Undergraduate degree

Bachelor of Nutrition Science/Bachelor of Commerce

The Bachelor of Food/Nutrition Science/Commerce challenges you to improve how business operates in the food and nutrition industry. Learn more today.

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Key facts

ATAR

Burwood: 68.20
Clearly-in ATAR 2017

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered at Burwood (Melbourne)

Course information

Discover a unique career path when you combine a passion for food and nutrition with the practical, highly transferable skills of a business degree.

Deakin’s Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences gives you an understanding of the nature of food and the importance of nutrition for health. Throughout this stream of the course, you will gain an understanding of human nutrition and the complexity of current issues relating to food and human health. This includes cardiovascular disease, nutrition and ageing, children’s food habits, social and physiological aspects of food and nutrition, and bone health.

You will gain an understanding of food, food choice and its relationship to health, consumer perceptions and the role of nutrition in human health and disease prevention. You will also learn about the health and commercial considerations related to the food supply, the nutritional implications of food product compositions and the sustainability of global food supplies.

The Bachelor of Commerce stream of this degree provides a solid foundation in business, economic and financial principles as well as skills in business analytics. You can choose to undertake a major in either management or marketing as part of this course.

Deakin’s commerce courses are some of the most flexible and broadly based business programs on offer at any Australian university. Our Bachelor of Commerce is the only Australian Bachelor of Commerce that is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). EPAS is a quality benchmark for business education programs globally.

There is a business side to every industry, and a commerce degree gives you versatile business and marketing skills that can be applied virtually anywhere. Combining commerce with studies in food and nutrition sciences means that you will find new and innovative ways to enhance the business and marketing efforts of businesses and organisations operating in the world of food and nutrition.

As a graduate of this combined degree you will be armed with the right knowledge to work in anything from food policy, food regulation, nutrition, and sensory evaluation, to advertising, brand/product management, customer relations management, consumer education and awareness campaigns.

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Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce students must attain 32 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 32 credit points you will need to study 32 units (AKA 'subjects') over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises 32 credit points. 16 credit points are Food and Nutrition Sciences units, and 16 credit points are Commerce units, which includes the completion of a prescribed Commerce major sequence (Management or Marketing).

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2018 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2018 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Students may be able to complete their course in three years by undertaking units in Trimester 3, subject to availability of units in Trimester 3. Course maps to aid students with course planning and progression are available at the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences page.

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health HSN101
  • Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program SLE010 (0 credit points)
  • Chemistry in Our World SLE133
  • Accounting for Decision Making MAA103
  • Fundamentals of Finance MAF101
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety HSN010 (0 credit points)
  • Human Structure and Function HBS109
  • Food Fundamentals HSN106
  • Economic Principles MAE101
  • Law for Commerce MLC101
  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Food: the Environment and Consumers HSN103
  • Nutritional Physiology HSN211
  • Management MMM132
  • Marketing Fundamentals MMK101
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • The Science of Food HSN104
  • Physiology of Human Growth and Development HSN107
  • Business Analytics MIS171
  • Personal Insight MWL101
  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Food Security and Safety HSN209
  • Diet and Disease HSN301
  • Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Lifespan Nutrition HSN202
  • Nutrition and Food Promotion HSN210
  • Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

    Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Food Policy and Regulation HSN309
  • Sensory Evaluation of Foods HSN313
  • Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

  • Population Nutrition HSN302
  • Assessing Food Intake and Activity HSN305
  • Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

    Please contact a course adviser for specific course planning advice via email ens-enquire@deakin.edu.au

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

    Year
    2018 course information
    VTAC code
    1400510111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    D301
    CRICOS code
    095522K
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    This course structure is for students commencing Trimester 1 2018 onwards. Students who commenced their course in 2017, please go to 2017 course handbook entry

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and on-line interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    Helpful information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our Trimester 1 2017 cohort of students (PDF, 657.3KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)
    $9,930 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    The Australian Government recently announced proposed increases to tuition fees for students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).  It is proposed that CSP fees will increase by 1.8% in 2018 and continue to rise to a total of 7.5% by 2021. The fee rates for 2018 will be available later in the year once the Government has confirmed the 2018 student contribution rates.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    After successfully completing this course you will be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge of nutrition, health, food analysis and business, economic and financial knowledge. You will be suited to work in many areas that require knowledge of the food industry, food composition, and nutrition, as well as business-related skills such as management and marketing. These areas may include jobs in research and development, product development, product management, consumer research and marketing and management roles in the food, nutrition and health industries. You may also gain employment in other diverse areas including: food policy, food regulation, quality assurance and control, food wholesale and retail, advertising, brand/product management, customer relations management, consumer education and awareness campaigns. Please refer to our School’s Career website for more information.

    Professional recognition

    Enrolled students and graduates can apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA).

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce is internationally recognised and EPAS accredited by the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    See course entry for Bachelor of Nutrition Science (H315) or Bachelor of Commerce (M300).

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    If you studied Year 12 in 2017 or you're applying for more than one course offered through VTAC, your application must be made via VTAC.

    Apply Through VTAC

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you're only applying for one course.

    Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    This course can be a pathway to:

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Disclaimers:
    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777
    health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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