HSN741 - Postgraduate Nutrition Practicum


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Online^

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H616, H714

Minimum of 6 credit points including HSN701 and HSN702

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

A minimum of 100 hours of professional experience (placement). There may be flexibility in the timing of undertaking professional experiences (placements). If you are interested in undertaking your professional experience (placement) outside of Trimester 2, please contact the unit chair. In addition, 8 x 1 hour online modules will need to be completed by the end of week 1 of trimester.


Students wishing to enrol in this unit need to contact the unit chair on email hsn741@deakin.edu.au for approval of their proposed practicum, ideally by the end of the teaching period in Trimester 1  or earlier.

^ Students enrol as online students; however, students are required to attend practicum placement locations.

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 ens-placements@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.

This unit has mandatory on campus attendance requirements, therefore students must be in Australia when enrolled in this unit.

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 give students who are well into their studies the opportunity to develop professional skills, applied in a work setting, which are relevant to an area of the human nutrition workforce. Students will undertake a minimum of 100 hours in a work-based practicum which may be undertaken in a full-time block or on a more staggered basis such as 1 day per week for 12-15 weeks. Students will initially complete self paced modules that will assist them in preparing for the work-based project as well as providing the practical skills and knowledge required for the placement.

Students must complete the pre-placement modules and have all necessary placement documentation submitted by the end of June of the year of the placement.

Unit Fee Information

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Tuition fees increase at the beginning of each calendar year and all fees quoted are in Australian dollars ($AUD). Tuition fees do not include textbooks, computer equipment or software, other equipment or costs such as mandatory checks, travel and stationery.

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