Bachelor of Food and Nutrition - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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With the exception of the 4 open enrolment units, this is a restricted course. Continuing enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this course.

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Nutritionists help translate nutritional science for the lay public and advise the community about good food choices for healthy eating. To do this, nutritionists consider the nutritive value of foods, the nutrients bodies need at different stages of development, and the role nutrients and diet play in health and in disease prevention. They can also do research: for example working on new food products, or examining the relationships between nutrients/dietary patterns and disease (however, they do not help treat disease through nutrition – this is the role of dietitians).

The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition aims to provide graduates with a thorough understanding of food and human nutrition, as preparation for careers in various fields related to the promotion of health at individual and community levels. During the course, students will study biosciences, principles of nutrition, food science and food skills, nutrition and disease, nutritional needs over the lifespan and for sports performance, and the social and public health aspects of nutrition. On completion of the course graduates may self-register with the Nutrition Society of Australia as an Associate Nutritionist.

OUA Pathways

This course is an OUA Pathway course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course.

OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. These units are ideal for students who either haven't studied before or haven't studied in a while, as they are designed to introduce them to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success. Students can enrol in these units at anytime during their pathway studies.

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*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

Please note: La Trobe students studying on campus who wish to do individual units need to apply for La Trobe CSP On Campus to Online.

Equip students with knowledge and skills in a broad range of nutrition related subjects and be able to apply this knowledge in understanding the role of diet in health maintenance and illness prevention.

Equip students with the skills and knowledge in health data, nutrition epidemiology methods and biostatistics to enable students to understand evidence-based practice as applied to illness prevention and health promotion.

Equip students with skills and knowledge in the sociocultural factors that influence food intake and impact food security and be able to apply this knowledge in health promotion and community nutrition.

La Trobe has identified four broad groupings of Graduate Capabilities or outcomes which describe a set of interdisciplinary skills, knowledge and attitudes students should have acquired by the completion of a Bachelor degree. The four graduate Capabilities are:

  1. Literacies and communication skills, including: writing, speaking, quantitative literacy, cultural literacy
  2. Inquiry and analytical skills, including: critical thinking, creative problem-solving, inquiry and research
  3. Personal and professional Skills, including: teamwork, group work and leadership, autonomy and independence, ethical behaviour, adaptability skills, and study and learning skills
  4. Discipline-specific knowledge and skills.

There is a growing demand for specialists in food and nutrition science with a wide range of career options available for graduates.

The Bachelor of Food and Nutrition will prepare students for careers in:

  • nutrition and agribusiness
  • government – food policy and regulation, quality assurance, community health programs
  • sports industry
  • food industry - food safety, food manufacture
  • marketing – product development
  • media – consumer education and awareness
  • other areas of nutrition and biosciences – food laboratories and research institutes.

On completion of the course graduates may apply to the Nutrition Society of Australia to be accredited as an Associate Nutritionist.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study

You must also meet one of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of two of the four open enrolment units: HBS101, DTN101, SCI18, PHE102; OR
  • Obtain a Tertiary Entrance Ranking 65.85 (TER, ATAR, ENTER, UAI, OP or equivalent)*; OR
  • Achieve a minimum of 145 in all sections of the STAT (Multiple Choice and Written English)

* Tertiary Education Ranking scores must also have been within the past five years. If the period has been longer potential students are encouraged to complete a STAT.

La Trobe University may need to approve any prior learning you have to determine that you meet the eligibility requirements for admission into the program.

You must be residing in Australia to continue into the Restricted Units.

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

Please note: La Trobe students studying on campus who wish to do individual units need to apply for La Trobe CSP On Campus to Online.

This course is an OUA Pathways course, which means there is a recommended series of units that, once successfully completed, can be credited towards this course. OUA Pathway students also have the opportunity to study up to three free* preparatory units during their pathway studies. Preparatory units are designed to introduce you to online learning and what's required to achieve academic success.

To enrol in the pathway, simply choose units from the OUA Pathways table below.

*The three free preparatory units are PREP03 Preparing for University Learning Intensive, PREP04 Preparing for Academic Writing and PREP05 Basic Preparatory Mathematics.

To get the most of this degree:

  • Start with SCI18, HBS101, DTN101 and PHE102 prior to the other Level 1 units
  • Complete all units in a year level before progressing to the next
  • Complete 3 electives. Students can select any 3 units between the Public Health and Food and Nutrition Science elective streams

To qualify for the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition from La Trobe University, a student must complete the 24 units as follows:

  • 8 core units at Level 1
  • 6 core units at Level 2
  • 3 core units at Level 3
  • 4 core units at Level 4
  • 3 electives. Students can select any 3 units between the Public Health and Food and Nutrition Science electives streams

Students who have been accepted in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition are required to complete the following 2 modules in their first Study Period as a CSP student:

Each Module takes around 1 hour to complete. You will find these modules in your La Trobe University Learning Management System (LMS). You can log into the La Trobe University LMS using the username and password provided to you in your welcome to La Trobe University username and password letter.

For a module outline, please click on the modules above. For further information about AIM and Wominjeka at La Trobe, please click here.

The elective unit DTN202 Food and Nutrition Practical Skills requires attendance at La Trobe's Melbourne Campus in an intensive block study period. This subject is an elective only and not compulsory to complete the degree.

Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Nutrition
DTN101 La Trobe SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Human Biosciences A
HBS101 La Trobe SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Individual Determinants of Health
PHE102 La Trobe SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Human Biosciences B
HBS102 La Trobe SP1 - SP3 -
Research and Evidence in Practice
HEA102 La Trobe - SP2 - SP4
Applied Food Chemistry
DTN102 La Trobe - SP2 - SP4
Social Determinants of Health
PHE101 La Trobe SP1 - SP3 -
Total number of units to complete: 6 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Human Physiology Theory A
HBS202 La Trobe - - SP3 -
Principles of Nutrition
DTN201 La Trobe - - SP3 -
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
BCM201 La Trobe - - - SP4
Integrating Evidence into Practice
HEA201 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Metabolic Biochemistry and Cell Biology
BCM202 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Human Physiology Theory B
HBS204 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Total number of units to complete: 3 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Food and Societies
DTN302 La Trobe - - - SP4
Nutrition and Disease
DTN301 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Nutrition Project
DTN306 La Trobe Coming in 2018
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Lifespan Nutrition
DTN401 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Food Science and Food Skills
DTN402 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Communication and Nutrition Education for Adults
DTN403 La Trobe Coming in 2017
Nutrition Epidemiology and Research Skills
DTN404 La Trobe Coming in 2017
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Eating and Drinking: Anthropological Perspectives
ANT201 La Trobe Coming in 2018
Environmental Health Issues
PHE201 La Trobe Coming in 2018
Advances in Nutritional Science and Nutrigenomics
DTN309 La Trobe Coming in 2018
  Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Food and Nutrition Practical Skills
DTN2021 La Trobe Coming in 2018
Sports Nutrition
DTN308 La Trobe Coming in 2018
Advances in Nutritional Science and Nutrigenomics
DTN309 La Trobe Coming in 2018

1 Requires attendance at La Trobe University's Melbourne Campus in an intensive block study period. This subject is an elective only and not compulsory to complete the degree.

La Trobe University, through its Recognition of Prior Learning process, will consider applications for credit based on any kind of prior learning, including formal prior learning, non-credentialed learning (also known as non-formal learning) and informal learning. Credentialed learning might include university and other higher education studies (including single subject and non-award studies), TAFE studies, extension studies at higher education level that formed part of a Year 12 qualification, or studies with approved private education providers.

Non-credentialed learning might include any learning achieved through a structured program of learning outside the environment of an accredited higher education institution or vocational education provider, including training programs in private companies, accredited learning in professional associations, work experience, or relevant life experience in limited cases.

Credit towards an individual unit at La Trobe University should only be granted for activities and studies that would form an acceptable part of that unit. Credit will only be granted commensurate with academic achievements and consistent with the student’s chance of success in the course.

To qualify for an award of the University, the normal requirement is that at least 8 units of study must be completed at La Trobe. Eligibility for credit does not guarantee a prospective student automatic entry into a La Trobe program of study.

If you have prior learning, La Trobe University may need to assess and approve your prior learning to determine that you have met the admission criteria for the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition program. Follow the steps in How to Apply and when requested provide certified copies of transcripts and detailed subject outlines for previous studies, for assessment.

How to apply for RPL/Credit

Recognition of prior learning will be considered by academic staff at La Trobe University following successful admission to the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition via OUA. The RPL/Credit application form can be obtained by clicking here.

Once you have completed the application for Advanced Standing form, and have all relevant supporting documentation, please submit your completed Advanced Standing documents via ASK La Trobe.

Advanced standing may be granted for relevant subjects in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. The following steps will help you to decide which subjects you wish to apply for:

  1. Identify units within the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition that you think align with units/subjects you have already studied and have completed within the last 5 years.
  2. Look at the year in which the unit will be taught within the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition – this is indicated by the code of the unit i.e. DTN102 (Applied Food Chemistry) is a first year subject as indicated by the 1 after the letters of the unit code. Make sure that the units/subjects that you have already studied have the same or a higher code.
  3. Look closely at the unit content for each unit identified in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition and ensure that it is at least a 75% match to the unit/subject you would like to submit for assessment for advanced standing .
  4. Provide unit/subject outlines with detailed information for each unit/subject that you wish to submit for assessment for advanced standing, identifying which unit within the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition that you have identified as a match. Include unit/subject learning outcomes/objectives and unit/subject content for each unit/subject.
  5. Provide a certified copy of your academic transcript for your previous studies.
  6. Note that a unit/subject studied can only be used ONCE for advanced standing i.e. if you have studied a first year chemistry subject it cannot be used for advanced standing against the Chemistry and Applied Food Chemistry subjects within the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition.

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Not eligible just yet? No worries. You can still start studying towards the degree - in fact, completing OUA units is the best way of becoming eligible. Once you've successfully completed the required units, you'll be ready to apply.

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Can I access a government loan for my fees?

There are four open enrolment units in this course. Students do not have to submit an Application Form for open enrolment units, and can enrol in the units below:

  • HBS101 Human Biosciences A
  • DTN101 Introduction to Nutrition 
  • SCI18 Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • PHE102 Individual Determinants of Health

Students who successfully complete two from these four open enrolment units may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. 

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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