NUT320 Food Intake Analysis and Meal Planning (8)


This subject introduces the student to key aspects of nutrition relevant to clinical, population health and research settings. More specifically, students will explore the methodologies available for collecting and analysing dietary data, interpretation of this data and the principles of dietary interventions (such as meal planning and education) for individuals, groups and populations. Students will also gain experience in applying this information in the development, design and use of written and visual materials in nutritional science.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply current knowledge of the theory of  human nutrition and dietetics and related practice to a level which supports safe practice
  • be able to critique tools available for nutrition risk screening of a variety of population groups
  • be able to develop, implement and critique appropriate dietary methodology to collect retrospective, current and prospective food and nutrient intakes for groups and populations which identify nutrient and food intake patterns as required by the situation, including research
  • be able to analyse health and medical, social, cultural, psychological, physical activity, economic, personal and environmental data, to inform planning of nutritional management for healthy individuals
  • be able to analyse dietary data for individuals using food composition tables and/or databases
  • be able to compare findings of analysis of dietary data with Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) or estimated requirements
  • be able to critique the use of dietary reference standards and food guidance systems in the assessment of the dietary intake of healthy individuals and as the basis for providing dietary advice
  • be able to critique existing nutrition education material developed for members of a range of population groups
  • be able to develop education resources that are evidence-based, culturally sensitive, and presented at a literacy level appropriate for individuals and groups
  • be able to produce meal plans for individuals and groups, which meet nutritional, personal, cultural, sociological, psychological and socioeconomic needs
  • be able to monitor and review the ongoing effectiveness of practice and modify it accordingly


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical and practical aspects of nutrition risk screening for a variety of population groups
  • theoretical and practical aspects of nutrition assessment methodology, including limitations of each of these methods
  • theoretical and practical aspects of the analysis of dietary data, including use of food composition tables, ready reckoners and computer analysis programs, including the limitations of these tools
  • comparison of assessment results with reference data (e.g., the nutrient reference values, dietary guidelines for Australians)
  • food grouping and food guidance systems
  • development of evidence based, culturally sensitive nutrition education material for a variety of audiences
  • principles of meal planning and provision of dietary advice to individuals and groups
  • reflective practice


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.