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NUTR71-700: Professional Placement Internship - Medical Nutrition Therapy 1 January 2022 [Situated - Sitting 1]

General information

The nutrition and dietetics professional placement internship program is distributed across five subjects that collectively meet the professional placement accreditation requirements of the Dietitians Australia. The internship program provides a minimum of 24 weeks of professional practice in the fields of medical nutrition therapy (2 x 5 weeks), food service management (5 weeks), 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 medical nutrition therapy in an acute hospital clinical setting under the supervision of an Accredited Practising Dietitians who are supported by Bond University. Students complete a minimum five-week, full-time internship. These dietitians include Practice Supervisors and a Clinical Educator. On completion of this internship students’ progress and attainment of medical nutrition therapy competencies are assessed by the Clinical Educator in conjunction with the Practice Supervisors and the Internship Coordinator at Bond University. Students must be assessed as meeting at least 80% of the medical nutrition therapy competencies required in this subject to progress to Professional Placement Internship – Medical Nutrition Therapy 2.

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:NUTR71-700
Subject title:Professional Placement Internship - Medical Nutrition Therapy 1
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Placement: x5 (Total hours: 187.5) - 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. Make up time is required for all absences. Students will be required to complete make up time onsite at their internship site. 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 – KRDN2.8, CRDN2.10, CRDN2.12, CRDN2.15. The assessment task description provides details of the assessments that each of these is mapped to. A full description of all ACEND core knowledge and competencies is available on the Program's community iLearn site.


Prescribed resources:
  • Dietitians Association of Australia (2015). National Competency Standards for Entry Level Dietitians in Australia.
  • Stewart, R. (2020). The Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. 6th ed., Australian Dietitian.
  • Master of Nutrition & Dietetic Practice Program, Bond University (2022). Medical Nutrition Therapy Handbook. [Handbook]
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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  • 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.

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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)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Collect food intake and food systems data
  2. Collect health and medical, social, cultural, psychological, economic, personal and environmental data
  3. Provide assessment of food intake data
  4. Provide assessment of nutritional status
  5. Assess and assign priorities to all data
  6. Draw justifiable conclusions from all data
  7. Translate technical nutrition information into practical advice on food and eating
  8. Manage workload and resources to complete tasks within required time frames.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Clinical Folio ^ Medical nutrition therapy portfolio and reflective journal. This assessment is mapped to: Peer feedback forms: KRDN2.8, CRDN2.15 Weekly feedback forms: CRDN2.10, CRDN2.12. C Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Case Analysis ^ Students complete a nutrition care plan report for a chosen case study. C Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
Workplace Performance Report ^ Weekly Competency Assessment C Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8.
Presentation ^ Students present an oral presentation on a chosen case study. C To Be Negotiated 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.
  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * 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 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.

Additional subject information

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 must make satisfactory progression in the competencies that are required for medical nutrition therapy.

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Approved on: Oct 28, 2021. Edition: 5.2
Last updated: Nov 12, 2021.