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DTC1003 : Introduction to Dietetics

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Susan Lennie
  • Lecturer: Dr Andrea Fairley, Dr Carol Moxam, Ms Roisin Devaney
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module provides an introduction to the subject area of dietetics. Students will gain an understanding of the structure of health and social care services in the UK, role of the dietitian, the professional context in which dietitians work, including systems and processes, regulatory, legal and ethical issues, communication skills, inter-professional practice, team working, leadership, and reflective practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

Role of the Dietitian
Model and Process for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice
Mandatory training
Structure of health and social care services in the UK
Institutional catering and food systems management
Communication skills
Person-centred care
Inter-professional education
Legal and Ethical boundaries relevant to professional practice in healthcare, including scope of practice
Teamwork, and multi-disciplinary team working
Observational and experiential learning

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Non sync online - Delivery of lecture content & integrated tasks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation and completion of reflective essay
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PIP - Delivery of lecture content & integrated tasks
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities16:006:00Non-sync online mandatory training
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops53:0015:00PIP - Placement preparation and reflection/discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops52:0010:00PIP - IPE: Professionalism, Ethics, Reflective Practice, Teamwork & Leadership, Reflective Writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork44:0016:00Observational & Experiential learning in the workplace
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork27:3015:00Observational & Experiential learning in the workplace
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:0011:00Review of lecture material and associated recommended reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SPE1055Clinical and Professional Education I
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module uses non-synchronous and synchronous lecture material to deliver key information relevant to the subject and to provide information upon which the students can extend their learning self-study to consolidate their knowledge. Some topics, e.g. mandatory training, may be delivered using e-learning materials. Interprofessional education activities, with students on SPE1055, will support understanding of common professional knowledge, and skill development in teamwork and collaboration with other healthcare professionals.

The fieldwork activities will introduce students to food, catering and health settings relevant to the work of a dietitian. The workshops will involve a mixture of whole group, small group and individual activities. They will provide opportunities to work in groups, share knowledge and experiences, and practise reflection.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Reflective log2M100Reflective essay exploring professional domains. Word count: 1500 words (+/- 10%)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Within the reflective essay, students will need to demonstrate the principles of reflective writing and that they understand the models of reflective practice considered. This will enable them to demonstrate an understanding of the work of a dietitian and their professional responsibilities.

Placement reflective discussions will provide formative feedback on reflective skills in preparation for the assessment.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 40 or above to pass the module, however, if the module has more than one assessment students must also achieve a mark of at least 35 in each component of the assessment to pass the module.

Reading Lists