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NUTR71-102: Nutrition Communication and Behaviour May 2021 [Intensive - Weeks 7-12]

General information

This subject will develop foundational competencies relevant to health communication and nutrition and dietetic counselling for individuals and populations. Students will build on the skills and knowledge developed in this subject in subsequent semesters, as they move towards achieving graduate competence.  

Learning activities and assessment will focus on the development of skills across various modes of nutrition communication including tools, technology, written and oral modes of communication. Students will develop a range of foundational skills that are essential for dietetic practice including client-centred counselling skills incorporating the principles of health behaviour change, motivational interviewing, reflective practice, and feedback skills.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR71-102
Subject title:Nutrition Communication and Behaviour
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Workshop: x12 (Total hours: 60) - Workshop
  • Personal Study Hours: x6 (Total hours: 60) - Recommended self-directed study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Student must attend ALL sessions (including remote classes). Most sessions build on the work from the previous one. It is difficult to recover if a session is missed. Attendance in classes (including remove classes) will be monitored. If a student has a legitimate reason for non-attendance they must notify the subject convenor as early as possible and provide documentation (i.e. absence form, medical certificate, statutory declaration). Participation in ALL classes is required in order to demonstrate professional competence. This subject includes Compulsory Learning Activities. Students must attend and participate in all Compulsory Learning Activities and attend 80% of classes (including remote classes) to pass the subject. The following ACEND core knowledge and competencies are mapped to this subject – CRDN1.1, CRDN1.2, KRDN2.1, CRDN2.2, CRDN2.8, CRDN2.11, KRDN3.2, KRDN3.3, CRDN3.3, CRDN3.4, CRDN3.5, CRDN3.6 and CRDN3.8. The assessment task description provides details of the assessments each of these is mapped to. A full description of all ACEND core knowledge and competencies is available on the Program's community iLearn site.


Prescribed resources:
  • Holli, B., & Beto, J (2018). Nutrition Counseling and Education Skills: A Guide for Professionals. 3rd ed, Wolters Kluwer Health
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Must be admitted into CC-63039 - Graduate Certificate of Nutrition OR CC-63040 - Graduate Diploma of Nutrition OR CC-63041 - Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Critically interpret and translate technical information into practical advice relevant to nutrition and health.
  2. Demonstrate foundational skills in the application of principles and constructs of learning theory with individuals and small groups.
  3. Communicate clearly and concisely to diverse audiences using appropriate modes of communication.
  4. Demonstrate foundational client-centred counselling skills to facilitate behaviour and lifestyle changes.
  5. Demonstrate foundational reflective practice skills as a means for safe and effective dietetic practice.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Blog After reflecting on the scientific literature, students will submit a blog post suitable for a consumer audience on a topical nutrition issue. This assessment is mapped to ACEND competencies: CRDN 1.2, KRDN 2.1, CRDN 2.2 and CRDN 3.3. 30% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 5.
Presentation Students will prepare a 15-minute oral presentation for a specified target group. This assessment is mapped to ACEND competencies: CRDN 1.1, KRDN 2.1, CRDN 2.11, KRDN 3.2, KRDN 3.3, CRDN 3.3, CRDN 3.4 and CRDN 3.8. 20% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 5.
*Mixed Media Assignment Students will develop an educational resource to enhance nutrition communication. Further information will be provided on iLearn and through discussions. This assessment is mapped to ACEND competencies: KRDN 2.1, KRDN 3.2, CRDN 3.3 and CRDN 3.5. 10% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 5.
*Practical Examination Students will undertake a practical exam similar to an OSCE format which will include both active and written components. This assessment is mapped to ACEND competencies: KRDN 2.1, CRDN 2.8, CRDN 2.11, KRDN 3.3, CRDN 3.3, CRDN 3.6 and CRDN 3.8. 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Communication in Dietetic Practice

Learning and Behaviour Theory

Presentation Skills and Small Group Education

Resource Development

Writing for Print Media and Presenting on Radio and Television

Blogging, Podcasting, Video Production and Social Media

Motivation and Behaviour Change

Motivational Interviewing

Client Centred Consultations

Reflective Practice Models and Skills

Giving and Receiving Feedback

Communication with Health Care Providers

Approved on: Mar 9, 2021. Edition: 2.6
Last updated: May 25, 2021.