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DTC4001 : Professional Practice in Dietetics (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Susan Lennie
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will enable the student to apply the nutrition and dietetic care model and process in practice under minimal supervision. Students will interpret assessment information, demonstrate treatment planning and evaluation, and apply a person-centred management approach with a selected caseload in an inter-professional context. In addition, the module aims to provide students with the ability to evaluate critically theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary dietetic practice and consider career planning and continuing professional development requirements.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will include:

Extending knowledge and skills in the practice of dietetics with increasing autonomy.

Nutrition and Dietetic Care Model and Process.
• Assessment, treatment and management of service users.
• Clinical reasoning, problem solving, enablement and goal setting.

Communication with service users, educators, tutors, interdisciplinary team members, support staff and other relevant parties, including use of relevant professional documentation.

Person-centred care

Independent caseload management

• Fitness to Practise
• Team working, time management, administrative duties, and organisation.
• Application of safe practice including mandatory training and protocols.
• Professional practice, standards, policies and procedures
• Leadership

Reflection on, and in, action

HCPC Continuing Professional Development Requirements, future employment, CV preparation and job applications.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Reflective essay and development of future learning.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for assessments
Placement/Study AbroadClinical Training1450:00450:0012 week, full time placement within an approved health and social care setting.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time41:004:00Directed learning and professional development
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module will form part of the evidence of satisfactory completion of 1,000 hours of practice education required by the British Dietetic Association.

Each student will be allocated to a health and social care setting of a placement partner of Newcastle University for a minimum of 12 weeks (fulltime hours). Students on placement and practice educators will normally receive one liaison contact from a member of academic staff to integrate academic based studies with practice-based experience, monitor students' progress and contribute to formative feedback/feed forward advice. Additional contacts may be arranged as necessary. Placement-based staff will conduct the final placement assessment and signing off of learning outcomes and competencies.

Scheduled online activities will allow the student to enhance their professional development.

Total hours exceed those recommended for a 20 credit module due to the hours on placement. The placement hours contribute to the mandatory hours specified in the BDA Curriculum Framework for the Education and Training of Dietitians.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination301A100Individual viva
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
PortfolioMCompetence-based portfolio
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The oral viva examination will assess the students’ ability to critically evaluate and justify actions taken in relation to seen case studies, exploring assessment findings, dietetic care plans and interventions, and response to treatment using an appropriate evidence base.

The placement is assessed as a competence via portfolio of evidence by the Practice Educator in the dietetic practice setting. The assessment consists of supervised assessed practice and pieces of written work as determined by the placements group. The student and their Practice Educator carry out an ongoing review of progress and a portfolio is compiled throughout the placement. The placement portfolio assesses placement competencies comprising 100% of the assessed placement portfolio.

Students who are unable to achieve the placement competencies by the end of the placement may be given the opportunity to undertake additional practice hours in order to meet the placement competencies. Such decisions will be made by the Degree Programme Director and Practice Educator. In making this decision the BDA Curriculum Framework for the Pre-registration, Education and Training of Dietitians must be adhered to in relation to undertaking additional practice hours.

MDiet candidates must obtain an overall mark of 50 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.

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