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NTDT5612: Dietetics Training Placement

During experiential placement students develop further knowledge and skills in each of three areas of nutrition and dietetic practice; individual case management, community and public health nutrition and food service management. The 20-week semester commences late January (Semester 1) or late June/early July (Semester 2). Individual case management will take place in a variety of acute and ambulatory settings allowing exposure to a variety of medical nutrition cases that affect different body systems. Settings include hospitals, aged care facilities, disability services, mental health services and private practice. Community and public health settings include health promotion units in government, non-government and private health organisations. Food service settings include acute care health facilities, aged care, and community and commercial food service organisations providing services to vulnerable population, groups such as meals on wheels. Placement supervisors are Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) and trained to ensure they meet the standards of supervision required by the University of Sydney. Placements can be in metropolitan or rural settings, inter- and intra-state.


Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Unit code NTDT5612
Unit name Dietetics Training Placement
Session, year
Nutrition and Dietetics Placement Session 2, 2022
Attendance mode Professional practice
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 24

Enrolment rules

NTDT5601 and NTDT5503 and NTDT5604 and NTDT5602 and NTDT5305 and NTDT5307 and NTDT5608
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Margaret Nicholson,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Placement Assessment 2 - Placement competence
Competency attainment
0% Multiple weeks 20 weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Skills-based evaluation Assessment 1 - Health Collaboration Challenge
7 minute video + abstract + peer review
0% Please select a valid week from the list below
Due date: 31 Aug 2022 at 23:59
7 minute video plus written submission
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Assessment 1: Health Collaboration Challenge – video + abstract + peer review

Assessment 2: Placement competence – NTDT5612 is awarded a satisfactory or fail result grade on completion of the student’s placement program based on the DAA entry-level competencies.


Assessment criteria

Pass/Fail Competency based

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Medical Nutrition Therapy, Community/Public Health Nutrition & Food Service Management Clinical practice (800 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance is compulsory

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 24 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 480-600 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. practise professionally
  • LO2. positively influence the health of individuals, groups and/or populations
  • LO3. apply critical thinking skills and integrate evidence into practice
  • LO4. collaborate with clients and stakeholders
  • LO5. attain National Competency Standards for entry-level dietitians (DAA 2015).

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Incorporation of additional observational opportunities is being investigated.

Site visit guidelines

Guidelines will be provided as required.

Work, health and safety

All students are required to obtain relevant immunisations, Australian police check and working with children check as well as meet the Univeristy of Sydney’s Fitness to Practice requirements.


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