Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition and Dietetics

Master of Nutrition and Dietetics

Students complete a prescribed program of 96 credit points, including:
(a) 48 credit points of first year units of study; and
(b) 24 credit points being the dietetics training placement; and
(c) 24 credit points being the Nutrition Research Project.

First Year Core Units

NTDT5503 Dietary Intake and Nutritional Assessment

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Anna Rangan Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lectures/tutorials/workshops averaging 5 hours per week Corequisites: NTDT5602 and NTDT5601 and NTDT5604 Assessment: quiz (20%), assignment (30%), end of semester exam, (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study covers Dietary Assessment Methods in the context of individual, group and population dietary data: purposes of dietary assessment; uses of dietary data; key dietary assessment methods and their use, application, strengths, weaknesses, sources of measurement error; quantification of portion and serve sizes; evaluation and validation of dietary data; use and application of dietary reference standards; food composition databases; and the appraisal and interpretation of dietary assessment methods in published literature. This unit of study also covers anthropometry, body composition and nutritional biochemistry. Learning is facilitated by interactive lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.
Textbooks
R.S. Gibson Principles of Nutritional Assessment, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. 2005. (recommended)
NTDT5601 Nutritional and Food Science

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Luke Gemming Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3 hours lectures and 1 workshop per week (1-2 hours) Corequisites: NTDT5602 and NTDT5503 and (NTDT5604 or NTDT5504) Assessment: Short quizzes (20%); group presentation (30%); 3 hour final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study provides students with a broad appreciation of food and nutrients, including an understanding of food sources of nutrients; the nutrients that are necessary for survival and maintenance of individual and population health; nutrient requirements at different stages of life, such as childhood, pregnancy and lactation and older age; factors affecting nutrient availability for absorption; and the significance of nutrient deficiency and excess intakes/toxicity on nutritional and disease status.
Textbooks
Mann J and Truswell AS 'Essentials of Human Nutrition' Oxford: Oxford University Press, 5th Edition, 2012.
NTDT5602 Methods in Nutrition Research

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vasant Hirani Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial or practical work per week. Corequisites: NTDT5601 and NTDT5503 and (NTDT5504 or NTDT5604) Assessment: 2.5 hour exam (60%), two assignments (10% and 30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to both qualitative and quantitative research methods that are essential tools for dietitians. Methods include the development of questionnaires and conduct of focus groups. Students will learn about study design and methods used in epidemiology to be able to critically analyse the scientific literature of nutrition and dietetics. An introduction to statistical tests with practical computer classes will also be included. Scientific writing techniques will also be covered.
Textbooks
Bonita R, Beaglehole R, Kjellstrom T. Basic Epidemiology. 2nd Ed. World Health Organisation: Geneva, 2005 Lawrence M and Wolsely T (editors). Public Health Nutrition from Principles to Practice. Allen and Unwin 2007. ISBN: 978 174175 102 4. Chapter 14, pages 344-349
NTDT5604 Dietetics Professional Studies

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Fiona O'Leary Session: Semester 1 Classes: Lecture/workshops and tutorials average 5 hours per week Corequisites: NTDT5601 and NTDT5602 and NTDT5503 Assessment: Business assignment (30%), Small Group Education assignment (25%) and Communication assignment (45%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This course is designed to facilitate students to develop professional communication and organisation/management skills that will enable them to work effectively as dietitians. Dietitians work in varied environments - within private and government organisations, industry and in private practice; within teams and as sole practioners. Interpersonal, individual and group communication, as well as professional, management, organizational and general business skills are required in all of these areas. This unit of study introduces communication, management, group dynamics and behavioural theory to dietetics students. Students will have the opportunity to apply these through practical examples in class and by the completion of assessment tasks. Of the 4 components of the Unit of Study, namely Business, Small Group Education, Interpersonal Communication and Media Skills, only the first three are assessed.
Textbooks
Bauer K and Sokolik C. Basic Nutrition Counselling Skills. Wadsworth, 2002. ISBN: 0720916645
NTDT5305 Food Service Management

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Luke Gemming Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3 hour Lectures and 3 hour workshops on average per week Prerequisites: NTDT5601 and NTDT5503 and NTDT5604 and NTDT5602 Corequisites: NTDT5307 and NTDT5608 Assessment: Practical task (30%), Major project (50%), Minor project (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The course introduces students to the principles of Food Service Management including food service systems, food safety, food service across the continuum of care and special populations, accreditation and standards, menu and recipe development and assessment, nutrition promotion and marketing, and management in food service. Students gain knowledge, as well as practical skills in clinical, community, industry and commercial applications.
NTDT5307 Medical Nutrition

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Anna Rangan Session: Semester 2 Classes: Lectures and tutorials average 8 hours per week, and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Workshops average 4 hours per week Prerequisites: NTDT5503 and NTDT5601 and NTDT5602 and NTDT5604 Corequisites: NTDT5305 and NTDT5608 Assessment: mid-semester test (15%), in-class quiz (15%), case study exam (20%), end of semester exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The broad objectives involve learning and applying the nutrition care process (NCP) using evidence-based interventions to improve nutrition outcomes. The importance of client focused factors in dietary modification; education and interpretation of theory for client understanding are key discussion points. Specialist dietitians and medical specialists significantly contribute to the teaching in this unit of study, and includes a paediatric program at the Children's Hospital Westmead.
Textbooks
Stewart, R. Griffith Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. 5th Edition, 2015.
NTDT5608 Community and Public Health Nutrition

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Vasant Hirani Session: Semester 2 Classes: 4 hours lectures and 2 tutorials per week Corequisites: NTDT5305 and NTDT5307 Assessment: 2 hour exam (50%); two assignments (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: NTDT5608 is available as an elective to students in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Medicine as well as the Master of Science in Medicine (Metabolic Health). For these students, there are no prerequisites for entry into NTDT5608. However, these students must apply for Special Permission from the unit of study coordinator in order to be enrolled.
This unit of study introduces students to the concepts and principles underlying, and issues associated with, nutrition in community and public health contexts. It covers the principles of health promotion and teaches the students how to plan, implement and evaluate nutrition promotion strategies. The scope and distribution of chronic diseases and the role of nutrition in the etiology of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity is examined. This unit of study also investigates the food habits of culturally and linguistically diverse groups, nutritional intakes and requirements of people across the lifespan, and the current nutrition policies and guidelines aimed at preventing chronic diseases.
Textbooks
Lawrence M and Worseley (eds). Public Health Nutrition - from Principles to Practice. Sydney: Allen and Unwin. 2007.

Second Year Core Units

NTDT5310 Nutrition Research Project

Credit points: 24 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Margaret Allman-Farinelli, Merryl Ireland Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Supervised research experience; introductory session; lecture on scientific writing. Prerequisites: NTDT5503 and NTDT5601 and NTDT5602 and NTDT5604 and NTDT5305 and NTDT5307 and NTDT5608 Assessment: Oral presentation (15%), Supervisor assessment (35%) and research treatise (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
During the research semester each student conducts a research project under the supervision of an academic or qualified practitioner. Research projects can include small surveys, simple bench work, literature reviews, epidemiology or clinical trials, and are carried out within the University or within the facilities of the approved external supervisor.
NTDT5612 Dietetics Training Placement

Credit points: 24 Teacher/Coordinator: Margaret Nicholson Session: Nutrition and Dietetics Placement Session 1,Nutrition and Dietetics Placement Session 2 Classes: 20 weeks full-time placement Prerequisites: NTDT5601 and NTDT5503 and NTDT5604 and NTDT5602 and NTDT5305 and NTDT5307 and NTDT5608 Assessment: Pass or fail at completion Mode of delivery: Professional practice
Note: Department permission required for enrolment. Placements commence in late January or early July.
During twenty weeks students develop further practice-based skills in each of three domains; individual case management, community/public health nutrition and food service management. The semester commences late January for 1st semester or early July for 2nd semester and runs for 20 weeks as prescribed in the requirements of the professional accrediting body, DAA.
Textbooks
Placement manual provided by the University.