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PMED5102: Paediatric Nutrition and Obesity

Semester 2, 2023 [Distance education/intensive on campus] - Westmead, Sydney

This unit examines the worldwide status and trends in child and adolescent obesity incorporating a focus on paediatric nutrition It explores the determinants clinical assessment medical complications management and prevention of this important public health problem There is a close integration of epidemiology basic science and best available evidence in management and prevention into clinically based scenarios Our aim is to provide you with a broad knowledge base and ability to apply scientific theory and clinical evidence to the diagnosis and management of obesity in childhood This will include grounding in the complex social cultural and environmental factors contributing to the continuance of childhood obesity throughout the world

Unit details and rules

Unit code PMED5102
Academic unit Children's Hospital Westmead Clinical School
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Louise Baur,
Type Description Weight Due Length

Assessment summary

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

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.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

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

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Attendance and class requirements

Completely online unit of study.

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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Required and recommended readings are available in Canvas.

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. Describe the worldwide epidemiology of childhood overweight and obesity
  • LO2. Summarize and identify the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for the development of obesity in childhood
  • LO3. Demonstrate selection of methods of measurement of obesity for clinical and research practice
  • LO4. Breakdown nutritional requirements for normal child and adolescent growth
  • LO5. Analyze dietary patterns and behaviours that contribute to childhood overweight and obesity
  • LO6. Identify common nutritional problems encountered in children with overweight or obesity
  • LO7. Incorporate your understanding of the dietary patterns and behaviours contributing to obesity in individuals into management suggestions or dietary plans
  • LO8. Develop a nutritional management plan for the extremely overweight child or adolescent
  • LO9. Categorize the range and mechanisms of complications of child and adolescent obesity according to the major organ systems
  • LO10. Discuss medical, genetic and other conditions associated with or at risk for child and adolescent obesity
  • LO11. Learn to choose and formulate recommended conventional weight management/loss strategies
  • LO12. Integrate your knowledge about the complications of obesityincluding pscyhological impact into your overall assessment and management of the child or adolescent with obesity
  • LO13. Provide clinical advice on the pharmaceutical and surgical management options for children and adolescents with obesity
  • LO14. Critique current evidence for prevention strategies evaluated in the current literature
  • LO15. Recognise potential avenues for prevention of childhood obesity at an individual and population level
  • LO16. Apply your theoretical knowledge about prevention strategies into your own clinical practice
  • LO17. Understand the potential links between obesity, its management and the risk of eating disorders.

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

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

We value your feedback about any aspect of the unit of study and your experience as a student of the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health. To help ensure our courses meet your needs and maintain a high standard, we welcome your feedback at any time and we ask you to complete the Mid-Semester Evaluation Survey and the unit of study Evaluation Survey at the end of the semester. You can also rate any component of the unit using our star rating system found at the bottom of many pages as you progress through the unit. Your ratings and comments are anonymous and specifying what you liked and didn’t like about any of the learning materials, assessment items, discussion forums, feedback etc will help us to target our improvement efforts. Please note that your participation in this unit of study permits de-identified information about your learning experience and interaction with learning resources to be used for the purpose of improving the student learning experience.

It is essential that you have regular internet access, as you will be required to engage in a number of online tasks.

You will be expected to:

  • Check your University mail electronically at least every week
  • Participate actively in online discussions. Active participation means that you are present and engage with others in discussion of ideas found in readings and/or grounded in practical experience.
  • Carefully read the required course materials, including readings
  • Complete each assignment/assessment task on time
  • Write in an Academic Writing Style (if you need assistance with academic writing, see more information on Canvas in the 'Referencing Written Work')

If any period of absence is completely unavoidable, we advise you to:

  • Manage your time so that you complete the readings and online tasks before you leave
  • Contact your Unit Coordinator to advise of your absence

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 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.


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