Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length

1 year, please refer to course structure below

Next available intake

2016

November (Trimester 3)

2017

March (Trimester 1)

July (Trimester 2)

November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$14,560 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

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

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H511
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 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Learn about nutrition across many interesting contexts from metabolic studies and food science to social and behavioural nutrition.

This course allows you to explore areas such as nutritional physiology and biochemistry, nutritional requirements, food composition, and the social, cultural and economic aspects of nutrition.

Designed as a postgraduate introduction to nutrition, this fascinating course draws from related disciplines such as food science, biochemistry, physiology, epidemiology, psychology and sociology.

Professional recognition

Growing public interest in the relationship between diet and health is evident and, as a result, there are increasing demands from the public for reliable and trustworthy information. In response, the Nutrition Society of Australia (NSA) has developed a ‘Register of Nutritionists’ to establish a list of appropriately qualified nutrition professionals.

As a graduate of this course, you may be eligible for registration as an ‘Associate Nutritionist’. Following three years of relevant work experience, Associate Nutritionists are able to apply for ‘Registered Nutritionist’ status. For details about the registration process, please refer to the Nutrition Society of Australia website.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. 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 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

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 key principles, concepts and evidence-based knowledge of nutrition and health to nutrition related health problems.

Communication

Select and use appropriate modes of communication to obtain and share evidence based nutrition knowledge.   

Digital Literacy

Select and use appropriate technologies to analyse and interpret nutrition information, and to share knowledge, skills and ideas.

Critical thinking

Analyse and synthesise information and problems in nutrition, to inform high level independent judgements.

Problem Solving

Apply best practice and evidence to identify problems and generate practical solutions to a range of nutrition issues.

Self-management

Employ personal accountability and demonstrate effective work practices, responsible judgement, adaptability to new situations and responsibility as a nutritionist. 

Teamwork

Establish, contribute and maintain a key role in relationships with a range of stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes to advance nutrition sciences.

Global Citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical practice that demonstrates a high level of personal autonomy, within diverse contexts in nutrition sciences.

 

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition students must attain 4 credit points. All four 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory).

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.

Students must enrol in the Cloud offerings of all units

Trimester 1

HSN701Principles of Nutrition (also available in Trimester 3)

HSN749Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology

Trimester 2

HSN702Lifespan Nutrition

HSN735Essentials of Food Science

Core units

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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.

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition should have completed a three year bachelor degree in any discipline or equivalent qualifications or relevant professional experience.  (A science subject at Year 12 level or equivalent is also recommended.)  Selection is based primarily on academic merit.

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 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and to Apply.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Workload

As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 11-13 hours every week studying, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.