).
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.
|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
All University policies are available on the Policy web site, however you may wish to directly view the following policies below.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of policies are available on the Policy web site .
No previous feedback available
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.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
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:
|Assessment Tasks||Learning Outcomes|
|1 - Written Assessment||•|
|2 - Written Assessment||•|
|3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)||•||•|
|Graduate Attributes||Learning Outcomes|
|1 - Knowledge||•||•||•||•|
|2 - Communication||•||•||•||•|
|3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills||•|
|4 - Research||•|
|5 - Self-management||•|
|6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility||•||•||•|
|7 - Leadership||•|
|Assessment Tasks||Graduate Attributes|