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NUTR71-703: Professional Placement Internship - Community and Public Health Nutrition September 2019 [Situated]

General information

The nutrition and dietetics professional placement internship (PPI) program is distributed across five subjects that collectively meet the professional placement accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Association of Australia. The PPI provides a minimum of 24 weeks professional practice in the fields of Individual Case Management (2 x PPIs), Food Service Management (1 x PPI), Community and Public Health Nutrition (1 x PPI) and an elective setting (1 x PPI). In this PPI, students perform Community and Public Health Nutrition (C&PHN) in settings such as community health centres for a minimum 4-week, full-time internship. This is performed under the supervision of an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who is affiliated with and supported by Bond University. On completion of this PPI, students’ attainment of C&PHN competency is assessed by the Practice Supervisor in conjunction with both the C&PHN Lead and the Internship Coordinator at Bond University. Final assessment of C&PHN competency to determine fitness to practice and eligibility to graduate from the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice (MNDP) program will occur in the final year of the MNDP program.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR71-703
Subject title:Professional Placement Internship - Community and Public Health Nutrition
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Placement: x5 (Total hours: 180) - Professional Placement
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 Internships Coordinator via email. More than one day absence in one PPI requires the full complement of days missed over all PPI’s to be made-up at the end of the placement. Attendance is monitored due to the need for completion of tasks and activities that certify competence within the 24 weeks of internship. Although efforts will be made to liaise with placement sites, alternative placement days may not be available to make up for non-attendance.


Prescribed resources:
  • Hughes R, Margetts B (2011). Public Health Nutrition Practice. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell
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

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

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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. Conduct a needs assessment in community or public health nutrition.
  2. Assess opportunities to improve nutrition and food supply in a community or population group.
  3. Plan a nutrition program with a population group.
  4. Develop plans to provide safe and nutritious food to a population group.
  5. Implement a nutrition program with a population group.
  6. Make recommendations on food and nutrition policy for a population group.
  7. Evaluate a nutrition program with a population group.
  8. Document and disseminate all steps of the public health nutrition process.
  9. Demonstrate effective and appropriate skills in listening and communicating information, advice, education and professional opinion to individuals, groups and communities.
  10. Demonstrate a professional, ethical and proactive approach advocating for excellence in nutrition and dietetics.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Portfolio Artefact ^ A portfolio consisting of products from the internship, and completed forms as prescribed. Full details of this task are on the subject iLearn site and in the Community and Public Health Nutrition Professional Placement Internship workbook. C Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 0, 8, 9, 10.
Presentation ^ In the final week, the student will present the project completed as part of the internship. Students must present the project in the context of the full public health nutrition practice framework introduced in the pre-requisite subject NUTR71-107 Public Health Nutrition Practice. Full details of this task is available on the subject iLearn site and in the Community and Public Health Nutrition Professional Placement Internship workbook. C In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Project Report § ^ In the final week of the internship, a project report reflecting the community and public health nutrition project completed by the student/s in a format and to a standard agreed between the student, external placement site/s and placement supervisory team must be submitted. Full details of the task are contained in the Community and Public Health Nutrition Professional Placement Internship workbook, and on the subject iLearn site. C In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Workplace Performance Report ^ Students are monitored and assessed against the subject learning outcomes and associated competencies as required by the Dietitians Association of Australia. C In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Pass requirement

In order to pass this subject, students must be assessed as competent in the assocated work-based competencies, as outlined in the Professional Placement Internship Handbook and the Professional Placement Internship - Community and Public Health Nutrition Workbook.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * 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.

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.

Additional subject information

Students will usually undertake this placement entirely in Australia but there are occasions where students may apply to take up an opportunity to do some of the placement in an approved site outside of Australia, where the site meets the requirements of accrediting bodies. When an overseas component is an option, students will apply to be considered for the opportunity and will be responsible for meeting the additional costs of taking up the overseas component. An estimate of these additional costs will be provided to students at the time that the opportunity becomes available.

Subject curriculum

Over the 5-week internship, students will complete a project that has been pre-agreed with partner site/s along with other required tasks and activities to meet the subject learning outcomes. To pass the subject overall, students must be assessed as having made satisfactory progression in the competencies outlined by the Dietitians Association of Australia required for effective practice in community and public health nutrition.

Approved on: Nov 2, 2018. Edition: 3.4
Last updated: Nov 12, 2018.