NUTR13001 - Public Health Nutrition
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will develop student understanding of public health nutrition, which encompasses the biological, social and environmental dimensions of health in promoting and maintaining the nutritional health of populations. Nutritional issues facing population groups in Australia and the role of public health practitioners in promoting health and preventing disease will be considered. Frameworks, policies and legislation relating to nutrition and health promotion practice will be explored along with practical aspects of public health nutrition practice.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: BMED19006 or NUTR12002

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical and Written Assessment 70%
2. Group Work 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Assessment tasks were not adequately explained Student feedback Course evaluations Assessment task details will be completely reviewed for 2017 offering.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Examine ecological issues of food supply and food policy.
  2. Interpret government policy on nutrition guidelines, food standards and food regulation legislation.
  3. Describe food consumption trends and nutrition related problems of at-risk Australian groups and communities.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of public health nutrition concepts and how they relate to the health of our populations and communities.
  5. Undertake research which illustrates systematic analysis of a current issue in public health nutrition.
  6. Demonstrate skills in data collection, analysis and reporting of public health nutrition data.
  7. Demonstrate skills in group education for public health nutrition promotion.

Per NPC1118

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Group Work  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving          
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work    
6. Information Technology Competence        
7. Cross Cultural Competence            
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Group Work      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: There are no set textbooks for this course.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office Excel (2007 or above)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Speaker and microphone for your computer (to facilitate online group discussions)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here), OR American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorSusan Williams (s.p.williams@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introductions & orientation

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1: Principles & policy in Public Health Nutrition

Tutorial: Literature reviews

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 2: Communities and settings

Tutorial: Community characteristics

Week 4 27-03-2017

Tutorial: Healthy Food Access Basket (HFAB) surveys; Data collection, data entry and data files

Component # 3 - Data collection due end of this week

Week 5 03-04-2017

Component #4 - Data entry due end of this week

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 3: research methods and skills

Tutorial: Methodology, data analysis and tables

Week 7 24-04-2017
Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 4: Communication

Tutorial: Writing a manuscript

Week 9 08-05-2017
Week 10 15-05-2017

Tutorial: Oral presentations

Week 11 22-05-2017

Component #9: Written manuscript due

Week 12 29-05-2017

Component #10: Oral presentation due

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Food access and availability in our commmunties
Task Description

To complete this assessment task, you will be required to:

  • Conduct a community-based public health nutrition research activity related to food access and availability; and
  • Report on this activity with a written manuscript and oral presentation (10 minutes).

Task overview and aims: Food intakes of Australians are influenced by a range of individual, community and societal factors. Public health nutrition (PHN) focuses on issues affecting whole populations rather than individuals however, to develop effective PHN strategies it is important to understand the impact of population/community level factors on the behaviours and intakes of individuals. This assessment task will allow you to explore your own community and develop an understanding of the factors which are impacting the nutrition behaviours and health of your community members, and how these factors could be used to inform PHN policy and practice.

This task requires you to demonstrate capacity to engage in a research activity to develop understanding and appreciation of community nutrition issues in context. You will be required to work within the Public Health Nutrition 'group' that will include all students enrolled in the course.

Task details: This task includes multiple components which should be completed sequentially throughout the term. Components 1 through 8 (as outlined below) are formative only and will not be required to be submitted for marking. Components 3 and 4 MUST be completed by their due dates to enable completion of subsequent components by all group members. Components 9 and 10 (outlined below) MUST be submitted for marking.

  1. Conduct a literature review of food access and availability in Australia
  2. Conduct research to develop understanding of the socio-economic and health characteristics of your community
  3. Conduct a Healthy Food Access Basket (HFAB) survey in a total of three stores (one online) in your community
  4. Enter your community data into a shared group Excel spreadsheet (links to this spreadsheet will be provided to students during term)
  5. Conduct basic analysis of data collected by the group (using Microsoft Excel)
  6. Develop a written account of the methods used for collecting and analysing your data
  7. Develop a written report of your results and develop at least 2 tables of results (using APA table format)
  8. Develop a written discussion of your results in comparison to other communities represented in the 'group' and previously conducted HFAB surveys throughout Australia.
  9. Compile a manuscript that provides a full report (including introduction, methods, data analysis, results (including 2 tables), discussion, conclusion) of this public health nutrition research activity (and including a cover letter and title page).
  10. Develop and deliver a 10 minute online oral presentation that provides a full report of this public health nutrition research activity.

NOTE's: all students will be given opportunity to submit each of the formative components (1 through 8) for feedback from the course coordinator. Tutorial sessions will be conducted throughout the term to provide assistance in completing all components.

COMPLETE DETAILS OF EACH COMPONENT ARE OUTLINED IN THE UNIT ASSESSMENT GUIDE AVAILABLE ON THE MOODLE SITE.

Assessment Due Date Component 3 (data collection) must be completed by week 4. Component 4 (data entry) must be completed end week 5. Component 9 (research manuscript) due end of week 11. Component 10 (oral presentation) due week 12.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

Research manuscript:

In developing your final research manuscript, you will be required to meet the manuscript preparation instructions provided in the 'Instructions for contributors' for the journal Public Health Nutrition https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-health-nutrition/information/instructions-contributors

Your written manuscript will be marked according to how well you meet the specified requirements and instructions for this task, and in accordance with the Written assessment standards (outlined below). Written feedback will be provided throughout your submission.

Written assessment standards

High distinction: your written assessment should demonstrate confidence and competence in addressing all aspects of the tasks and areas of inquiry. The manuscript: includes discussion which is highly relevant and valid throughout and provides clear evidence of mastery of the subject matter; is coherent and flow clearly from point to point, is drawn from extensive research; is creative, thorough and accurate in its use of supporting evidence, exhibits an exceptional level of critical thought and extensive analysis, interpretation and explanation, as basis for formulation of arguments; includes original thinking throughout, is based on clearly evaluated evidence and logical carefully framed assertions; is presented and organised almost faultlessly.

Distinction: your written assessment should demonstrate confidence and competence in addressing most aspects of the specified tasks and areas of inquiry. The manuscript: Includes discussion which is mostly relevant and valid; Is mostly coherent, and presented in a mostly logical and clear manner; Is drawn from mostly relevant research and uses supporting evidence accurately; Demonstrates a high level of critical thought, and thorough analysis, interpretation and explanation in formulating arguments; Is focused, but some areas lack creativity and/or originality in the interpretations of ideas; and Includes a few inconsistencies/errors in presentation and organisation.

Credit: your written assessment should demonstrate conscientious effort and emergent competence in addressing the specified tasks and areas of inquiry. The manuscript: Includes discussion which is relevant and valid, but some areas are inappropriate and/or unconvincing; Is logical but some areas of discussion have marginal value and/or relevance; Is drawn from research but some evidence is irrelevant and/or is used inaccurately; Demonstrates some critical appraisal and includes some areas where ideas are merely described; Has some connections between ideas, but generally lacks creativity and/or originality; Includes several faults in presentation and/or organisation.

Pass: your written assessment should demonstrate some effort and emergent competence in addressing the specified tasks and areas of inquiry. The manuscript: Includes discussion which has only some degree of relevance and validity; Shows minimal or no critical thought; Is generally coherent in some parts, but lack of clarity in expressions in other parts leads to confusion and ambiguity; Demonstrates some evidence of research but contains many erroneous assertions and irrelevant materials; The approach is mostly descriptive and reproductive; it provides little or no evidence of analysis or synthesis; Contains numerous faults and/or organisation is inconsistent and/or incomplete.

Fail: your written response to the assessment demonstrates lack of competence, and little or no attempt to address the assigned tasks. The manuscript: Includes discussion which is poorly conceived, shows minimal or no relevance to the task and fails to establish validity for the work; Contains too many significant faults to be regarded as a University standard piece of work; Does not demonstrate engagement in and/or understanding of course work materials; Shows little or no evidence of research; Overall, is presented and/or organised in a manner which does not satisfactorily meet academic standards.

Oral presentation:

  • Presentation is very well organised and the performance runs smoothly.
  • Information included in the presentation clearly outlines completed activities and results
  • Presentation includes at least 2 tables which are presented in APA format and content of tables is explained thoroughly
  • Presenter is engaging, maintains eye contact, with limited reference to notes
  • Presenter speaks clearly in an understandable voice, uses clear tone, enunciation, and reasonable pace; messages are clearly received and understood
  • Presentation slides are easily read, do not include excessive amounts of text, include appropriate graphics and/or images and information, and is appropriate length/duration
  • Presentation includes references and a reference list.
  • Presentation is not excessively under or over-length (ie. not shorter than 9 minutes and not longer than 11 minutes)

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - All components of this task must be submitted and you are required to obtain at least 50% of allocated marks for the manuscript and oral presentation, in order to PASS the course.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine ecological issues of food supply and food policy.

2. Interpret government policy on nutrition guidelines, food standards and food regulation legislation.

3. Describe food consumption trends and nutrition related problems of at-risk Australian groups and communities.

4. Demonstrate understanding of public health nutrition concepts and how they relate to the health of our populations and communities.

5. Undertake research which illustrates systematic analysis of a current issue in public health nutrition.

6. Demonstrate skills in data collection, analysis and reporting of public health nutrition data.

7. Demonstrate skills in group education for public health nutrition promotion.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Work

Assessment Title Journal club presentations
Task Description

To complete this assessment task you will be required to:

  • Participate in AND contribute to three (3) online journal club meetings presented as synchronous discussions (using a Zoom session on the unit Moodle site).

Task overview and aims: As students (and in your future role as health practitioners), you are required to read many journal articles across a range of disciplines. It would be unreasonable to think that we will always understand everything that is contained in these articles (especially data analysis techniques). It is important to develop confidence in understanding much of what we are reading and conducting further investigation of issues/topics when we do not understand what is written/read.

This task requires you to demonstrate capacity to engage with others in an online learning environment to develop understanding and appreciation for research skills used in research and professional practice. Through supported group discussion, you will be given opportunity to develop understanding of key learning topics in public health nutrition and skills in evaluating published journal articles using an evidence based and objective approach.

Task details: The specific days and times for each meeting will be determined upon consultation with all students at commencement of term. Prior to each meeting, you will be required to:

  • Read, review and discuss three (3) journal articles (will be provided in the unit Assessment Guide on Moodle)
  • PRIOR to each meeting (and following your reading of the article) you will need to consider the evaluation criteria (see below) to be able to participate in related discussions during the meeting.
  • Use the Journal Club Evaluation Tool to document your responses to the following criteria:
  1. What was the purpose of the study?
  2. Why is the research being conducted?
  3. Why the research is considered significant/important?
  4. Are the research questions/hypotheses clearly stated?
  5. What do you judge to be the standard of writing?
  6. Who were the subjects?
  7. What was the study design?
  8. What methods were used for measurement?
  9. What was the primary outcome measure (s)?
  10. What was the secondary outcome measure (s)?
  11. What methods were used for data analysis?
  12. What are the main outcomes/results?
  13. What is the significance of the results?
  14. What is the ‘take-home’ message (s) of this article?
Assessment Due Date Completed evaluations will need to be uploaded to the Assessment BLOCK in the unit Moodle site after each meeting is completed.
Return Date to Students Marks for this task will be allocated upon completion of each meeting.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
Each student must attend at least 2 of the 3 meetings to be eligible to pass this task. Each journal club meeting is worth 10 marks which will be allocated for:
  • Completion and submission of your evaluation of the article discussed;
  • Participation/interaction in the online meeting.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students MUST contribute and participate in at least 2 of the 3 journal club meetings.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date) or American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

This assessment task requires students to PARTICIPATE in synchronous online meetings.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Examine ecological issues of food supply and food policy.

2. Interpret government policy on nutrition guidelines, food standards and food regulation legislation.

3. Describe food consumption trends and nutrition related problems of at-risk Australian groups and communities.

4. Demonstrate understanding of public health nutrition concepts and how they relate to the health of our populations and communities.

6. Demonstrate skills in data collection, analysis and reporting of public health nutrition data.

7. Demonstrate skills in group education for public health nutrition promotion.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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