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NTDT5503: Dietary Intake and Nutritional Assessment

This unit of study builds in-depth knowledge and skills in dietary assessment. Traditional and emerging dietary assessment methods will be examined including their use, application, strengths, weaknesses, sources of measurement error; quantification of portion sizes; evaluation and validation of dietary data; use and application of dietary reference standards; food composition databases; and the appraisal and interpretation of dietary assessment methods in published literature. This unit of study includes essentials techniques in anthropometry and diagnostic tests in nutritional assessment such as body composition methods, biochemistry and haematology. Learning is facilitated by interactive lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.

Code NTDT5503
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6
(NTDT5602 or FMHU5001) and NTDT5601 and NTDT5604

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe, evaluate and practise the most common dietary assessment methods used in research and dietetic practice
  • LO2. select appropriate dietary assessment methods to address specific research or clinical questions
  • LO3. discuss the uses and limitations of food composition databases including Australian and indigenous food sources
  • LO4. critically assess and interpret dietary data for individuals and groups against reference standards
  • LO5. critically appraise the validity of dietary assessment methods and interpretation reported in published surveys and studies
  • LO6. administer a clinical diet history and apply a Ready Reckoner to assess dietary intake
  • LO7. conduct simple anthropometric measurements (body mass, standing stature, waist girth, skinfold measurements)
  • LO8. describe the main biochemical and haematological indices for assessment of body protein, vitamin and mineral status.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.