Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeD301

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 quality assurance and control, to advertising, brand/product management, customer relations management, consumer education and awareness campaigns.

Professional recognition

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


Alternative exits

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences (H315)
Bachelor of Commerce (M300)

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$9,442Not applicable$30,800

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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 must include the following:

  • 16 credit points studied within the Faculty of Business and Law must include the 8 Bachelor of Commerce core units: MAA103, MAE101, MAF101, MLC101, MMK101, MMM132, MIS171 and  MWL101.
  • Completion of a prescribed Commerce major sequence (Management or Marketing).
  • Completion of HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course.
  • Completion of MCA010 Communication for Academic Studies. This is a compulsory unit for all students commencing studies with the Faculty of Business and Law and will help you to get off to the best possible start in developing academic communication skills at Deakin.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.
Students are required to complete either the Management or Marketing major sequence as part of this degree.

Students who commenced prior to 2016:
Management
Marketing

Students commencing from 2016:
Management
Marketing

Course structure

Core units

Course structure applies for students who commenced in 2016 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2016 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HSN010Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HSN104The Science of Food

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

MCA010Communication for Academic Studies (0 credit points)

MWL101Personal Insight

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSN106Food Fundamentals

MMK101Marketing Fundamentals

MIS171Business Analytics

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HSN211Nutritional Physiology

MAE101Economic Principles

MMM132Management

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSN107Physiology of Human Growth and Development

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition

MAF101Fundamentals of Finance

MLC101Business Law

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSN103Food: the Environment and Consumers

HSN209Food Security and Safety

HSN301Diet and Disease

Plus one unit from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

HSN302Population Nutrition

Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

Plus two units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

Plus three units from the Marketing or Management major sequence

Please note that students in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce course 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 grids to aid students with course planning and progression are available for download at website:
http://www.deakin.edu.au/exercise-nutrition-sciences/enrolment-information

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