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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 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadNot Available to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Health Sciences
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $3,703
  • Commencing in 2019: $3,870

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.


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018