Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences/Bachelor of Commerce

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$9,442 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016Not applicable
LevelUndergraduate
Faculty contacts

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

VTAC Codes1400510111 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D301

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).

Fees and charges

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

Full-fee paying place
A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

Fee information for all domestic students
The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or the full fee paying annual indicative course fee shown in the table above 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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study Load and unit fee

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. You can find the unit fee, credit point and EFTSL value for each unit by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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.

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 includes the completion of a prescribed Commerce major sequence (Management or 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


Alternative exits

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

Entry requirements - general

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 Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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.