Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)
July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,800 AUD
LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code079318C
IELTS Requirement

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

VTAC Codes1400514961 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code H315
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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

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

This indicative and annual course fees provided are 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 fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

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 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 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 complete these units. Students who have completed VCE Chemistry 3 and 4 must still complete SLE133.

**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

FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION 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

HSN308Food, Nutrition and Society

HSN311Food and Nutrition Practicum ^

HSN320Trends in Product Development

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses can be found at International Students - Apply site (Step 3).

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

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

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.