The nutrition and dietetics professional placement internship program is distributed across five subjects that collectively meet the professional placement accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). The internship program provides a minimum of 24 weeks professional practice in the fields of individual case management (2 x 5 weeks), food service management (5 weeks), and community and public health nutrition (5 weeks). Students also complete internships in an international (2 weeks) and an elective setting (2 weeks).
In this internship subject, students perform community and public health nutrition activities, including a project, in settings such as schools, workplaces, and community organisations for a minimum 5-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 internship, students’ attainment of the relevant competency standards is assessed by a practice supervisor in conjunction with the subject coordinator at Bond University. Activities from this subject will be used to inform the final assessment of each student against all DAA competency standards in order to determine their eligibility to graduate from the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice program. This final assessment occurs in the final semester of the program.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine|
|Subject title:||Professional Placement Internship - Community and Public Health Nutrition|
Delivery & attendance
|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:|| |
|[email protected] & Email:||[email protected] is the online learning environment at Bond University and is used to provide access to subject materials, lecture recordings and detailed subject information regarding the subject curriculum, assessment and timing. Both iLearn and the Student Email facility are used to provide important subject notifications. Additionally, official correspondence from the University will be forwarded to students’ Bond email account and must be monitored by the student.|
To access these services, log on to the Student Portal from the Bond University website as www.bond.edu.au
|Restrictions: ?|| This subject is not available to|
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.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Apply evidence and relevant data to assess the nutritional needs of a community or population.
- Use a socio-ecological approach to develop strategies to improve nutrition and health in a community or population
- Develop an implementation plan for a nutrition program to meet the needs of a community or population.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of a nutrition program in a community or population.
- Identify strategies to improve the sustainability of a nutrition program in terms of human, economic and environmental resources.
- Propose recommendations on food and nutrition policies and programs for a community or population.
- Communicate effectively and provide information, advice, education and professional opinion effectively to diverse stakeholders, groups and communities to improve nutritional health.
- Conduct a project effectively using appropriate planning tools, research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis.
- Apply principles of quality assurance, safety, security and sanitation to all areas of practice.
- Adapt one’s own behaviour to different contexts, reflect on own practice, and display a professional, ethical and proactive approach that supports excellence in nutrition and dietetics practice.
|*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, 7, 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.|
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.
|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.|
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.
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.
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
Extra costs associated with all internship subject costs include compliance costs and travel costs as applicable. MNDP - students assigned to two of four required subjects *All placement assessments will undertaken on site or remotely depending on COVID-19 contingency plans in place at the time
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.