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NUTR71-103: Nutrition Issues and Priorities May 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject explores historical, contemporary and future food and nutrition issues and priorities in developing and developed countries. It critically examines the etiology of these challenges from a food and nutrition system perspective and the economic, social, environmental and individual physical burden of diet-related disease and disability. This subject develops pre-requisite knowledge and critical reasoning skills relevant to evidence based decision making in nutrition and dietetic practice.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:NUTR71-103
Subject title:Nutrition Issues and Priorities
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Workshop: x12 (Total hours: 60) - Workshop incorporates topic content, activities and discussion
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 60) - Self-directed reading and preparation for class activities and assessment task completion
Attendance and learning activities: Students must attend all sessions (including remote classes, if approved). Most sessions build on the work from the previous one. It is difficult to recover if a session is missed. Attendance in classes will be monitored (including remote classes). If a student has a legitimate reason for non-attendance they must notify the subject convenor as early as possible and provide documentation (i.e. absence form, medical certificate, statutory declaration). Participation in all classes is required in order to demonstrate professional competence. This subject includes Compulsory Learning Activities. Students must attend and participate in all Compulsory Learning Activities and attend 80% of classes (including remote classes) to pass the subject. The following ACEND core knowledge and competencies are mapped as 'introduced' in this subject – KRDN1.1, KRDN1.2, CRDN1.3, KRDN2.2, KRDN2.3, KRDN2.4, KRDN2.6, KRDN2.7, CRDN2.1, CRDN2.14, KRDN4.6. The assessment task description provides details of the assessments each of these is mapped to.


Prescribed resources:
  • Lawrence, M., & Worsley, A. (2007). Public Health Nutrition: From Principles to Practice. Allen & Unwin
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

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.

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. Describe personal, social, cultural, psychological, and environmental factors influencing food and food use, food habits and diet and lifestyle.
  2. Describe past, current and future food- and nutrition-related health issues and priorities in Australia and internationally.
  3. Describe the impact of healthcare systems and public policy on nutrition and dietetic practice.
  4. Analyse the determinants and potential interventions for diet-related disease using socio-ecological analytical frameworks.
  5. Describe food systems and the nutritional implications of changes to the food supply on individuals, groups and populations.
  6. Describe cultural awareness, nutrition issues and current policy and implementation frameworks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  7. Describe the governance of dietetic practice, including professional regulation, scope and ethical practice requirements.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Computer-aided Test (Closed) A series of 4 x 5% quizzes to assess knowledge gained through prescribed reading and classes. Quizzes will be held in Weeks 3, 6, 9 and 12. This assessment maps to ACEND core knowledge and competencies KRDN2.2, KRDN2.4, KRDN2.7, CRDN2.1, and CRDN2.14.(Full description on iLearn, Program community) 20% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Written Report Problem and Determinants Analysis Report, 2000 words. This assessment is associated with ACEND core knowledge KRDN2.6. A full description of this core knowledge component can be found on the Program's community iLearn site. 40% Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
Written Report Intervention Research Report, 2000 words. This assessment is associated with ACEND core knowledge and competencies KRDN1.1, KRDN1.2, CRDN1.3, and KRDN2.3. A full description of these can be found on the Program's community iLearn site. 40% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 6.
  • * 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

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 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.

Subject curriculum

Overview of subject and assessments

Socio-ecological model of health, problem and determinants analysis, nutrition and the burden of disease

Professional regulation, scope of practice and standards of ethical practice for dietetics


Overview of Australia's food history and food systems

Reference values for nutrient intakes, dietary goals, dietary guidelines

Food and nutrition requirements in pregnancy and for infants, public health nutrition action for maternal and infant nutrition

Breastfeeding promotion, introduction to solid foods

Food and nutrition requirements for children and adolescents, eating habits, healthy school and whole of school approach

Food and nutrition requirements for later in life, influences of older adult food choices

Social determinants of nutrition and health, nutrition considerations for socioeconomically disadvantaged groups

Nutrition and health considerations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other culturally and linguistically diverse groups

Areas for action to support obesity prevention, including weight inclusive environments

Determinants of fruit and vegetable consumption, areas for action

Determinants of food security, food sustainability and impact of nutrition policies on the environment

Approved on: Mar 3, 2022. Edition: 2.3