Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Sciences
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

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

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

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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing this course you will be well prepared for careers requiring knowledge of nutrition, health, food analysis, sensory evaluation, product development, food safety and food manufacture. If you complete the food science major sequence you will also be well suited to careers in the food industry where your knowledge of nutrition, food composition and processing will facilitate the creation and marketing of food products that help to improve health. You may also gain employment in diverse areas including: food policy, food regulation, quality assurance and control, food wholesale and retail, food laboratories and research institutes, nutrition and agribusiness, consumer education and awareness campaigns, private practice, nutrition counselling and community nutrition.

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

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.

Pathways

This course can be a pathway to:

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 and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

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.