HSN758 - Professional Practice for Dietetics


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Medicine Semester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H718 Master of Dietetics


HSN744, HSN740 and one of HSN745 or HSN747


HSN745 or HSN747

Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

7 weeks of teaching consisting of seminars, presentations, placement and time for assessment task completion. Seminars, and assessment tasks may take place outside of Deakin University teaching periods.


Note for All Students enrolling into this unit:

You must complete your placement hours within your semester 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 semester 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.’

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.


This unit will explore a range of issues including ethical considerations in professional practice; business skills, entrepreneurship and innovation in dietetics; the importance and value of successful interprofessional collaboration; leadership and professionalism; and career development activities as students prepare to enter the dietetic workforce. A one week (Monday to Friday) elective placement will be run as part of this unit and students are encouraged to organise their own placement in an area of Dietetics in which they are particularly interested and which may form part of their career focus.

Hurdle requirement

Students need to use a portfolio to develop and store a collection of evidence, predominately through reflective practice, demonstrating achievement of competency.

Unit Fee Information

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