Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$32,032 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code079318C
LevelUndergraduate
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code H315
VTAC Codes1400514961 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn about the fascinating role of food and nutrition in human health and disease prevention.

Today's emphasis on food and nutrition science has created a demand for qualified food and nutrition professionals. As a graduate of this course, you will find opportunities to work in careers requiring knowledge of nutrition, health, food analysis, sensory evaluation, product development, food safety, and more.

Add diversity to your degree by undertaking elective units in complementary areas such as health promotion, psychology, physical activity and health or exercise science.

If you are interested in a career in the food industry, undertake a food science major sequence, which provides knowledge and skills for employment in the food industry.

You may also choose to undertake an industry placement elective unit to get hands-on experience while completing your degree.

Professional recognition

Enrolled students and graduates can apply for membership of the Nutrition Society of Australian (NSA). If you choose to undertake the food science major sequence, you may also be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST).

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply food and nutrition and health knowledge from a range of perspectives.

Communication

Select and use a variety of engaging communication modes to disseminate knowledge to individuals, groups, government and non-government organisations and health professionals.

Digital Literacy

Select and use appropriate technologies to source, understand, evaluate, and communicate information to professional networks and communities.

Critical thinking

Source and critically analyse the food and nutrition literature to apply an evidence-based approach to the field.

Problem Solving

Identify and apply practical solutions to a range of changing and complex food and nutrition and health issues.

Self-management

Employ self-directed, reflective work and learning practices in a responsible manner to professionally contribute to food and nutrition sciences.

Teamwork

Work collaboratively as part of interdisciplinary teams with a range of stakeholders to advance the field of food and nutrition sciences.

Global Citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates awareness of, and adaptability to, diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts in food and nutrition sciences. 

 

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences, students must attain 24 credit points. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. In order to gain 24 credit points, you will need to study 24 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 a total of 24 credit points, which must include 16 core units (these are compulsory) and 8 elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

You are required to complete HSN010 Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety prior to your first laboratory based unit in this course.

Major sequences

Refer to the details of each major sequence for availability.

It is recommended that students take the:

Alternative major sequences can be undertaken from undergraduate courses offered by any faculty at Deakin University (subject to unit and course rules).

Other major sequences available include:

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

HSN101Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HSN103Food: the Environment and Consumers

SLE133Chemistry in Our World

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HSN010Food and Nutrition Laboratory Safety (0 credit points)

HSN107Physiology of Human Growth and Development

HSN104The Science of Food

HSN106Food Fundamentals

plus one elective unit OR

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HSN209Food Security and Safety

HSN211Nutritional Physiology

plus two elective units

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HSN202Lifespan Nutrition

HSN210Nutrition and Food Promotion

OR

HSE208Integrated Human Physiology *

plus two elective units

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HSN301Diet and Disease

HSN309Food Policy and Regulation

HSN313Sensory Evaluation of Foods

plus one elective unit

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HSN302Population Nutrition

HSN305Assessing Food Intake and Activity

plus two elective units

*Students who want to complete H718 Master of Dietetics pre-requisites must enrol in the core unit of HSE208 Integrated Human Physiology INSTEAD OF HSN210 Nutrition and Food Promotion, AND the following elective units:

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences (Level 1, Trimester 2)

SLE212Biochemistry (Level 2, Trimester 1)

SLE222Biochemical Metabolism (Level 2, Trimester 2)

Elective units

Electives are offered subject to availability of resources and quotas where applicable.

Trimester 1

HSN206Food Analysis and Quality Assurance

HSN213Current Controversies in Food and Nutrition

HSN307Sports Nutrition: Theory and Practice

HSN315Food Manufacturing and Process Innovation

Trimester 2

HSN204Food Microbiology and HACCP

HSN212Functional Foods and Biotechnology

HSN227Volunteering in Food and Nutrition

HSN308Food, Nutrition and Society

HSN311Food and Nutrition Practicum ^

HSN320Trends in Product Development

HSN360International Perspectives in Food and Nutrition (next offered Trimester 3 2017)

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Pathways

This course can be a pathway to:

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

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

Tracking your application

If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

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 online 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.

Work experience

Work Integrated Learning

If you are interested in the possibility of enhancing your employment prospects by consolidating your knowledge and skills through realistic field experience, you are encouraged to consider undertaking an industry placement. You can do this by choosing to complete HSN311 Food Science and Nutrition Practicum as an elective unit in your final year.