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HSN227 - Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jennifer McCann

Completion of 8 credit points, at least 4 should be HSN-coded units if volunteering in a food or nutrition organisation, or HSE-coded units if volunteering in a sport or exercise organisation.

Enrolment into this unit is restricted; you are strongly advised to consult with your Student advisor or call 9251 7777 before applying, to ensure you have elective space in your course to undertake this unit.



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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

There are no scheduled learning activities for this unit as it is a placement unit. 


If you are interested in applying for this unit, please email health-wil@deakin.edu.au.

You are required to find a volunteer placement position for yourself. You should research the type of volunteering opportunities that interest you and contact the organisation/s to seek the availability of a placement position with  that organisation.

If you are undertaking more than one unit which has a placement component, the placement organisations must be different for each unit. For example, if you are undertaking HSN227 Volunteering in Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and HSN311 Food and Nutrition Practicum, you will need to find two separate organisations for each placement.

Note for All Students enrolling into this unit:

You must complete your placement hours within your trimester of enrolment of the placement unit, unless otherwise stated directly by the Unit Chair. If you are not able to complete the placement by the end your trimester of enrolment in the placement unit, please email the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Professional Placement Office at hsn227@deakin.edu.au as soon as possible.

Note for International Students Only:

If you are not able to complete your placement by your visa expiry date, please note that you will be liable for any costs involved with extending your stay in Australia, for example: visa extension application cost and extra living expenses.’

Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of placement will not be able to undertake placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


The unit aims to provide students with an opportunity, as part of their course, to prepare for, undertake and reflect on a volunteering experience in the area of exercise or nutrition. Students will make a contribution to an organisation and develop their skills and experience in a professional context. Students will undertake a minimum of 100 hours of volunteering during the trimester in one or more organisations, and are responsible for selecting and negotiating an appropriate volunteer experience subject to approval from the unit chair. Students will initially complete cloud (online) learning modules that will assist them in preparing for the volunteering experience. The volunteering experience will enable students to develop graduate learning outcomes such as communication, digital literacy and critical thinking and provide students with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in areas of exercise or nutrition which will enhance their professional development and vocation potential.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Communicate professionally in written format, online and face to face.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


Work independently and collaborate with other professionals to complete tasks and solve problems.

GLO5: Problem solving
GLO6: Self-management
GLO7: Teamwork
GLO8: Global citizenship


Critically reflect on the personal and professional development undertaken during a volunteering experience.

GLO4: Critical thinkingrGLO6: Self-management


Identify career interests and create a relevant career plan.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description

Student output

Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)

Indicative due week

Assessment 1: Curriculum Vitae development

CV submission and re-submission addressing feedback.  

UG pass/fail

  • Information not yet available 

Assessment 2: Career assessment

1,000 words

UG pass/fail

  • Information not yet available

Assessment 3: Supervisor evaluation report, Reflective log

supervisor report from each host/supervisor, 4x hours logs, approx. 400 words each

UG pass/fail

  • Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

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