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HSN227 - Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

Unit details

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2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Siobhan O'Halloran


Completion of 8 credit points, at least 4 should be HSN-coded units if volunteering in a food or nutrition organisation, or HSE-coded units if volunteering in a sport or exercise organisation.

Enrolment into this unit is restricted; please contact your Course advisor for more information



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Contact hours:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit. This will include 100 hours of volunteering with an authorised host organisation and completion of pre-placement online modules, contribution to online discussions, reflective activities and preparation of assessment tasks.


New unit 2017

  • Students who wish to enrol into this unit will need to complete the Expression of Interest form and email it to
  • If you are undertaking more than one unit which has a placement component, please note that the placement organisations have to be different for different placement units. For eg. if you are undertaking HSN227 and HSN311 Food and Nutrition Practicum, you will need to find two different organisations to undertake the two placements.


The unit aims to provide students with an opportunity, as part of their course, to prepare for, undertake and reflect on a volunteering experience in the area of exercise or nutrition. Students will make a contribution to an organisation and develop their skills and experience in a professional context. Students will undertake a total of 100 hours of volunteering during the trimester in one or more organisations, and are responsible for selecting and negotiating an appropriate volunteer experience subject to approval from the unit chair. Students will initially complete cloud (online) learning modules that will assist them in preparing for the volunteering experience. The volunteering experience will enable students to develop graduate learning outcomes such as communication, digital literacy and critical thinking and provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in areas of exercise or nutrition which will enhance their professional development and vocation potential


Assessment task 1: Volunteering preparation including report on host organisation, project proposal or description of the tasks the student will complete and goal setting (1200 words) 30%

Assessment task 2: Reflective journals (four 400 word reflections) 30%

Assessment task 3: Mock interview (5 minute video responding to interview questions) 15%

Assessment task 4: Development of a professional online profile (700 words) and a reflective piece on how peer feedback was used to improve the student's online profile (300 words) 25%

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