HSN758 - Professional Practice for Dietetics


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Semester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H718

Must have passed all of HSN740, HSN742, HSN744, HSN754 and one unit in HSN745, HSN747


HSN745 or HSN747

Incompatible with: HSN752
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 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 - campus

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


Students must complete all pre-requisite AND co-requisite units, or their hurdle requirements, by the first date of HSN758 teaching block, to be able to undertake this unit.

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.

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.


This unit will explore a range of issues including ethical considerations in professional practice; business skills and entrepreneurship in dietetics; the importance and value of successful interprofessional collaboration; advocacy, leadership and professionalism; cultural diversity and responsiveness in dietetic practice; and career development activities as students prepare to enter the dietetic workforce. A one week elective placement gives students the opportunity to organise their own placement in an area of career interest within dietetics.

Hurdle requirement

Evidence of meeting Dietitian Australia's competency based standards by achieving a pass mark or higher in Assessment task 2.

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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