NUT505 Applied Clinical Dietetic Practice 1 (8)

Clinical decision making, clinical reasoning and professional judgement in complex care situations are a key feature of this subject. This subject integrates all aspects of clinical nutrition studied in NUT503, including the concepts of critical appraisal of the scientific literature, by applying this knowledge to complex dietetic cases. Current issues of relevance to the dietetics profession such as the role of the professional body (DAA) and the associated Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD) program, the role of new information technology in dietetics and the practicalities of case management will be examined in this subject. This subject involves students attending a compulsory five day residential school during the subject. The subject involves a two week food service placement placement in a clinical setting.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Dietetics students only.


NUT503 and NUT504 and NUT502

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to simulate the management of complex dietetic cases, where the patient/client has more than one illness simultaneously, including renal disease, liver disease, alcoholism, mental health, neurological disorders, physical disabilities, paediatric and childhood obesity disorders, eating disorders, receipt of parenteral nutrition.
  • be able to identify opportunities to collaborate with other professionals/organisations to improve nutrition outcomes;
  • be able to acknowledge the different ways that different people may contribute to or enhance an interprofessional health team;
  • be able to evaluate the use and implication of new information technology in nutrition and dietetic practice;
  • be able to formulate a clear understanding of the nature of a practice problem;
  • be able to apply an evidencebased approach to practice;
  • be able to critically appraise the literature;
  • be able to apply evaluation findings into practice;
  • be able to apply clinical reasoning theory;
  • be able to discuss and demonstrate safe practice;
  • be able to demonstrate cultural awareness;
  • be able to evaluate practice on an ongoing basis;
  • be able to develop and maintain a credible professional role by commitment to excellence of practice.
  • be able to undertake a two week food service placement in a clinical setting.
  • reach entry level dietetic food service competency following the 2 week placement.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - the role of the dietitian in clinical settings
  • - critical appraisal of scientific evidence underpinning nutritional practice
  • - critical reflection on practice and continuing professional development (incorporating the role of the professional body/APD program in CPD)
  • - clinical decision making, clinical reasoning and professional judgement
  • - managing complex dietetic cases, drawing on knowledge gained from NUT503
  • - working and collaborating within the health care team
  • - chronic and complex care pathways through the health care system
  • - legal and ethical issues in dietetic practice
  • - information technology in nutrition and dietetic practice
  • - dietary management of complex dietetic cases including:
  • neurological disorders
  • physical disabilities
  • renal disease, liver disease and alcoholism
  • mental health problems
  • eating disorders
  • paediatric disorders
  • childhood obesity
  • the principles of nutritional support in parental nutrition
  • food service operation and distribution in clinical settings

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

A two week food service placement in a clinical dietetics setting.

A breakdown of the subject hours:

Guided study: 24 hours

Individual forum activities: 12 hours

Assignment preparation: 20 hours

Residential: 32 hours

Placement: 35 x 2 = 70 hours

Total: 158 hours

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will include lectures provided by current clinical dietitians working in areas of dietetic clinical specialties. Tutorials will employ group discussion of complex cases to explicate clinical reasoning, decision making and professional judgement will be facilitated. Opportunities under supervision of an Accredited Practising Dietitian to participate in the CSU Nutrition Clinic will be provided.

Special Resources

Travel is required to attend the residential.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.