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NUTR71-703: Professional Placement Internship - Community and Public Health Nutrition May 2022 [Situated - Sitting 2 - Weeks 8-13]

General information

The nutrition and dietetics professional placement internship program is distributed across five subjects that collectively meet the professional placement accreditation requirements of Dietitians Australia. 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).  Students will also complete 20 weeks research internship in the final two semesters of the program.

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 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 Dietitians Australia 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 code:NUTR71-703
Subject title:Professional Placement Internship - Community and Public Health Nutrition
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Placement: x5 (Total hours: May 1, 187 12:00:00 AM) - 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 Subject Coordinator and Internships Coordinator via email. Students who accumulate total absences, over the internship, of more than 4 hours will be required to complete make up time onsite at their internship site or at the University. 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. The following ACEND core knowledge and competencies are mapped to this subject - CRDN2.3, CRDN2.14, KRDN3.2, CRDN3.4, CRDN3.5, CRDN3.7 and CRDN3.8. Full descriptions of these are found in the Internship Handbook. The assessment task descriptions provide details of the assessments that each of these is mapped to.


Prescribed resources:
  • Hughes, R., & Margetts, B. (2011). Practical Public Health Nutrition. 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

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Pre-requisites: ?

Co-requisites: ?

There are no co-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.

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. Apply evidence and relevant data to assess the nutritional needs of a community or population.
  2. Use a socio-ecological approach to develop strategies to improve nutrition and health in a community or population
  3. Develop an implementation plan for a nutrition program to meet the needs of a community or population.
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of a nutrition program in a community or population.
  5. Identify strategies to improve the sustainability of a nutrition program in terms of human, economic and environmental resources.
  6. Propose recommendations on food and nutrition policies and programs for a community or population.
  7. Communicate effectively and provide information, advice, education and professional opinion effectively to diverse stakeholders, groups and communities to improve nutritional health.
  8. Conduct a project effectively using appropriate planning tools, research methods, ethical procedures and data analysis.
  9. Apply principles of quality assurance, safety, security and sanitation to all areas of practice.
  10. 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.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Portfolio ^ Portfolio: products from the internship, forms as prescribed. Full details of this task are on the subject iLearn site. This assessment is mapped to the following ACEND core knowledge and competencies: CRDN3.5. Full details of ACEND core knowledge and competencies can be found in the placement handbook, and on the program's community iLearn site. C Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Project Report § ^ Project report reflecting the nutrition project completed by the student/s in a format, length and to a standard agreed between the student, external placement site/s and supervisor. This assessment is mapped to ACEND competencies CRDN2.3, CRDN3.7. Full details of these can be found in the placement handbook. C In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.
Presentation ^ Presentation of completed project in the context of the full public health nutrition practice framework (introduced in the pre-requisite subject NUTR71-107). Mapped to ACEND core competencies: CRDN2.14, KRDN3.2, CRDN3.4. A full description of these can be found in the Placement Handbook. Duration: 10 mins + 5 mins for questions 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 Dietitians 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 may be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator in conjunction with the placement site supervisor.

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

Extra costs are associated with all internship subject including compliance costs, accommodation 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

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 Dietitians Australia required for effective practice in community and public health nutrition.

Approved on: Mar 3, 2022. Edition: 5.6