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NUTR73-700: Nutrition Research Internship 1 September 2019 [Situated]

General information

This subject is the first of a two-stage research internship program (Nutrition Research Internship A and B) specific to the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program. Each internship is equivalent to 30 CP encompassing full-time research work over a minimum of 10 weeks. Part A of the research internship involves students implementing a research plan, managing a nutrition and dietetics research project and coordinating a team under the supervision of a PhD qualified dietitian.  Students will work within an environment typical for dietitians in a research role.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR73-700
Subject title:Nutrition Research Internship A
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:30

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Prescribed Consultation: x10 (Total hours: 20) - Weekly supervision meetings via group sessions addressing research skills development
  • Prescribed Consultation: x6 (Total hours: 6) - Individual supervision meetings to support progress and development of research skills
  • Internship: x10 (Total hours: 334) - The internship is designed to develop students competency in Nutrition Research and is largely independent scholarship activity under supervision and located at an internship site including the research work area at Bond University. Students will be required to sign in and out to record attendance of a minimum of 360 hours over the semester.
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance is compulsory and is a part of competence. All work builds on the work of the previous days and weeks. Acceptable grounds for requesting the approval of absences include, but are not limited to, if the Student has: an illness, an accident, a family bereavement/funeral attendance, special religious occasions and representative sporting events at a state, national or international level (in accordance with Bond University policies). Late arrival or early departure from any teaching session without the demonstration of acceptable grounds and supporting documentation will be deemed to be an unplanned absence. Time missed during internships due to employment or personal engagements are not acceptable grounds for absence. Completion of the absence form and provision of supporting documentation (i.e. medical certificate, statutory declaration) should be forwarded to the Research Internships Coordinator via email. Attendance is monitored due to the need for completion of tasks and activities that certify completion of 20 weeks full-time equivalent of Research Internship A and B (inclusive). Students must complete 360 hours of research work in a professional work setting as part of this internship. The following Dietitians Association of Australia National Competency Standards are mapped to this subject – 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.1.5, 1.1.7, 1.2.1, 1.2.3, 1.3.1, 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 1.3.5, 1.4.1, 1.4.2, 1.4.3, 1.4.4, 2.1.3, 2.1.4, 2.3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4, 4.1.4, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.5. The following ACEND core knowledge and competencies are mapped to this subject – CRDN1.4, CRDN 1.5, CRDN 1.6, CRDN2.7, CRDN2.13 as well as three program specific competencies: 1. To contribute to the design of appropriate research projects. 2. To collect, analyse and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative research data. 3. To document and disseminate outcomes of research.


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Formulate a clear understanding of the nature of a researchable nutrition and dietetics practice problem.
  2. Design and apply systematic review methods to a topic relevant to nutrition and dietetics.
  3. Plan, collect and manage qualitative and/or quantitative nutrition and dietetics-related data.
  4. Document and disseminate progress against a nutrition and dietetics research plan in a professional and scientific forum.
  5. Demonstrate ethical practice, leadership and management skills in the implementation of a nutrition and dietetics research project.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Oral Pitch Three-minute thesis-style research presentation C Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
*Process Portfolio Management plan, professional development plan, and proposed authorship agreement reviewed with supervisor at week 7. Supervisor assessment, Research Experience Checklist, and fortnightly reflections reviewed with supervisor to provide formative feedback to students on progress towards meeting requirements to progress to the next internship. C Week 12 3, 5.
Thesis Component Draft thesis including systematic literature review protocol, and original research protocol; both in a format suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal C Week 12 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

Pass Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 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.

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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.

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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

Progress across a minimum of 10 weeks (full-time) in the knowledge, skills, and attributes that are important for effective practice in leading and implementing an original research project in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Develop enhanced competency in nutrition research, leadership, and professionalism.

1, 3, 4, 5.

Collaboratively plan a systematic literature review to synthesise existing evidence on a topic related to nutrition and dietetic practice.

1, 2, 4, 5.
Approved on: Jul 8, 2019. Edition: 2.1