Community and Public Health Nutrition PG (9468.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Nutrition And Dietetics||Post Graduate Level|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, student will be able to:
1. Understand the socio-ecological approach to the development of strategies to improve nutrition and health and recognise the multi-factorial and interconnected determinants influencing nutrition policy in Australia and internationally;
2. Plan and conduct a needs assessment for a proposed community or public health nutrition health promotion program using systematic methodology in searching, evaluating and interpreting findings from food, nutrition, dietetic, social, behavioural and education sciences into dietetic practice;
3. Develop a community or public health nutrition program using evidence based planning, implementation and evaluation methods and apply best practice approaches in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health care, valuing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing;
4. Collect, quality-manage and analyse quantitative research data and translate the implications of research findings for dietetic practice into practical messaging that can be easily understood and used by clients, other professionals, key stakeholders, partners, and members of the public; and
5. Learn and practice how to participate in collaborative decision-making, shared responsibility, and shared vision within teams at multiple levels by demonstrating empathy to create effective partnerships.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
PrerequisitesEnrolment in 174JA Graduate Diploma in Nutritional Science, 771AA Master of Nutrition, 772AA Master of Nutrition and Dietetics or 776AA Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition.
Incompatible units9296 Assessing Needs of Communities and Populations PG AND 9300 Planning Interventions for Communities and Populations PG AND 8249 Community and Public Health Nutrition.
Equivalent units9296 Assessing Needs of Communities and Populations PG AND 9300 Planning Interventions for Communities and Populations PG
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Ekavi Georgousopoulou|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Ekavi Georgousopoulou|
Textbooks (available from the library):
Hughes R & Margetts B (2010). Practical public health nutrition. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
Lawrence M &Worsley T (2007). Public Health Nutrition, From Principles to Practice. McGraw-Hill, England.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Requests for extension
Requests for extensions to the due dates must be made in writing, via email, to the Unit Convener, at least five working days before the work is due.
Requests for extension must adhere to the policy on extension and must contain the extension request form and the documentary evidence to support the extension request.
There will be no extension beyond the last day of the semester, and only one extension will be considered for a single assessment.
If the extension is granted, the Unit Convener will specify the revised due date.
Special assessment requirements
To pass the unit, students must:
- Complete all assessment items;
- AND attain at-least 50% in the overall unit.
Students will not be able to resubmit assignments. If students do not attain at least a pass grade in this unit, they will not be able to progress to 8663 Community Nutrition Practicum PG. The Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is a program accredited with the Dietitians Australia, which requires that students obtain at least a pass grade in the theoretical components of their course, in order to progress to practicum placements.
Submit your assignment online via Canvas as a word document. Keep a copy of your assignment and be prepared to produce it within 24 hours, if requested. Under normal circumstances, assignments will be marked within 3 weeks of submission. Late assignments will be marked at the convenience of the unit convener.
Moderation of assessments
Please note that assignments will be moderated as outlined in the Faculty of Health policy. A summarised copy of this policy can be found in the TOOLBOX on the unit canvas site.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are encouraged to attend lectures and tutorials to ensure optimal learning of unit material. If a student does not attend class, it is the responsibility of the student to cover any missed work. It is a requirement of the unit to participate in the mentoring activities, so if illness prevents a student from meeting with a mentor at the agreed time, a medical certificate or equivalent will be required to submit to the unit convener.
Required IT skills
MS office (Words, PPT, excel); internet browsing for scholarly articles and reports, basic functioning with SPSS.
SPSS training: SPSS and NVivo - Information for Researchers - UC Library Guides at University of Canberra (libguides.com)
Work placement, internships or practicums
This is a work integrated learning unit. As part of this unit, you will be required to meet (online/face to face) with your mentor 3-4 times to help you to gain an understanding of the context of public health nutrition practice. Work-place learning requires strict adherence to professional practice principles and ethics. Client confidentiality must always be maintained, including for assessment items, such as the needs assessment. The unit convenor will provide you with contacts early in the semester.
Referencing requirements for all assessments: Students are required to follow the Vancouver referencing style.
You must indicate in any written work the exact source of your information. This is done by referencing using the Vancouver referencing style.
Vancouver referencing system: Vancouver - Home - UC Referencing Guide - UC Library Guides at University of Canberra (libguides.com)