NUT304 Clinical Nutrition And Assessment (16)

The first part of this subject provides an introduction to the theory and practice of nutritional assessment. The use and interpretation of anthropometric, biochemical and dietary data is examined. Clinical nutrition care and the roles and responsibilities of the dietitian in nutrition assessment,dietary diagnosis and nutrition care planning are introduced along with the concepts of clinical decision making and evidence based practice. The emphasis is on dietary intervention for individuals with medical conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease requiring dietary modifications as part of their treatment. The latter part of the subject focuses on the principles of nutritional care and dietary intervention for individuals with more complicated medical conditions.This subject will include a clinical placement of two weeks within a hospital setting between semester 1 and semester 2.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition and Dietetics) students only


NUT220 and BMS233 and BMS243 and BCM211

Incompatible Subjects

NUT302, NUT323

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use appropriate nutritional assessment methodologies, including anthropometric, biomedical, dietary and psychosocial data;
  • be able to interpret and apply scientific knowledge and principles related to nutrition and dietetics;
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of nutrition principles and their application to disease promotion, prevention and treatment in adults;
  • be able to discuss the concepts of clinical decision making and evidence based practice;
  • be able to outline and evaluate the application of nutrition screening tools in different population groups in the clinical setting;
  • be able to undertake student generated presentation of case studies or problem based learning scenarios
  • be able to integrate knowledge of the aetiology, medical and surgical treatment of common medical conditions;
  • be able to develop and present nutritional care plans;
  • be able to explain the role of enteral nutrition in nutrition support and treatment of medical conditions;
  • be able to outline the major factors affecting drug nutrient interactions and the principal modes of drug-nutrient interactions;
  • be able to describe the role of other health professionals in the management of nutrition related diseases; and
  • be able to explain the aetiology, medical and surgical treatment of medical conditions and apply the theory and practical aspects of dietary management;
  • be able to describe the the role of the dietitian in the clinical setting;
  • be able to demonstrate an organised, professional and ethical approach to work in a clinical setting;
  • be able to manage nutrition care for individuals under supervision.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- nutritional assessment and parameters used, interpretation of anthropometry, biomedical, clinical, dietary and psychosocial data, determination of nutrient requirements for individuals with various diseases
- nutritional screening tools and their application in the clinical setting
- development, implementation and documentation of nutritional care plans
- the concepts of clinical reasoning and evidence based practice, standards of care, evaluation of clinical outcomes
- the aetiology, medical, surgical and dietary management of energy balance and obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and metabolic syndrome.
- principal modes of drug nutrient interactions; major factors affecting drug-nutrient interactions and,
- the role of enteral feeding in nutrition support and treatment of medical conditions and possible complications, such as refeeding syndrome.
- the aetiology, medical, surgical and dietary management of disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract, renal disease, liver disease and alcoholism, neurological disorders; the principles of nutritional support in parenteral nutrition; dietary management of hypermetabolic diseases (e.g., cancer, HIV infection and AIDS, metabolic stress, surgery), eating disorders and paediatric disorders, food allergies and intolerances;
- Nutrition care evaluation and its clinical impact

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

The students undertake a two week practicum in a clinical dietetic setting observing nutritional and dietetic consultations for inpatients and outpatients under the supervision of a dietitian.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.