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NUTR71-101: Nutrition Assessment and Diagnosis


This subject will develop student competencies relating to the assessment and diagnosis of nutritional status of individuals and populations to meet entry-level competency expectations of the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). This includes exploration of the limitations and utility of nutrition assessment methods relevant to clinical, food service, public health practice and nutrition research and evaluation. Key content areas include quantitative and qualitative assessment and evaluation of nutritional status using growth assessment, dietary assessment, anthropometry, laboratory, body composition and clinical methods. Nutrition screening and assessment tools and methods will be covered in detail. This is a core subject for nutrition and dietetic practice.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • May 2021 [Non-Standard Offering]
  • May 2022 [Non-Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Current: $4,010
  • Commencing in May 2021: $4,150

Learning outcomes

1. Describe nutrition screening, assessment, diagnosis and monitoring, use of nutritional standards of reference and guidance systems, and dietary analysis.
2. Describe physical activity assessment methods, use of standards of reference and guidance systems, and related analysis of energy expenditure.
3. Use and identify appropriate dietary methodology to collect retrospective food and nutrient intakes for individuals and groups and populations which identify nutrient and food intake patterns.
4. Collect, organise, interpret and evaluate health, medical, socio-cultural, psychological, economic, biochemical,haematological, clinical, and anthropometric data relevant to nutritional status.
5. Estimate nutrient intake for individuals and groups and populations using food composition tables and/or software databases and compare with Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) or estimated requirements.
6. Use food guidance systems to contribute to the assessment of dietary intake.
7. Select and conduct nutrition screening and assessment methods appropriate to purpose and practice context.
8. Identify and use appropriate time frame for follow-up of assessment of nutritional status.
9. Define, prioritise and document nutrition problems/diagnoses as basis for planning appropriate nutrition interventions.

Enrolment requirements

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  • 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.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Non-Standard OfferingNon-Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/202015/03/2020
Semester start25/05/202025/05/2020
Subject start06/07/202006/07/2020
Cancellation 1?14/07/202014/07/2020
Cancellation 2?15/07/202015/07/2020
Last enrolment12/07/202012/07/2020
Withdraw – Financial?21/07/202021/07/2020
Withdraw – Academic?30/07/202030/07/2020
Teaching census?20/07/202020/07/2020