Course Title: Community Nutrition

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Community Nutrition

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Harsharn Gill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2600

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.06.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have capabilities developed by completing ONPS1118 Nutrition Principles and OHTH1156 Applied Nutrition, or equivalent courses or professional experience.

Course Description

This course is based on state of the art, theory and practice of nutrition education and health promotion in the Australian context and elsewhere. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between health and food choice, including the influence of social, commercial and environmental factors on individuals and their food supply.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • PLO-1   Demonstrate a coherent understanding of science
  • PLO-4   Demonstrate effective communication
  • PLO-5   Demonstrate accountability for your own learning and scientific work



  1. Explain the influence of social, commercial and environmental factors on individuals and their food supply;
  2. Critically analyse population statistics and nutrition health data collected in a community setting to inform a community nutrition program;
  3. Demonstrate the ability to interpret the relationship between health and food choices in a community setting;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work in a small group to develop a community nutrition program.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to design and deliver a basic nutrition education session tailored for a specific community group.

Overview of Learning Activities

Course content and practice in applying concepts is offered through lectures, tutorial tasks and teacher directed research activities.

Total Study Hours

150 hours (teacher guided - 36 hours of lectures and tutorials (3hrs  x12 weeks) +114 hours (learner directed) – reading/literature review, preparation of reports/assignments)

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with lecture outlines and other materials online, recommendations for further reading in relevant texts, library resources (including appropriate journals) and freely accessible internet sites.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment is based on written and oral contributions to the design,analysis and presentation of a community nutrition project and responses to a series of tutorial tasks.


Tutorial Task 1, 10%,

This task supports CLOs 1, 3, 5

Tutorial Task 2, 10%

This task supports CLOs 1,2,3

Major project, Phase 1 50%

This task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4

Major project Phase 2 20%

This task supports CLOs 3,4,5

Major project Phase 3 10%

This task supports CLOs 1,3,4